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July 11, 2013

More Developers Showing Interest in NFC

Near Field Communications (NFC) has many potential applications for mobile devices, and the latest survey conducted by Evans Data Corporation says 45 percent of developers plan to support the platform in the next 12 months. This is on top of the 31 percent of developers currently supporting the platform. Evans Data Corp. conducted the survey in May 2013 by questioning 500 active developers working on mobile applications.

According to these developers, they plan on implementing NFC more than other features because the platform supports more user-friendly and applicable security and access. This includes commerce, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and social networking that can be implemented with keycards and dongles, identity, entry and access, boarding passes and transponders. As the number of mobile devices enabled with NFC increases, developers will exploit the full capability of this technology to give individuals and organizations more effective solutions.

Evans Data Corp. conducts the Mobile Development Survey twice a year with global participants. The report gives a detailed market intelligence account of mobile development with topics such as targeted platforms, hardware optimization, online payment solutions, monetization, API integration, carriers, enterprise mobility, HTML5 development, testing and tuning apps and more. 

"NFC is the next evolutionary step in mobile computing. It's clear that it's going to change the way we perform everyday actions such as opening a locked door, getting on an airplane, or making a purchase at a store. But developers also have plans for the technology that include games, measurements, and connections to appliances, cars or other devices. The extent to which NFC will impact us is only constrained by the imagination of the developers," said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp.

The developers surveyed in the 26th volume of this series answered relevant questions about the mobile environment and where it is heading as the adoption of this platform becomes the preferred computing choice for many users around the world. Some of the issues addressed include: mobile platforms, device development and deployment, app stores and the business of mobile development, adoption of content formats and technologies, types of apps being developed, porting between platforms, location and map based development.

This technology is slated to be in many of the mobile devices being manufactured today and as consumers start using many of the applications it provides, it will be a standard feature. According to ABI Research, the number of NFC-enabled devices will increase to 1.95 billion by 2017.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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