NFC Enabled Devices to Exceed 500 Million in 2014

And you thought NFC wasn’t growing? The number of NFC-enabled devices in use will exceed 500 million in 2014, according to a new report. ABI Research’s “NFC Devices, Strategies, and Form Factors” calculated that a minimum of 285 million mobile and consumer electronics devices will ship in 2013 as OEMs continue to drive the market …   Read More

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NFC Enabled Devices to Exceed 500 Million in 2014And you thought NFC wasn’t growing?

The number of NFC-enabled devices in use will exceed 500 million in 2014, according to a new report.

ABI Research’s “NFC Devices, Strategies, and Form Factors” calculated that a minimum of 285 million mobile and consumer electronics devices will ship in 2013 as OEMs continue to drive the market for NFC as mobile operators struggle to gain control and bring their services to market.

Mobile manufacturers moved ahead with NFC in 2012 whilst MNOs were still largely focused on payments, where they have struggled to deliver tangible services. This has allowed predominantly Android OEMs to seize the initiative as they have delivered new services and features for connecting devices, sharing data and content, picking up information, and utilizing tags.

“NFC has reached the point of no return,” says John Devlin, practice director at ABI.

“It all hinged on handsets; and next year we will see half-a-billion devices in the hands of consumers as it becomes more widely integrated,” Devlin adds. “Up until this point banks and other service partners were holding back from committing to MNOs and it has always surprised me that they did not drive this forward themselves and invest to take charge of this market’s potential.”

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2 comments

  1. Alex Edsel

    Other problem is that merchants do not want to invest in NFC readers when there are other non-NFC options out there, MCX isnt on board with this either so jury still out.

  2. i2SMS

    NFC seems to have been the “hot” ticket every year now since 2003.  Every year we hear it is “right around the corner”.  Just because NFC is going to be on 500 million phones doesn’t mean 500 million people will use it.  Without Apple, this technology will continue to struggle.

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