While most carriers have not yet released OS 7.1 RIM added a slick new feature for NFC in the OS update. They are calling it BlackBerry Tag and it essentially lets you do things like send files to your friends device by tapping your phones. What this does is essentially add a new option in the “Send to” menu called Tag that syncs over NFC and then initiates a quick secure Bluetooth connection. So say you want to send a video, picture, or contact card to a friend who also has an NFC BlackBerry on OS 7.1 you can just select the tag option and tap your phones together.
It will ask you to turn on NFC when you select the Tag option in the send menu but the reciever will need to turn it on manually. Cory from RIM has been kind enough to walk us through a regular scenario of how we can use BlackBerry Tag now. Check out their tutorial and let us know how it works for you.
As we mentioned before RIM plans on using BlackBerry Tag to allow you to:
- Invite your friend to BBM
- 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