Near field communications (NFC) is the exchange of information between two devices via wireless signal. For example, a wireless signal emitting from your cell phone can act as a credit card when making a purchase. In the case of a mobile wallet application, those devices would be a mobile phone and a point-of-sale device at a checkout counter.
And NFC does so much more on Androids. A program called Trigger, which is available in Google Play, allows you to create customized automation tasks for numerous everyday things we do.
Bored of putting your phone on silent every time you get into the office? Tired of turning off Bluetooth to conserve battery every time juice gets low? This app interacts with your surroundings to configure settings on your phone automatically. Combine triggers and actions to create tasks, then activate the tasks that you create with conditions that you set!
Here are examples of what you can do:
In your car: Use Bluetooth as a trigger to open GPS and launch your favorite music app.
On your nightstand: Program an NFC tag to set your ringer to vibrate, dim your display and set an alarm.
In your home: Configure mobile data to turn off when your phone detects your own WiFi signal.
The current triggers are as follows:
- Battery level
- Time triggers
And here are a few examples of the actions that you can perform:
- Change WiFi, Bluetooth, mobile hotspot, airplane mode, auto-sync, GPS (root users) and mobile data settings.
- Change your volume or notification tones.
- Change your display brightness, timeout, auto-rotation or notification light settings.
- Check in on social media like Foursquare or Google Places.
- Send messages using Twitter, SMS, email or Glympse.
- Start or stop applications (root required for stopping applications), dock modes, open URLs, speak text or navigate to an address.
- Set alarms or create calendar events.
There’s even more, but suffice to say this app allows you to easily program your device to do the actions you manually do regularly.
So go ahead and create your own combinations to automate your life. The only limit is what you can come up with!
Robert Siciliano, is a personal security expert contributor to Just Ask Gemalto and author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Mobile was Hacked! . Disclosures For Roberts FREE ebook text- SECURE Your@emailaddress -to 411247.