Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NFC-Powered BlackBerry Tag Unveiled

In his recent talk in Dubai, Research in Motion Co-CEO Jim Balsillie unveiled a new way for BlackBerry smartphone users to connect with one another and share multimedia content. It's called the BlackBerry Tag, powered by the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, similar to what Nokia highlighted previously. The NFC is a short-range wireless technology -- about 4cm or less -- that allows two devices with the same feature to communicate.
BlackBerry Tag is one of the new features that will be incorporated in the next BlackBerry 7 OS update. Through this, it enables effortless ‘tap to share’ exchanges of multimedia content and contact info between friends. This includes contact information, documents, URLs, photos and more. In addition, BlackBerry Tag allows friends to add each other as BlackBerry Messenger contacts with a simple ‘tap.'

"BlackBerry Tag is an exciting and innovative feature that makes sharing contact information and multimedia content effortless and seamless,” said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Tag opens a new dimension to the BlackBerry platform that is powerful, simple and intuitive and we think it will be welcomed by both users and developers.”

New BlackBerry units Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 are the firs BlackBerry smartphones that will support BlackBerry Tag. In the image above, CrackBerry shows us the NFC antenna of BlackBerry Bold 9900 that is built into the battery door.

Software developers are welcome to take advantage of this NFC technology as RIM announced plans to expose BlackBerry Tag through APIs on the BlackBerry platform.

Photo Source: CrackBerry


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