NFC stands for “Near Field Communication” and the Nokia C7 is one of the first devices to support it. So why should you care? Well, Rovio, the developers of Angry Birds, are betting that Angry Birds will be even more fun when played with friends. “Angry Birds Free with Magic” will come preloaded on the Nokia C7 as part of the Symbian Anna update and will contain twenty new levels, but only five will be unlocked to start.
This is where things get interesting. To unlock the other levels you have to find someone else with an NFC enabled phone–then, as shown in the video below–you swipe your phones and “magically” five new levels will be unlocked. So, in other words, to unlock all fifteen levels you’ll need to find three people with NFC enabled devices.
I’m not sure about you, but I don’t know many Nokia users (no offense). Thankfully, there is another way to unlock levels that may or may not tie into Rovio’s forthcoming “alternate reality” version of Angry Birds. The second way also requires NFC, but rather than having to find someone with a device you will scan an NFC tag, which can be embedded into an item, object, or product. Rovio has stated that clues to the location of these items should be forthcoming, so until then, check out the teaser video below.
Lastly, developers are working on a full version of Angry Birds Magic that will be released through the Ovi Store. No details yet about when (or if) it will come to other devices. Since there aren’t many NFC enabled devices Rovio would likely have to wait for devices to catch up or make changes in order to support ones that aren’t NFC capable.