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Enterprise mobility news recap: Nov. 17-21

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“Get” replaces “Free” in app stores and earrings get smart

Changes in the App Store and Google Play Store arrive just in time for the holiday shopping season, and AirWatch receives recognition from CRN and 451 Research.

  • This week AirWatch was recognized as the Mobility Vendor of the Year in CRN’s Channel Awards, which celebrate the latest technology innovations and advancements.
  • Apple is changing a rather prevalent word in its App Store. In an effort to address misinterpretations of the meaning of “free,” the button to download free apps that once read “Free” is now being replaced with “Get.” Google made a similar revision to its Play Store for European Union users.
  • Watch what AirWatch retail sales leader Christian Conway looks forward to seeing at NRF, “Retail’s BIG Show.” The event is ramping up as retail’s busiest season quickly approaches. Be sure to check the blog next week for a piece on mobility’s role on Black Friday.
  • The array of available wearables is expanding every day. The latest accessories may appeal to women more than previously available options. Biosensive Technologies is developing smart earrings that track steps, sleep and other health related statistics found in popular wearables.
  • This week in Washington, D.C., AirWatch’s Federal Solutions team sponsored and participated in the 4th Annual Mobile Tech Summit.
  • Also in D.C. this week, President Obama recognized Coachella Valley USD this week for its 1:1 tablet program, during an address at the White House ConnectEd Conference. You can learn more about Coachella’s use of mobile technology, which is managed by AirWatch, by watching the video on the VMware Boundless page.
  • Mojio and Automatic are putting drivers in the mechanic’s seat by providing them with data and information about the health of their car. The Mojio and Automatic devices are installed within the car and transmit information through Bluetooth to a driver’s phone. Features of this IoT technology allow drivers to diagnose mechanical issues and proactively anticipate visits to Jiffy Lube. Mojio’s claim to fame is a flair for the near-vintage – the company’s technology can connect to car ports in models as old as 1996. Read the New York Times review of each app.
  • AirWatch has been named No. 1 in mobile management in 451 Research’s new “Security Wave” report. Look for details and a link to download the report on the AirWatch blog and resources page next week.

Maddie Cook

Maddie has a variety of journalism experience as a science and technology reporter, editorial editor and production manager. As a writer for the AirWatch blog, Maddie looks forward to being a resource for mobility professionals.

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