Mobile BYO freedom or Corporate shackles

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Picture the moment, your first born rides off unaided for the first time, you grab you phone from your pocket to take a movie, by the time you have entered your 8 character alpha-numerical password with upper case and punctuation the moment is missed, let alone the lag to launch the camera on most smartphones!

When you are using a work provided device this is easier to accept than when the device in question is yours, bought and paid for with your hard earned and when it’s your you can install whatever you choose.

As people bring their own devices its important the right level of security is chosen, so in my view its quite straight forward,

  • If it’s a corporate asset then MDM it to the eyeballs and enforce appropriate policy
  • If it’s personal, manage the app, not the device, treat the device as untrusted

  • And don’t get into grey areas of a light touch MDM trading for increased corporate access, one or the other only.

    Of course you need to safeguard your corporate data on this untrusted device but with the right container only jail break is your enemy, and most applications detect this and disable and/or report you anyway.

    So rest assured carrying just one device with your personal and work life consolidated together is the answer, the corporate provided device is disappearing!

    MDM, Mobile Device Management
    MAM, Mobile Application Management

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    What does LTE bring?

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    LTE or Long Term Evolution 4G is now in most tablet and phone specs so time to do some digging, what does it give us, how much is it, and more importantly when can we have it?

    As the current version does not meet the spec for 4G yet it has been known as 3.9G, 4G will be able to deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps. How cool is that on a mobile device, well just a fraction of it would be good, and I still cannot make a voice call for more than a couple of minutes on the train journey to the office before it drops.

    The 3GPP who are responsible for bringing all of the global bodies together predict 4G to be the first truly global standard. With it already deployed in Japan and Oslo and many other countries busy building a service its exciting times in the world of mobile communications.

    LTE Advanced, the next iteration brings 3Gbps download and 1.5Gbps upload capable networks so maybe bandwidth constraints are eventually going to be a thing of the past, although I remember having this same thought in 1991 when I was learning about X.25 and compared to modem dial it was fast.

    EE, everything everywhere the partnership between Orange and T-Mobile have released their service,

    An entry level iPhone5 16Gb with 3Gb per month allowance is £50 for the device and £46 per month for the service, this raises to £56 per month for 8Gb. With all that bandwidth you need to go steady 50Mb is an extra £3! 2 year contract of course.

    That’s £1150 TCO assuming you never roam or spend outside of your plan, ouch!

    Choice is limited still with O2 and Vodafone needing to wait for the radio spectrum auction next year and Three acquiring some frequency from EE, with a launch date of 2013.

    Sit back chill and wait for the right pricing structure would be my advice.

    3GPP, the 3rd generation partnership project 3gpp.org
    EE.co.uk, Everything Everywhere

    A Samsung with an 8 core CPU!

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    Having spent the last few months telling people it’s not about the hardware and apps are everything Samsung go and try being the exception to that rule!

    When I say it is not about the hardware of course I refer to apps we can download and use, and on the one hand the most beautiful hardware device with no apps would be as good as a chocolate teapot, on the flip side I would rather a ropey dog of a handset with my favourite apps on it any day.

    Now Apple of course are churning out beautiful devices but actually they should be known as “Beautiful platforms for the consumption of content” Samsung on the other hand are attempting to appeal to everyone,

  • Those who want decent hardware (their devices look sexy)
  • Those who want apps (Play Store app availability is pretty good)
  • Techies who love specs, quad core this and 64Gb of that
  • Finally those who don’t like Apple
  • The processor will be 4 high powered Cortex-A15’s with 4 lesser A7’s wedged in there somewhere, so let’s hope they can get battery life running that little lot.

    I’ve read predictions stating it is coming in the S4, due mid-2013, and others claiming its due in a tablet, so we can safely say we don’t know.

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    Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet2

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    Lenovo’s second attempt at building a tablet is almost here, while I wait to see one in the flesh we have to make do with other reviews I’ve read out there for now.

    The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 unlike Tablet 1 is based on Windows 8, with a 10 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Atom Clover Trail processor, it also ships with a pressure-sensitive pen, or you can always use your good old pinky.

    Being black and square edged makes it look familiar and ThinkPad like, shipping with

  • 2Gb Ram
  • >;64Gb Storage
  • 2MP Front Facing Camera
  • 8Mb Rear Facing Camera
  • Full size USB Port
  • HDMI micro port
  • That’s well spec’d but it’s top money at an estimated $650 list and without any extra enterprise options, like a fingerprint reader or 3G capability.

    The Tablet1 was based on Android, was slow, thick and not particularly impressive IMHO so this should be refreshing, but Lenovo do seem to have abandoned Android in favour of Windows.

    Android is likely to only feature in their consumer range known as the “IdeaPad” which does not come with enterprise features like global support and image load unlike its ThinkPad big brother.

    There is a rather fancy looking keyboard with nipple available, no info on that yet, and we have to hope the new Atom CPU from Intel has enough puff.

    Check out the details …

    RIM sets a date for BB10, about time to!

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    RIM has published 30th January 2013 for the global launch of its new platform, BB10.

    The launch will include 2 new handsets and its server platform, putting an end to the ongoing speculation as to when it would show up to the smartphone party.

    Originally due in the Summer BB10 is even missing a trip in the Coca-Cola Truck for its January debut. There has been speculation that RIM delayed as autumn is a busy time and that January will allow them to grab the headlines with a simultaneous global launch, or maybe it’s just not ready?

    Device-wise they will be launching 2 handsets, a touchscreen and a qwerty device, both top of the line and they will be introducing more budget handsets later in the year.

    Time will tell if this is the saviour the Waterloo based company is hoping for.

    RIM closed up 3.41% today

    The chips are down for Apple, well up actually!

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    A South Korean newspaper is reporting that Samsung have upped the cost of the CPU’s they supply to Apple by 20%.

    That’s not really a surprise though is it? They need to get some of the $1.05bn back!

    Even though you read that Samsung Mobile and Samsung semiconductor are totally separate and have completely different relationships you can’t be blamed for assuming the mother ship at Samsung has stick it’s finger(s) up at Apple, or whatever they do in Korea.

    Apple are set to use 200 million Samsung CPU’s this year and are contracted to supply until 2014.

    With Jim Keller, the Chief Architect of Apple’s A4,A5 and A5x CPU’s moving to AMD back in August Apple is having some ups and downs at the moment. Jim takes all that mobile device CPU Dev experience with him to AMD, so expect a decent AMD Mobile chip some time.

    Apple’s A4 CPU debuted in the original iPad and was their first System on a Chip (SoC) processor, it was superseded by the A5 in the iPad2 and the A5x in the 3rd Gen iPad. The most recent iPad the 4th gen now sports at A6X CPU which is dual core and quad core graphics GPU.

    Chosun Ilbo Korean Paper

    Is there space for another Mobile Platform?

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    Mozilla seem to think so, and have shown off their new Firefox OS coming to a handset or tablet near you in early 2013!

    The project initially known as Boot 2 Gecko (B2G) is aimed at handsets and tablets and allows HTML5 applications to directly interact with the device hardware with JavaScript.

    Analysts report that Firefox OS could account for 1% of the smartphone market in its first year.

    To position this in your mind think about Chrome, then ChromeOS and Chrome-books, well this is the Mozilla stab at that market to.

    If you fancy a sneak preview then go ahead and add the following plug-in into your Firefox browser, this will run an emulation and you can see what you think.
    Plug-in name r2d2b2g (R2D2 as in the Star Wars robot and B2G as in Boot to Gecko)

    Start and stop the emulation from the Tools menu in Firefox browser.

    You can also watch the videos of Mozilla showing it off from the link below.

    Mozilla Firefox OS

    Microsoft or Mickeysoft?

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    Microsoft is having some issues with it’s Surface RT’s!

    Two main problems have been noted, the first where audio is jittery, so performance related and the second is with the Touch keyboard cover. It’s coming apart! The “Touch Cover of Death” !

    Is this going to be blown out of all proportion like the Apple antenna-gate?

    Read more on this …

    Microsoft Surface Issues

    Android now powers 75% of the worlds smartphones

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    Yep, 3/4’s of all smartphones shipped globally run Android, that’s pretty impressive market penetration.
    Android Inc, founded in California in 2003 and acquired by Google some 2 years later was in the process of making a smartphone operating system that was more aware of its location and user preferences when the giant snapped it up.

    The first handset the HTC Dream aka T-Mobile G1 was released in October 2008 and from those humble beginnings they have taken 75% of the market.

    Of course low cost devices must make a reasonable amount of their share but hi-end iOS bashing devices are popular, take Samsung’s S3 for example, sells like hot cakes.

    IDC reported,

    In all, 181 million of the 136.1 million smartphones shipped worldwide in Q3 2012 ran Android.
    More Android smartphones were shipped in Q3 2012 than the total number of smartphones shipped in all of 2007, the year Android was first offered

    Apple shipped 26.9 million in Q3 this year, a 5th of the Google number which puts it in perspective, not forgetting Blackberry and Microsoft when there are only 18million remaining.

    All that at the tender age of 6!

    IDC Info

    Source:IDC

    Final day at Enterprise Mobility 2012

    Today began with a session delivered by IBM on determining the ROI and Business Case for Mobility. The audience was treated to an overview of some models used to help determine ROI, how to make your app sticky and techniques for driving its adoption.

    Mobile is cheap and easy, The apps I buy are only 99p how hard can it be?

    This quote was recounted as one often told by senior leaders when starting out with mobile.

    NUGGET: If your Business owner tells you it does not matter how the app looks, you must convince them otherwise. When they get a bad User Experience they will care!

    Identify your Mobile Moments these will be the requirements for your app.

    Build your ROI, identify your business value and don’t reinvent the wheel, start with limited features and roadmap features with the users over time.

    Systems developed by IT without clear business engagement usually fail, this is not just a mobile paradigm but a reality. Use products like iRise to visualise your app with your business so they know what they are going to get.

    Next was a presentation discussing the virtues of Native, WebApp and Hybrid Mobile Application Development.

    The session detailed the pros and cons of the different approaches and highlighted some great points.

    NUGGET: iOS developers are hard to find, they are typically young and developing consumer apps, have no experience of corporate and only see the pot of gold attainable with a successful consumer app.

    Consumer apps that allow people to scan products for expiry will become more widely available, being able to scan a medicine bottle prior to use to see its expiry and of course it’s authenticity has big benefits.

    Next up we migrated to a session to hear about the pros and cons of the different mobile app Dev techniques, native, web and hybrid, nothing new but a few good ways of explaining the differences in a succinct way.

    How to create a mobile strategy in an ever changing world was a funny session, interactive, which was good, but far to much info to take on-board in the time allowed, was physically shattered after that. Will need to read the million word slide deck to find a nugget, possibly life is to short with that one!

    They did say something rather well I thought, not worthy of a nugget but interesting non the less.

    The mobile strategy is about the business and the people involved in it quite liked that all be it slightly cliche.

    The last session about the state of Mobile in 2012 was cancelled, the last session of the conference and for me sounded like one of those most interesting, #sandy caused lots of trouble this week.

    So to sum up the conference then,

    Useful, insightful, good networking opportunities, a negative, not enough people.

    The cancellation of so many sessions should mean a discount for next year as it really was disappointing.