By now many of you have heard that the 2011 BlackBerry lineup, running on OS 6.1, will include Near Field Communications (NFC). You’ve probably also seen the new NFC icon that has surfaced since the leak of OS 188.8.131.52 from the 9850 and 9930. Currently, that NFC icon is for an app called ‘Smart Tags’. The premise for the app seems to be to share pictures, which each entry is given the title ‘Smart Posters’.
In its current state, Smart Tags is a very simple app. When using the BB options key, you get two choices: Create Tag and Search. Creating a tag takes you to a new window (as shown in the image above) that lets you ‘Click to add new image’. You enter the details and then save it, in which case you get listed as a ‘Smart Poster’. It’s not clear how this app will actually be used. Perhaps you’d touch phones with someone else to transfer your tagged images? Or, could it become something more, similar to Microsoft Tag? What ever it may actually be, we’re pretty excited to see NFC for BlackBerry, adding to the excitement we have for the future of RIM. Hit the break for more images of Smart Tags app and NFC.
It is nice to see that you can manage the NFC connectivity on the same Connections Management screen as WiFi, mobile network, and Bluetooth. This is a great way to let it be user controlled.