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Dubdub 10-10-2011 09:00 AM

RIM Introduces NFC-Powered BlackBerry Tag
From TechCrunch:

It was all the way back in February when RIM first promised that “many, if not most” BlackBerry handsets in 2011 will feature NFC technology. It proved true with both the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, along with the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370, and we should see plenty more where that came from. That said, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie had one more trick up his sleeve at this week’s GITEX conference in Dubai, unveiling for the first time BlackBerry Tag.

BlackBerry Tag will come as part of the next BlackBerry 7 update. The idea is that you can share photos, documents, URLs, and contact information by just tapping your BlackBerry devices together — not unlike the Bump application on iOS and Android. The only difference is that the Bump app employed Bluetooth connectivity while BlackBerry Tag uses NFC technology.

Instead of scanning codes, BBM users will now be able to make connections by simply tapping the devices against each other, which will automatically swap BBM contact info. Even better, developers will have access to the BlackBerry Tag API, meaning they can bake the Tag functionality into their own apps.

It’s been a trying year for RIM. But perhaps this, along with other new software offerings, will get RIM back on track.

Dubdub 10-10-2011 09:16 AM

Re: RIM Introduces NFC-Powered BlackBerry Tag
A bit more information:

Research In Motion today announced a forthcoming update to its BlackBerry 7 platform that will add an application called Tag. The application makes use of the near-field communications chip on recently released BlackBerry smartphones so users can share contact information, documents, URLs, photos, and other multimedia content by tapping their BlackBerry smartphones together. BlackBerry Tag will also let people add one another as contacts on BBM. The application will work on handsets such as the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and Curve 9350/9360/9370. RIM didn't say when the update is scheduled to arrive,

rambo47 10-10-2011 09:46 AM

Re: RIM Introduces NFC-Powered BlackBerry Tag
This will be huge if/when it goes cross-platform.

Thiego-uk 10-10-2011 10:18 AM

Re: RIM Introduces NFC-Powered BlackBerry Tag
hummm... I see a new patent...

ZombieBerry 11-18-2011 06:29 PM

Re: RIM Introduces NFC-Powered BlackBerry Tag
Here is a short video/demo link

Demonstration of BlackBerry Tag - transferring files via NFC - YouTube

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