Android took a big step forward in 2014 with the release of Lollipop 5. As usual, Nexus devices, like the excellent Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet got the upgrade first. Deployment of Lollipop 5 will continue via mobile carriers in 2015. There were some excellent Android devices released in 2014 including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy S5, as well as great handsets from LG and Motorola.
2014 saw the introduction of new Windows Phones from Nokia and HTC in addition to BlackBerry but no major OS releases. Both platforms are expected to receive major updates in 2015. Additional perspectives on 2015:
- Apple diversifies beyond iPhones and iPads and embraces the Internet of Things with the Apple Watch and HomeKit (home automation). Watch for details at CES
- Google releases Android 6 which includes fingerprint recognition and Android Work for businesses
- Microsoft ships Windows 10 for desktops and smartphones. This is a critical release for Microsoft after a disappointing release of Windows 8. In addition, Windows Phone remains a distant third in terms of worldwide adoption behind Google Android and Apple iOS.
On a personal note, here's a brief summary of my year at IBM:
- Traveled 121,585 miles to 24 cities and 9 countries meeting with clients, presenting at conferences and meeting with other IBM employees. My conference presentations were viewed over 16,000 times on SlideShare
- Published 41 blog posts here on on ChrisPepin.com and 7 posts on IBM Mobile Business Insights blog
- Twitter followers grew by over 10% to 2,600. Inside IBM, my social business eminence score is in the top one tenth of one percent of all IBM employees.
- I left IBM MobileFirst Services in July to return to the IBM Office of the CIO for an exciting new position as manager for mobile and workplace evangelism.
IBM and Apple announced their historic mobile partnership in 2014 and delivered on the commitment to deliver the first wave of MobileFirst iOS apps. Inside IBM, we're continuing on the journey we began several years ago to become a mobile business. I've included an infographic below on IBM's progress to date. While we've made great progress, there is still much work to do in terms of mobile adoption. Watch this blog for more details on IBM's continued journey to leverage mobile, cloud and social technologies in 2015.