Survey finds 2017 mobility will be focus on cloud computing and security

A new study shows the majority of enterprises are focusing on mobile device management, cloud integration and data security in their mobile strategies. The study, sponsored by Clutch and DMI, interviewed professionals from 582 enterprises, and 89 percent of interviewees indicated their respective enterprise has a mobility strategy. When surveyed about their organizations’ mobility efforts,…


Mobile Device Management (MDM) market anticipated to exceed $5 billion

Zion Market Research reports the Mobile Device Management (MDM) market will reach $5.15 billion by 2021, growing at an overall CAGR of more than 25 percent. The MDM market consists of different mobile solutions, including device management, application management, security management, network service management and other mobile function services. The market’s growth is expected as…


New report indicates unlocked smartphone market share continuing to increase

A new report from the NPD Group indicates unlocked devices comprise 12 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, and that number will continue growing within the next few years. The increase in unlocked phone purchases is a response to  carriers eliminating subsidized plans and users wanting more carrier flexibility. Unlocked devices are an attractive option…


HOBI News of the Week 11/14-11/18

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 11/14-11/18 Study shows researchers can identify smartphone user qualities through screen residue A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego analyzed the residue left behind on smartphone screens from previous users. How leasing companies can benefit from Mobility…


Study shows researchers can identify smartphone user qualities through screen residue

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego analyzed the residue left behind on smartphone screens from previous users. The study analyzed the phones of 30 participants, and took swabs from four areas of the devices as well as eight spots on the respondent’s hand. Through this analysis, researchers were…


How leasing companies can benefit from Mobility Managed Services (MMS)

A report by Deloitte predicts by the end of 2016, consumers will sell or trade-in up to 120 million used smartphones, generating $17 billion in revenue, at an average of $140 per device. This report also predicts used devices will comprise 7 percent of total smartphone sales in 2016, and grow four times faster than…


HOBI News of the Week 10/31-11/4

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 10/31-11/4 The most overlooked component of enterprise mobile asset management When considering a mobile asset management provider, enterprises may focus on repair solutions, data security, and future refurbishment and recycling opportunities. While these are all important components of mobile asset management, the most…


The most overlooked component of enterprise mobile asset management

When considering a mobile asset management provider, enterprises may focus on repair solutions, data security, and future refurbishment and recycling opportunities. While these are all important components of mobile asset management, the most overlooked component of a mobile asset manager is guaranteed compliance. Securing an environmentally-friendly provider is not only a moral obligation but also…


Three commonly overlooked areas in cybersecurity

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, a time for U.S. citizens to educate themselves on current cybersecurity issues. As citizens read about different types of common security threats, they may be encouraged to update their devices and respective security systems. Here are three common areas that are overlooked in cybersecurity preparation: Device passcodes One of…


HOBI News of the Week 10/3-10/7

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 10/3-10/7 Global Green Data Center market anticipated to reach $91 million in 5 years A new report published by Research and Markets anticipates the Global Green Data Center market will reach or exceed $91 billion within the next five years. Survey indicates teachers…


Mobile market update: Smartphone sales see slight growth, while tablet sales fall

International Data Corporation (IDC) reports smartphone sales are continuing to grow, while PC and tablet shipments are falling. Overall, smartphone shipments have seen a 1.6 percent increase since this time in 2015. While this amount of growth may not be seen as substantial, carriers and manufacturers are implementing new programs to encourage device trade-ins. Along…


New survey reports 94 percent of respondents want devices “built to last”

A new survey commissioned by Greenpeace highlights the new shift towards longer mobile lifecycles, and the need for a more reliable mobile repair infrastructure. The survey, titled the Greenpeace Mobile Survey 2016, was conducted by Ipsos MORI, and interviewed 1,000 respondents in the U.S. over the course of two months. The majority of responses to…


Apple’s slowing sales indicate growing smartphone lifecycle

Earlier this month, Apple announced device upgrades customers can expect in the iPhone 7. The official device launch is set for the traditional month of September, but there is significantly less consumer excitement following the newest version of Apple’s flagship device. Overall iPhones shipments have fallen for the past two quarters. Apple sold 40.4 million…