Last year we saw quite a few NFC (near field communication) enabled smartphones launch, and we can expect to see many more this year, now according to a recent report we get some information on how many NFC enabled handsets were shipped last year.
According to research firm Berg Insight, there were around 30 million NFC enabled mobile phones shipped in 2011, and these are expected to increase dramatically over the next few years.
Near Field Communication (NFC) increased ten-fold in 2011 to 30 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 87.8 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 700 million units in 2016. The global rise in smartphone adoption is also driving higher attach rates for other wireless connectivity technologies in handsets including GPS, Bluetooth and WLAN. These connectivity technologies are already a standard feature on high-end smartphones and most medium- and low-end models. Declining costs will also enable broader integration in the featurephone segment that is rapidly gaining smartphone-like functionality.
Google launched its NFC based payment service last year, Google Wallet, and we have been hearing for some time that Apple are also working on their own NFC payment service, which could see this years iPhone launch with NFC built in.