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Along with the New Year has been the gradual appearance of Zebra devices running Android Marshmallow, the gradual disappearance of the Google Now Launcher, an increase in the ways and means of using the "Internet of Things," and a decrease in device security thanks to new exploits in JavaScript and Windows 10.

 

What’s New for Android ‘M’ and the impact on Zebra developers

Zebra's Darryn Campbell took an exhaustive look at Android 6 Marshmallow, details what's different and better about the latest release and provides guidance for Zebra customers and partners who are planning a deployment or migration.

 

IBM Watson Gets in on the IoT Act

Since Watson's coming out party on the American quiz show Jeopardy, IBM's super computer has proven it can do far more than embarrass its human counterparts. Financial services company Visa will tap Watson's power to process IoT-based transactions, which could open the door to a whole new world of questions and answers.

 

Instant Apps: Run an App Without Installing It

One question every smartphone user asks at least once during the life of the device is "Do I really want to install this app?" Introduced and demo'd at last year's Google I/O, Android 7 Nougat's "Instant Apps" eliminates the need for that question by allowing apps to be run from the cloud.

 

Gone Google Now Launcher?

Google Giveeth, Google Taketh Away. Rumor has it that the Now Launcher, which upwards of 70 percent of Android users reportedly download immediately upon setting a new device, may be going the way of its hands-free mobile payment app. For Zebra partners, the EHS Launcher might be a better bet anyway.

 

Windows 10 Device Pictures Might be Visible to All

If you thought Apple's iCloud left users vulnerable to picture hacking (and it does), Windows 10 Mobile apparently goes one better, leaving on-device pictures visible to anyone holding the device without the need of a password or PIN.

 

IBM Bypasses Carrier, Wi-Fi Networks to Spread Alerts

IBM has developed a means of spreading messages and alerts from one device to another in the event of carrier or Wi-FI networks service interruptions. The technology will be employed next month in a weather app for Android that can warn people of floods, storms, tsunamis and other catastrophic events by using on-device Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios to "mesh" one device to another.

 

Recent JavaScript Advancement Slays Stalwart Security Scheme

The progress made by JavaScript to advance cloud computing are immeasurable, but one recent advancement has the potential to tear it all away. A security technique known as ASLR, under which program code is stored randomly in memory (and hence difficult for malware to find and exploit), might now be detected and made visible by a simple piece of JavaScript code developed recently by researchers.

Nothing ever stands still in the high-tech industry. This week we saw smart-glasses, the unfolding of a smartphone, the appearance of a new Blackberry enterprise strategy, the disappearance of Google's hands-free mobile payment app, and developments in robotics worthy of a sci-fi horror flick. And that's just to name a few. Here are some highlights...

 

Samsung Galaxy X to 'Unfold' at Mobile World Congress

Rumors abound about a smartphone that folds in half like a wallet. The so-called Samsung Galaxy X could be in the hands of consumers this fall, with prototypes making the rounds in Barcelona later this month.

 

Google 'Authenticator' App Does Security's Heavy Lifting

Adding a second authentication factor might sound like an easy lift, but that's not always the case. Google's latest Authenticator App can add a universal second factor to any app that can be accessed using an intent. 

 

Google Kills Hands-free Mobile Payment App

Google has decided to cut the cord on its on the hands-free payment system it introduced in a small trial in San Francisco last March. However, a company statement might leave you thinking that the system could re-emerge somewhere down the road. 

 

BlackBerry announces its next major mobile software licensing agreement with Optiemus in India - SD Times

Blackberry has reached a licensing agreement with Optiemus, which will license the company's Android-based software and manufacture branded handsets for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.   

 

Blackberry Releases Messaging SDK for the Enterprise

In other Blackberry news, the company began shipping the BBM Enterprise SDK, giving developers access the company's secure messaging and file sharing technology.  

 

Smart Glasses: An Auto-focus Lens for the Mind

Forget about bifocals; these glasses focus on whatever's in view. Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas last month, these auto-focus glasses won't be making a spectacle for at least two years.  

 

Google-owned Boston Dynamics Unveils Rolling Robot

When it comes to autonomous entities, Google's on a roll. And so is "Handle," the latest free-standing robot from Boston Dynamics.   

We are excited to start a new series of blogs that will highlight things going on in the industry that this community may find interesting and informative. Look for weekly posts on Monday that include a series of links to articles and possibly some short commentary.

 

A nice short read over your morning coffee, "working lunch" or your late night red bull "break from coding".

 

Let me know what you think - hope you find it useful.

 

Google Enterprise Site highlights Zebra’s technology (HERE)

Lots going on behind the scenes with our partnership with Google getting stronger and stronger (more reveled at the AppForum later this year - be sure to Register and get your seat to hear Google's keynote) . Check out Google's new branding on Enterprise and how prominent Zebra appears in their videos

 

Google acquires Fabric / Crashlytics (HERE)

How are you handling application crashes in testing and in the field? Looks help to have this part of the Android platform is on the way which is good news for developers looking to increase their application stability.

 

Google working to improve their security (HERE)

In 2016 Google Play App Security Improvement (ASI) program has helped over 90,000 developers update over 275,000 apps. Be sure to also checkout the Security Best Practice document and the handy checklist.

 

Google starts live testing Instant Apps on Android (HERE)

Live testing of Google's Instant Apps effort is underway and business technology decision makers should watch carefully -- especially if support for mobile can be simplified. I would be interested in hearing from this community if they have looked into "Instant Apps" and are considering it as a strategy.

 

Latest Windows 10 hardened (HERE)

Microsoft has fortified the latest version of Windows to make it more secure than previous editions.

 

Galaxy Note 7 fault roundup (HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE)

Samsung has finally announced the results of its Galaxy Note 7 investigation, confirming that two separate battery issues were to blame.

 

Healthcare becoming more mobile but one in four firms concerned over MDM (HERE)

Refreshingly high number of healthcare firms going in with mobility at the outset; 83% say they currently provide mobile devices to caregiving staff but have concerns over security and selecting the right MDM solution.

 

Oracle to buy API development firm Apiary (HERE)

Apiary has been around since 2011 and is known for its APIFlow platform that allows developers to build, test, and monitor APIs while supporting API Blueprint and OpenAPI industry standards. This move by Oracle should strengthen it's cloud platform for creating and managing APIs.