News Analysis

2010 Review: Top 10 mobile technology stories

Jenny Williams

As employees started bringing their own mobile devices to work, IT managers in 2010 were forced to acknowledge and support the rise of the consumerisation of IT within its organisations.

Meanwhile, the launch of Windows Phone 7 was hailed as the first serious offering from Microsoft in the mobile operating system (OS) market, Google's Android overtook Apple in smartphone sales and PC sales slowed as IT buyers turned to mobile devices.

Here are Computer Weekly's top 10 mobile technology stories for this year.

Google launches first mobile phone Nexus One

Google has moved into the hardware market and launched its widely anticipated first mobile phone, which will be available in the UK through Vodafone.

Apple iPad bridges the gap between iPhone and Macbook

Apple has unveiled its much anticipated touch-screen tablet device, the iPad (below), which fills a niche in Apple's portable platforms between the handheld iPod Touch and the Macbook laptop PC.

Can Microsoft crack the mobile OS market with Windows Phone 7?

With the highly anticipated launch of Windows Phone 7 (WP7), is Microsoft's latest offering fit for business?

Blackberry faces ban in India

Research In Motion's Blackberry service may be banned in India if the company does not resolve government concerns over security.

Android phones hit by text-based Trojan

Google's Android mobile operating system has been hit by its first text-based Trojan, according to security firm Kaspersky Labs. The malicious software, called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, has hit a number of mobile devices.

Android overtakes Apple as smartphones drive mobile sales

Worldwide mobile device sales to end-users reached 325.6 million units in the second quarter of 2010 - an increase of 13.8% compared with 2009. The Android smartphone operating system overtook Apple's iOS to become the third most popular smartphone OS globally behind Research in Motion (18%) and Symbian (41%).

Blackberry tablet computer puts 'PC suppliers under notice'

Research In Motion has launched its tablet computer, the Blackberry Playbook (below), at the Blackberry Devcon 2010 conference in San Francisco, in a bid to establish a tablet device for the enterprise.

Blackberry Playbook

London councils to deliver public services via mobile

London council services are being mobile-enabled in a bid to cut costs and interact with people lacking broadband access.

Analyst report: PC sales slow as IT buyers turn to tablets and smartphones

Global PC shipments for 2010 fell short of expectations due to delayed purchases and competition from mobile devices, according to Gartner.

Nokia readies for smartphone battle with Symbian 3

Mobile phone maker Nokia today launched four devices based on its new Symbian 3 operating system that it hopes will capture 50 million customers and allow Nokia to recapture the high ground in the competitive smartphone market.


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