One of the main selling points for BlackBerry in the enterprise has been BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server). BES allowed administrators manage the entire company’s pool of BlackBerry devices through one central panel. Ahead of the official launch of the BlackBerry 10 in a week, RIM has taken the wraps off the next version of BES, BES 10 which includes continued support for Android and iOS devices.
A year ago Apple teamed up with Microsoft, RIM, and Sony to form Rockstar Consortium to bid on (and later successfully buy) over 6000 patents from Nortel. The group paid $4.5B for the patents (Apple chipped in $2.6B or almost half the cash) and now Apple has been buying the patents outright from the consortium. Why? To use as legal weapons.
Gartner Report: Apple and Samsung Control Smartphones, Andriod Leads, but iOS Will Narrow the Gap Soon
Gartner’s quarterly report on the mobile phone market are out and unsurprisingly it’s a battle between Apple and Samsung, iOS and Android. Apple and Samsung together control almost half of the smartphone market—46.5%— and while Android controls over 50% of smartphone sales by OS, iOS is expected to narrow the gap in Q4. Really, the smartphone market is like an opera. We have two main players (Apple and Samsung) battling for our hearts and minds, while the rest of the field have their own parts to play.
FierceWireless peered into their crystal balls and used their fancy digital number counting machines and came up with something that we all already know—Tim Cook (and therefore Apple overall) is the most powerful man in wireless. Of course FierceWireless has data to back it up. The thing is, I don’t this it matters a whit.
It looks like RIM is behind the lame anti-Apple “Wake Up” campaign.
Over the weekend, Samsung who was originally suspected to be behind the guerrilla marketing campaign for the Galaxy S III launch, denied sending protestors outside Apple Store in Sydney chanting “Wake Up”.