Mobile Industry on the Move March 1

— February 28, 2014

All the action was in Barcelona last week. How was the show? Besides the product announcements, what else came out of Mobile World Congress?

MWC By the Numbers
With more than 85,000 visitors, attendance to the show was up by 18% over 2013. Of that number, 18% were women;  4,500 CEOs and 3,800 international media and industry analysts were in the crowd. Visitors were from 201 countries and there were 1,800 exhibitors showcasing products and services across 98,000 net square meters of exhibition and hospitality space. The Connected City, one of the most popular attractions at Mobile World Congress, attracting  17,000 visitors over four days. The event was also the world’s largest tradeshow certified to have a zero carbon footprint.

“By any measure, the 2014 Mobile World Congress was a stunning success and we thank our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners for their continued support,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “Beyond the number of attendees and participating companies, the continued expansion of the event to address key adjacent industry sectors demonstrates just how pervasive mobile is in our everyday lives and how integrated it is becoming in everything that we do. It’s gratifying to be part of such a dynamic, exciting industry.”

Good Technology
To provide organizations with the ability to deliver the mobile experience end users demand, the security and control IT needs and the reliability that businesses require Good Technology will acquire BoxTone, a privately held company that offers mobile service management.

The BoxTone platform will be integrated into Good’s portfolio to deliver an end-to-end solution. “The synergies between BoxTone and Good will allow customers to benefit from the unique combination of security and service management to manage their business-critical mobile deployments,” said Alan Snyder, president and chief executive officer, BoxTone. “We will enable unified mobile monitoring, management, support and analytics that will drive down total cost of ownership and drive up ROI.”

The combined solution's functionality will include: Secure email, contacts, calendar both on premise as well as in the cloud; secure browsing; secure instant messaging and presence; secure Sharepoint, network file and cloud storage access; mobile device management; mobile application management and analytics; mobile content management; mobile service management including BlackBerry migration tools; custom secure app development tools: wrapping, SDK and hybrid support; and broad coverage across Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Mobile, Samsung, BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Exchange ActiveSync.

IBM Challenge
The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a global competition to encourage developers to create mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson was issued by CEO Ginni Rometty during a keynote presentation at Mobile World Congress. 

Over the next three months, mobile developers and entrepreneurs are invited to share their best ideas to build and develop mobile apps into prototypes. Three winners will join the Watson Ecosystem Program.

The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge is part of the IBM MobileFirst strategy to help businesses of all sizes adopt mobile technology to better engage with customers and extend their businesses to new markets. The program, being driven by the newly formed IBM Watson Group, aims to encourage developers to spread “cognitive computing apps” into the marketplace.

"The power of Watson in the palm of your hand is a game-changing proposition, so we're calling on mobile developers around the world to start building cognitive computing apps infused with Watson's intelligence," said Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson Group."Imagine a new class of apps that deliver deep insights to consumers and business users instantly over the cloud. It's about changing the essence of decision making from 'information at your fingertips' to actual 'insights."

The Challenge will encourage developers around the world to build sophisticated cognitive apps that can change the way consumers and businesses interact with data on their mobile devices. Through this initiative, mobile developers can take advantage of Watson’s ability to understand the complexities of human language, "read" millions of pages of data in seconds and improve its own performance by learning.

Using natural language processing and analytics, Watson processes information akin to how people think, representing a major shift in an organization’s ability to quickly analyze, understand and respond to Big Data.  Watson’s ability to answer complex questions with speed, accuracy and confidence is transforming decision making across a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services and retail.

IBM has advanced Watson from a game playing innovation into a commercial technology. Delivered from the cloud and able to power new consumer and enterprise apps, Watson is 24 times faster; smarter, with a 2,400% improvement in performance; and 90% smaller than the original system.

Named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, Watson was developed in IBM’s Research labs and is now being accelerated into market by the new IBM Watson Group.  As part of the group, IBM is investing $1 billion to introduce a new class of cognitive computing services, software and apps, and investing $100 million to spur innovation for software application providers to develop a new generation of Watson powered solutions.  

Technology For Humanity
HTC unveiled "HTC Power To Give," an initiative that aims to create a supercomputer by harnessing the collective processing power of Android smartphones.

Currently in beta, HTC Power To Give seeks to galvanize smartphone owners to unlock their unused processing power in order to help answer some of society’s biggest questions. Currently, the fight against cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer’s; the drive to ensure every child has clean water to drink and even the search for extra-terrestrial life are all being tackled by volunteer computing platforms.

Empowering people to use their Android smartphones to offer tangible support for vital fields of research, including medicine, science and ecology, HTC Power To Give has been developed in partnership with Dr. David Anderson of the University of California, Berkeley. The project will support the world’s largest volunteer computing initiative and tap into the powerful processing capabilities of a global network of smartphones.

One million HTC One smartphones, working towards a project via HTC Power To Give, could provide similar processing power to that of one of the world’s 30 supercomputers. This could drastically shorten the research cycles for organizations that would otherwise have to spend years analyzing the same volume of data, potentially bringing forward important discoveries in vital subjects by weeks, months, years or even decades.

Cher Wang, Chairwoman, HTC commented, “We’ve been discussing the impact that just one million HTC Power To Give-enabled smartphones could make, however analysts estimate that over 780 million Android phones were shipped in 2013  alone. Imagine the difference we could make to our children’s future if just a fraction of these Android users were able to divert some of their unused processing power to help find answers to the questions that concern us all.”

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