At the VMworld show, Wyse Technology announces that is now offering a version of its previously Apple-only PocketCloud networking application that will run on Android devices.
Wyse Technology is expanding the use of its PocketCloud software from Apple
handheld devices to Android-powered mobile phones.
Wyse officials are putting the new version of the application,
which was announced Aug. 31, on display at VMware's VMworld show in San
It was a year ago at the same show that Wyse officials first rolled
out PocketCloud for the iPhone and iPod Touch. In April, Wyse extended
PocketCloud to work on Apple's iPad tablet PC as well. Now the application is
also available to users of Android-based smartphones.
The software essentially lets users access the work
environments on their PCs and virtual desktops from their wireless devices, and
enables IT administrators to gain access to end-user machines through their
Apple and Android devices.
According to Jeff McNaught, chief marketing and strategy
officer and chief customer advocate at Wyse, PocketCloud has become a top-10
application for business professionals in the past year, and has been installed
by more than 110,000 users since it was first introduced.
McNaught also said while PocketCloud initially was viewed by
company officials as a business application, it was attracting interest in
"We've seen a surprisingly large number of consumers
buying the app," McNaught told eWEEK.
Bringing PocketCloud to Android-based phones gives a rapidly
growing market of new users access to it, he said. It makes business sense,
given the rapidly
of Google's open-source mobile operating system. Some
analysts say Android eventually will overtake Apple's iOS. For example, an
iSuppli report released Aug. 5 predicted that handsets running Android will outsell
those running iOS by 2012.
Wyse also is launching PocketCloud 2.0 for Apple iOS devices,
which includes new features such as easier setup and streaming video
New features in PocketCloud for Android and the enhanced
PocketCloud for Apple devices were added with growing use by consumers kept in
mind, McNaught said. Included in both versions of the application is an auto-discovery
feature that allows easy setup without the need for deep technical knowledge.
Essentially, the same Gmail name and password is used for the PocketCloud
application on the user's home PC and mobile device, he said. Once that is
entered, the PC and mobile device are synced up.
"We've made this so simple," McNaught said. "All
you need is two words you already know, and you can access your PC [from a
mobile device via PocketCloud]."
In the same vein, PocketCloud 2.0 for iOS devices offers video
streaming to enable the streaming of video files-including MPEGs, WMV and
AVI-from the remote desktop to any device over WiFi and 3G.
Wyse also is offering different versions of the PocketCloud
application for both platforms. For Apple iOS devices, Wyse is including a PocketCloud
Premium version, which offers greater interaction with multimedia, files and
applications in Windows desktops.
Wyse is continuing the promotional pricing of $14.99 for the
PocketCloud application, and PocketCloud Premium will be available in three-
and six-month increments at $2.99 and $9.99, respectively. All versions can be
found in the iTunes App Store.
PocketCloud for Android is available now for $14.99, and a free
version with reduced functionality also is available. Both can be found in the
For much of its existence, Wyse has been known for its thin-client
hardware. However, the company is now focusing more on software. In an interview
with eWEEK in April, CEO
Tarkan Maner said software
will be a key differentiator for Wyse as it works
to carve out its place in the highly competitive cloud and virtualization
"Our story was a hardware story for many, many
years," Maner said at the time. "For the last five or six years,
we've been focusing on software. The bottom line is that the differentiator is
software. I do not have any hardware engineers in my company."
McNaught said Wyse will be active in a number of areas, such as
cloud computing, unified computing and unified communications. Wyse already is
partnering with such key players as Citrix Systems, VMware, Microsoft and Cisco
Systems, he said. PocketCloud is an example of an application that plays in
many of these spaces.