First Look: Nokia Play 360 – Bluetooth speaker that uses NFC for pairing

The biggest problem with Bluetooth accessories is the pairing process. I think most people are still confused whenever the device ask for a passkey.

Nokia came up with a very elegant/easy/dummy proof solution on their Nokia Play 360 Bluetooth speaker. To pair the speaker with your Nokia N9, simply place your Nokia N9 (or any device with NFC) on top of the speaker for a few seconds and the Near Field Communications (NFC) chip will help you do the pairing. Once pairing is done, music is transfer from the phone to the speaker using Bluetooth as per normal.

I must say that this is a very elegant solution to the complicated Bluetooth pairing issue. Good use of the NFC.

The Nokia Play 360 has built in battery that can last up to 21 hours. It uses a MicroUSB port to charge. You can pair 2 Nokia Play 360 together to create a stereo speaker. If you don’t have NFC, you can still connect to the Nokia Play 360 speaker using normal Bluetooth pairing or with a 3.5mm audio jack. But come on, it’s so much cooler pairing the speaker using NFC.

No release date or pricing yet. But I’m pretty sure we will see more devices using NFC to do Bluetooth pairing after this.

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