Are you using NFC to its full potential?


Happy Friday, BlackBerry devs! We’ve got a quick update for you from Martin about a little something called NFC…enjoy! – Ed.

Hopefully you’re already aware that one of the exciting new features of the BlackBerry® 7 OS and devices (such as the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360 smartphone) is Near Field Communications, or “NFC” for short. In addition to some of the consumer and business stories we’ve talked about on the NFC front in recent weeks, such as announcing BlackBerry® Tag and the MasterCard® certification of BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360, NFC can be used by you, our community of developers, in a variety of ways. This presents a great opportunity to get creative and differentiate your applications and your company.

For developers, NFC is a truly interesting area of technology to learn about, though for many it may currently be quite unfamiliar territory. With that in mind, we’re aiming to publish a series of articles under the Resources tab in the BlackBerry® Developer Zone, which will help inform developers about the possibilities of using NFC, the underlying technical details of the technology, and how to use the BlackBerry 7 APIs for NFC in your own applications.

In fact, myself and John, my colleague in BlackBerry Developer Relations, have already published the first two articles in the series. The first is called “NFC Primer for Developers” and if you’re completely new to the topic, it’s definitely the place to start. More recently, we also published an article entitled “Reading and Writing NFC Tags”, which explains how to work with smart posters and other implementations of NFC tags.

We hope you find these articles interesting and useful, and we look forward to being impressed by your use of NFC in BlackBerry® applications! Watch the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog for further articles in the future.

About Luke Reimer

@Luke_Reimer is a Senior Marketing Manager at BlackBerry helping to design, launch, and manage enterprise marketing programs - particularly concerning content across digital mediums. Beyond spreading BlackBerry goodness in enterprise communities, you can find Luke cooking up a storm, out on his motorcycle (when Canadian weather allows), or digging into a good science fiction book.

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