Slowly but surely, near field communications is emerging as a common mode of connectivity for smartphones. With an increasing number of mobile payment solutions integrated with NFC, the need for NFC enabled smartphones is only going to increase. Now, according to news sources, close to 100 million NFC chip-enabled smartphones would have sold by the end of 2012. Research firm, Berg Insight mentioned that manufacturers had launched close to 40 high-end NFC-enabled handsets in 2011, with the view that mobile payment solutions would start picking up.

Even though that plan didn’t go exactly by the book, considering NFC is still not widely employed, the truth is that these smartphones are now future proofed. One of the most leading manufacturers of NFC is NXP semiconductors along with Inside Secure. According to the research, NFC will reach around 700 million phones in 2016 from 20 million in 2011, which in itself is a massive leap. For those not in the know, the technology basically allows enabled in smartphones, will allow users to make payments, exchange files, store tickets, download data and a lot more, by simply placing the tag and the phone at a distance of few centimetres apart from each other. It might be a little slow at present, but it is definitely catching up

100m in 2012!

100mn in 2012!

This also brings us to an equally interesting topic about how India is lagging behind in infrastructure and services. 3G is yet to take off full-fledgedly in our country, and 4G in such a scenario seems quite far-fetchedc. NFC has been employed in a lot of countries, but for us its still related to tapping to audio devices and phones (that too if they do have one). A lot of smartphones have launched without NFC for the Indian market, which says only one thing – we still have a long way to go, if we are to catch up with the current trends. If politics and scams, like the recent 2G scam are still going to exist, we’re definitely going to fall back in the technology race that this world is seeing right now. Do you guys agree or disagree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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