Old Samsung NFC TecTile tags don’t work with the Samsung Galaxy S 4

by Spencer McClendon on
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Samsung has upgraded the Galaxy S 4′s NFC chipset in a way that it no longer communicates with older Samsung NFC tags called TecTiles. When asked about this problem Samsung had this to say:

Samsung is introducing TecTile 2, an update to the original TecTile NFC programmable tags, which will be available in the coming weeks. TecTile 2 will use the current NFC technology on the market, allowing Samsung customers to further incorporate NFC into their daily lives and to use with the latest Samsung Mobile products and services, including the Galaxy S 4. As industry standards continue to evolve, Samsung remains committed to meeting those standards and adapting its technologies if necessary. Samsung customers can also fully utilize TecTiles 2 with existing Samsung Mobile NFC-enabled Android smartphones currently in market.

This is good news for the new people adopting the technology, but I can’t help to feel sad for all the people that were given the orginal TecTiles and now have to buy something else along with a new phone. That’s the accessory business.

Source: AnandTech
Via: GSMArena

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  • Zacc Cooley

    Ok, but what about using these new 2.0 tectiles with the Galaxy S3? Will that work?

    • http://profiles.google.com/ray.cliff Ray Cliff

      Looks like a YES – “Samsung customers can also fully utilize TecTiles 2 with existing Samsung Mobile NFC-enabled Android smartphones currently in market”. Taken from Article.

  • Flirty_Bonnie

    But what new and amazing things can TT2 do, that was totally impossible to do with TT1? Probably nothing.