The Samsung Galaxy S3 has more to offer than just slick looks and smart specs. But if you were in any doubt, the Korean phone-maker has today announced a range of programmable NFC stickers to make life even easier for owners.
Dubbed TecTile, the stickers operate much like Sony’s SmartTags, enabling NFC-capable handsets such as the Galaxy S3 to automatically perform a pre-programmed function by simply ‘tapping’ on the sticker.
So for example, when you’re home from work, you can tap a sticker by the door to play some favourite playlist. Or if you’re going to bed, the feature could be used to instantly turn on your alarms and sleep mode.
Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America, said:
"With millions of NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy smartphones currently in the market and the arrival of our flagship device Galaxy S3, Samsung saw an opportunity to expand the value of NFC beyond mobile payments.
"The launch of Samsung TecTiles is another example of Samsung's ability to innovate new products and applications that improve the way we use our mobile devices for everyday tasks."
What’s interesting is that the stickers could be used by businesses, too, to allow fast check-ins on Facebook or FourSquare, or for customers to redeem offers and download applications and exclusive content.
It just seems like the perfect fit for the impending London Olympics, when millions of tourists will descend upon our fair capital armed with NFC smartphones. So we’re slightly baffled why the stickers haven’t already launched over here and are currently US-only. Hopefully an announcement is just around the corner. Stay tuned.