The drumbeat of news about mobile technology can be deafening at times. Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger. The consumerization of IT is a buzzword only slightly less buzzy than cloud computing. Wearable devices of varying utility are flooding into the marketplace. Seemingly every single company in America beyond a certain size has its own official app, most likely for both iOS and Android.
Obviously, much of the noise over new advances in mobile technology is just that noise. And sometimes, it can drown out the quieter sounds of some of the more innovative new players in the sector.
Here, then, are the soft, developing new themes in the thunderous mobile symphony. Or, if you're tired of this metaphor already, some mobile startups (listed in no particular order) that are doing new, different and potentially groundbreaking things.
Founded: September 2014
Funding: $4.25 million
Reddo recently grabbed headlines with a $4.25 million funding round, its first since it changed its name from Gizmox last fall. (Under the previous name, the company had raised $18 million.) Reddo's big idea is to deliver Windows desktop apps to mobile devices via an HTML5 interface without any coding or script work on the customer's end.
Founded: June 2011
Funding: $50.5 million
A similar idea is at the heart of Capriza, but instead of desktop apps, the focus is on major enterprise apps like SAP and Salesforce. Capriza is the brainchild of four former executives at Mercury Interactive, a management software company bought by HP for $4.5 billion in 2006.
Founded: early 2000s (bear with us...)
We know a company founded in the early 2000s doesn't sound like a startup, exactly. I mean, by now, it should have started and probably finished, right? But it may wind up being worth the wait: Founder and serial entrepreneur Steve Perlman says that the company's wireless pCell technology will be able to handle vast amounts of 4G traffic using the same handset radios now in use.
Founded: January 2005
Funding: $57.1 million
Another slow-burner, Ostendo has raised a lot of money in an attempt to bring really tiny hologram projectors to your smartphone how's that for glasses-free 3D? Founder Hussein El-Ghoroury, who sold a previous venture to IBM in 1997 for $250 million, told the Wall Street Journal last year that 3D-capable chips could be on their way as soon as the second half of 2015, though the company's current-gen hardware is limited to 2D projection.
Funding: $23 million
Google Glass gets plenty of abuse from the techie press and beyond. Some of that is deserved it's a wonky, highly optional accessory for particularly well-heeled nerds, currently but there are undeniable use cases for it. Enter Augmedix, which is aiming to keep patient information squarely in front of a doctor's face. There may be just a few privacy concerns to address, of course.
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