The Month in Mobility – November ‘14

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and it’s been quite the month in the realm of mobility

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and it’s been quite the month in the realm of mobility, whether it is the growth in mobile purchases during the Thanksgiving shopping season, Google surpassing Apple in education tablet penetration, new releases from BlackBerry, and Nokia making a return to consumer electronics.

BlackBerry not only unveiled version 12 of their BES platform but what was most interesting was news of their strategic partnership with Samsung that will see the integration of Samsung’s Knox-powered Galaxy smartphones and tablets with the BES 12 server. It will be interesting to see how much more than the Knox APIs that have been provided to the other EMM vendors. The net-net however is Android continues down the path of Enterprise acceptance.

Brett_ClausWith Thanksgiving in the US comes some intense shopping in the form of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Estimates show mobile devices being used for 30% of all online transactions. Personally I was able to do 90% of my family’s Christmas shopping – and of the online purchases I did about 50% desktop and 50% smartphone; speaking of which packages continue to be delivered throughout the week and my inner child is excited for the time of year.

More predictions around BYOD growth, this time from ReportsnReports, who forecast the global bring your own device security market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 35.23 percent over the period 2014-2019.

Microsoft announced the new iOS versions of their Office suite would be free, regardless of you having an Office 365 account or not. This new Microsoft Office for iOS suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. A partnership between Microsoft and Dropbox was also announced this month and this provided integration with the new Office suite and Dropbox. Allowing users to edit and save directly to their Dropbox storage.

Android 5.0 Lollipop launched last month and doesn’t even account for 0.1% of the market despite wider rollouts. This is a very promising OS so we shall have to keep an eye on its adoption.

Google Glass Pierre TheodoreSticking with Google, details are emerging on the next generation of Google Glass. The big move is from TI silicon to Intel, with this transition will come a push by Intel as it “plans to promote Glass to companies such as hospital networks and manufacturers, while developing new workplace uses for the device.”

Problems with new mobile operating systems are not limited to Apple and Google, Microsoft recently acknowledged freezing issues in Windows Phone 8.1 specifically affecting the Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 smartphones.

Now onto iOS, Apple’s iPads haven’t been doing too well lately. The company reported earlier this year that sales of its tablet had declined over the previous quarter, but the latest figures from industry analysts IDC show that iPad sales are down 12.7% year-on-year too.

Mind you looking at that same report you are able to see that Android tablet sales increased 16% over the same period, and sales of Windows tablets were up by a massive 67.3%. Of course, many of those Android and Windows tablets are dirt-cheap devices but adoption is adoption.


Lastly, a bill signed into law in November will allow companies to rid their devices of some of those unpleasant regulatory marks that they must carry. These marks indicate certification and approval by the appropriate regulatory bodies – such as the FCC mark in the US, and the CE compliance mark in the EU. Though this is perhaps a day late and a dollar short for OnePlus since the EU sent a bunch of devices back after the company chose to omit the marks in favor of cleaner looks.

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