News Scan: IT mobile spending to top $500B; Samsung tallies 166M business users; more

>> IT spending on mobile devices to exceed $500B this year

Worldwide IT spending on mobile devices is forecast by IDC to pass $500 billion this year, with IT spending on software to surpass $400 billion. Enterprise "enthusiasm" for new software built around mobility, big data, cloud and social media "remains strong," judges IDC. At the same time, an economic slowdown in emerging markets has prompted IDC to lower its forecast for worldwide IT spending growth this year to 4.6 percent from a previous estimate of 5 percent. This compares with IT spending growth of 4.8 percent in 2013. Read more on IDC's IT spending forecast.

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>> Samsung tallied 166 million mobile business customers in 2013

Samsung had 166 million mobile business customers using both BYOD and corporate-liable devices in 2013, according to an estimate by ABI Research. While most of those customers are BYOD users, Samsung wants to get more of the corporate-liable mobile device market and more enterprise apps for its platform. "If you look at other device OEMs with an enterprise mobility focus, they tend to have a single solution available. Samsung on the other hand has SAFE, Knox, virtualization and possibly Tizen as enterprise solutions. No other OEM is taking such an aggressive stance towards enterprise mobility," comments ABI senior analyst Jason McNicol. Read more on ABI's Samsung analysis.

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>> Mobile augmented reality products to catch on in the enterprise

Enterprise use of mobile augmented reality (AR) apps and services is forecast by Juniper Research to generate annual revenues of more than $1 billion within five to six years. As a whole, the mobile AR market is forecast to reach $1.2 billion by 2015, up from just over $180 million in 2013. Gaming, which accounted for 40 percent of downloads last year, is expected to provide the largest revenue stream for mobile AR apps and services. Other market segments that will continue to grow include mainstream lifestyle and general entertainment applications, predicts Juniper. Read more on Juniper's mobile AR forecast.

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>> WLAN will drive enterprise edge revenues to $15B by 2018

Enterprise investment in high-bandwidth 802.11ac wireless local area network (WLAN) systems will fuel growth of the enterprise edge market, which is forecast by Dell'Oro to reach $15 billion by 2018. "WLAN access points are shared by many users, while Ethernet switch ports are dedicated to specific devices; therefore, wireless connections are generally more cost-effective to deploy. We expect this to result in enterprise edge connections, or the number of active users, growing by more than 40 percent overall by 2018," says Chris DePuy, vice president of enterprise edge research at Dell'Oro Group. Read more on Dell'Oro's WLAN forecast.

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>> Apple iOS increased its tablet market share to 34 percent in Q4

Tablets running Apple's iOS took a 34 percent share of the tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with Android's 62 percent market share, according to the latest stats from Strategy Analytics. In total, 76.8 million tablets were shipped in the fourth quarter, up 20 percent year-over-year. For the full year, tablet shipments totaled 227 million units, up 33 percent year-over-year. Apple was the number one tablet manufacturer in 2013, with 33 percent of the market, followed by Samsung with 18 percent. Read more on Strategy Analytics' tablet stats.

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