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Android apps and NFC [answered]

asked 2014-03-11 12:41:57 +0300

decibyte gravatar image

I have a simple question: Does Android apps have access to the NFC chip?

If not, is support for this planned? If not, why not?

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answered 2014-03-11 12:55:46 +0300

decibyte gravatar image

I asked in #sailfishos on Freenode and got a reply from Stskeeps:

no; also it's not useful for anything but the TOH

it's not a real antenna there

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If anyone with enough karma can accept this answer, please do.

decibyte ( 2014-03-11 13:01:26 +0300 )edit

I did it for you :)

c.la ( 2014-03-12 15:01:31 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-03-11 12:54:14 +0300

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The NFC transimtter/receiver is very low power in the Jolla, this is a hardware limitation I believe so will not change with upcoming releases. It will therefore it will only function for the "other half" chip that sits directly over it. It is also only activated when the cover is changed, via a pin in the cover. To get full NFC functiosn we will need a new Jolla model or an Other Half cover with this function connected by the I2C connection.

This is a shame as it would be useful to play with NFC tags for ambience changes etc.

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seriously? That's very bad as they advertise NFC and not "limited NFC". I expected this to be able to communicate to other NFC devices

c.la ( 2014-03-12 15:00:33 +0300 )edit

I had the same expectation. :-/

avdwoude ( 2014-03-14 04:19:31 +0300 )edit

An example of something really useful using NFC. Luckily I have my Nexus 7 tablet to read my travel card balance with https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.salomaa.travelcardreader.free

Wizah ( 2014-07-17 16:57:48 +0300 )edit

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