Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of February 21, 2011

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 data and trends.

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Enterprise mobility will be the biggest trend in tech this year, according to Forrester, with private app stores popping up to simplify mobile app overload.

http://www.cio.com/article/661863/Enterprise_Mobility_in_2011_Keeping_Apps_and_Phones_Under_Control

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Sprint and Good Technology have announced a partnership to provide business grade security and full device management features on Sprint's lineup of popular Android devices that business customers want most.

http://www.androidcentral.com/sprint-partners-good-technology-provide-android-based-business-solutions

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A new Android app, appropriately titled Route 66 Maps + Navigation, contains a feature called Follow Me that allows real drivers to follow virtual cars turn for turn.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/17/route-66-maps-navigation-brings-ar-to-the-road-keeps-drivers/

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January came and went without an iPad 2 unveiling, thus it’s time to start rumors about a February announcement.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/ipad-2-might-be-announced-as-soon-as-next-week/22038

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The tablet PC has hit its stride.  Yankee Group released its first ever global tablet forecast, predicting total global revenue from tablet devices like Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab will increase from $16 billion in 2010 to a whopping $46 billion in 2014.

http://www.yankeegroup.com/about_us/press_releases/2011-01-05.html

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Pocketgear, a major name in mobile application stores, has announced a rebranding and shift in focus.  It will now become Appia, a company focused on offering a white label app store platform for mobile operators, handset manufacturers and other mobile portals.

http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2011/02/mobile-app-store-pocketgear-rebrands-as-appia-goes-white-label.php

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Apple's growth looks to be slowing down as the App Store begins to reach a saturation point on smartphones, while Nokia's Ovi Store and Google's Android Market blossomed during 2010 by multiples of 7.2 and 8.6 times their 2009 size.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/18/apple-maintains-lead-in-mobile-app-store-revenues-but-its-share/

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SAP AG has announced its induction to the Wholesale Application Community, a global alliance of major organizations in the telecommunications industry that is committed to creating a unified and open platform for the market of mobile applications.

http://www1.sap.com/about/newsroom/press.epx?PressID=14765

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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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Gartner, Inc. has identified what it believes will be the most important mobile applications in 2012.  Focusing on high end devices with an average selling price of more than $300 dollars, analysts have identified the top 10 cutting edge technologies and trends for 2012.

http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1544815

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The Verizon iPhone and the AT&T iPhone have gone head-to-head in thousands of broadband tests, and the numbers tell the story you’d expect:  the AT&T network is much faster.

http://mw.cnn.com/snarticle?c=cnnd_tech&p=0&aId=20110218:att.verizon.3g.speed.wired:1

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Most mobile phone owners in the U.S. still have only a feature phone, but eMarketer predicts smartphone ownership will rise from 31 percent of the mobile population this year to 43 percent by 2015.  Nearly 110 million Americans will have a smartphone by the end of that year.

http://www.diigo.com/annotated/11001f1a740975f5be82c5a477861366

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Research by Informa Telecoms and Media finds that global SMS traffic is expected to increase to 8.7 trillion messages in 2015 from 5 trillion messages in 2010, signaling a big opportunity for retailers and marketers alike.

http://www.mobilecommercedaily.com/2011/02/03/global-sms-traffic-to-reach-8-7-trillion-by-2015

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iPhone and iPad are still the leaders of the pack, but Android smartphones and tablets are gaining large amounts of developer interest.  Google has nearly caught up to Apple in smartphones and is closing the gap on tablets.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gardner/android-gaining-as-enterprises-ramp-up-mobile-app-development-across-platforms-and-business-models/4031

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In a recent survey of 700 Verizon smartphone owners by uSamp, 54 percent of those currently owning either a BlackBerry or an Android phone said they were at least “somewhat likely” to switch to an iPhone 4.

http://www.intomobile.com/2011/02/04/54-percent-verizon-android-blackberry-switching-iphone/

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Android knocked Symbian from the top spot for the first time, according to recent numbers from Canalys.  Shipments of Android smartphones reached 32.9 million, while devices running Nokia's Symbian platform trailed slightly at 31 million worldwide.

http://www.wirelessweek.com/News/2011/02/Nokia-CEO-Honest-Internal-Memo-Business/

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