Gartner has released its top 10 applications for 2012.
"Consumer mobile applications and services are no longer the prerogative of mobile carriers,” said Sandy Shen, research director at Gartner. “The increasing consumer interest in smartphones, the participation of Internet players in the mobile space, and the emergence of application stores and cross-industry services are reducing the dominance of mobile carriers. Each player will influence how the application is delivered and experienced by consumers, who ultimately vote with their attention and spending power".
LBS applications are at number 2. The LBS user base is predicted to grow to 526 million by 2012 (from 96 million in 2009). NFC is at number 7. I read here that some new version of iPhone is supposed to include NFC support (actually support for proximity), and I do believe it's about time for the mobile industry to get behind this technology.
You can read the entire report at Gartner.