This section provides an overview of Near Field Communication (NFC) and proximity communication on Windows Phone 8, and also the following two guides addressing key use cases in more detail:
Windows Phone 8 supports proximity communication using NFC technology. Proximity communication means that devices that are physically close to each other are able to easily establish a communication channel – for example, to open a socket between two instances of an application running in two separate devices – just by tapping the devices together. This is a completely no-hassle, fast and fun way to exchange information between co-located devices. NFC, which has a range of roughly 4 cm and communication speed of 424 kbit/s, can be used directly to transmit data or to set up alternative longer distance or faster communication paths like Bluetooth or WLAN.
NFC is not a new technology to Nokia, as it has been supported in various Nokia handsets already for years, and now that this technology is available also on the Windows Phone 8 platform it is opening all new possibilities for Windows Phone developers, applications, services and businesses. Just tap and connect – imagine the possibilities for applications!
NFC has the following key characteristics:
In Windows Phone 8, Proximity API is used for NFC tasks to:
This webinar (43 min) introduces the basics of NFC and how the technology is implemented in Nokia Lumia phones. Also demonstrated is how to use NFC via Windows Phone 8’s Proximity API to share content, read data from and write data to NFC tags, and to create your own application-launch tags.
Additional webinar material:
Last updated 21 May 2014