Archive for the ‘Android’ Category
The new Droid Pro looks like an exciting device and gives a great preview of the integration of Android into the mobile enterprise. The flexibility of Android and the robust set of 3rd party applications allows carriers & OEMs to build phones that uniquely target a demographic. The inclusion of a keyboard draws in the BlackBerry fans. But I also appreciate the inclusion of a robust email client for Microsoft Exchange support and QuickOffice for Microsoft Office document editing. The Pro contains a Skype client which is nice for small business use but seems awkward that it co-exists with enterprise level apps like Exchange email & Office document editing. Motorola should also make available enterprise level mobile device management and a enterprise class application store on the phone. This would be a competitive alternative to a BlackBerry.
At the bottom of this WSJ article was an interesting tidbit on the cost savings associated with using Android in a business. Now that email access is a commodity service across devices, people have choice. The savings of $1000 per employee per year by using Android over RIM is additional business value support for the consumerization of the enterprise:
Mattson Technology last year migrated from Microsoft’s software and email to Google’s Web-based applications. The Fremont, Calif., supplier to chip manufacturers stopped using BlackBerrys in favor of Android phones for 300 of its employees.
Android phones cost 20% to 30% less than BlackBerrys, said Matt Hough, Mattson’s senior director of global IT. Combined with lower server costs, the switch to Android saves the company $300,000 a year, he said.
While we make an iPhone app for accessing SharePoint, we’re always looking at the other smartphones. We make sure our iPhone app integrates will with the iPhone UI – contacts & calendar look like iPhone contacts and calendars. Where it makes sense, we try to follow the UI patterns on the existing device so that a user’s muscle memory works on the device and our application. Here is what I noticed on the DroidX running Android 2.1. The similarities to my Windows laptop really struck me: