Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Wednesday, 3/12 including: mobile contactless transactions on the rise and what role Visa and Mastercard are playing in this, the closing of hundreds of Staples stores due to mobile push, what's going on in the tablet shipment market for the Middle East and Africa, why IT channel firms need to seize enterprise mobility opportunity according to TechTarget and what's going on with V2V and V2X communication systems.
Call and text alerts along with caller ID are the most popular features that consumers want for their smartwatches, according to a survey by ABI Research.
RCS offers an alternative to BYOD because enterprises can enable employees to customize their mobile experience on corporate-liable devices, while maintaining a corporate dashboard to monitor and control business communications and applications, according to market research firm Mind Commerce.
A new report from Juniper Research finds that more than $115 in retail payments will be spent using mobile devices for every man, woman and child on the planet by 2018.
Juniper Research became the latest research firm to forecast an exploding wearable devices market, predicting that 130 million devices will ship by 2018, ten times higher than estimated this year.
A single BYOD policy may be insufficient to address the variety of issues raised by the flood of employee-owned mobile devices into the enterprise, which Juniper Research forecasts will exceed one billion by 2018.
Quick takes on Thursday, 10/31 news including: Cellular M2M growth, Inuit's new acquisition, location-based mobile ads, the new BBM and Facebook's latest findings.
Spending on mobile advertising is expected to reach $39 billion in 2018, up from $13 billion this year, according to the latest forecast from Juniper Research.
Mobile money transfer users are forecast by Juniper Research to approach 400 million by 2018, up from less than 150 million users in 2013.
Mobile payments and enterprise use of mobile devices, along with fitness and health apps, are expected to spur an 11-fold increase in revenues from app-enabled smart wireless accessories by 2018, according to a recent report from Juniper Research.