Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of March 14, 2011

The 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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It's almost too cool to believe.  Simply wave a piece of American currency in front of your iPhone's camera and LookTel, created by software company Ipplex, will tell you the denomination without even having to access the internet.

http://www.good.is/post/video-possibly-the-best-iphone-app-yet-sees-money-for-the-blind/

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Apple, Nokia and Research in Motion together have generated 64 percent of the revenue in the popular and ever growing smartphone market.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2011/03/15/apple-nokia-and-rim-tops-in.html

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Verizon Wireless is the last operator to launch a phone under the 4G banner.  The first smartphone for VZW’s long-term evolution network, the HTC Thunderbolt promises to be the fastest gizmo on the market.

http://blog.connectedplanetonline.com/unfiltered/2011/03/16/vzws-4g-smartphone-service-begins-thursday/

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Consumerization, cloud computing, tablet computing and mobile collaboration are among the major trends that will drive the market for enterprise mobility solutions over the next year.

http://www.itnewsafrica.com/?p=11418

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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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Verizon and SAP America, a subsidiary of SAP AG, have announced that they will jointly deliver the SAP Customer Relationship Management rapid-deployment solution to enterprise workers through Verizon's flagship cloud offering, Computing as a Service.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/verizon-sap-team-up-on-cloud-enterprise-application-delivery-118074404.html

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With the increasing use of mobile location technologies in recreational, sports and fitness applications, the niche GPS market is predicted to take a big leap forward.  According to a new study by ABI Research, smartphone apps, watches, apparel and devices will trigger this growth, touching $2 billion in 2016.

http://satellite.tmcnet.com/topics/satellite/articles/154387-smartphone-apps-devices-key-drivers-niche-gps-market.htm

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Sales of smartphones in Australia will experience double-digit growth this year, led again by Apple's wildly popular iPhone.  For the first time the clear majority of new mobile phone units shipped will consist of smartphones, IDC Australia says.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/apples-iphone-leads-australias-huge-smartphone-growth/story-e6frgakx-1226021287594

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Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and Apple is the biggest technology company by market share, with its iPad ruling the tablet roost.  But Google owns the fastest-growing platform in the sector with its Android operating system.

http://www.fin24.com/Companies/ICT/Google-powers-ahead-of-the-pack-20110314

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The numbers regarding the smartphone applications market are impressive:  Global app download numbers increased by 1700 percent, user base by 1300 percent, number of different smart devices by 800 percent, number of apps by 500 percent and even app store number increased by 300 percent in the first 3 years.

http://www.newswiretoday.com/news/87090/

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Nearly half of all U.S. adults get at least some local news on their cell phone or tablet computer, a survey reveals.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/03/14/Mobile-devices-changing-news-access/UPI-23801300105050/

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The battle between the mobile operating systems has heated up after Android officially overtook BlackBerry as the most used smartphone operating system in the U.S. market.

http://www.dotspress.com/google-android-emerges-as-the-top-most-operating-system-for-smartphones/771260/

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The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has reached a milestone.  It now boasts more than 10,000 apps in its ranks, and it hit this number of apps faster than any other app store.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381860,00.asp

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Smartphones spurred the mobile market to reach 1.6 billion units in global, as smartphone sales shot up sharply in 2010, climbing 72 percent, new data from Gartner reveals.

http://www.worldmarketmedia.com/779/section.aspx/3081/post/smartphones-spur-mobile-market-to-reach-16-billion-units

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Android is moving in on Nokia's turf, surging a mind-boggling 1,580 percent in Europe last year, while Nokia's grasp on the high-end market continues to plummet.

http://www.mobiledia.com/news/83761.html

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
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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.