Feeds

Symbian users: Prove you exist with NFC Foursquare check-ins

Dying service embraces dead OS with latest wireless tech

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

Symbian users who like to check in to Foursquare, but hate having to run the application, can now just tap their handset to let the world know where they are.

Checking in to locations using Near Field Communications is already possible using Android handsets, applications exist for Google Places as well as the industry-pioneer Foursquare, but Symbian users can now join the fun by checking in with a tap – as long as the fun lasts.

Active location services, which drive users to share their location by offering them ethereal gifts in the form of accomplishment awards and pixelated badges, aren't the flavour of the month any more. User location tracking is now passive for network operators, and anyone else who can manage it; databases of users' movements are now compiled automatically. Companies much prefer to collect that data – allowed in the fine print of T&C agreements the user never reads – instead of having to constantly encourage users to update their status everywhere they go.

Foursquare's recent decision to refocus the business on helping people find local services demonstrates the limited potential of check-in services. Merchants have proved (unsurprisingly) reluctant to offer promotional prices or special deals that are limited to those touting a Foursquare sign-on, and the novelty of being awarded "mayoral" status over a street corner was always going to have limited appeal.

But those sporting one of the three Symbian handsets with NFC, and still hoping to become mayor of somewhere, will be delighted.

The Nokia blog also offers helpful advice to developers wishing to add NFC support to their own Symbian apps, though we'd probably recommend waiting until next year, when Nokia's Windows Phones will get NFC support. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.