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May 17, 2014

Mobility TechZone Week in Review

This has been an exciting week for the world of mobile technology! New technology releases as well as updates to existing products have generated quite the buzz within the industry, and new studies and surveys are finding that mobile technology continues to play a larger role in our every day lives with each passing moment. Let's take a look back at some of this week's top headlines.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies are commonplace in today's business climate, with employers being able to piggy-back off of an employee's existing smartphone or tablet for extra computing power in a mobile format. However, technology trends that begin in social environments often bleed over into civil industry and even into the military, and MobilityTechzone's special guest Jeff Pike examined how BYOD could be adapted into the Aerospace and Defense industries. Mobile technology already plays a large role in the defense market, and the unique abilities afforded by a device that can connect to more complicated systems as well as provide a wealth of information on the go is a critical piece of equipment. Of course, businesses are already plagued by the security issues presented by BYOD policies. Because the aerospace and defense industries are much more sensitive environments, these issues must be resolved before BYOD is adapted.

Such BYOD policies would not be as effective for any industry without the rise of tablet computers, and result's from the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report found that the tablet market is largely driven by Samsung. Samsung tablets make up approximately 40 percent of the worldwide tablet shipments, which have increased 15 percent from the 49.2 milliion units shipped in Q1 2013 to 56.7 million by the end of the quarter this year.

Apple's share in the tablet market dropped somewhat over this period of time, but rumors indicate that iOS 8 will bring split-screen capabilities to iPad products. If this is true, that means that the iPad would be among the first tablets to offer the feature which would be a massive benefit in both business and recreational settings. This could theoretically catapult the iPad into the lead on the tablet market, should it prove successful.

Finally, telecom operators in the Middle East could be in for a treat, as Samsung has announced that they are working on a new breakthrough technology that could deliver download speeds of up to 1GB on 3G and 4G networks. Service providers in the area had previously thought that they would not see these speeds until the end of this decade, but a powerful form of Wi-Fi Internet could be broadcast over long distances in the very near future. 

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