The proliferation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies means IT managers are now tasked with chasing down a never-ending supply of new devices and operating systems. Anticipating the needs and preferences of users is their best bet in the fight to maintain data security. To make the job easier, we’ve compiled some of the most important upcoming releases.
Apple iPhone 6
Fans are eagerly awaiting Apple’s next major hardware release. Predicted to have a larger screen and better enterprise support, the phone will likely be the media darling of the coming season. Enterprise managers should keep in mind that the release of new iCloud features combined with an ever-expanding library of apps that automatically send files to the cloud means sensitive company data could be living in an unsecured environment.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
While it’s technically called a “phablet,” the Galaxy Note has gained notoriety among corporate users for its large screen and ability to better manage documents on the road. The latest iteration makes few changes, opting to upgrade hardware and processing power. That boost to speed and battery life may lead to this device becoming a favorite among corporate users seeking a better experience while working from anywhere.
As a company, BlackBerry has seen better days. While adoption has waned in the United States and abroad, the company is promising to refocus on enterprise users and software rather than devices. The Passport will be the biggest gamble the company has made in some time. The odd, square design has many tech analysts scratching their heads, but features like a fully functional keyboard and BlackBerry’s legendary security measures has analysts predicting that corporate users could be big adopters.
Google’s plan for world domination includes owning the devices and services people use in their personal and professional lives. The latest iteration of the popular Nexus series may come in line with a new release of Android, promising better security features for corporate users and integration with smart watches, but Android’s spotty track record regarding data breaches has left many skeptical.
Die-hard Motorola fans from the early 2000s remember a time when their sleek flip phones dominated the market; today the landscape has changed dramatically. Despite a questionable future, the company famous for producing enterprise communications devices could be staging a comeback to the business productivity marketplace. Rumors about this device abound, including that it has a customizable wood grain backing.