Applications & Apps Business

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.

Go NuVo

ABI: 2013 App Market Worth $27 Billion

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ABI Research forecasts the mobile app market will reach 2013 revenues of $27 billion as apps remain the critical factor in the battle of mobile operating systems. 

appsUnsurprisingly iOS and Android remain app leaders, while BlackBerry and Windows Phone are still "far behind" in their competition for 3rd ecosystem. 

“iOS continues to lead the way, and the OS is projected to generate over 66% of the revenues for smartphone and tablet apps in 2013,” ABI says. “Although Android OS recently surpassed Apple in terms of total app numbers, iOS users continue to prove they’re more willing to depart with their cash. The revenue gap between the two leading OSes looks unlikely to close over the next 18 months.”

In an interesting point-- tablet-generated app revenues appear to be catching up with smartphones, and the analyst predicts tablet revenues will overtake smartphones by 2017. The reason? Tablet users are willing to pay more for apps, mainly due to large display sizes and a superior gaming/reading experiences. 

Go ABI Research Mobile App Tracker

Motorola Solutions Takes on Device Management

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Motorola Mobility launches Mobility Lifecycle Management (MLM)-- an enterprise solution taking care of lifecycle management for the mobile devices in use by organisations. 

MotorolaMLM offers platform-agnostic lifecycle management across Windows Mobile, iOS and Android devices from a large number of device makers, speeding rollout and providing support for mobile device and application planning. 

In addition it supports deployment, management, service desk, repairs and reporting, and analysis. 

A browser-based management portal allows customers to check operations and performance measures, while customer-specific service-level agreements govern performance.