Over 50% NFC smartphones in 2-3 years
By Nigel Chew
23 November 2011 - With Android, Symbian, BlackBerry and Bada now supporting NFC (near field communication) functions, not to mention the fact that Microsoft and Apple are planning for their mobile operating systems to be NFC-enabled in 2012, the proportion of such smartphones will increase from less than 10% currently to over 50% within two to three years, according to Taiwanese manufacturers.
The sources noted that Samsung, HTC, Nokia and RIM have already launched their NFC-enabled smartphone models this year. However, problems in standard specification, ecosystem and commercial operation have been a factor contributing to slow development.
More and more companies such as MasterCard and Visa are onboard with this new point-of-sale system. Won’t be too long before we get to see the day when more retail outlets begin accepting payments from mobile phones.