I was in Lowe's a few months ago and they were already using the iPhone for inventory. All the floor sales staff were carrying specially equipped iPhones with laser bar code readers. Home Depot is playing catch up.
The problem with Lowe's is the software they are using sucks; the lady at the returns counter only had negative things to say about the iPhones when I asked her about them. She said they constantly have to reboot them and they are buggy.
Home Depot is NOT trying to play catch up. Home Depot, at least at the moment, will not be replacing all of the Motorola, formerly Symbol, devices that floor staff use on a daily basis. These devices run Windows CE by the way, Target staff uses similar models for their operations.
Home Depot management will not be using these iPhones to help do inventory or sales floor activities; it's a corporate phone and it will be used for E-Mail and calling. Management will use their motorola devices for all other activities, assuming that management even does things like inventory, etc.
I thought that Lowes was originally using some modified iPods and began switching over to a specialized iPhone4 in 2011. Perhaps not according to this article. I thought it odd that they disabled the iPhone calling features as well as email and text capabilities tho. Why not use the iPod Touch if they weren't going to make use of the phone features? In any event it's clear Lowes found value in Apple's products and put them to good use.
Lowes uses what (I think) Apple Stores use these days: a LineaPro 4 enclosure for the iPhone, that adds an extra battery, barcode scanner, and card swiper.
In the old days (i.e. the previous couple of decades) a company like Lowes would've bought ruggedized all-in-one devices from suppliers like Symbol (which was acquired by Motorola) or Panasonic... and programmed it under Windows CE / .Net. Heck, even Apple stores used Windows CE handhelds until fairly recently.
Now, with less Microsoft support, and growing management trust in off the shelf devices, the tide has turned in simpler situations towards using stock phones / tablets with custom enclosures.
In the enterprise application business, we see both iOS and Android usage. A lot depends on what security and administration tools are available. iOS is getting better in that regard.
From the stats I've seen, currently enterprise-owned devices tend toward iOS, whereas BYOD tends toward Android.
That's not set in stone, of course. For example, last year Verizon Wireless bought and deployed 4,000 Android tablets for its corporate salespeople.
In my experience, if an enterprise had an investment in creating their own Blackberry Java apps, then they tend towards switching to Android, because they can more easily leverage their Java developers who are already familiar with the legacy apps.
I really wish all these RIM employees would stop creating sock puppet accounts here.
Your value has tripled from "crap" to "old carpet stain". "Uninformed", huh?
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Get hammered like what? Your so uninformed. If anything I would be wondering why Apple has lost $250 a share in 5 months. Hmm looks like the investers smell a future loser. Losses of hundreds of billion of dollars and market share to google. BB has tripled their value in a couple months. Hmmm ; )
So where are they in usage stats?
Given they occasionally do, I would imagine so.
Well, US companies, at least. Thousands of US companies wouldn't trust Google, even.
It has an impact in that the US is in the world, therefore sales there affect total worldwide sales. It has an equivalent effect on the stock. Ridiculous is claiming otherwise.
Yes, of course, you're absolutely right. On the other hand,10000 devices, swapped over a long term, thats not a particular high number compared to the 4-8 million RIM usually sells per quarter.
I sometimes get really anoyed when news are translated from US-sites and make their way through the whole internet but in my language, leaving the impression they are not reflecting the American point of view.
I'm particularly pissed of Microsoft and the US point-of-view that led investors to the fatal decision to let Nokia drop its own OS in favor of the lousy Windows Phone, which again led to the destruction of Nokia.
I mean, Nokia was not common in the US, that's why the press was really negativ about Symbian and MeeGo. However, it WAS common in the rest of the world. Microsoft promised a high US market share if Nokia would switch to Windows. Now, we eventually have a poor Nokia market share throughout the world and Nokia sold all their european properties and factories plus released all their software developers (or at least most of them). Sorry, they should just have been happy with what they had, especially the almost 80% market share in China (a market which is even bigger than the US market) was a quite comfortable situation.
I'm in person using the last real Nokia - a Nokia N9, and I'm desperately waiting for the new Sailfish, Ubuntu and Tizen phones to be released. Not that I wouldn't like the US - actually I love beeing in the US. However, I do not agree with some strange US laws like the patriot act, and when it comes to business usage I really don't understand how a company could even consider storing sensible data on US servers. And that's why I think there is a space for Blackberry in the enterprise market, and there will also be a huge demand for phones that are not connect to either the iCloud, Google Cloud or Windows Cloud services.
The US generally has the highest proportion of everything. That includes developers. No one develops for the platform, it won't get adopted anywhere.
70,000… vs. 700,000. And a growing install base of 500,000,000 devices.
BlackBerry, at best, will have a niche. It won't be what it once was.