News Scan: Disney feels the mobile Force; Citrix's enterprise mobility sales surge; more

>>Disney takes Star Wars franchise mobile

Now that Disney has secured the Star Wars franchise, it has decided to take it mobile with a new free-to-play mobile game called Star Wars: Commander, The New York Times reports. The game is aimed at the "midcore" game players--"people interested in a more in-depth experience than offered by a Candy Crush Saga but less time-consuming and expensive than a Call of Duty." Disney is hoping that the mobile game will bolster its struggling Disney Interactive unit, the newspaper notes. Read more.

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>> Citrix sees 100% revenue jump in its enterprise mobility business

Citrix saw nearly 100 percent year-over-year revenue growth for its enterprise mobility business in the first half of 2014, reports Infotech Lead. More than 80 percent of Citrix's mobile platform sales in the first half came from its XenMobile Enterprise product. Recent customers include Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, and an unnamed leading bank in the U.S., the report notes. Read more.

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>> Enterprise need for flexible IT services fuels custom app development market

The market for custom application development services is forecast by TechNavio to increase at a 5.2 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, fueled by the need of enterprises to develop custom apps for specific business purposes. "Changes in work locations, time-zone barriers, and the need to access official and confidential data via personal devices through apps are driving the growth of the global custom application development services market," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio. Read more.

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>> Automotive BYOD revenues to reach $26.4B this year, says Visiongain

Automotive BYOD market revenues are forecast by Visiongain to reach $26.4 billion this year, with the market set for exponential growth over the next few years. The automotive BYOD market includes technologies that enable the use of consumer smartphones, tablets, eReaders, wearables and other consumer devices in vehicles. Read more.

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>> Samsung smartphones recommended more than twice as often as Apple

Sixty-three percent of consumers who bought a device in the first quarter of 2014 were recommended a Samsung device, more than double the recommendation for Apple, according to the latest stats compiled from 20,000 consumers by Kantar Worldpanel. For the 70 percent of consumers who conduct research prior to buying a smartphone, recommendations and advice were "huge influencers" in the purchase decision, the research firm notes. Read more.

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