Over 31% of mobile developers today are supporting Near Field Communications (NFC) in their mobile apps, but an additional 45% plan to support this technology in the next 12 months, according to Evans Data Corp's newly released Mobile Development Survey.
The survey, conducted in May 2013 with over 500 developers actively working on mobile apps, found that more developers have plans to support NFC in the near future than any of several other device features, including voice recognition, range finder, and device pairing.
The primary driver for NFC support is security and access (keycards and dongles, identity, entry and access, boarding passes and transponders). Other popular drivers for NFC support are social networking, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and commerce.
"NFC is the next evolutionary step in mobile computing," said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp. "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."
Although NFC was the technology that most developers plan to support in the next year, still image capture, video image capture, and GPS are the device features more developers are supporting today.
Device features are extremely important in determining how many will target their apps for a particular device. Over 70% say they optimize their apps to take advantage of particular device capabilities.
The Mobile Development Survey is conducted worldwide twice a year with developers actively working on apps for mobile devices. The report presents over 250 pages of data on topics such as targeted platforms, hardware optimization, online payment solutions, monetization, API integration, carriers, enterprise mobility, HTML5 development, testing and tuning apps, and more.
Evans Data Corporation regularly provides updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population such as the Mobile Development Survey.