Thursday, March 03, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of February 28, 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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For the first time ever, smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone are outselling personal computers, according to a report by research group IDC.

http://www.pddnet.com/news-smart-phones-outsell-pcs-for-first-time-020911/?et_cid=1099912&et_rid=45618679&linkid=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pddnet.com%2Fnews-smart-phones-outsell-pcs-for-first-time-020911%2F

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RBC projects that between three and four million Verizon iPhone 4 units will be sold during the first quarter of 2011.  RBC also notes that its previous estimates of between nine and ten million Verizon iPhones being sold during the 2011 calendar year may be conservative.

http://www.bgr.com/2011/02/09/rbc-verizon-to-sell-over-1-million-iphones-in-first-week-3-4-million-in-q1/

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Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 1.6 billion units in 2010, a 31.8 percent increase from 2009, according to Gartner, Inc.  Smartphone sales to end users were up 72.1 percent from 2009 and accounted for 19 percent of total mobile communications device sales in 2010.

http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1543014

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Total web email usage was down eight percent in the past year, with a whopping 59 percent decline in use among people between the ages of 12-17.

http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/07/comscore-says-you-dont-got-mail-web-email-usage-declines-59-among-teens/

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Industry tracker iSuppli predicts Apple will ship 43.7 million iPads this year and 63.3 million in 2012, up from an estimated 14 million in 2010.

http://iphone.usatoday.com/article/tech/44303856?feedID=17&preferredArticleViewMode=single

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At the recent Mobile World Congress, Cisco announced its first IEEE 802.11n access points for outdoor service provider networks, extensions to its recently announced Videoscape architecture and mechanisms for its access switches to optimize networks for certain types of mobile traffic.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9209301/MWC_Cisco_gears_up_for_expected_flood_of_mobile_data

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A major reason that iPads are being accepted by enterprise customers is that Apple significantly upgraded its iOS operating system last summer to include a number of enterprise friendly security features.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/021411-ipads-enterprise.html

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With 600 million users, it’s no secret Facebook is dominating social networking. Recent comScore data only reinforces the social network’s staggering growth. Facebook accounted for ten percent of U.S. page views in 2010, while three out of every ten Internet sessions included a visit to the site.

http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/07/comscore-facebook-keeps-gobbling-peoples-time/

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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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There were 102 tablets already released or in production from 64 vendors as of the end of January.  The majority of them are the result of the phenomenal success of the iPad, which was released last April, just ten months ago.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/how-many-tablets-on-the-market-today-north-of-100-charts/895

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OpenSignalMaps uses Android smartphones as probes, crowdsourcing locations of cellular towers and their strength.  Finally, you’ll get a real answer to why those calls keep dropping when you pass through certain areas.

http://mashable.com/2011/02/12/cellphone-signal-maps/

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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 ten cutting edge technologies and trends for 2012.

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

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Most mobile 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.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1008228&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

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SAP AG has launched the 4.0 releases of business intelligence and enterprise information management solutions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio, harnessing the advances of three years of software development.

http://www.sap.com:80/about/newsroom/press.epx?pressID=14787


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There are some 4.6 billion mobile telephones on this planet, but the real impact of mobile communications is yet to come.  As software companies get more involved in mobile communications, we will see leaps similar to those that transformed the computer industry.

http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/2011/01/26/the-future-of-business-mobile-technology/

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The newly released Apple iPad 2 will use an A5 chip.  It runs at the same 1-GHz clock speed as its predecessor, but contains two processing cores instead of one.  Apples claims that its new video component will deliver graphics that are nine times faster than the original iPad's.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381348,00.asp

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Sybase, Inc., has announced its expanded partnership with Samsung to deliver its Sybase Afaria Advanced Enterprise Security for Android, providing breakthrough security and application management for Samsung's popular Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices.

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/news/press-release/sap_sy_sybase-ensures-android-enterprise-readiness-with-breakthrough-security-on-samsung-mobile-devices-1488256.html

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