Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-Up: July 6-10
Microsoft announces restructuring of phone hardware business
Could Microsoft be giving up on the mobile side of their business? With their slim market share in comparison to Apple and Android, Microsoft has made some interesting business decisions recently in order to garner some attention, namely their Windows 10 cross-platform system and their investment in rich native apps. Now it seems the decision to downsize their hardware side of the business could mean they see the writing on the wall: it’s tough to compete with the dominating platforms.
How the Tech Pendulum Swings
With Microsoft shrinking their mobile efforts, could their Nokia division pivot into building for Android devices? Or could they scrap Windows Phone completely and start with something new? It’s an interesting conundrum to figure out where mobile technology is headed next.
BlackBerry teams up with Google to improve Android in the enterprise
Despite their waning market share in mobile hardware, BlackBerry is still a force to contend with when it comes to device management in the enterprise. With Apple dominating enterprise mobile activations, Android is surely looking to gain some ground by teaming up with BlackBerry. With this partnership, BES12 will integrate with Google Play for Work for app management as well as include device management capabilities.
A bigger, faster Google Glass is headed for the workplace
Google hasn’t yet given up on Google Glass despite the initial backlash to the smart wearable. The company sees a place in the enterprise for their gadget and are pursuing this idea by introducing a souped-up version that includes a larger viewing area and better battery life.
6 tips for looking beyond the obvious when developing enterprise mobile apps
Building the “obvious app” for your business use cases may not always be the best approach. Enterprise software doesn’t directly translate onto mobile devices; so what are some better solutions? Opening the lines of communication with employees and encouraging cross departmental collaboration are some ways of finding success.