The Galaxy S3 is only the latest of a (limited) series of Samsung phones that come with near field communication, or NFC, support. The wireless tech is mostly used these days to enable mobile payments on such Android smartphones, with Google being one of the many promoters of this new payment technology.
But Samsung has other plans in mind for its NFC phones, as the company has created a new disposable accessory for these devices, the Samsung TecTile, which is essentially a NFC-based app shortcut / action trigger.
The TecTiles, which will be available in stores when the Galaxy S3 launches, come in packs of five stickers and are priced at $14.99. Moreover, users will be prompted to download the accompanying TecTile app, which will let them program each TecTile to perform a certain action.
TecTiles will be able to initiate calls or SMS messages and launch specific apps and social actions which you find yourself using on a regular basis or in a certain location. Each TecTile can be programmed up to 1,000 times, so you’ll be able to change its functions quite frequently.
The TecTiles stickers can be applied virtually anywhere, at home, in your car, at the office and even on the back/case of your handset, and they can be programmed to trigger specific actions related to the environment you’re in. Just make sure you remember what each TecTiles sticker you place around you does.
And here’s a training video for the Samsung TecTiles: