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Archive of posts published in the category: Mobility

4th Generation of Mobile (Aug 2016)

Mobile adoption is still growing. A good example is Facebook with 1 Billion+ users and around 56% of its user-base being mobile-only users as of July 2016 (see source). Mobile adoption has matured — apps are not dying. Instead when you have the…

US Mobile Market Update – Q3 2015 (Chetan Sharma)

Check out Chetan’s latest report, US Mobile Market Update – Q3 2015. Some highlights below. More details are available at: http://chetansharma.com/connectedconsumer15.htm. Handsets – As expected, (a) Smartphones continue to rule, with penetration in the US now at 78%! (b) On the opposite end,…

Getting ready for the new iOS 9 ATS feature

With the goal of enforcing best practices for secure network connections, iOS 9 introduces new security requirements and behavior with its new App Transport Security (ATS) feature. If you are not planning to recompile your apps with Apple’s iOS 9 SDK (or Xcode…

Android Platforms Adoption (May 2015)

Every year I like to take a snapshot of Android platforms adoption for historical purposes. Below is the Android platform comparison 2015 vs. 2014. (Search my blog for previous ones). Keeping track of platform adoption is important as it directly impacts what developers…

Android and Microsoft (2015)

(Image Source: Mario Tomás Serrafero) I find this interesting: the recent move by MSFT to get into and “steal” the Android space. Today, thanks to new leadership at MSFT (Nadella), it seems the company is entering a new phase — with new vision…

Improving The Patient Experience (early 2015)

Disclaimer: The French Hospital Medical Center app is powered by Phunware’s Vertical Solutions platform, one of the products that I manage at Phunware. As the mobile lifestyle, advanced smartphones and advanced networks continue its path to convergence powering the pervasive, actionable Mobile Context,…

NIST releases guide to mobile app security (early 2015)

NIST Special Publication 800-163 Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications Steve Quirolgico Jeffrey Voas Tom Karygiannis Christoph Michael Karen Scarfone This publication is available free of charge from: http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.800-163. Also attached: NIST.SP.800-163 /ceo

Three Generations of Mobile Apps (Aug 2014)

We currently are at the third generation of native Mobile apps (2014), with each generation building upon the previous one. The first generation was introduced to the “masses” circa 2000. This generation of mobile apps were Operator-centric and built for the first generation…

On Location (and Other Sensitive) Data

Installing apps, Android in this case, is at times a bit of WTF. It shouldn’t have to, but it is. The amount of personal information that some apps gather can be extreme. This concern is especially true after Google removed the very necessary…

BlackBerry’s Little Gem

Has BlackBerry hit rock bottom? Look at the following chart for BlackBerry’s stock price and value. BlackBerry’s stock right now is around $6.06, which is up from $5.89 (all time low?). It is crazy. BlackBerry has millions of users, with a strong history…

shift 2020 – How Technology Will Impact Our Future

Check out Rudy De Waele’s new book project titled shift 2020 – How Technology Will Impact Our Future — a collaborative book including foresights on how technology will impact our future by some of the world’s leading experts. See the related Kickstarter project.…

Enabling Voice Communication on Android Apps

Check out the new guest post that I wrote on Enabling Voice Communication on Android Apps, for the Safari Books Online blog. It covers how to enable voice communication using the Android SIP Stack/API. Enabling voice communication on Android apps is possible via…

Betting on Nokia (2013)

(Image source: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk) Have you given up on Nokia? From my perspective, due to its recent (couple of years old) debacles and endeavors with MSFT, I had stayed away from Nokia. I never believed on how their MSFT strategy was approached. Nokia should…

Facebook buys Parse :-/

Interesting — Facebook Buys Parse To Offer Mobile Development Tools As Its First Paid B2B Service (via TC). First congrats to Parse, for the monetization event. I have been a Parse.com fan for a while and even wrote a few months ago an…

Dell to exit global smartphone business

Deja-vu? Today I read “Dell to exit global smartphone business” (Austin Business Journal). From the ABJ article: “It needs a lot of investments to really be successful,” Clarke told Forbes. Translation: “…we don’t know how to make it happen”. I say this because…

Article: Parse cloud-based services for Android apps

My latest article on Mobile & Cloud computing… Summary: Explore the advantages of storing mobile application data in a private cloud with this introduction to the Parse SDK for Android. Mobilist C. Enrique Ortiz introduces the Parse API classes for cloud-storing and manipulating…

Total Time Spend Using Mobile Web vs. Apps (October 2012)

Saw this today at BI website… Source: Apps More And More Important Than The Mobile Web (Business Intelligence). Original report by Nielsen. The above is self-explanatory… What I find ‘funny’ is that over time I have noticed that Business Intelligence’s opinion on “native…

The Eternal Debate — MoMo London Event on HTML5 v.s. Native (Sept 2012)

Image Source: Mobile App Testing Blog Seems that I missed a very good debate. I just read a blog on MoMo London event on HTML5 v.s. Native. Seems like an eternal debate. Today in 2012, I am still amazed we still are debating…

“The biggest mistake we made as a company was not investing enough on native.” — Zuckerberg (2012)

The title of this blog is not what Zuckerberg actually said, but is what he really meant. From TechCrunch Disrupt — Zuckerberg Shows He’s The Right Man For The Job: “The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on…

Starbucks App == Mobile + Convenience

The Starbucks App for Android 2.0 is out on Google Play (see announcement on VentureBeat). Good to see… (I was one of the people who contributed design & dev to this product, specifically the Card Management tab/functionality, plus some other.) Starbucks have proven,…

Security & Privacy on Mobile Apps, Part 3 – PCI Compliance

This is Part 3 of a series on Security & Privacy for Mobile Apps. Part 1 of this series introduced main concepts related to security on mobile apps. Part 2 went deeper into the security elements and guidelines related to security and privacy…

On Mobile Industry Numbers and Mobile Jobs

The other day I tweeted this: Just saw this — no better time to be a mobile developer than today | Mobile, Java Developers Hard to Find: Dice – eweek.com/c/a/IT-Managem… — CEO (@eortiz) July 11, 2012 (URL: https://twitter.com/eortiz/status/223096404233564160) Then I read at the…

Security & Privacy on Mobile Apps, Part 2 – Typical Security Elements of a Mobile Application

This is Part 2 of a series on Security & Privacy for Mobile Apps. In this Part 2 of the series, we will cover the elements of mobile apps, and some guidelines related to security and privacy. (Note: in this article mobile apps…

Security & Privacy on Mobile Apps, Part 1 – Introduction

This is Part 1 of a series on Security & Privacy for Mobile Apps. (Note: in this article mobile apps means both native and webapps) Are you Serious About Security on your mobile apps or webapps? Security and privacy is an area that…

Google I/O Extended Austin (2012)

While the major Google I/O fun is happening in San Francisco on June 27-29, some of us will stay behind and run/participate at the Extended version of Google I/O — in my case, Google I/O Extended Austin. You can sign up for Google…

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