June 13, 2012
There's an App Developer for That: Creating in-house mobile solutions for Thomson Reuters content by acquiring Apsmart
The Apsmart acquisition will improve Thomson Reuters ability to provide customers with mobile solutions that drive a competitive differentiation in the marketplace.
Mobile is an increasingly significant way in which professionals work and consume information. The acquisition of Apsmart will enhance Thomson Reuters mobile product creation, design and development, allowing the company to deliver even more expert-enriched content, news and solutions through the interfaces that professionals want on the mobile devices they use.
From Apsmart founder Rahul Powar's blog post:
Thomson Reuters is intensely focused on serving the needs of professional customers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets. And as mobile becomes increasingly important to how professionals work and consume information, we’re uniquely positioned to help deliver Thomson Reuters expert-enriched content, news and solutions through the interfaces customers want on the mobile devices they use.
Android Apps? I'm wondering if this acquisition means TR will enter the brave new world of Android apps. Android-powered devices are gaining market share but app development is floundering because of the many different devices and Android operating systems. See Yep. Developers Are Still Building For Apple’s iOS Over Android By A Factor Of 2-to-1. ("Fragmentation is still a beast. Unlike iOS where you might have to deal with the 4S, the 4, the 3G and the 3GS (or maybe a half-dozen models), Android developers generally need to support dozens of devices. Or if you want to go the extra mile, hundreds!")
Clearly, TRI's acquisition means moble app development will be standardized across the multiple silos of the Company's operations much like one can expect from the Company's ProView eBook platform. [JH]