We heard about BlackBerry Tag from RIM awhile ago but they did not offer much detail. Until now NFC has sort of stayed dormant on BlackBerrys with OS 7.0. That is where OS 7.1 comes in with quite a few more functions with device to device communications. With OS 7.0 you could only read NFC tags. With BlackBerry Tag in OS 7.1 it actually creates a quick Bluetooth secure connection between the devices to share data. Here are some of the things that you can do with it:
- Invite your friend to BBM™ (BBM 6.1, which is now available on BlackBerry® App World™)
- Share contact information
- Share content from the media applications
- Share voice notes
- Share documents from within Documents To Go®
- Share a URL from the browser
- Create Bluetooth® pairing with ease
- Transfer files
RIM also details the security of BlackBerry tag and I am sort of glad that by default it has NFC off when the device is locked or the backlight is off. Here are some details beyond the proximity requirements:
- By default, confirmation prompts appear when you attempt to send or receive using BlackBerry Tag. If you prefer, you can easily disable prompts within the preferences.
- Tapping to share is disabled when screens are off, preventing unwanted tagging from pockets or lost/stolen devices.
- AES-256 encryption is utilized over Bluetooth to make the sharing of data secure.
Check out the video below to see how it works!
Check out more details on RIM’s blog announcement