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Are You One of the 99.6%?

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Top mobile news this week: Android and iOS dominate the Q4 smartphone market, the wearables invasion ratchets up at work and simple MDM comes to Apple devices.

Are you one of the 99.6%?

The Verge reported this week that Apple and Google claimed a “duopoly” on the Q4 smartphone market. According to a new Gartner report, 99.6% of all new smartphones sales ran either Android or iOS operating systems (OS). Here’s the breakdown:

  • Android: 81.7%
  • iOS: 17.9%
  • Windows Phone: 0.3%
  • BlackBerry: 0.2%
  • Other: 0.2%

“… with Google and Apple’s supremely dominant market share, no one is predicting the rise of a new mobile OS for the foreseeable future.” —James Vincent, The Verge

Two groovy new Android features.

Computerworld’s J.R. Raphael wrote this week that a new Google Play Services app update offers new two cool new features for Android-ers:

  1. Instant Tethering: Pixel and Nexus devices will automatically “sense” an unconnected device nearby and automatically pair it (with permission, of course).
  2. Instant Apps: Google announced this capability nearly a year ago, but looks like this feature is finally coming. In a nutshell, you can now launch Android apps without ever installing the app. Just open it, use it, close it and—poof!—it’s gone.

Here’s the thing…

uem smart glassesThe connected gizmo-and-gadget invasion is for real. It’s lurking in nearly every business and every organization. Sure, “things” offer potential only limited by the imagination, but what’s an IT admin to do? How do you turn the endpoint management dilemma into an “ah-ha?”

“The true value of wearables lies in the line-of-business and workflow applications that enable operational employees real-time, hands-free access to business-critical information. … It’s imperative that wearable deployments easily integrate with existing enterprise systems.” —Jessie Stoks, VMware

Read Prepare Your Organization for Enterprise Wearables & Things to get started.

Time to put MDM in the express lane.

VMware’s Kristi Murray brought us some exciting news this week: VMware AirWatch Express now integrates with Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and Volume Purchase Program (VPP). This makes it unbelievably easy for SMBs to enable its Apple device-wielding workers with the right apps, settings and security. The goal? Affordable mobile productivity. Learn more here.


Our incredibly popular EUC Insights season is upon us. In case you missed the Americas event yesterday, click here to watch the keynote and all the sessions on demand. Much like your kids, you can never have a favorite session. But here are a few recommendations for you:

  • AirWatch Hands-On Labs
  • A Deeper Dive into Windows 10 Management
  • From Onboarding to Next-Gen Mobile Productivity in 3 Simple Steps
  • Delivering & Securing Office 365 with VMware Workspace ONE

Watch the Americas sessions on demand here.

In Europe, Asia, the Middle East or Africa? You haven’t missed a thing. Register for one of the live events in your region:

More upcoming events.

AirWatch blogger Ashley Speagle gave us an awesome list of upcoming mobile and tech conferences. Whether you’re into security trends or want to see your industry’s top tech innovations, you definitely want to check out this list.

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Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely is a brand journalist for VMware AirWatch by day, sci-fi/fantasy book-aholic (and mom of 3!) by night.

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