Devicescape has announced that Apple iOS is now compatible with its Connectivity First service, making it available to millions of iPhone and iPad users for the first time.
Until now this enhanced connectivity experience was available only to users of Android smartphones. But access to the latest round of APIs released by Apple has allowed Devicescape to extend these capabilities to iOS devices.
With iOS compatibility, operators are now able to apply Devicescape’s service suite, including access to its Curated Virtual Network of amenity Wi-Fi, to more than 95% of smartphones. This is because Android and iOS are forecast to account for 95.8% of all smartphone shipments for FY2015, according to a report by IDC in May 2015.
Devicescape enables a range of network and virtual network operators to combine cellular connectivity with public, private, and commercial Wi-Fi to create a single, unified connectivity resource of enormous reach and scale.
Operators can either embed Devicescape’s solution into their own consumer applications, or commission a custom application from Devicescape that matches their branding and value proposition.
They are then able to automate the movement of their customers’ smartphones across the different components of this unified network, ensuring a quality-managed, Connectivity First experience at all times.
“Apple is renowned for its focus on the user experience, so we are thrilled to have been granted access to APIs which let us enhance the underlying connectivity of that experience even further,” said Dave Fraser, CEO, Devicescape (pictured).
“Our customers have long made clear the demand for an iOS version of our client and we look forward to working with them to deploy it to their users as soon as possible.”
Devicescape’s Curated Virtual Network includes Wi-Fi offered by some of the world’s largest service and retail brands, with each access point managed in real time for quality and availability. It delivers robust connectivity in numerous indoor locations where end users gather in large numbers, but in which cellular networks can struggle to provide acceptable service.
“Operators quite rightly want to offer the same quality of experience to all of their customers, irrespective of those customers’ preferences in terms of operating system,” Fraser continued. “With our new iOS client operators can now target more than 95% of the smartphone market with greatly expanded and improved connectivity.”