Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)

A method of identifying information on an external electronic device using near field communication (NFC). The method involves transmitting an NFC signal in an NFC band to the external electronic device; identifying whether the device that is external to it is capable of NFC, requesting an NFC identifier (ID) from the device external to it and then getting the NFC ID from the external electronic device and getting the NFC ID, reading a unique identification number from the NFC ID, and identifying the protocol used to communicate as well as identifying the flag information contained within the NFC ID; and determining whether the electronic device initially recognizes or typically recognized by the flag information.

1. Field

Various embodiments of the disclosure relate to an electronic device and a method to identify products based on near field communications.

2. Description of Related Art

After a product is produced by an individual manufacturer A unique identification number (ID) is assigned to the product for distribution and control of the product. The unique ID of the product can be attached to the body of the product or printed on its packaging. The unique ID can be attached to the product in the form of a barcode printed on it. This can result in damage to the item’s beauty or to the unique ID due to negligence in the process of distribution.

The above information is provided as background information solely to assist with an understanding of the disclosure. No assertion is made, on the basis of whether any of the above may be applicable in the context of prior art to the disclosed.

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