Feeds

Angry Birds Magic up some NFC love

Nokia finds a use for the C7 ...

Seven Steps to Software Security

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. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
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.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.