Thursday, December 09, 2010

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly - December 9, 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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SAP AG has unveiled new innovations for the SAP StreamWork application that provide business and IT with valuable new choices.

http://www.sap.com/about/newsroom/press.epx?pressid=14474

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Best Buy, Home Depot and Amazon are among the retailers ramping up efforts to let shoppers scan bar codes, get discounts and find product information on their phones.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-02/best-buy-amazon-com-use-phones-to-reach-shoppers-swipe-sales-from-rivals.html

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Research firms have ramped up forecasts for 2010 smartphone sales and now expect the market to double from a year ago. The fast sales growth is causing shortages of components, with manufacturers scrambling for parts such as phone screens.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B12ZT20101202

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Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have already proven to be popular with consumers and strong market leaders in 2010, and Canccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley expects that the company will maintain that lead in 2011.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/analyst_apple_to_dominate_2011_mobile_market/

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As mobile employees increasingly desire to use personal mobile devices for business, the consumerization trend of the enterprise mobility market will be near complete in the next four years, according to market research firm Gartner.

http://www.creativedepartment.com/news/mobile/gartner-consumerization-enterprise-mobility-will-be-near-compl/ete-2014-168400

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Recently released data from comScore MobiLens found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.2 percent market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 35.8 percent market share.

http://www.benzinga.com/market-update/10/12/666198/comscore-reports-october-mobile-subscriber-market-share

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A survey of more than 19,000 mobile subscribers showed 29.7 percent of them had a smartphone with a full OS. Of the smartphones, the most popular operating systems were iPhone and Blackberry, followed by Android.

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/88190/20101202/iphones-android-blackberry-battle-for-share.htm

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Apple's iPhone now accounts for 23 percent of the enterprise market, making it second only to Research In Motion. RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones, continued to lead the market with a 51 percent share.

http://www.visagemobile.com/news/news/managing-mobile-devices-news/5775/iphone-holds-nearly-a-quarter-of-enterprise-mobility-market/

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Research In Motion has quietly made significant progress recently in its pursuit to reclaim the smartphone market share it has lost to Google and Apple.

http://www.spetnik.com/a/news-story/id:800267576,story:rim_stock_value_jumps_after_a_surprising_jump_in_torch_sales

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Market research firm Gartner estimates that this year, mobile users will pay more than $6.2 billion to buy mobile applications for mobile phones despite the fact that 80 percent of these will be free downloads.

http://www.zawya.com/Story.cfm/sidGN_04122010_051205/Applications%20market%20to%20be%20as%20big%20as%20internet%20in%20ten%20years

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Android smartphone users consume more data than users of Apple's iPhone 3G and iPhone 4. Android owners notched higher data call volumes, time connected to the network, and data volume uploaded and downloaded than users of iPhones, BlackBerry or any other platform.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Android-Smartphone-Users-More-Data-Hungry-than-iPhone-Users-471636/

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According to Gartner, Samsung Mobile captured 32.1 percent of the U.S. Android smartphone market in the third quarter of 2010 based on retail sales, an increase from 9.2 percent of the Android smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2009.

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2010/12/08/5181722.htm

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A recent survey of 2,000 consumer technology users in the United States has revealed that nearly half of smartphone users say they have already, or soon will, use their phones to do mobile shopping. Fifty-three percent also use, or intend to use, their smartphones for mobile banking.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101208006294/en/50-Smartphone-Owners-Plan-Phones-Mobile-Shopping

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AT&T Mobility currently has seven million mobile broadband subscribers on usage-based data pricing plans, and the company considers its transition to the new pricing structure a success six months after its unveiled the changes.

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/att-has-7-million-usage-based-pricing-subscribers/2010-12-07?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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AT&T reported $31.6 billion in revenue, a 3 percent gain from last year. Wireless revenues were up 11.4 percent growth as the company reeled in 2.6 million new subscribers in the quarter, the highest third-quarter net gain in the company's history. Analysts expected revenue of $31.3 billion. The company says it now has 92.8 million service subscribers.

http://www.forbes.com/2010/10/21/att-earnings-smart-phones-markets-equities-iphone.html?boxes=Homepagechannels

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Several companies in the medical sector appear to favor Apple’s iPad for sales presentations to physicians. One benefit is that iPads have faster start up times so physicians’ minds do not wander while waiting.

http://healthcare.tmcnet.com/topics/healthcare/articles/124889-medical-sector-companies-appear-favor-apple-ipads-sales.htm

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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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