Mobile Computing Stories February 12, 2014

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According to new data from Nielsen, Americans now spend more time using mobile web and apps on their smartphones than they do online on their PCs, reports Engadget.

That shift toward mobile is affecting how many spend their free time. Americans spent an average of 34 hours per month using mobile apps and browsers in 2013; that’s more time than they spent online with their PCs, which chewed up 27 hours …  expand full story

Mobile Computing Stories June 7, 2013

AT&T releases Enterprise Push to Talk (EPTT) app for iPhone

AT&T released a Push to Talk iPhone client for Enterprise customers today. With Sprint closing its Nextel PTT services soon, this will come in handy for a lot of businesses. The service allows business customers to:

  • Create large contact lists with up to 1,000 contacts
  • Conduct a group call with up to 250 people simultaneously with the push of a button
  • Choose from a broad selection of smartphones, feature phones, rugged phones and specialty devices
  • Talk and use productivity applications simultaneously
  • See who’s available to talk now with AT&T Enhanced PTT’s presence status indicators
  • Allow supervisors to override PTT calls in order to communicate important, time- sensitive messages to their teams
  • Access AT&T’s expansive 3G, 4G and 4G LTE networks
  • Use mobile applications, GPS or cameras on your phones during PTT calls

AT&T Enhanced PTT Product Brief Corporate Admin Tool Quick Reference Guide

Description AT&T Enhanced PTT is the premier enterprise-grade carrier push-to-talk solution for large or small organizations, with superior performance, features and reliability. Enhanced PTT uses next-generation Voice over IP technology to deliver one-to-one or group calls over the AT&T 3G or 4G networks or on compatible WiFi networks.

Key features of Enhanced PTT include: * Fast call setup times and low latency * Advanced push-to-talk features including real-time presence, Instant Personal Alerts, free/busy status and Supervisory Override * Scalable to support large contact lists and talk groups * Organizations can use a Corporate Admin Tool for easy management of users and groups

Enhanced PTT is available for AT&T Wireless customers only and cannot be used with international roaming. For more information on getting started with AT&T Enhanced PTT, visit http://www.att.com/epttsupport.

Mobile Computing Stories May 9, 2013

Report: Apple loses share to Android in Q1 but maintains lead in tablet market

Research firm Canalys is out today with its latest report tracking worldwide smart mobile device shipments for Q1 with Android accounting for almost 60% of smart mobile devices shipped by OS. That’s compared to a 19.3% share for Apple and approximately 18.1% for Microsoft. Keep in mind Canalys’s report also includes notebooks, in addition to tablets and smartphones, which account for the majority of Microsoft’s share. When looking at tablets alone, Apple continued its lead with 46.4% share in the quarter, although Canalys warned Apple “lost share to its Android-based rivals for the third consecutive quarter.”

Though Apple continues to lead in the tablet space with a 46.4% share, it lost share to its Android-based rivals for the third consecutive quarter. ‘Spearheaded by Google and Amazon, the commoditization of the tablet market has happened far quicker than that of the wider PC market,’ said Canalys Senior Analyst, Tim Coulling. ‘Profit margins are being squeezed and vendors without a low cost structure will find it hard to compete. A solid range of must-have accessories and a software and services strategy are vital as vendors will increasingly need to make revenue around their devices.’

When it comes to smartphones, the report has Android at roughly 75.6% of shipments with around 32% of those shipments coming from Samsung. We know Apple sold around 37 million iPhones in the quarter but, as always, we warn that the stats from Canalys don’t include shipped vs sold data. 

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