We saw it coming, and Google finally decided to make it public. The company announced Android Wear, an extension of its popular mobile operating system for wearables. Smartwatches and fitness wrist bands are the hottest new products in the technology market. Companies like Samsung, Pebble, Qualcomm, and others have already launched their versions of a wearable computing device in the market.
IT, especially, mobile devices, has changed the way employees work. They prefer to use mobile devices to access data and information to enhance productivity. Many corporate and organizations have now started encouraging BYOD or bring your own device and COPE or corporate owned personally enabled mobile device strategy to empower employees and enable them to be more productive.
Google will be releasing a developer SDK that will enable companies to create wearable devices that run on Android. The announcement came from the SXSQ conference where Google’s senior vice president of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai, revealed how the company is focussed on supporting wearables.
Apple’s biggest update to iOS has just received a fresh update — iOS 7.1 — to fix previous issues, and make some welcome enhancements to what the company calls “the most advanced mobile operating system”. iOS 7.1 packs a bunch of improvements when it comes to user interface, animations and transitions, apart from other cosmetic changes.
Last month Nokia announced a brand new portfolio of devices — Nokia X — that run on a forked version of Google’s mobile operating system Android. With these new phones, Nokia is aiming to bring Android apps to their smartphone users with a low cost to entry. Today the company launched Nokia X in India, with a promise of launching Nokia X+ and Nokia XL in another 60 days.
Flipboard today announced that it is acquiring its competitor news app titled Zite from CNN. The announcement comes at a time when Flipboard is welcoming CNN as a content partner. Flipboard says it will integrate Zite’s AI technology and then shut down any further development on the app.
Making online payments on smartphones and Tablets can be frustrating and that’s a pain point that Silicon Valley start-up Stripe wants to address. Stripe is today making a debut of a seamless checkout experience on mobile and web, which enables one click payments for the first time on the payments platform.
Microsoft today released the Office 365 SDK for Android, apart from a number of other announcements for the Office product. The company is now inviting developers to access Office data from their applications. The SDK will enable APIs that will allow access to SharePoint lists and files, Exchange calendars, contacts, and mail.
Citrix has announced support for Intel Device Protection Technology (Intel DPT) that will allow enterprises to securely manage their Intel based Android based mobile devices. Enterprise customers will be able to receive enhanced hardware and software security using Intel DPT combined with Citrix XenMobile.
Oracle has introduced its Oracle Mobile Security Suite that enables secure access of data and applications deployment on mobile devices. With increasingly more people using their mobile devices to access work related data from company databases, there is a growing need for more secure applications deployment and data access on such devices.