Enterprise Mobility: Mobile Devices, Apps Turned Heads on CTIA Show Floor
Upward of 2,000 mobile software developers crowded into the Moscone West conference hall in San Francisco for most of the week of Oct. 4, learning about the latest news and trends in the mobile device business. Security, operating systems, connectivity advances, storage and new devices were some of the key topics of discussion. Software appliances were also a major news item. A software appliance is a software application that might be combined with just enough operating system for it to run optimally on industry-standard hardware (typically a server) or within a virtual machine. There were connected cars (Ford Taurus and Explorer), connected bikes (which provide travel metrics like average speed and distance)even a connected exercise station. New GPS and Bluetooth devices caused heads to turn. Samsung walked away with several awards, including one for its Galaxy tablet, which reportedly won't become available until mid-November. This eWEEK slide show covers some of the highlights of CTIA 2010.