Thursday, August 05, 2010

Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly – August 5, 2010

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 am specifically targeting information that reflects market numbers and trends.

You can read archived versions of the newsletter here - http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/kevins-mobility-news-weekly.html.

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SAP AG announced that it has completed the acquisition of Sybase, Inc. Sybase survives the merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAP America, U.S. operating subsidiary of SAP.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/SAP-Completes-Acquisition-of-prnews-532143970.html?x=0&.v=1

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About 200,000 smartphones and other devices based on Google's Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's iPhone. The world's No.1 search engine is hunting for new revenue opportunities as growth in its core Internet business slows and as new technologies like smartphones and social networking services transform the way consumers access the Web.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE6736A520100805

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I recently recorded a video comment on the subject of The Next Steps to Business Process Automation - Mobility. This segment is very interesting to me as it covers developments and extensions to business processes in two different directions, 1) automating company mailrooms, and 2) by mobilizing business processes.

http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/2010/07/extending-business-processes-two.html

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Barnes & Noble Inc., put itself up for sale Tuesday, succumbing to pressure from shareholder activists as digital books erode the traditional business of the nation's largest bookstore chain. The New York based company said a falling stock prompted its board to consider all "strategic alternatives, including a possible sale."

http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748704499604575407700632505956.html

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Research In Motion today announced updates to BlackBerry App World, the official application store for BlackBerry smartphones. BlackBerry App World now supports new payment options, includes enhanced discovery and search features, and introduces a new user identification system called BlackBerry ID.

http://www.fiercemobilecontent.com/press-releases/rim-announces-blackberry-app-world-updates?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal#ixzz0vBFZ7XsM

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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 - http://www.clicksoftware.com/.

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Saudi Arabia ordered a ban of BlackBerry services starting Friday, the latest government to threaten phone maker Research In Motion Ltd. over access to customer data. The announcement came hours after RIM executives hosted an event in New York to drum up fanfare for the Canadian company's latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch 9800.

http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748703545604575407210000869420.html

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Database software maker Sybase Inc. booked a 20 percent jump in second quarter earnings Monday, helped by improving sales. Revenue climbed 9 percent to $302 million, beating the average estimate of $296.6 million.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Sybase-posts-20-percent-jump-apf-3363756769.html?x=0&.v=1

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While Windows Phone 7 sounds intriguing as a platform for iPhone type applications, you will unlikely be able to migrate your existing Windows Mobile applications forward. Let’s have a look at the laundry list of the have nots.

http://dotnetref.blogspot.com/2010/06/windows-phone-7-haves-and-have-nots.html
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I have been invited to join popular mobility blogger Gil Bouhnick, the Director of Mobile Solutions at ClickSoftware, to speak at an upcoming webinar entitled, 10 Costly Mistakes to Avoid when Selecting and Implementing a Mobility Solution. I don't know where that title came from, as I have made at least a hundred costly mistakes all by myself.

http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-happens-when-you-schedule-2.html

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Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Android Market watcher AndroLib says there aren’t 100,000 applications available in the store – yet. However, 100,000 apps have been submitted to Android Market since its public debut, up from approximately 5,000 in June 2009.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/30/android-market-100000/

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Nokia has released its results for second quarter, 2010. They reveal a 40 percent slump in profits to €227 million, compared to €380 million a year ago. On a slightly brighter note, the company increased its share of the smartphone market by one percent to 41 percent in the quarter, having sold 24 million smartphones.

http://www.mobilemarketingmagazine.com/content/nokia-profits-slump-while-smartphone-share-rises

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Research In Motion unveiled the much hyped BlackBerry Torch 9800 on Tuesday, a new touch-screen BlackBerry smartphone with a pull out keyboard and a significantly updated operating system that is designed to compete with the likes of the iPhone and Android smartphones.

http://money.cnn.com/2010/08/03/technology/new_blackberry/index.htm?hpt=T2

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AT&T has been a long time supporter of Windows Mobile by carrying a variety of devices over the years in the US. Now they are claiming they will be the premier carrier for the forthcoming platform from Microsoft.

http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2010/07/att_to_be_premi.html;jsessionid=PQJ3B1MOIRRVBQE1GHPSKHWATMY32JVN?cid=nl_IW_daily_2010-07-29_h

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Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, a water and electric utility serving 65,000 customers, has recently implemented a new mobile inventory application from Syclo on Motorola MC9090 devices to streamline processes for its storerooms, water processing plant and service center.

http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/2010/08/windows-mobile-and-windows-embedded.html

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CVS Caremark Corp., a pharmacy health care provider headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, announced the release of a free iPhone application that lets iPhone users access the company's drug information data base.

http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2010/07/cvs_caremark_la.html

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Americans are spending more on electronics like iPads and flat-screen televisions and less on durable goods like furniture, washing machines and lawn mowers, according to government data released Tuesday. The shift reflects a change in priorities for American consumers

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703545604575407580208239338.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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There are more than 1,200 health, healthcare and medical apps in the Android Market, according to Chris Thorman, of research firm Software Advice. That's far less than the 6,000 such apps (and counting) available for the iPhone, but Android was barely in the discussion a year ago.

http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/android-makes-inroads-healthcare-app-market/2010-07-27

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Physician adoption of smartphones is experiencing exponential growth, according to a new study from Spyglass Consulting Group. The report reveals 94 percent of physicians are using smartphones to communicate, manage personal and business workflows, and access medical information. This represents a 60 percent increase from Spyglass' findings in a similar study published in November 2006.

http://healthcareitnews.com/news/physician-uptake-smartphones-grows-leaps

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AT&T Inc and Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile carriers, are planning a venture to displace credit and debit cards with smartphones, posing a new threat to Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/industries/techtelecom/stories/DN-MobileWallet_03bus.ART0.State.Edition1.293e5cb.html

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M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile and wireless devices are increasingly impacting enterprise asset management, field services, e-Readers, healthcare and many other areas. I invite you to read the latest news on M2M here.

http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/2010/08/kevins-m2m-news-weekly-august-4-2010.html 

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Of the four key Motorola business segments, only the company's enterprise mobility segment experienced growth, with sales of $1.9 billion, up ten percent compared to a year ago.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2367149,00.asp

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According to International Data Group, the global mobile phone market has continued to improve through the second quarter of 2010 and this has been driven primarily through smartphones.

http://www.techeye.net/mobile/global-mobile-phone-market-does-well-in-q2

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Growth in the global cell phone market was set to slow slightly to 12 percent in the quarter to September, but there were no signs of a major slowdown, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Friday. Cell phone market volumes grew 13 percent in the second quarter, it added, boosted by demand for cheap models in emerging markets and for high-end phones in mature regions.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/business/article579030.ece/Cellphone-sales-to-grow-12-

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The worldwide mobile phone market continued to show signs of improvement during the second quarter of 2010, driven primarily by smartphone vendors and companies outside the top five leaders worldwide. According to the International Data Corporation , mobile phone vendors shipped a total of 317.5 million units during the second quarter of 2010, up 14.5 percent from the 277.2 million units shipped during the second quarter of 2009. For the first half of 2010, vendors shipped a total of 620.6 million units, up 18.5 percent from the 523.5 million units shipped during the first half of 2009.

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20100729007221&newsLang=en

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Android made up a whopping 33 percent of all smartphones sold in the second quarter of 2010. Trailing close behind is Canada based Research In Motion, and in third place, Apple’s iPhone, at 22 percent.

http://erictric.com/2010/08/04/google-android-now-leads-smartphone-market/

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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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