After years of controversy, including a rather long battle with Australian Banks, Apple has finally succumbed to the publics demand.
For a more detailed look, follow this link to Apples Dev page
Previously, NFC technology was available to roughly 50% of the Australian Market, as half use Android. With this new release, virtually 100% of the market can use NFC technology which means accessibly will arrive at an all time high and subsequently opportunities for NFC technology may more than double.
You've gotta commend Apple for finally conceding their intentions to put a stranglehold on their NFC usage,
Unlock doors using NFC Enabled Smartphones
- No more keys
- No more codes
- No more swipe cards
- The NFC Door Lock is your most convenient access control device on the market
How does the NFC Door Lock work?
If you have an NFC enabled smartphone you can use your phone as a keycard to gain access into your front door. Feedback from the market on the NFC Door Lock has been extremely positive. Having the benefit of using your smartphone as your wallet and key requirements is an elementary step to integrating your life into one simple device.
- Any device with NFC enabled
- Samsung, Android, HTC, etc
iPhone’s are NFC enabled
Yes, Apple have released the new iPhone 6 and 6+ with NFC capability. However, so far the phone has only been enabled to work with Apple Pay and is locked for third party applications.
'Sony Xperia’s Twitter account has published two teaser images along with the hashtag #MAE13, which is the official hashtag for the Mobile Asia Expo taking place in Shanghai next week.
The first message says “1 in 3 smartphone users want smart wrist wear” while the second message simply says “tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock” along with an image of the Sony Smartwatch.'
Rumored to have NFC on board, how would you use an NFC Smart Watch?
From Ubergizmo, great blog for latest tech; check out the full article here.
This has to be one of the first three questions we get asked all day every day. Simple answer in Australia is 9 out of the top 10 phones sold in Australia today have NFC on board. Obviously all except the iPhone.
If you want a more detailed answer the most current list we have found is this one here from NFCworld.com: List of NFC enabled phones.
And another more readily scanned list is the one on Wikipedia, not as current, but easier to scan quickly to see if your handset: Check it out here.
Happy hunting for the right handset for your project, and be sure to confirm which versions of the NFC Forum Tag Types are best to work with. Not all of them play with all hardware.
If in doubt, don't be shy and ask!
Berg Insight predicts this will continue to grow at nearly 50% per annum to reach 1 billion units by 2017.
Global sales of handsets featuring NFC, the technology required to make contact-less payments, grew 300 per cent in 2012 to reach 140 million units, market research firm Berg Insight has found.
Wider adoption of NFC in mobile phones began in 2011 and accelerated in 2012 when the top-ten handset vendors released nearly 100 NFC-enabled models.
We hope your plans to use NFC in your business are coming together and to read the full article you can find it here.
Steve Smith has written a great thought piece in Mediapost on the importance of understanding where your target customers' head is at when being asked to "tap here".
He draws a creative connection to Alice in Wonderland being asked to "drink this", quite rightly Alice paused for thought...perhaps your potential customers are too.
EFTPOS Australia is partnering with C-SAM to to set up trials with 10 Aussie retailers to offer payments via NFC-enabled mobile phones soon. C-SAM will offer a white labelled product and wallet to allow broad adoption over the EFTPOS network in Australia within 3 years. Could be a game changer and yet another sign that handset adoption is behind us and time to get solutions ready to go.
According to Strategy Analytics' blog most new LTE (long term evolution) 4G handsets will have NFC installed in 2013. The technology is now supported as a default inclusion in top end Samsung, Blackberry, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, HTC to name a few.
9 out of 10 top selling handsets in Australia now include NFC, and given sales growth rates of Android devices, the projected doubling of NFC-enabled devices in this report would seem assured.