The weekend review: mobile OS disruptors and photo management

This week on GigaOM Pro, the most popular research content focused on mobile: our analysts look ahead to the next 6-12 months to forecast where the mobile operating systems market is headed, and then dig in to the photo management apps market. Our analyst also looked at the future of the workplace, especially through the lens of the new “emergent business.”

According to Colin Gibbs’ latest report, ” Where new opportunity lies in the mobile operating system space,” the mobile OS world has remained relatively stagnant, despite the fact that the mobile market at large has seen fierce battles between handset manufacturers, network operators and designers. The Android operating system and iOS have dominated the market since they were introduced six years ago, and currently claim nearly 88% of smartphone sales worldwide. But the landscape is about to undergo significant disruption: over the next 6-12 months, a new batch of mobile operating systems are coming to market, each with more sophisticated and dynamic features than either Android or iOS. Gibbs analyzes each of these new competitors, looking at the potential features and platforms that they’ll bring to both emerging and developed markets, and concludes with key takeaways for both consumers and the enterprise.

Next, in “Survey: How apps can solve photo management,” Hans Hartman analyzes the results of a survey on the apps and devices that users employ to store, sync, aggregate and share their photos. Hartman looks at 18 solution providers and identifies the feature sets and unmet needs that exist across this market, and also analyzes aspects such as photo discoverability and monetization models. Due to existing technology, however, there is still room for improvement and innovation.  Hartman concludes that “what we need are smart, big data–like, location- and service- independent solutions for organizing photos.”

Last, in “Beyond social: the rise of the emergent business,” Stowe Boyd considers the concept of emergence as it applies to the modern business world. Businesses (and their employees) must embrace the rapid adoption of new technologies and business practices as well as the increased speed of responding to global or economic changes. Boyd defines this as the “next generation” of business – a truly emergent business that is prepared to deal with an increasingly volatile and complex marketplace and environment. In his latest blog post, Boyd defines how emergent businesses will approach and change the workplace on both macro and micro levels.

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