Mobile & Wireless

NFC installed base to exceed 500 mln devices within one year

Thursday 28 March 2013 | 17:30 CET | News
The number of NFC-enabled devices in use will exceed 500 million in 2014, according to a report by ABI Research. Researchers 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, while MNOs were still largely focused on payments, where they have struggled to deliver tangible services, according to the same report. 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 using tags.

Companies such as Blackberry and Samsung have developed and implemented clear strategies around NFC. They are differentiating themselves as they look to generate new service-based revenue streams using NFC. Other brands, such as LG and Sony, are taking a different path as they horisontally integrate NFC across their broad product portfolios.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: BlackBerry / LG / Samsung / Sony
Countries: World
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