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How test the new NFC feature on XA2

asked 2019-05-11 18:09:42 +0200

Lutze gravatar image

For Sailfish OS NFC support is announced. The release notes state it is preliminary, whatever that means. I'm curious how to test and use this feature with my Xperia XA2. The first try with installing an Android app called NFC-Tools failed. It displays an error message, that it can't find a NFC device. Are there any working Android apps or better yet, native apps?

Any thoughts?


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answered 2019-05-11 19:01:24 +0200

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updated 2019-05-11 19:03:56 +0200

The current NFC implementation supports only NFC tags that contain an URL (according to this blog post).

So to test this new feature you have to

  1. Turn on the NFC in the settings
  2. Hold the back side of your Sony Xperia XA2 on an NFC URL tag
  3. Result: A dialog will be shown and asks you if you like to open the detected URL

I successfully tested this with an NFC tag and it is working as expected. :)

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I have a URL-tag too, and can't get it to work. Care to share the config of yours?

attah ( 2019-05-11 21:34:46 +0200 )edit

@attah Well, how do I get the config of the NFC tag?

Alex ( 2019-05-18 19:34:36 +0200 )edit

@Alex I don't know if this is the best method... but i used the NXP TagWriter app on a Android device i have for work. So when i read the tag with that it says "Type MIFARE Tag" and "716 bytes". If i go to edit dataset and press the pen in the content field, i can see that the tag's optional title is left blank, the type is "http://www" and then the rest of the address. Any info on what constitutes a supported tag is appreciated. Also it just occurred to me i haven't tried this on Sailfish, i just assumed it won't work, and Yalp store is borked right now so i can't test.

attah ( 2019-05-18 19:54:36 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-05-22 18:06:06 +0200

I tried with 2 type of old NFC tags, written with Nokia N9 Tag Writer app, and the XA2 Plus is not working. As backup I downloaded the Android app NFC tool, but I get an error like NO NFC :-(

One more time, the N9 from 2011 was better... Hoping that Jolla will fix / implement for real the NFC in next update!

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