Applications & Apps Business

Samsung, Orange Team Up in Enterprise Tablets

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Orange and Samsung sign a "strategic partnership agreement" for the development of enterprise tablets and services with emphasis on European territories, specifically Belgium, France, Poland and Spain. 

Galaxy The agreement has the two companies co-developing business solutions, with Orange connectivity, services integration, device management and security expertise to Samsung services and devices. 

"The tablet is revolutionising the enterprise market providing a new platform to rethink business processes," Orange says. "The partnership enables enterprises to seize this opportunity and is part of our ambition to support companies' digital transformation."


Gartner: App Downloads to reach over 100 Billion

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Global mobile app downloads should reach 102 billion in 2013 according to Gartner-- up from 64 billion in 2012, with annual revenues growing from $18bn in 2012 to $26bn in 2013.

Free apps account for 91% of total 2013 app downloads, a perhaps non-surprising total seeing how cheap-as-free apps make 60% of Apple App Store offerings and 80% of the Google Play store.

Gartner app downloads

The two major stores should account for 90% of 2017 global downloads thanks to richer ecosystems and large developer communities, even both will see at least some declines-- Gartner predicts average monthly app downloads will drop from 4.9 in 2013 to 3.9 in 2017 per iOS device and from 6.2 in 2013 to 5.8 in 2017 per Android device.


Gartner: More Collaboration on More Devices

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By 2016 most collaboration applications will be available equally on PCs, smartphones, tablets and browsers, Gartner predicts-- solving app and service fragmentation while enabling employees to collaborate more effectively. 

Mobile Collab"In the past, collaboration on mobile devices meant interaction through wireless messaging and voice calls," the analyst says. "Today smartphones and tablets have larger screens, touch-based UIs, location support, broad network connectivity, enhanced cameras and video support, VoIP, and so on. Such features enable a range of applications-— both traditional and new-— for employees to better communicate, collaborate, socializs, create and consume content."

Fragmentation and lack of standardisation forces organisations to use mobile collaboration to solve specific issues via multiple tools. However Gartner predicts the market will mature over the next 3-5 years  until every business uses mobile collaboration, with the bring your own device (BYOD), personal cloud file sharing and increasing mobile app availability trend driving such growth.


HTML5-Based BYOD from Sencha

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Sencha claims it has a solution for customer BYOD woes with Sencha Space, an HTML5-based platform for the management of business-related apps on employee devices without the intermingling of personal data. 

Sencha SpaceAccording to the company Sencha Space looks like any other app, is secure and allows for remote management by IT departments.

Admins can deliver, manage and remove Sencha Space apps entirely through the cloud, without need to obtain the devices in question. The backend also allows the management of apps on a per user level, with real-time changes according to specific devices and applications. 


NuVo Music Port Gets Android App

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The NuVo  Music Port and Music Port Elite source components receive a further control option-- a free Android remote control app is now available from the Google Play store.

NuVo SystemBoth Music Port and Music Port Elite work with the NuVo Concerto, Essentia and Renovia whole home audio systems, and can act as standalone sources. The systems offer 4 simultaneous audio streams from internally- or network-stored content and a number of internet radio subscription services.

Currently in beta, the app is compatible with any NuVo system including the Music Port or Music Port Elite components. It allows for simple source navigation and zone control, as well as queue filling, volume adjustment and source switching, via Android devices.

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