Late last month we brought you the bad news about Samsung, the Galaxy S 4, and its NFC TecTiles. Users who picked up some TecTiles to use with their GS3 last year could scan the NFC stickers in order to trigger certain actions on their phone. Problem was, the GS4 uses a new NFC controller that doesn’t work with those old TecTiles, rendering them pretty useless. We were understandably miffed at Samsung for that bad decision, but at least it wasn’t killing-off TecTiles altogether: we’d get new, modern TecTiles 2 stickers that would work with the GS4 and future Samsung phones. Today that promise gets fulfilled, and Samsung kicks-off sales of the new NFC labels.
At $15 for a five-pack, the new TecTiles at least aren’t any more expensive than the old ones. Samsung is selling them online as of today, and they’ll be available through retailers starting next month.
Even though the old TecTiles aren’t forward-compatible with newer Samsung phones, the new TecTiles 2 are in fact backwards-compatible with the Galaxy S III and other existing Samsung handsets.