Kevin's Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week. I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article. I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around enterprise mobility.
You can read archived newsletters here - http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/kevins-mobility-news-weekly.html
Also you may find Kevin’s M2M News Weekly on the subjects of M2M (machine-to-machine) and the mobile embedded device market of interest.
One hundred and fifty million is the number of Windows 7 licenses sold, making Windows 7 by far the fastest growing operating system in history. What Microsoft really means is while their rivals are getting all the hype in the press, and people keep blogging about them “dying”, they are selling 7 copies of their OS every second.
According to VDC Research's latest report, the market for mobility solutions for national government applications (in military and national/federal programs) is expected to rebound modestly through 2010, despite the growing pressures from budget cuts and restraints.
Twitter COO Dick Costolo said they are currently at 190 million users, who are collectively posting some 65 million tweets per day. And last April, Twitter’s lead engineer for its International team, Matt Sanford, said over 60% of registered Twitter accounts were already coming from outside U.S. borders.
iPhone App Store economics analysis - in the calendar year 2008 the total downloads were 600 million and revenues of $172 million. In calendar year 2009 the total downloads were 2.4 billion and total revenues of $686 million. In calendar year 2010 so far (half year) we've seen 2 billion downloads and $542 million in revenues.
ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware.
Apple said it sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s in the first three days of its launch.
Analyst Avi Greengart recently stated, “The scale of the content ecosystem Apple has created, coupled with the functionality, style and buzz of the iPhone, has sparked a virtuous cycle for application developers, customers and, ultimately, Apple.” Just witness the 1.7 million iPhone 4s Apple sold at launch.
Speculation on a Verizon iPhone has been rampant in the tech blogosphere. If the reports are true (about a January date for Verizon selling the iPhone), then it will give Verizon a boost in its smartphone competition, UBS analyst John Hodulik says. Verizon customers, who numbered 92.8 million at the end of the first quarter, may buy 3 million iPhones a quarter, he says.
Cisco announced that in 2011 it will launch an Android-based tablet, named the Cius, aimed squarely at the business market.
Gil Bouhnick, Director of Mobile Solutions at ClickSoftware, updates us all on the new Windows Phone 7 and Windows Embedded Handheld operating systems.
60% of iPads are used by business professionals for both work and home use. Thus, Cius could easily eat up iPad market share. With the Cius sporting the front-facing camera, which the iPad doesn't, the Cius could easily crack into that 60% market share due to the telepresence / HD video capabilities. Add in the growing popularity of the Android community and apps, and Cisco could have a winner on its hands.
Want to locate the nearest U.S. embassy, send an e-greeting or retrieve federal disaster information on your iPhone, BlackBerry or Android mobile device? The White House has published a list of 111 mobile applications sponsored by government agencies.
Gartner's new and complete 2010 Gartner Field Service Management Magic Quadrant report can be found, compliments of ClickSoftware, at the following URL – http://www.clicksoftware.com/Gartner.
The Western European mobile phone market grew 8.1% year on year to 42.7 million units in 1Q10, according to IDC's European Mobile Phone Tracker. Shipments of smartphones surged in the quarter to 12 million units, 57% higher than in last year's first quarter, to represent 28% of total shipments. Traditional mobile phones (TMPs) declined 4% year on year to 30.7 million units, showing the continuous trend toward smartphones.
A new report from ABI Research indicates that by the end of 2010, there will be 5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide. By the end of first quarter there were around 4.8 billion connections worldwide. Much of this growth will come from developing markets in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.
Following last week's release of the new iPhone 4, Apple quietly added a new section to its App Store virtual storefront reserved exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch applications powered by the new iOS 4 operating system. As of 5 a.m. ET Tuesday, there are 48 applications featured under the heading Awesome iOS 4 Apps, including social networking services Twitter and Loopt, navigation solution TomTom USA and music app Pandora Radio.
90 percent of developers say they are very interested in creating applications for the iPhone, 84 percent express comparable enthusiasm for the iPad and 81 percent are casting their lot with Android. What is surprising is just how little interest developers express for rival smartphone platforms like BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Symbian, webOS and MeeGo.
The following three articles that I wrote this week discuss what I learned about mobility at Sapphire 2010 and what I think it means to enterprise mobility vendors and SAP customers.
What I Learned About Mobility at Sapphire, Part 1
What I Learned About Mobility at Sapphire, Part 2
What I Learned About Mobility at Sapphire, Part 3
To attract programmers to its Android operating system, Google may offer tools that help them sell subscriptions, virtual goods, and other items from within applications on mobile phones, Andy Rubin, vice-president of engineering at Google, says in an interview.
The following links are interviews that I have conducted over the past few months with enterprise mobility experts and CEOs.
Mobile Expert Interview Series:
Mobile Expert Video Series:
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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
CEO/Principal Consultant, Netcentric Strategies LLC
***Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant and Web 2.0 marketing expert. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.