NFCtechreboot

Technology reboot: NFC support in (even more) Xperia™ devices

At the start of the year, we reported on a number of Sony Xperia smartphones and accessories supporting NFC (Near Field Communication). In that article, we also looked at NFC technology in more detail, provided some use cases, and explained how we work with NFC. And in that time, we’ve introduced even more NFC-supported smartphones. Read on to get the full list and a general recap of what NFC is all about.

The beginning of 2012 marks an important milestone for us, because that’s when we introduced the Xperia S and Xperia ion, the first Xperia™ devices supporting NFC. We also unveiled Xperia SmartTags, which are SmartExtras accessories that can launch a number of pre-configured profiles in the phone. Since then, the number of NFC-supported Xperia™ smartphones has grown, and the list now includes:

What is NFC?

Near Field Communication, or NFC, is a technology that enables data exchange between devices within a short distance, typically only a few centimetres. In most cases, the communication takes place between an active device and a non-powered target, but peer-to-peer interaction between two powered devices is also possible. Transfer rates are low, ranging from 106 Kbit/s to 424 Kbit/s, which means that use cases are all about small data exchanges. A typical use case would be to use the NFC connection as a trigger to set up Bluetooth™ or Wi-Fi™ connections.

NFC can be separated into three different technical modes which suit different use cases: reader/writer mode, peer-to-peer mode and card emulation mode. When developing your own NFC-enabled app, you will find out that the different modes all cater to different needs. These modes are introduced and explained on the NFC technology page. And if you’re interested in developing an app that uses NFC, you’ll find the information you need in the Android SDK to get started with NFC in your own apps. And stay tuned to Developer World for an update on what we’ll be doing with NFC in the coming year.

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  1. By viral chavda

    #1

    I am developing NFC reader, and for the testing of NFC Functionality i am using Sony Xperia Z. Now i want to do data exchange between my Phone and Reader. For Data exchange NFCIP-1 , UID of device should be available. Now when i am testing with Nexus 4 my reader is able to detect it and exchanging data based on NFC protocol but same functionality can’t do my Xperia Z. I am also tested my phone p2p with Nexus 4 and it is working fine.

    Now i want to know if my Xperia Z is working well with Nexus 4 then why it is not responding to NFC Reader.

    • By Joe Padre

      #3

      Hi Michael,
      Thanks for your question. I’m checking with our NFC engineering specialists on that. Hope to have an answer for you soon.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

      • By Joe Padre

        #5

        Hi Michael,
        Okay, let me find out about the other NFC enabled Xperia smartphones.
        Best regards,
        Joe from Developer World

  2. By Salvatore Capobianco

    #6

    Hi , i think is better add an application like samsung s-beam in xperia s lt26i, infact send file with bluetooth is slowly
    and i think is better introduced driver of wifi-direct in all xperia device

    • By Joe Padre

      #7

      Hi Salvatore,
      Thanks for the suggestion, I will pass it on to the right team. Xperia S does have an Android Beam option in the NFC settings to beam content to another NFC-capable device.
      Thanks and best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  3. By Chad Pendleton

    #8

    Would there be a way to list the Xperia TL as its own on the list?

    • By Joe Padre

      #9

      Hey Chad,
      Good point. Xperia TL is now listed.
      Thanks and best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  4. By Clio Creslind

    #10

    If Sony ever make a 3rd-iteration smartwatch, let it have NFC sensor as well. A smartwatch is always on the wrist and it is a very convenient location to make use of NFC.

    • By Joe Padre

      #11

      Clio,
      Great idea! Especially since NFC uses less power than Bluetooth, and pairing with NFC would be much easier. I’ll pass your suggestion on to the SmartWatch development team.
      Thanks and best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

    • By Joe Padre

      #13

      Hi Dominik,
      Xperia Smart Tags are included with Xperia sola and Xperia S. Normally, they don’t come included unless the store from that you purchase the Xperia smartphone from offers it in the bundle.
      Thanks and best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

    • By Joe Padre

      #15

      Hi Fredrik,
      You are right, thanks! The list is updated! :)
      Thanks and best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

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