ABI Research has estimated that 285 million Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled devices will be shipped in 2013, and the majority will be in the mobile phone market.
The organisation expects take-up to boom, with a predicted unit shipment of 1.95 billion in five year's time.
“We expect handset shipments to more than double next year with NFC inclusion likely to become a default technology integrated into flagship handsets,” research analyst Phil Sealy said.
NFC allows wireless communication between devices – its predominant use in smartphones is for contactless payments.
Chips in the devices communicate with specialised terminals to transfer payment information, so that in-store transactions are more convenient.
It can also be used to send contact information from one handset to another, so a friend's details can be shared instantaneously.
The technology is relatively new, so only owners of modern smartphones can take advantage.
Devices like the HTC One X+. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Sony Xperia T 'Bond Phone' have NFC capabilities.
Posted by Samantha Green