2013 is coming to an end all too soon and it is now to bring you a roundup of the year vis-à-vis the mobile industry. I started with a list of the best Android app development books of 2013; especially including books on Android 4 app development.
Over the next few weeks, I will be doing features and reviews on more such products and services. In the meantime, what are your views about my article? Do you think I missed out any other book I that should have included in my list?
Would you like me to feature any other specific set of mobile-related products as well? Feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and ideas with me.
Mobile Devices wishes all its readers Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah. With the festive season in full swing, can shopping be left very far behind?!
The latest trend among shoppers is to browse, purchase and gift all kinds of products via their mobile devices, while on the go. This scenario opens up several more channels for brands, retail outlets and mobile marketers to reach many, many more customers without taking too much extra effort for the same. With a view to helping you earn more profit from your business, I posted an article giving tips on developing mobile marketing strategies especially for the holidays.
Mobile customers are typically fickle and are looking for quick answers to their queries. Besides, the level of competition in the market is very high and so, your main challenge is to keep your old customers coming back to you, while also making new ones.
My latest article gives you useful tips and tricks to retain your current customers and preventing them from moving away to another advertiser or brand. Can you think of any other points? Feel free to share your opinion with us.
Enjoy the holiday season and have loads of fun!
More and more enterprises are now opening up to cloud computing technology. However, not many companies understand the nitty-gritty's of the cloud and all the issues that it involves. While working in the cloud proves to be beneficial, businesses need to understand that the technology is not without its risks.
Most companies prefer to pass on full responsibility of data management and security to their CSP (cloud service provider). Though most vendors guarantee constant network availability and complete security, this is not what happens in reality. In the case of a system failure, the company has to face heavy losses both in terms of data and management costs.
In order to take more control of data, therefore, establishments must take care to craft SLAs or service level agreements that clearly define all aspects of cloud management, such as security management, system failure management, compensation expected for network downtime and so forth.
I recently posted an article giving tips on negotiating a service contract with CSPs. Can you think of anymore such tips? Feel free to share your ideas with us!
Apple's iPhone 5S is selling like hot cakes in the international mobile market. The smartphone, which is expected to emerge as a state-of-the-art enterprise-class device, however, is now raising certain issues and questions on security. While some users are having trouble with the device's fingerprint technology, there have been reports of hackers getting past Touch ID restrictions and gaining unauthorized access to the phone data.
Experts aver that the device's built-in biometric abilities, combined with its basic architecture and advanced MDM functionality, could be most beneficial to enterprise. However, they also state that Apple would have to provide the necessary infrastructure in order to further leverage the potential power of its latest flagship model.
If the company focused more on enterprise, it would undoubtedly be able to make its mark in this sector. Anyways, the future will tell us what exactly the giant plans to do with its new OS upgrade and smartphones.
Do you think Apple will emerge as a leader in enterprise in the coming year? Share your views.
iOS 7 in Enterprise:
This one comes at a time when Apple is sharply targeting the business sector with its several security features, most importantly, its Secure Enclave. The giant's latest iPhone 5S, which includes Touch ID, has now come under the scanner for poor performance.
Some users have taken to the Apple forums and popular social networks such as Twitter to share their woes - they often find the new feature not recognizing their already registered fingerprint. Yet other users have reported that the functionality does not work when their hands are warmer or sweatier than usual. However, iPhone 5S users who are luckier have reported that the device works "flawlessly" and most accurately, each and every time.
Judging by the above reactions, one has to wonder if the device would actually be able to guarantee the high levels of security needed in the enterprise sector, and if iOS 7 would indeed emerge as the future of mobile.
In the meantime, continue to watch this space for the latest, hottest news and happenings in the mobile industry.
Of late, I have been bringing you news and updates about how Apple is now targeting the enterprise sector. Earlier this week, the company updated its VPP or Volume Purchase Program app to support both education and business. This app now comes with several welcome additions, including a new "management distribution" of apps to iOS 7 devices.
It supports most apps available at the App Store, custom-built third-party B2B enterprise apps and even books from the iBooks store. The managed distribution feature enables establishments to retain ownership of the apps, revoke user right on apps when no longer necessary and also reassign the app license to different users.
The assigned apps are automatically installed on supervised iOS devices and unsupervised devices prompt the user for action before install. Education-based users can setup multiple administrators and the rest of the users can sign in with the single login functionality.
Currently available in select countries across the world, managed distribution requires iOS 7 and the right kind of MDM. MDM providers too must update themselves to support the new system.
Visit the iTunes Store to know more about Apple's latest VPP update.
Apple is getting set to prove its efficacy in the enterprise sector, with its latest iOS 7. The platform offers several security-related MDM or mobile device management features, which make the upgrade most suitable to tackle the current BYOD trend in office establishments.
The Apple Configurator can be used by IT administrators to create configuration profiles; import existing profiles into the system; put into motion mobile device security policies as required by the company and much more. The new "Supervised Mode" gives IT personnel a great deal of control over the corporate-owned iOS devices used in office.
Functionality such as Open In Management help the IT staff to control the distribution of apps only to a certain section of the staff, to restrict data access as necessary and to wipe employee devices remotely. Enterprise Single Sign-On enables employees to log in only once to gain access to both enterprise and App Store apps.
"Per App VPN" enables IT personnel to configure apps to connect to a virtual private network and the "Volume Purchasing Program" or VPP helps companies distribute apps to employees, while also retaining ownership and control over the licenses.
Companies are now recognizing the real potential of iOS 7 and are beginning to adopt it into their own way of working.
Will the new platform emerge as the favorite platform for enterprises in the coming year? What are your thoughts on the subject?
Mobile Devices wishes all its readers a very Happy Diwali. May this season bring peace, joy and prosperity to one and all.
This year has seen tremendous activity and evolution in the mobile industry. New devices and new OS' are literally flooding the market. I have upgraded my smartphone as well - I am now the proud owner of a recent, much sought-after, phablet!
On the OS front, Android and Apple continue to be the foremost rivals. While the former is hyping its soon-to-arrive Google Glass, the latter is commanding the lion's share of the market with its iOS 7, iPhone 5S, 5C and more.
The enterprise sector too is waking up to the true potential of mobile in every sphere of life. Along with it, mobile security and Mobile Device Management related products and services are rapidly evolving as well.
The year ahead holds the promise of much more fun and excitement in the mobile sphere. As always, we strive to bring you the hottest news and updates as and when it happens. Bookmark us to keep abreast of the latest happenings in the mobile world.Image © Piyush Bhargava/Flickr
At Apple's latest event, Tim Cook proudly announced that the company's latest iOS 7 was already running on approximately 64 percent of iOS devices. Considered to be one of the biggest ever changes to hit the mobile industry, this new platform offers several features and functionality, many of which would be especially beneficial for enterprise.
The enterprise sector is also waking up to the true potential of iOS 7, which is now proving to be a game changer, especially for the current BYOD environment among industries of all shapes and sizes. The new upgrade focuses on increasing productivity by way of organizing content, also enabling users to seamlessly collaborate and share information with each other at the workplace.
With its new and improved security and MDM features, Apple is clearly targeting enterprises. In fact, experts believe that this OS may emerge as the most popular one by the year 2016.
With the difference between consumer apps and enterprise apps rapidly fading out, it is now time for enterprises to adapt to the latest changes and adopt these into their daily functioning.
Apple, at its much-hyped October event, made several onlookers happy, including in its itinerary, many announcements and introductions. The giant introduced its super-slim 1-pound iPad Air and MacBook Pro, also some new desktops, along with upgrades to its Mac OS and iWork suite for all Macs MacBooks.
Another important introduction was the new iPad Mini, with a "retina" high-resolution screen. However, there was no mention of iWatches or other wearable devices that we so expected this time. Apple plans to launch its new iPads simultaneously in the US and China.
The giant has additionally released a new update to its latest OS; iOS 7.0.3. This free update, which includes several bug fixes, is now available for direct download from users' iPhones and via iTunes as well. If all this is not enough, the company also released new versions of several of its major apps.
While all this sounds great, we will have to wait and see how enthusiastically the new products are received by the mobile market in general. These new introductions have been strategically made right before the holidays begin, so the chances are that the company's sales figures for the next few weeks would show a steep upward movement.