The Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories started rolling out consistently shortly before the smartphone launched at the beginning of this month.
One of the most highly anticipated of them was the NFC compatible TecTiles 2. The company offered a similar accessory for the Galaxy S3 with the original TecTiles and this new version is expected to enhance the Galaxy S4 experience.
These programmable tags can elevate the phones' performance by utilizing the NFC chip in a unique way.
The TecTiles can be programmed to set off a predefined function or setting in the Samsung smartphone. This includes adjusting phone settings, joining a Wi-Fi network, making a call, sending a text, opening a web page and updating a social network status.
The tiles look like a sticker and in order to be activated, a user must tap them with the NFC-powered device. The current Samsung TecTiles are compatible with most NFC-enabled Android smartphones. They can be purchased through various major U.S. carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, and the going price is $14.99 for a pack of five.
The TecTiles 2 will be the same price and are compatible with any other Samsung devices that comply with MIFARE technology.
Samsung also introduced a slew of new accessories for the Galaxy S4 which includes the S Band and the S View Cover.
The S Band is a stylish wristband that tracks the user's steps, calories, distance and sleep quality. It performs these tasks with the updated S Health 2.0 app found on the Galaxy S4.
The S View Cover is a cover that allows users to see all incoming information through a small window located towards the top. It also allows them to answer calls with a cutout at the earpiece.