MobiBlog

May 2017


How to navigate the rise of enterprise mobility

itproportal.com - To help provide a better understanding of how this mobile phenomenon will impact the enterprise space, here's an outline of trends to look for.
The world is mobile. We use our smart phones for everything and this goes well beyond the device and its features. Whether you're texting, emailing, socialising, web-surfing, buying, researching, reminiscing, dating or entertaining, mobile is culture. It's how we connect and experience our lives both personally and professionally. Naturally, this habit is extending into work lives and enterprises need to keep up if they want to remain competitive.
Nowadays, 61 per cent of enterprise workers work outside the office at least part of the time and have more than three devices that are used daily by an employees for work activities. With the continued shift in mobile enterprise level work force, it's never been more important for enterprises to adapt to these new trends so their company isn't left behind.
To help provide a better understanding of how this mobile phenomenon will impact the enterprise space, here's an outline of trends to look for, why it will benefit your business as well as some potential challenges we could face.


Read More



Enterprise Mobility, Android, iOS, Apple, Google, Mobile Technology, MobiWork, Mobile Workforce, Mobile Workforce Solution, Smartphone GPS Tracking, Field Sales, Field Marketing, Field Service, Logistics, Mobile Workforce Management, Field Service Management
Vodafone's M-pesa money service to expand further into Africa: CEO

reuters.com - Vodafone's popular mobile financial services M-Pesa will expand into more African countries, giving millions of people access to banking services without the need for a bank account, the chief executive of Safaricom said.
M-Pesa was set up a decade ago by Safaricom, Vodafone's Kenyan business, and has long been expected to push further across Africa. Its technology lets users with even a basic mobile handset borrow money and save through partnerships with local banks.
M-Pesa, regulated by the Kenyan central bank, accounts for more than a quarter of Safaricom's annual revenue, growing 21 percent in its year to March 31.
This month, UK-based Vodafone, one of the world's top telecoms operators, transferred its 35 percent stake in Safaricom, Kenya's biggest company by market value, to its majority-owned South African subsidiary Vodacom.
It retained a 5 percent stake in Safaricom.
The share transfer nullified South African government objections to expansion moves by Safaricom. South Africa wanted Vodacom to be the vehicle for Vodafone's African expansion.
"This removes that effect today," Bob Collymore, who has led Safaricom since 2010, said in his office on Thursday.
When analysts have previously queried why Safaricom did not expand into neighboring markets such as Ethiopia, Collymore has said Kenya was still growing. Now, he says, the business is ready to expand.
"For us, the obvious advantage is that it (Vodafone/Vodacom deal) now gives us an opportunity to try some stuff overseas," he said.
The platform, which even allows users to buy government securities in Kenya, has attracted attention from other African nations such as Liberia, Ethiopia and Togo.
"The courtship started a little while ago. We are respected in Kenya as the mobile money country," Collymore said.
Safaricom would now look at all African markets, apart from South Africa, where an M-Pesa-like product previously failed; and Tanzania, which already has a thriving mobile money service also called M-Pesa operated by Vodacom, Collymore said.


Read More



Vodafone, M-Pesa, Africa, Money, Android, iOS, Apple, Google, Mobile Technology, MobiWork, Mobile Workforce, Mobile Workforce Solution, Smartphone GPS Tracking, Field Sales, Field Marketing, Field Service, Logistics, Mobile Workforce Management, Field Service Management
Apple acquires sleep-tracking hardware company Beddit

theverge.com - Apple has acquired Beddit, a Finnish company that makes sleep-tracking devices that work with apps for iOS and the Apple Watch. As first reported by CNBC, Beddit has updated the privacy section of its website to note the acquisition and confirm that consumer data is now subject to Apple's own privacy policy.
Beddit's latest product is the $149 Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor, which is sold in the Apple Store. It's a sensor-equipped strip that slides under a bedsheet and tracks nocturnal movements through a technique called ballistocardiography; the main advantage is that you don't need to wear an activity tracker or remember to use it at all.
APPLE REPORTEDLY PLANS TO ADD SLEEP-TRACKING TO THE APPLE WATCH
Of course, that's at odds with Apple's own efforts in the body-tracking space, which have so far focused largely on the Apple Watch - a device that requires daily charging, usually at night. As such, the Watch doesn't offer any native sleep-tracking capabilities, though there are some third-party apps that work for people who can find time to charge their watches during the day. Bloomberg reported last year that Apple plans to add sleep-tracking to the Apple Watch.


Read More



Beddit, Sleep-Tracking, Android, iOS, Apple, Google, Mobile Technology, MobiWork, Mobile Workforce, Mobile Workforce Solution, Smartphone GPS Tracking, Field Sales, Field Marketing, Field Service, Logistics, Mobile Workforce Management, Field Service Management
Motorola Moto G5 Plus review

cnet.com - The thing that makes the Motorola Moto G5 Plus the best budget phone on the planet is that, for the most part, it doesn't feel like one at all. It looks, feels and operates like a much pricier phone, which means that wallet-watchers are getting a great deal.
This is just Moto continuing its trend of providing more features than other inexpensive Android phones. This year's model improves on last year's Moto G4 Plus with a modern, metal body; more storage; Android 7.0 Nougat; Google Assistant; new Moto gestures; NFC (in the UK model); a really good camera and 4K video: all while remaining delightfully affordable (prices below).
But this generation of the Moto G family also includes the slightly cheaper Moto G5. Both phones have a similar metal body design, but the G5 has a smaller screen, half the storage and a weaker processor. The G5 isn't offered everywhere, for example it won't be sold in the US. But even if it were, the G5 Plus would be the better value.


Read More



Motorola, Moto G5, Android, iOS, Apple, Google, Mobile Technology, MobiWork, Mobile Workforce, Mobile Workforce Solution, Smartphone GPS Tracking, Field Sales, Field Marketing, Field Service, Logistics, Mobile Workforce Management, Field Service Management
Nokia 3310 rival? No, tiny $70 Jelly is a full 4G smartphone running Android 7

zdnet.com - The teeny-weeny Jelly 4G smartphone wants to act as backup to your big and expensive smartphone.
The new Jelly 4G smartphone doesn't look that different to a feature phone but isn't hobbled by an outdated operating system.
The Jelly phone comes from Shanghai-based Unihertz and is being pitched to US consumers much in the way Microsoft promoted its Nokia basic phones before handing them off to HMD Global -- as a backup phone.
HMD will sell the reborn classic Nokia 3310 for 49 ($53), offering a cheap and small option, with a 2.4-inch screen 2.5G feature phone running on Nokia's Series 30+ OS.
The 4G Jelly, on the other hand, qualifies as a proper smartphone, which runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports "virtually any" app from Google Play, albeit on a much smaller display than usual.


Read More



Nokia 3310, Jelly 4G, Android, iOS, Apple, Google, Mobile Technology, MobiWork, Mobile Workforce, Mobile Workforce Solution, Smartphone GPS Tracking, Field Sales, Field Marketing, Field Service, Logistics, Mobile Workforce Management, Field Service Management
Previous Posts
Are you ready to MobiWork?