Using Android API level 19 onwards, you can build solutions that use Android Near Field Communication (NFC) to read and write payloads of data between a tag and a Clover device.
The following Clover devices support both the NFC reader and writer modes:
- Clover Station 2018 with display printer
- Clover Mini (2nd generation)
- Clover Flex
In this section, we introduce you to required considerations for building with Android NFC on Clover devices:
- Conserve power: To account for thermal and power considerations on Clover devices, do not keep NFC enabled for your app at all times. We highly recommend that you enable NFC for your app only when a tag is detected. If no tag is detected for 10 minutes, NFC is disabled automatically. At this point, you can enable NFC again by moving your app to the foreground.
- Show NFC states: Provide an indication of the current NFC state (for instance, a spinner) by implementing a broadcast receiver for the
- Supported signal and tag modes: The following table highlights the different signal and tag modes supported by Clover devices:
NFC-A, NFC-B, NFC-F
T1T, T2T, T3T, T4T
In this section, we discuss guidelines for using the Android NfcAdapter class in your app.
The NFC antenna is enabled only when your app is in the foreground. In the foreground activity, your app must call the following methods of the
If a window is added over an activity, both the NFC reader and writer modes are disabled.
Clover devices provide support for 3 NFC states defined by the
The NFC field is enabled on the Clover device.
The NFC field is being initialized. Your app can show the current NFC state by implementing a broadcast receiver for the
NFC is not supported by the Clover device.
Clover devices do not support the
STATE_TURNING_OFF NFC state of the
ACTION_NDEF_DISCOVERED ACTION_TAG_DISCOVERED ACTION_TECH_DISCOVERED
To maintain security, Clover does not support Android Beam and any related callbacks. The following methods of the
NfcAdapter class are not supported:
enableForegroundNdefPush() enableReaderMode() invokeBeam() setBeamPushUris() setBeamPushUrisCallback() setNdefPushMessage() setNdefPushMessageCallback() setOnNdefPushCompleteCallback()
The Application ID of an NFC device or tag is used by the Android system to identify a Host-based card emulation (HCE) service to communicate with. For more information on HCE services and AIDs, see the Android Developer documentation on host-based card emulation.
All non-payment AIDs are automatically whitelisted by Clover. Payment AIDs begin with 0xA00000 and are blocked by Clover.
For additional information on Android NFC specifications and capabilities, see the Android Developer documentation on NFC.