News Scan: Jello Labs gets $7.5M in VC funding; BYOD fuels MDM sales; more

>> Jello Labs acquires $7.5M in VC funding

Startup Jello Labs has secured $7.5 million in venture capital for its spring mobile commerce product, TechCrunch reports. Jello Labs was founded by David Tisch, formerly managing director of TechStars NY. The funding round was led by Thrive Capital, Groupe Arnault and Box Group, and included 41 other venture capital and angel investors. Spring is currently setting up exclusive partnerships with big fashion and retail brands, the report notes. Read more

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>> More than 2B smartphones to ship in 2018, says ABI

More than 2 billion smartphones are forecast by ABI Research to ship in 2018, up from 1.25 billion this year. "While smartphone growth is beginning to fall, plenty of growth remains, with smartphone penetration of mobile subscribers under 30% worldwide. Most advanced and affluent markets already have 60%+ penetration, so the growth is driven by developing markets and the reduction in smartphone ASPs," says Nick Spencer, senior practice director at ABI Research. Read more

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>> Health, fitness trackers make up majority of wearables

Health and fitness activity trackers make up a majority of wearable technology, according to IDC research. Increasingly, healthcare organizations are looking to incorporate health and wellness trackers to engage patients in reaching health goals. "To control escalating healthcare costs, especially for chronic conditions, healthcare organizations are evaluating a variety of options to engage consumers and encourage them to take a more active role in managing their health," says Lynne Dunbrack, research vice president for IDC Health Insights. Read more

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>> BYOD fueling MDM software sales, says TechNavio

The mobile device management (MDM) software market is forecast by TechNavio to increase at a 24 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. This growth is being fueled enterprise BYOD programs, the market research firm notes. "Enterprise mobility helps organizations exchange data and information without time and location constraints. Because of the greater mobility these schemes provide, organizations have been increasingly adopting BYOD policies, and related mobile device management solutions," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio.  Read more

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>> Google, Apple and Amazon target in-store mobile shoppers

Google, Apple and Amazon are aggressively pursuing in-store mobile shoppers, notes Mobile Marketer. "We can see how these companies will look to act as an aggregator, creating a single place that will manage all the end-users retail apps, loyalty programs rewards/coupons, etc. However, while a customer can chose to use a retailer's app, they can also choose to use an aggregated application from a company like Amazon or Google," the publication quotes Patrick Connolly, senior analyst at ABI Research, as saying. Read more

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