The annual Consumer Electronics Show (which was held this week), is probably more important to businesses than ever before. The line between consumer and business tech is slowly fading, as “consumer” gadgets (like smartphones and tablets) are increasingly used for business. On that note, this week’s tech recap takes a look at some of the best tablets from CES, as well as 3 other non-CES tech stories that you might find interesting:
5 Best Tablets of CES 2012 (pcworld.com)
My thoughts: Take a good look at the tablets presented at CES 2012, because they’ll be making their way into your company in the near future. While Android stole the show, it’s also interesting to note that some Windows 8 tablets were demoed at CES, as well as the next Blackberry Playbook, both of which look like serious competitors in the tablet market. Why is all of this important to businesses? If your company plans on building apps to take advantage of the inevitable tablet trend, platform fragmentation is a giant hurdle. If you take the native approach, you’ll have to build separate apps for each major platform, which currently includes iOS, Android, and Blackberry, with Windows 8 coming in the near future. That’s a big reason why the mobile web app approach is generally a better option for businesses, as it gives you apps that work on all platforms, both now and in the future.