This week: Enterprise reluctance to spend on mobile app development, Apple’s decision to scale back on big design changes to iPhones, and Google’s apparent decision to make Android proprietary.
Gartner Report: Enterprises Not Spending on Mobile Apps Despite Demand
Enterprises are demanding mobile app development, but they aren’t spending much on initiatives. Apparently, it’s simply not a priority for most companies. This needs to change, however, because more employees are choosing their own devices, apps, and even how they complete a task. Pressure on IT is increased to develop more apps faster, and mobile app demand will soon surpass development capacity by five to one, creating issues with knee-jerk development.
Read more about why enterprises are holding back on app development at ADTMag.
Apple Releases Beta iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad
Apple’s iOS 10 update for iPhone and iPad, announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this month, appears to be “living up to its version number.” Chock full of new, free features like raise to wake, rich lockscreen notifications, a decluttered control center, and a “clear all notifications” button, iOS 10 promises to change the way people use their devices.
Read more about the new features in Apple iOS 10 at TechRadar.
Next iPhone Not Likely to Boast Big Design Changes
Breaking the tradition of including a major design change every two years, Apple now plans to make only “subtle” changes in iPhone models to be released this fall. The most significant changes involved the removal of the headphone plug and the Lightning connector becoming both the charging port and place for connecting headphones, making the new model thinner than before. It is unclear whether this shift in design schedule is temporary or permanent—and how it will impact already flat sales numbers.
Read more about Apple’s shift in the design schedule for iPhones and what it could mean later on.
Open Source: Bad for Android?
Most Android users would agree that the biggest issue is fragmentation and updates that are slow in coming. It will be difficult for these addressed since Android is committed to being open. The answer appears to be that Google will need to turn Android into a proprietary project—and it seems that has already started. According to analysts, much of the new functionality is being added into Google Mobile Services rather than the open source AOSP code base.
GE Finance Chief: Digital Growth to Continue Past 2020
According to Jeff Bornstein, General Electric’s Chief Financial Officer, the predictions that the company will triple the size of its software business by 2020 might be “just the beginning.” With predictions of $15 billion in sales by 2020, GE could potentially become one of the world’s largest software companies. But, according to Bornstein, the company gearing up to capture more market share because things will accelerate and mass adoption will occur post-2020.
Read more about GE’s plans for continued growth at Bloomberg Technology.
Milestone: WhatsApp Users Making 100 Million Voice Calls Per Day
Millennials are known for avoiding voice calls, preferring text and other communication vehicles. Despite that, WhatsApp, one of the biggest communications in the world and thriving in Asia and Europe, reports that its 1 billion users are making 100 million voice calls per day.
Read more about the boom at WhatsApp at The Verge.