Ok, by now we’ve all seen the news of Google’s acquisition of Motorola, and by now there have probably been several write-ups, blurbs, and  so forth. The deal certainly made for an interesting Monday morning, but as others have pointed out, one of the more interesting aspects of the deal is the patents Google gains with the purchase. As Silicon Valley Mercury News reported,

The deal also gives Google access to more than 17,000 patents held by Motorola, a pioneering cellphone maker that became an early partner using Google’s Android mobile operating system in 2008. Analysts said those patents could help Google stave off a barrage of claims levied by rivals battling the company’s Android mobile operating system.

[Google CEO Larry Page] acknowledged this strategy, saying in a blog post: “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anticompetitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”


On the enterprise mobility front, Motorola Mobility’s sister, Motorola Solutions, will remain a separate company. It will be interesting to see what Google does with the Mobility side once the acquisition is complete and how/if it changes the competitive landscape of the ever-growing smartphone/tablet world.

iPhone vs that old thing?

A humorous and short post today. I’m sure that many of us remember the days before iPhones, Androids, BlackBerry, etc. and Gizmodo has a pretty great contest between “John’s old phone” and an iPhone 4. Who do you think wins?

Have a great close to the week!

Mobile Security and Can the iPad be Conquered?

Quick post today on a couple of items. First, in case you missed the VDC Webinar on mobile security in today’s enterprise, you can view it in our Webinar archives for free. The other item to point out is for any of you out there who prefer Android to Apple phones/tablets/etc. Gizmodo has a great comparison of the available tablet computers, specifically as it relates to their displays. I think their conclusion may be a surprise to many of you.



Cellphone Overages and Usage Alerts… sort of

As we mentioned earlier this week, smartphones and tablets are becoming the “normal” in the enterprise, and many companies provide such devices for their employees to use as both a productivity tool, and for use in their personal, day-to-day communication needs.

So what happens when those devices start to cause some serious problems with overage costs, roaming charges, etc.? The company is stuck with the bill, that’s what happens. As an article posted yesterday by Fierce Wireless points out, the wireless carriers aren’t making it any easier to tell when and which device(s) is accruing the charges.

The bottom line is that companies need a way to be aware of these things before they are stuck with footing the bill. For further information and discussion on the subject of managing telecom expenses, we will be holding a free, live webinar on August 18th. If you’re interested, you can sign up here.

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!


iPad and Tablet MDM – A Growing Trend

Many of you saw today’s announcement about our Partnership with iPad Enclosures, a leading provider in secure, customized tablet kiosks.

Mobility is expanding, and the growing adoption of tablets in the retail, hospitality and healthcare is a perfect example of this, and we’re very excited about the Partnership. There’s a good chance many of our readers have, recently, had an experience in any of the aforementioned industries, that at some point involved an associate filling an order, checking inventory, completing a reservation, etc. on a iPad or other tablet device. iPad Enclosures customer profiles suggests as much.

We’d be curious to hear any feedback on new areas you’ve recently seen iPads/tablets used. Perhaps a recent trip to the local clinic? Last Sunday’s drive to the home improvement store? Feel free to share in the comments section, on Facebook, or via Twitter.

Real-Time Telecom Expense Management and Retail Asia – Wavelink on the Road

Today we announced that we’ve added a Real-Time Telecom Expense Management service to Wavelink Avalanche. This is something we are very excited about, since it allows companies to not only manage traditional aspects of enterprise devices, such as OS updates, remote control, etc., but also allows companies to monitor and proactively respond to usage on those very same devices.

Now, if IT has to deploy 100 iPad tablets, they can extend Wavelink Avalanche to configure and manage the devices, AND also manage data usage, roaming charges, etc. You can read more about the product on the webpage or the press release, but we also have some pictures from Retail Asia, where several members of our team are in attendance for. If you’re there, stop by booth J05 and say hello! We’re demonstrating Speakeasy, so come by and take a look.





Apple WWDC – Wavelink on the Road

Greetings! As most of the world knows, Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) is this week in San Francisco. This is probably news to only a few, since Twitter and the rest of the blogosphere were going crazy with things like the announcement of iCloud earlier this week.

If you missed out on any of the news, Gizmodo and Twitter (search hashtag #WWDC) have plenty of the recaps. From the mobile device spectrum, our own Martin Brewer is in attendance and he snapped a few pictures to share. We’ll try to get a recap of the event, and some interesting things he learned, up sometime soon but in the meantime check out the pictures.


This is Your Brain… on a Mobile App

CNN recently posted an article highlighting the rise, and evolution, of mobile applications, specifically as it relates to healthcare and brain imaging for diagnosing strokes. Those of us who’ve been around the industry long enough are already aware of the potential for mobile applications in the healthcare space, but the article makes good mention of the fact that technology (smartphones and tablet computers) is starting to deliver more reliable hardware for the tasks.

Medical experts have been skeptical about using a 3.5-inch screen, like the one on an iPhone, for emergency diagnoses. But thanks to advancements in image compression, microprocessors and wireless-data bandwidth, the smartphone may prove to be, like beepers, an essential tool for on-the-go doctors.

Of course, this also plays into the growing concerns with HIPAA and HITECH regulations. With this information on a device, you can see how ensuring that EHR/EMR data is protected is an absolute must, whether it’s on the device or being transmitted wirelessly.

So, that begs the question: How comfortable or uncomfortable would you be knowing your doctors smartphone has an image of your brain on it?

Mobility Trends That Will Change Business

I came across this article thanks to the Enterprise Mobility Forums Twitter feed, and wanted to share it with you all. The article comes from InformationWeek, and discusses a few interesting topics that are very applicable to our space. There are a couple of things it highlights that I’d like to point out, and urge you to read the rest and tell us what jumps out at you. Onto the article…

First, that with the emergence of enterprise-level smartphone use, it’s becoming increasingly important for an enterprises strategy to incorporate a vender agnostic approach.

“An important outcome of this trend is that a majority of the workforce, not just the top executives, will have mobile access and will expect access to more than email. This will require businesses to change their application, development, and services strategies…”

The other item that I found particularly well put, was the summary/idea of enterprise mobility management. The author has done a great job in defining it as the next generation of mobile device management; one that incorporates new mobility and traditional aspects of MDM such as security and application management.

“[Enterprise Mobility Management] is a combination of mobile device management, security management, applications management, and services and expense management.”

Check out the complete article and tell us what you think!

Zebra Barcodes – Literally?

A short post today, but nonetheless interesting. I stumbled upon an article that blends nature and the AIDC industry perfectly into one another…I hope the folks at Zebra are on this!