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An App for Parkinson’s Sufferers, Q2 Mobility Index and More: This Week in Enterprise Mobility

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The Q2 Good Mobility Index is Out

Mobile device management (MDM) company Good Technology Corp released its Q2 Mobility Index this week. They found that the number of secure mobile apps companies activated was up 20 percent in the second quarter as compared to the previous period. Document-editing apps came out on top as the most-used enterprise apps. Customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence apps also saw significant increases. Good interpreted this data to mean that mobile is starting to take on a larger role within the context of an enterprise. Android also got a leg up on Apple as far as enterprise penetration, stealing four percentage points from the tech giant and increasing to 12 percent of total enterprise app activations. However, Apple devices are still the most common in the enterprise and comprise 67 percent vs. Android’s 32 percent. Read the full Mobility Index report here.

An App for Parkinson’s Patients

Michael J. Fox has teamed up with Intel to build an app that will help people suffering from Parkinson’s track their health using wearable fitness devices. The hope is that data collected via mobile trackers could help patients track everything from medication efficacy to eating habits to environmental factors. Intel is providing the technical support, including building out algorithms that can help make sense of collected data. In theory, the app will be able to help doctors assess symptoms more objectively and treat patients properly, but also contribute to the wider body of research around Parkinson’s Disease. The program is in pilot now, but could soon be rolled out to clinical trials and eventually the general public. This is a great example of the possibilities that exist at the intersection of mobile devices, data and healthcare, and we’re excited to see what comes next.

Windows Phone Struggling

Smartphone shipments are growing (300+ million new ones shipped in Q2 of this year), but Windows Phone is having a hard time hanging onto their piece of the pie, according to a new IDC report. Their market share is currently below three percent. That’s down 9.4 percent from this time last year. Meanwhile, Android continues to grow and now holds nearly 85 percent of the smartphone market. Apple smartphone shipments grew, and they hold 12.7 percent of the market, but that’s down slightly from the same time last year. Although the Windows Phone has been on the market since 2010, it has struggled to gain the same mindshare with consumers that Android and Apple have, and this has also impacted its support within the enterprise. Developers tend to ignore the third place operating system in order to simplify. However, it’s important to remember that Microsoft has its tentacles sunk deep into the enterprise, and the Windows Phone does provide some significant advantages when it comes to compatibility with common tools like Office.

Pebble Developer Challenge Kicks Off

Pebble is holding a contest to see who can propose the best app for the Pebble smartwatch over the next three weeks. The top 20 apps get a free Pebble, and the top three of those will be invited to the 2014 Pebble Developer Retreat in October and receive a Pebble Steel. We’re cheering on our colleague, Matthew Congrove, who is already sending messages between his app and his Pebble using Titanium.

Do you see potential in wearables for healthcare? Why do you think Apple’s doing better in the enterprise and Android with consumers? Are you developing apps for the Windows Phone? What about Pebble and other smartwatches? Tell us in the comments!

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