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November 22, 2012

About 1.95 billion NFC enabled devices will be shipped by 2017: report

Majority of the NFC enabled devices are expected be smartphones

By CBR Staff Writer

NFC technology is expected to come out of its trial phase by 2013 and it will feature in 1.95 billion devices that will be shipped by 2017, according to a report by ABI Research.

With Android and WP8 are trying to build out into other ecosystem devices with inclusion into Android tablets and Windows PCs, about 285 million NFC enabled devices are expected to be shipped by 2013.

Majority of the NFC enabled devices are expected be smartphones, while the report forecasts that there will be a surge in the number of NFC enabled devices including CE devices.

The NFC technology will be used for simple pairing of devices, exchange of data, and online authentication.

About 395 million CE devices will feature NFC by 2017 and the devices mainly include media tablets, PC accessories, and gaming consoles.

ABI Research analyst Phil Sealy said that that the shipment of NFC-enabled handsets will rise to 102 million for year-end 2012.

"Nine out of the top ten OEMs now have NFC-enabled handsets commercially available, with most housing an embedded secure element solution," Sealy said.

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"We expect handset shipments to more than double next year with NFC inclusion likely to become a default technology integrated into flagship handsets."

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