The battle over which platform delivers the best location and context services to mobile users is already underway with Google in the lead, but Apple's purchase of mapping startups and social analytics firm Topsy, combined with its Bluetooth-based iBeacons (which recently went live in all of Apple's U.S. stores) could give Apple a strong chance.
Yes, it's possible to make a phone call from the 7-inch Asus Fonepad
At Mobile World Congress today, Asus took the whole "phablet" concept to a new level with the Fonepad. It's got a 7-inch screen, which makes it way too big to hold comfortably to your ear, although the spokesperson in this video gives it a valiant effort. But as he explains, the Fonepad is really an Android tablet -- the company expects people to use it mostly for email, social networking, and gaming, with telephony as a secondary experience. If you really need to make a phone call, they suggest using a Bluetooth headset.
Equally interesting, the tablet is one of the first devices to run Intel's "Lexington" platform, based around its low-powered Atom Z240, which is the company's latest response to the popularity of ARM-based processors in mobile devices. It runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will be available in Europe by the end of June for 219 Euro.
Box is experiencing some good times these days with new features, new funding and a high profile CEO, but Box has to be careful as it grows to say true to its root and not fall into the trap becoming just another enterprise software company.
Dell will soon offer containerization technology and is positioning itself as a single source for any kind of mobile management product and service a company could need.