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  • 'NativeQR' Adds Native Support for QR Codes to iOS


    QR codes are becoming an increasingly popular way for companies and individuals to share information. Often you will find QR codes on the back of your soft drink cup, on banners hung up on store windows, or even on Web sites. The QR codes are meant to be scanned with smartphone apps and then the information embedded in the QR code becomes available on the smartphone screen for the user to view.

    With QR codes becoming more popular, it only seems practical to add QR code reading functionality to the iPhone. You have the option to download free QR code reading applications from the App Store, but if you would rather add the feature directly to the stock iOS Camera application, then you should check out a new jailbreak tweak called NativeQR by iOS developer Evan Swick.

    Shown above, you can see NativeQR in the works. The tweak adds a switch to the Options button in the Camera application allowing the user to enable a QR reading feature. Once enabled, the user can start scanning QR codes directly from the stock iOS Camera application. The user needs to simply focus on the QR code and the tweak will automatically detect the code, show the content, and ask if the user wants to open or copy the QR code.

    In the instance shown above, the QR code that was scanned has Saurik's Web site embedded into it, so tapping the Open button would launch Mobile Safari and launch Saurik's Web site. On the other hand, tapping on the Copy button would store the Web site's link in iOS' clipboard so it could be pasted elsewhere.

    Apart from adding the ability to read QR codes, NativeQR also makes it possible for you to generate QR codes for your contacts. Under the Share Contact link at the bottom of the contact card, you will see a new QR Code option that you can tap on to generate a QR code for the contact to easily share the contact with another smartphone user:



    This makes it easy for you to share a contact with someone that has a QR code reader. If you’ve ever asked someone for another person’s contact information and entered it manually by yourself, you have risked typing it wrong or took the long amount of time necessary to enter it into your Contacts application. This feature lets you have someone scan your iPhone display and the contact embedded into it can be added to the other person's Contacts list quickly and easily without the risk of mistakes.

    NativeQR also has the benefit of being built right into the stock Camera application unlike App Store QR code readers. This makes it very easy to launch the Camera application from the lock screen via the Camera Grabber and scan a QR code without having to unlock the device and find your QR code reader.

    At this point in time, NativeQR is not supported on the iPad and it requires iOS 6.0 or later on an iPhone or iPod touch to be installed. The tweak doesn’t have any options to configure. If you’re interested in using NativeQR, you will find the tweak in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for just $1.99.

    Name: NativeQR
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.0.0b2
    Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6.0+
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Evan Swick
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'NativeQR' Adds Native Support for QR Codes to iOS started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Works extremely fast if u come in contact with a lot of qr codes it's worth the price
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      Works extremely fast if u come in contact with a lot of qr codes it's worth the price
      Glad you like it!
    1. roguevoice's Avatar
      roguevoice -
      The share contact option is not working for me. It just shows two options, not "QRCode". I have even went ahead and disabled many jailbreak apps and tweaks that could possibly have been interfering. Please advise.
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by roguevoice View Post
      The share contact option is not working for me. It just shows two options, not "QRCode". I have even went ahead and disabled many jailbreak apps and tweaks that could possibly have been interfering. Please advise.
      Sorry you had a problem, I'll need a bit more info. What firmware and device are you using?
    1. Reeiiko's Avatar
      Reeiiko -
      Wow, not compatible with iOS 5
    1. eswick's Avatar
      eswick -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reeiiko View Post
      Wow, not compatible with iOS 5
      Yeah, sorry about that. As a very large majority of iOS devices are on iOS 6, and I don't have any iOS 5 devices, it's not practical for me to develop for iOS 5, sorry.
    1. thefinalhack's Avatar
      thefinalhack -
      Love this tweak shame it doesn't support barcodes as well that would be awesome
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thefinalhack View Post
      Love this tweak shame it doesn't support barcodes as well that would be awesome
      I agree. I would pay like 5 bucks if it supported microsoft tags, qr, and barcodes...
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      The title of this thread should be edited because I immediately thought it referred to native Quick-Reply for messages... Perhaps I glossed over the news titles a bit too quickly...
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      The title of this thread should be edited because I immediately thought it referred to native Quick-Reply for messages... Perhaps I glossed over the news titles a bit too quickly...
      QR Codes man. Never heard of Quick Reply codes before... must be some Android feature LOL
    1. jblacken's Avatar
      jblacken -
      Quote Originally Posted by eswick View Post
      Sorry you had a problem, I'll need a bit more info. What firmware and device are you using?
      The Share Contact function is not working for me either. iPhone 4S 6.1.1 Build:10B145 Modem Firmware 3.4.02
    1. Kupe's Avatar
      Kupe -
      Hi Evan-

      Just bought NativeQR. Very cool- but I have identified a couple strange problems if using it from the Lockscreen.

      1) Activator issue. All my Activator Actions stop working after scanning a QR code with NativeQR. But this only occurs if I invoke the Camera app from the Lockscreen icon and tap Open to view the linked page. The problem does not occur if I use the Camera app from the home screen. This is 100% duplicatable for me. I have to reboot my iPhone 4S to get my Activator Actions working again. And they continue to work fine until I again use NativeQR directly from the Lockscreen.

      2) Springboard crash. Again- this only occurs if I invoke the Camera from the Lockscreen. But this time, if I choose Cancel, rather than Open for the linked page, the Springboard crashes. This happens maybe 50% of the time.

      I'm running iOS 6.1.2 on iPhone 4S. Let me know what more info I can provide.

      Kupe
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      QR codes are great, but as Google Goggles recognizes them for free I'm not sure this app is worth me paying for, nice but not something I'd pay for as there is a free alternative that works for me.
      YMMV