More than four times the total for this year, says iSuppli.
The market watcher has added to the growing noise around this contactless tech in mobile with figures that suggest near field communication will explode in the coming years.
It says the tech was in 52.6m devices this year – 4.1 per cent of all shipments. The 220m by 2014 would represent 13 per cent of shipments.
Its bullish predictions are based on developments such as:
* Nokia said it will support NFC in all new smart phone models introduced in 2011.
* Google announced support for NFC in Android 2.3
* AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile launched a joint venture known as ISIS that will develop a mobile payment system based on NFC.
“iSuppli believes that 2012 will be the make-or-break year for NFC,” said Jagdish Rebello, director and principal analyst for communications and consumer electronics with iSuppli.
“With all the ongoing and planned NFC trials in different regions of the world—as well as support for the technology by major stakeholders, including wireless operators, financial institutions and banks—it is imperative that business models be established that allow each of the nodes to see value in offering the service."