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27 January 2012

Android Ice Cream Sandwich NFC NDEF Format Bug

We are still getting a number of customers concerned about the Android NDEF formatting bug which surfaced in the Ice Cream Sandwich release. The bug essentially meant that users couldn't encode blank, new NFC tags.

RapidNFC worked around this bug for customers by pre-formatting the NFC tags with our RapidNFC web address but not locking them. This meant that users could re-encode the tags without problem.

To request that RapidNFC pre-format your tags, simply email us with your order ID when you place your order. Simple as that.

Update : You can now request that RapidNFC pre-format your tags simply by clicking on a link on the thankyou page after you have placed your order. No need to email any more - easier and quicker.

This bug was fixed in the Android 4.0.3 and we've had no reports of issues from users with this version. However, RapidNFC can still pre-format tags free of charge for users who may be concerned or are still using Android version 4.0.0 to 4.0.2.

Key points :

- The 'pre-format' bug affects Android OS versions 4.0.0 to 4.0.2

- Version 4.0.3 onwards appears to have fixed this bug

- RapidNFC can pre-format your NFC tags for free if you have concerns

- (Updated) Just click on the link on the order thank you page after you have placed your order to request free pre-formatting

n.b. if you decide to upgrade your OS, always remember to backup and do the usual software and hardware checks before proceeding !