News Scan: Google Maps for mobile gets overhaul; Most first-time smartphone users choose Android; more
>> Google beefs up Google Maps for mobile app
Google has updated its Google Maps app for iOS and Android devices with improved driving directions and lane guidance. In addition, the updated app enables the saving of personalized maps offline. The updated app also integrates the Uber app, which enables users access to cars for hire or rideshare services, as well as up-to-the-minute information on public transportation. Read more.
>> Mobility forcing rethink of enterprise app development
Mobility, cloud computing, social media and big data analytics are forcing changes in the enterprise app development process and the final product, notes David Mitchell Smith, vice president and fellow at market research firm Gartner. To embrace these changes, enterprises will need to develop app strategies that "overturn assumptions, bypass everything, [are] open to serendipity, and use adaptive technologies," Smith observes. Read more.
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>> Mobile payments fuel trusted services management market
Mobile payments will fuel the market for trusted service management, or TSM, which is forecast by Frost & Sullivan to reach €166.2 million ($231.3 million) in 2014 and €326.5 million ($454.4 million) in 2015. TSM for secure elements provides the trust infrastructure to securely manage credentials, and TSM for service providers enables banks, merchants and other service providers to allow customers to use their credit, debit and other cards on mobile devices. TSM for service providers is expected to account for 81.8 percent of the total TSM market this year, says Frost & Sullivan. Read more.
>> Most first-time smartphone users choose Android
Android picked up almost all of the new smartphone users in the 2014 first quarter, suggesting Android is set to gain almost all of the basic mobile subscribers still upgrading to smartphones, judges Nick Spencer, senior practice director for mobile devices at ABI Research. "Android looks set to completely dominate the high growth developing markets and increase its market share still further," Spencer adds. Read more.
>> Perfecto Mobile raises $20M in VC funding
Perfecto Mobile, a company that provides mobile app testing and monitoring services, has raised $20 million in venture capital funding, Re/code reports. FTV Capital, along with existing investors Carmel, Vertex and Globespan Capital Partners, invested the funds. Perfecto Mobile plans to use the money to expand beyond mobile app testing and monitoring into app security validation. Read more.