Feeds

Angry Birds Magic up some NFC love

Nokia finds a use for the C7 ...

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Nokia has finally discovered what Near Field Communications is for – unlocking new levels of Angry Birds by tapping Nokia handsets together.

Angry Birds Magic will come preinstalled with the NFC-enabled C7, and distributed as part of the Symbian update to those handsets – enabling players to unlock additional levels by tapping their handset to another C7 on which the game has been installed. Every new tap unlocks another five levels.

According to the Nokia Conversations blog, there are other additional levels too, which can only be unlocked by tapping the phone against tags hidden in various locations with clues to be forthcoming. Quite how that scales we're not sure, but it's hard to imagine many players jetting over to the game's launch, at the WIMA conference in Monaco, to unlock a few more levels.

The C7 has an NFC radio, but lacks the secure element necessary for financial applications – relying on the operators' SIM to host credit cards and the like. That limits the applications Nokia can use to show off the technology, until some operator partners get on board.

Nokia itself appears less gung ho about NFC these days: the specifications for the recently announced E6 and X7 make no reference to NFC and the C6 (diminutive cousin of the C7) hasn't the capability despite Nokia's previously outspoken support for the short-range-wireless standard.

Unlocking levels of Angry Birds isn't quite the banking revolution of which NFC advocates dream, but it might get a few more people using the technology – assuming they can find someone else who has bought a Nokia C7. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms firm here
Is goTenna tech a goer? Time to grill CEO, CTO
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.