Applications for smartwatches, smartglasses and fitness bands will drive sales of wearable devices, which are forecast by Strategy Analytics to reach 125 million units by 2017.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Monday, 11/25 including: the short attention span of mobile shoppers when it comes to retailer mobile apps, the results of the Apple/Samsung patent case, offloading data capacity onto Wi-Fi networks by mobile operators, reported benefits of BYOD and the major success of Windows 8.1.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Friday, 11/15 including: Isis's expanding reach, Samsung's plan for flexible display smartphone in the coming year, Microsoft's jump to number one with help from Nokia, areas marketers are missing out and the urging of the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to the cell phone industry concerning the unlocking of cellular devices.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Thursday, 11/14 including: Qualcomm's new $10 million prize offering to researchers who create a device that can diagnose 15 diseases, the lack of funding to BYOD programs and research, Global M2M Association expanding horizons, the KNOX partner program launched by Samsung and the use of mobile devices for holiday shopping this season.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Friday, 11/8 including: mobile communications spending in the enterprise, Sephora's attempt to make mobile customers first priority, the newest innovation from Office, a halt in Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch shipments and the continuing legal battle between Apple and Samsung.
Quick take on Monday, 11/4 news including: Samsung and Nokia team up, how Baby Boomers handle online and device security, telework policies down under, ABI's prediction of small cells and a SpiderCloud launch.
Quick takes on Friday, 11/1 news including: the fate of chief digital officers in the workforce, Macy's encouragement of in-store photos, iPad's fall from the top, new KitKat mobile OS for Android and the growth of the Wi-Fi enabled system.
Apple's iOS in the Car and MirrorLink will be the dominant smartphone-integration technologies used for in-vehicle infotainment systems shipped in 2018, predicts ABI Research.
Apple continues to lead the tablet market--although its once dominant market share has slipped to a mere 29.6 percent in the 2013 third quarter, according to the latest stats from IDC.
Up to 30 percent of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch are being returned in Best Buy locations in the U.S., according to documents leaked to Geek.com. Until more practical functionality can be added, it's highly doubtful users will magically fall in love with it.