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This week in Mobility- 8th May 2015

May 8, 2015

Oh do we have another exciting week in mobility for you! Google is set to release its latest mobile operating system later this month. Traditionally, Google names operating systems after sweets and deserts; Previous names include Lollipop, Kit Kat, Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich. What sugary treat will Google go with next? Currently only known as Android M, could it be Milky Way, Mars or even Megasour? All will be revealed at the end of the month.

Email on smartphones remains the most familiar mobility app for most or us today. But Government adviser, Prof Sir Cary Cooper has warned that email overload is sapping the life out of Britain’s workforce. Apparently our productivity is second lowest within the G7 Nations, partly due to this.

What else has been on the mobility agenda this week?

  • The augmented reality market is estimated to grow ten-fold by 2019, despite a continuing lack of market traction at the moment. Research forecasts predictable growth in AR Gaming, but also suggests AR headsets for Enterprise apps could overtake tablet devices beyond 2019.
  • Not unlike Manny Pacquiao, Microsoft has been dealt a heavy blow in a patent battle against InterDigital, following claims the company used its technology without permission. Undeterred and ready to get back into the ring, Microsoft said it will challenge the decision. If Microsoft does lose the second round, it could see its handset banned in the US.
  • When two friends part, there’s always a chance of reconciliation. Old pals T-Mobile and Blackberry are to rekindle their partnership after a very public split last year. T-Mobile will be selling the Blackberry Classic starting from next week. Now they’ve buried the hatchet, can this re-coupling help Blackberry recover lost ground in the mobile market?

What are your thoughts on the week’s headlines? Does the sweet new Android OS have you salivating? Can you imagine an application for AR headsets in your business? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below, or tweeting @GrahamFranklin or @CiscoUKI.


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