A new Mobile Development survey from Evans Data Corp finds that 31 percent of developers say that they are already supporting near field communication (NFC) technology in their apps. Another 45 percent say they plan to add NFC support within the next year. In fact, NFC is more popular among developers than several other new smartphone technologies, including voice recognition, range finder, and device pairing.
"NFC is the next evolutionary step in mobile computing," said Evans Data CEO Janel Garvin. "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."
Still, industry watchers note that consumers have been slow to embrace NFC features, particularly for mobile payments.