Applications & Apps Business

Apple Buys SnappyCam Developer

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SnappyCamApple confirms the acquisition of SnappyLabs, the one-man team behind SnappyCam, an app allowing iPhone users to rapidly take high-resolution photos, for an undisclosed sum. 

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company states to Re/Code. 

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Enterprise Mobility for iOS 7

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Cortado launches Cortado Corporate Server 7-- the first enterprise mobility solution taking advantage of the business functions making part of iOS 7, at least according to the company.

CortadoThe software allows mobile application management (MAM) for every app within the app store without further modifications or restriction, thus sidestepping the legal issues involved with app wrapping while keeping the iOS usability intact.

Admins can easily set policies and make use of security features such as the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor. Simplifying administration even further is the integration of mobile device management (MDM) with a company's Active Directory.

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The LG Take on Enterprise

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As BlackBerry appears to be on the way out LG goes for a slice of the enterprise mobility market with Gate, a technology package combining the company's virtualisation, security and BYOD offerings. 

LG GateCurrently available for the G2 smartphone, Gate provides a "seamless" virtualisation experience by simultaneously running 2 operating systems (one handling personal data, the other business) on the same device. 

It also includes data encryption, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, VPN and jmobile device management (MDM) capabilities. 

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Samsung, Orange Team Up in Enterprise Tablets

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Orange and Samsung sign a "strategic partnership agreement" for the development of enterprise tablets and services with emphasis on European territories, specifically Belgium, France, Poland and Spain. 

Galaxy The agreement has the two companies co-developing business solutions, with Orange connectivity, services integration, device management and security expertise to Samsung services and devices. 

"The tablet is revolutionising the enterprise market providing a new platform to rethink business processes," Orange says. "The partnership enables enterprises to seize this opportunity and is part of our ambition to support companies' digital transformation."

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Gartner: App Downloads to reach over 100 Billion

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Global mobile app downloads should reach 102 billion in 2013 according to Gartner-- up from 64 billion in 2012, with annual revenues growing from $18bn in 2012 to $26bn in 2013.

Free apps account for 91% of total 2013 app downloads, a perhaps non-surprising total seeing how cheap-as-free apps make 60% of Apple App Store offerings and 80% of the Google Play store.

Gartner app downloads

The two major stores should account for 90% of 2017 global downloads thanks to richer ecosystems and large developer communities, even both will see at least some declines-- Gartner predicts average monthly app downloads will drop from 4.9 in 2013 to 3.9 in 2017 per iOS device and from 6.2 in 2013 to 5.8 in 2017 per Android device.

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