Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of May 23, 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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In Apple’s App Store, the mobile marketplace for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, has unofficially passed the 500,000 approved apps mark, reaching the figure within three years from when the platform launched.  Read Original Content

Specialists can determine how to treat strokes based on brain-scan images reviewed from their smartphones with nearly the same accuracy as using a full diagnostic workstation, according to a study by researchers at the University of Calgary.  Read Original Content

Nokia's share of the smartphone market has fallen by a third, while Microsoft's has nearly halved, according to research firm Gartner.  Read Original Content

U.K. based media firm Screen Digest states the mobile gaming market has grown from $2.2 billion in 2007 to $3.7 billion in 2010, with estimates putting growth at around a staggering $7.8 billion by 2014.  "Since Apple launched its App Store, the mobile gaming market has undergone a transformation," explained Screen Digest analyst Jack Kent.  Read Original Content

Led by the iPad, the tablet market has taken off with a bang, but even with all the hoopla, less than 5 percent of U.S. consumers polled by Nielsen actually own one.  Read Original Content

Gartner’s latest report on mobile sales must make for pretty gloomy reading in Redmond, Washington.  According to the research company, Microsoft sold only 1.6 million phones in 2011 first quarter.  Read Original Content

Africa is the world's fastest growing telecoms market, and mobile phones have transformed the lives of Africans everywhere.  Read Original Content

A month after the launch of Research In Motion Ltd.'s PlayBook tablet, AT&T Inc. still has not approved the Bridge software needed to connect the device to the BlackBerry smartphone, while Verizon Wireless is still deciding whether it will sell the device at all.   Read Original Content

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Google went live with its latest Maps update, which offers a significantly more feature-rich browser experience than before.  In fact, once you opt in to share your location, the site feels very much like an app or like the desktop version.  Read Original Content

New numbers from Gartner reveal that Nokia’s current market share is the lowest it has been since 1997, nearly 14 years ago.  Read Original Content

U.S. lawmakers, considering legislation aimed at protecting consumers’ online privacy, said the market for smartphone applications needs to be regulated to prevent the inappropriate sharing of user data.  Read Original Content

Pizza Hut claims that its ordering app for the iPhone, which was introduced in 2009, has been downloaded 3 million times.  The company’s further expansion into mobile comes as it is looking to build on that success and give customers even more ways to order.  Read Original Content

Gartner lowered its 2011 cellphone market view by 10-15 million phones as retailers stocked up after the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March, hitting the supply chains in the electronics and car industries.  Read Original Content

Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter.  Read Original Content

As of right now, there are an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million iPhone 4s left out there, sitting on retailer and carrier shelves, waiting for a new owner like a puppy in a window.  Read Original Content

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Whitepapers of Note

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Webinars of Note

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The Real-Time Mobile Enterprise:  The Benefits of Rapid, Easy Access
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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.