Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly – December 16, 2010

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter 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.

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In the first three months of 2010, just 2.1 percent of smartphones shipped in Australia were based on the Android platform, but over the succeeding three months to the end of June, the percentage of Android shipments had more than trebled, reaching 7.1 percent at the end of that period. Then in the three months to the end of September, Android’s share of the smartphone market exploded again — up to 21 percent.

http://delimiter.com.au/2010/12/09/android-triples-aussie-market-share-in-3-months/

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Samsung has been in overdrive to catch up with rivals Apple, which makes the iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry in the smartphone sector. In the last quarter, Samsung tripled its market share to nine percent, making it the fourth biggest player in the smartphone segment.

http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/ns_bus/2010-12-08/696861479515.html

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Global smartphone applications processor revenues reached $1.84 billion in the first half of 2010 showing year over year growth of 60 percent.

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/news/stock-alert/qcom_strategy-analytics-releases-report-on-smartphone-apps-1357296.html

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A new report from International Data Corp. projects that the mobile application business will grow from 10.9 billion downloads this year to 76.9 billion downloads in 2014. This growth will also mean a 60 percent per year increase in mobile application revenue.

http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2010/12/mobile-app-revenue-35-billion-by-2014.php

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This week the U.S. military said that early next year it will begin field testing smartphones as part of its "Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications" program. The first to be tested for the war zone will be iPhones and Androids.

http://advice.cio.com/tom_kaneshige/14722/u_s_military_will_battle_test_the_iphone

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According to Encoding.com, which encodes about a million videos a month for everyone from MTV to PBS, nearly 78 percent of its customers encode their mobile videos to play on Apple iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches), whereas only four percent encode specifically for Android devices. The remaining 18 percent encode for the 3GP format, which is used by feature phones.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/14/mobile-video-78-ios/

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Google is bringing its seller ratings ad format to the mobile platform, allowing searchers using Google on the mobile web to see ratings of merchants within a search ad.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/13/google-mobile-searches-grew-130-percent-in-q3/

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It was the year of an explosion of data traffic, spurred by the increasing amount of content available for consumption through mobile phones, more capable smartphones and an ever increasing number of high end phone buyers. MobileFuture says one unnamed carrier’s data traffic has ballooned 3,000 percent since 2008.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/13/2010-mobile/

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Even as three European carriers last week argued that Google and Apple should pay them for transporting content to their wireless data subscribers, operators there are exploring plans to charge users based on time of day and type of application used.

http://gigaom.com/2010/12/14/mobile-operators-want-to-charge-based-on-time-and-apps/

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Despite recent speculation that Research In Motion is suffering from a BlackBerry slowdown at Verizon Wireless, the vendor is expected to post robust quarterly results later this week.

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/analysts-rim-poised-strong-quarter-could-match-iphone-shipments/2010-12-14?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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Devices running Google's Android platform made up 80 percent of the smartphones Verizon Wireless sold in November, according to analysis by ITG Investment Research.

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/analyst-android-dominates-smartphones-verizon-squeezing-rim/2010-12-13?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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Mobile apps will grow from 10.9 billion downloads this year to 76.9 billion downloads in 2014, according to a recent report from ReadWriteWeb. That represents an annual average increase of 60 percent.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503983_162-20025639-503983.html

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Gartner recently reported that smartphone sales doubled from 41 million to 81 million between third quarter 2009 and third quarter 2010. According to fellow IT analyst IDC, significant growth in the mobile application market has helped support demand for such devices.

http://www.ashdowngroup.com/news/mobile-device-demand-to-be-driven-by-app-development-news-800290726

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Ten apps that make magic on your iPad.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/technology/10-apps-that-make-magic-on-your-ipad-71972

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, mobile industry analyst and experienced mobile industry executive, offers both one and two day onsite workshops designed to educate and inform executives and management teams on enterprise mobility and mobile strategies for businesses. This workshop is designed to provide a complete overview of enterprise mobility and what it means to the business. The workshop is customized based upon the needs of participants. For more details visit http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/workshops.html.

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