This will definitely help with the adoption of Android by the enterprise, similar to when iOS rolled out secure profiles, remote wipe, and other enterprise security requirements. Device fragmentation will continue to be an issue but according to a few reports that is slowly improving.
It’s the longer term view that is more worrying. Once a manufacturer is on board with an Android Wear device there is every chance they will be restricted to Android Wear for any ‘wearable’ that they release, or they lose Android support across the range – the same deal as the Open Handset Alliance with Google Play. That leaves Google in the driving seat for this new-found market.
Just like an new hardware platform, wearables will benefit from a decent level of hardware standardization to encourage early adopters (both consumers and developers).
What is clear is that the storm will intensify rapidly, so quickly, in fact, that it will likely undergo “bombogenesis,” which refers to a storm whose minimum atmospheric pressure reading drops by 24 millibars or more in 24 hours.
Best name for a weather situation. Ever.
Great data in this report from Business Insider.
Some great stats in here:
- 80% of smartphones globally run Android.
- 60% of tablets globally run Android.
- 60% of all new computing devices run Android.
- Android is now as popular with global developers as iOS.
- Android device fragmentation is improving: 61% of users are on Jelly Bean.
- iOS is very strong in the U.S., but weaker globally.
- “Mobile-first” is now “Mobile-also”; phablets and tablets are growing fast.
- Wearables are “new and next” but still in the early stages of adoption.
LinkedIn and Delta create partnership to match up mentors and mentees on planes en route to industry events.
Traveling + networking at the same time? Add scotch and I’m in.
NYC invaded Austin, TX at SXSW Interactive and at the NY Tech Meetup event on Saturday, March 8th, where our home-grown startups demoed their products for the global tech community to see. As a member of the NYC tech community myself, I recognized quite a few of the prominent faces in the room that made it a great event for those who wanted an authentic taste of the NYC tech scene. Present were the leading men of Fueled, Social Media Week and Startup Threads, in addition to representatives from NYCEDC and, of course, David S. Rose, Founder and Chairman Emeritus…
Long live Mongo!
Tango, a messaging app and mobile social network, has raised $280 million … Eric Setton, CTO and co-founder of Tango, says 70 million of its 200 million registered users are active every month.
Tango Raises $280 Million via Business Insider
I used Tango for a short while on my Windows Phone before Skype was released on the platform. Not a surprising valuation for Tango given the recent WhatsApp purchase and their MAU’s. Their monetization and virality model seems focused on not dissuading users in any way (i.e. no core functionality behind paywalls).
… the combined monthly active users of WeChat and Weixin (the version available in China) reached 355 million as of end 2013, an increase of 121 percent year-on-year and up six percent quarter-on-quarter.
We’ve heard that Google Voice is getting dragged to the trash can and most of its functionality will be incorporated into the G+ Hangouts apps on both Android and iOS. This has already happened to …
I’m really, really not enjoying the Hangouts app on my Android device. Since it’s a Nexus 5 I have no choice but to use it for SMS; it’s slow, sometimes crashes, and makes me miss iMessage (one of the few iOS things I really miss, a lot).
It is good, however, to see the convergence Google is doing (as a consumer). I can’t wait to see how big of a lid the big carriers are going to flip when Google allows you to drop your normal carrier and map your number to Hangouts.
Fleep is adding Android, Mac and Windows to the list of supported platforms for its team-messaging app.
We’re trying out Slack right now instead of Skype. Considering this one too.