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>> Most smartphone users want to communicate with doctors using their device

A full 80 percent of smartphone users want to communicate with their doctors via their devices, according to a FICO survey of 2,239 smartphone users in 14 countries, Mobile Health News reports. "People are especially interested in mobile services that can help them manage their personal health and shop for health care services. The leading health care providers are increasingly turning to mobile technologies to meet this demand, and to engage frequently and proactively with consumers," says Stuart Wells, FICO's chief product and technology officer. Read more.

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>> Smartphone users spend a lot more time on mobile apps

Smartphone users spend 65 percent more time each month using mobile apps than they did two years ago, according to data from polling firm Nielsen. The average number of mobile apps used per month increased slightly to 26.8 compared with 23.2 two years ago. "This shows that while there may be an upper limit to the total number of apps users are willing to access within a given month, the amount of time they are spending on those apps is showing no signs of slowing down," explains Nielsen in a blog. Read more.

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>> Cloud app development and management platforms to take off

Cloud app development and management platforms will generate $3.6 billion in mobile enterprise app revenue by 2019, forecasts ABI Research. "Mobile applications allow for greater flexibility when mobilizing content and employees. However, the cost in terms of time and resources is fairly expensive to generate a single app for multiple platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Fortunately new cloud based development solutions have evolved and are now gaining traction to reduce the app development time while permitting cross-platform deployment," says ABI senior analyst Jason McNicol. Read more.

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>> Mobile broadband traffic drives operator use of CSCR platforms

Mobile broadband traffic growth is pushing mobile operators to expand the use of centralized signaling and routing control (CSCR) platforms, says Infonetics Research. A cumulative $282 million is forecast by Infonetics to be spent globally on CSRC equipment from 2014 to 2018, driven by LTE network expansion. "CSRC platforms are a class of solutions designed to help operators relieve congestion and simplify network management as they bridge legacy networks and next-generation IP," says Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics. Read more.

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>> Strong demand for enterprise mobile solutions will drive US, European sales

Strong demand for enterprise mobile solutions--mobile apps, machine-to-machine communications and mobile device management--will boost sales of those products in the U.S. and Europe, according to a survey of 1,028 IT decision makers by Frost & Sullivan. Mobile apps are currently deployed by the highest percentage of respondents, but M2M and MDM products are forecast to see the strongest near-term growth within the next two years. "Industry-specific preferences have emerged around mobility, with the manufacturing and finance sectors leading in all three mobile solution categories in percent of companies deploying," says Jeanine Sterling, mobile and wireless principal analyst at Frost & Sullivan. Read more.

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