According to a report released by Berg Insight, global sales of handsets featuring Near Field Communication (NFC) increased ten-fold in 2011.
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.
While the attach rate for GPS on smartphones saw a 31 percent rise, WLAN capable devices have reached a 33 percent attached rate in the same period.
André Malm, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight quoted
Reliable indoor navigation systems for handsets need hybrid location technologies that fuse signal measurements from multiple satellite systems like GPS and GLONASS with cellular and WLAN network signals, together with data from sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses and altimeters…
…Even though it will take some time before the stakeholders agree on business models for payment networks, other use cases such as reading tags and easy pairing of devices may well be compelling enough for handset vendors to integrate NFC in mid- and high-end devices already today
The NFC enabled handsets grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 87.8 percent, and future shipments are forecasted to reach 700 million units in 2016.