RIM still corners the market on NFC-enabled handsets in the UK
NFC payments and check-ins have been slow to catch on outside of Japan, and one of the problems has been the lack of NFC-enabled handsets. The iPhone lacks them, and outside of Nexus devices NFC has been somewhat slow in coming in Android handsets as well. Windows Phone won’t support NFC until Apollo ships later this fall. What does this mean for RIM? With their market advantage they may be able to find financial partners that want to attract early adopters, which in turn may mean RIM can strike some good deals with them.
RIM probably has a smallish window of opportunity here; NFC-equipped handset sales picked up in 2011, and are expected to increase even more rapidly in 2012. Thus any advantage they have may be short-lived unless they can increase their overall smartphone market share. Which pretty much brings us back to the same place: RIM needs to hit a home run with its first BB10 handsets this year. If it does, between enterprise security and NFC ubiquity it may find it still has some advantages it can leverage.
But first they need a winning BB10 handset.
source: The Inquirer via electronista
2. axllebeer (Posts: 268; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
Oh the hate. If RIM were doing what they are doing now back when the iPhone 1st came about, it would be a tight race in the top few spots of market share. They are way behind Apple and Android, but they are picking up the pace. If they had matched Apple in the beginning I have a feeling that Android would not be the monster it is today.
But ya know, hindsight...
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