Cisco app store to complement business tablet

Networking company Cisco has detailed its app store, called AppHQ, which targets delivery and development of enterprise apps to mobile devices.The app store will allow businesses to create, test and deploy applications to the Cisco Cius tablet, which also launched on Wednesday.

Networking company Cisco has detailed its app store, called AppHQ, which targets delivery and development of enterprise apps to mobile devices.

The app store will allow businesses to create, test and deploy applications to the Cisco Cius tablet, which also launched on Wednesday.

"Cisco AppHQ is a highly secure, cloud-based user storefront that provides capabilities for end users and IT managers not found in other application stores today," Cisco said in a statement.

Businesses will also be able to host their own "store-within-a-store" inside AppHQ and can customise the store-front to comply with corporate branding guidelines.

Cisco said it will perform validation testing on every app that enters the store, regardless of whether it was developed in-house, by a third-party Android developer or by a business. IT managers will also be able to control access to apps by type, source or category for added security.

The Cius tablet itself runs the Android operating system, can handle 720p HD video and has a 7-inch touchscreen display.

Cius users will be able to choose from both business and consumer applications to run alongside the native Cisco WebEX, Quad, Jabber and TelePresence apps.

The device is scheduled for release on 31 July and the price "is below $750" (£470), Cisco said.