Can someone confirm…
With a QR code i need to scan with an app to read the code. However any QR code app will read any QR code, displaying the information behind the QR code.
With NFC however if i use an app to write to an NFC tag if other phones that ARE nfc enabled dont have that app when they scan that tag nothing happens.
What is the point of NFC if i am required to have a specific app to read the tag. I may as well put a URL and get them to type it in.
So my question is is there a way around this? Writing to a tag for generic reading and not app specific reading?
Devices such as the nexus 7 android can read NFC chips and then using android intents farm out the process to an app or choice of apps. If the NFC data is generic for example a web URL then it simply launches a web browser.
So in that case, there is nothing special and no other app needed.
However, if you have more specific data on the NFC chip you can do more, a product or shipping code for example. As the data is specific then you would have an app to handle that, usually to speed up a process an improve accuracy.
But as your example only requires a URL then the OS will handle that for you and unlike a arcade it does not have to have ANY specific app open to read it as that process is automatic. So in this case NFC is much simpler than a QR code.