BlackBerry Tag “Tap To Share” Service Launched

BlackBerry has announced a new way for people to transfer

contact information and multimedia content by simply tapping their phones

together.

At the GITEX conference in Dubai, one of RIM’s CEOs, Jim Balsillie, unveiled

BlackBerry Tag which will be incorporated in the next update to BlackBerry 7 OS.

It will allow users to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and

other multimedia content by simply tapping their BlackBerry smartphones

together.

Of course to take advantage of this functionality you will

need a BlackBerry which has an NFC chip embedded inside. This means that when

the service launches, only the recently released BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 will support BlackBerry Tag.

Developers for BB OS will also be able to get in on the

tapping action with RIM announcing plans to expose BlackBerry Tag through APIs

on the BlackBerry platform, allowing software developers to take advantage of “tap

to share” functionality from within their own applications.

BlackBerry Tag Bold 9900

“BlackBerry Tag is an exciting and innovative feature

that makes sharing contact information and multimedia content effortless and

seamless,” said Balsillie. “BlackBerry Tag opens a new dimension to the

BlackBerry platform that is powerful, simple and intuitive and we think it will

be welcomed by both users and developers.”

We still don’t know when RIM will roll out the update to BB

7 OS but once it does, all you Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 users can celebrate by

clinking your phones together. Hurray!