LG Electronics today announced a new NFC-enabled Android smartphone, the Optimus LTE Tag, targeted at the South Korean market, which will enable users to change the phone’s settings with a tap of the handset on NFC tags.
The phone supports LG’s “Tag+” feature, which promotes NFC’s tag-reading functionality. Users will be able to program tags that come in the box, then stick the tags, for example, on their desks in the office or on their car dashboards and tap the tags to change phone settings or open applications automatically. Tag reading is a standard feature of NFC technology, but LG is apparently making it easier for consumers to use.
For instance, according to an LG press release in Korean, a user could put an NFC tag sticker near his car steering wheel. Tapping the sticker could open a GPS connection and navigation application. Perhaps the tap also opens a Bluetooth connection that could communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled devices in the car.