"NFC has reached the point of no return," says ABI Research’s John Devlin. "It all hinged on handsets; and next year we will see half-a-billion devices in the hands of consumers as it becomes more widely integrated."
The number of NFC devices in use will exceed 500 million in 2014, with 285 million shipped this year alone, according to ABI.
Companies like Blackberry and Samsung have implemented narrow strategies around NFC. As a result they are setting themselves apart.
Others, like LG and Sony, are horizontally integrating NFC into a broad array of products—not only mobile phones and tablets, but PCs, peripherals, speakers, TVs, cameras, games and appliances.