As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
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Android and iPhone smartphones became the two dominant players in the market, leaving little room for vendors such as one-time leader BlackBerry, as well as Symbian and Microsoft. In fact, whereas in October 2009 BlackBerry made-up 90% of Verizon's smartphone sales, a year later 80% of the wireless leader's phone sales were powered by Android, according to ITG Investment Research. Apple also has eroded other vendors' market share, both in the United States and around the globe. The iPhone 4, which Apple quickly made available in 17 countries, was so popular that it even displaced Nokia from its spot as Australia's long-standing top smartphone seller, according to IDC. BlackBerry and Microsoft are fighting back: The number of apps for Microsoft's new Windows 7 phone grew from 0 to 4,000 in less than two months. And its third fiscal quarter, Research In Motion sold 14.2 million BlackBerry devices worldwide; Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones in the same period. Nokia -- which brought on a new CEO -- said its Ovi Store had surpassed 2 million downloads a day.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?