In 2012, however, NFC started to break out of its shell. NFC-enabled devices rocketed up to 100 million shipped, a significant climb from 2010’s 2 million devices sold. Estimates call for 300 million NFC-enabled devices to be sold in 2013 and for the billion-device mark to be reached in 2015.
To date, most such devices are smartphones. With many smartphone makers in the Android and now Windows camps getting on board with NFC, leading OEMs including LG, Nokia, and Samsung have begun designing NFC into products.