Nokia N9 NFC file transfer shown off on video

Just a few days ago we saw the unveiling of Nokia's first Meego equipped handset, the N9. The feature-packed phone comes with a lot of new things, but most interestingly is the NFC capability Nokia has bought to the table with it. While Google equipped the Nexus S with NFC last year, their main motivation was for payments, and we have yet to see any sort of NFC file transfer there.

PocketNow reports that its as easy as just picking a file that the user wishes to share (photos, music, videos and documents are amongst the many things that can be chosen) and selecting "NFC" as the transfer option. Then, just holding the receiving phone next to the sending will result in an "incoming file" prompt. If the user accepts, the file is swiftly transferred. It really looks to be as quick and easy as it sounds. 

However, it's obvious there are a few caveats, as PocketNow points out that it's probably pretty unlikely that you'll find a pal with a compatible phone (Only the N9 right now) and that when you do find a N9 friend, will you really want to send them something?

Our guess is that Nokia is betting on the N9 getting wildly popular, but we aren't so sure. Only time will tell, but for now, we'll put this in the "cool to have" category.

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Umm NFC can't or shouldn't be used for file transfers. The max sustainable speed is like 100kbps. And they can't say it can be faster because NFC isn't designed for file transfer. Also, Google has it best where they use NFC to initiate something but then use Bluetooth or wifi for the rest.

Lol Nokia is retarded.

Lexcyn said,
Umm NFC can't or shouldn't be used for file transfers. The max sustainable speed is like 100kbps. And they can't say it can be faster because NFC isn't designed for file transfer. Also, Google has it best where they use NFC to initiate something but then use Bluetooth or wifi for the rest.

Lol Nokia is retarded.


NFC pairs, Bluetooth does the transfer.

Lexcyn said,
Also, Google has it best where they use NFC to initiate something but then use Bluetooth or wifi for the rest.

Lol Nokia is retarded.


It's already been mentioned but obviously this is using bluetooth + wifi for the transfer. You may not be familiar with the Nokia UI but a bluetooth icon popped up when the connection got established. NFC is used for the automatic pairing.
Nokia isn't using anything different to how Google uses it. It's the same thing -- NFC.

Sacha said,

It's already been mentioned but obviously this is using bluetooth + wifi for the transfer. You may not be familiar with the Nokia UI but a bluetooth icon popped up when the connection got established. NFC is used for the automatic pairing.
Nokia isn't using anything different to how Google uses it. It's the same thing -- NFC.

OK I've never used a Nokia phone - but then they are doing it properly if NFC is only doing the pairing, my mistake. The title and wording of the article are confusing, however.

I always love that feature on the zune devices back in 2008, I hope Microsoft bring it back to windows phone 7. Sure you can email it but internal wi-fi is freeeeee!!!

Yeah...that was a little slow for phones that didn't seem to be doing anything but that single task. I'm waiting for super fast transfers that are quick and effortless.

wixostrix said,
Yeah...that was a little slow for phones that didn't seem to be doing anything but that single task. I'm waiting for super fast transfers that are quick and effortless.

If you see that Bluetooth 3.0 give around 24Mbps and NFC gives like 112Mbps....there is ure speed!

SpyderCanopus said,
Hopefully it won't really take 30 seconds
and also hopefully there would be no background music.