Thursday, June 09, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of June 6, 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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Google Maps 5.5 for Android is being upgraded to include check-in and rate and review buttons.  Meanwhile, Google Places gets a "People Like You" recommendation feature.  Read Original Content

South Korea’s handset maker Samsung has said it eyes a 40 percent share in the Indian smartphone market by December this year as it launches more devices to expand its product portfolio.  Read Original Content

In the China market, Motorola Mobility has seen its sales performance improve and market share rebound.  Efforts implemented in 2011 will bring a major turnaround for the company in 2012, according to Frank Meng, vice president and president of the Greater China, Motorola Mobility.  Read Original Content

In its latest market report, Gartner revealed that worldwide mobile phone sales topped out at 427.8 million during the first three months of the year. Smartphones alone accounted for more than 100 million units, or about 24 percent of overall sales. Read Original Content

Google's Android operating system has taken the Chinese mobile market by storm, helping to dramatically lift the number of smartphones purchased in the region while grabbing share from competitors like Nokia.  Read Original Content

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 -

Analyst firm Gartner has expressed confidence in South African organizations utilizing SAP products.  However the analyst firm calls on local businesses to come to grips with SAP's roadmap as well as the changes it is undergoing.  Read Original Content

In the latest update to its Enterprise Mobility Market Data, ABI Research reports mobile broadband revenues from the enterprise segment for cellular connectivity of laptops, netbooks, and media tablets will reach $36 billion worldwide.  Boosting enterprise mobile broadband revenues will be connections for the high growth media tablet segment.  Read Original Content

Based on ComScore research, Android's market share grew from 26 percent in November 2010 to 31.2 percent in January 2011.  By the end of April 2011, the OS had captured a market share of 36.4 percent. At the current rate, Android could capture almost 50 percent of the U.S. smartphone market by the end of 2011.  Read Original Content

The smartphone market is expected to keep on booming over the next four years and, not surprisingly, those devices will be populated with an increasing array of downloaded apps. By 2015, market research firm In-Stat expects app downloads to come close to eclipsing 48 billion.  Read Original Content

The leading reports on the smartphone market in the United States show Apple's popular iPhone moving to second place for the first time, unseating BlackBerry as Research In Motion's once-leading mobile platform continues it's decline.  Google's Android phones are still well in the lead, but there is less than 11 percent share total between the three leaders.  Read Original Content

Google signed an agreement with Citigroup and MasterCard in late March to embed near field communication technology in the upcoming versions of Android-based phones, to make mobile phone payments easier.  In late May, the company formally took the wraps off a new e-wallet service, featuring not only Citigroup and MasterCard, but partners including Sprint.  Read Original Content

The global tablet market is expected to grow to $49 billion, selling 149 million tablet devices by 2015, beating every consumer electronic products after TVs and PCs segments, said new research by Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

SAP Africa has launched the revolutionary SAP In-Memory Appliance, and the new 4.0 releases of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence and Enterprise Information Management software for the first time in Africa.  The launch comes in response to the huge volumes of data companies today have to access, analyze and base their business decisions on.  Read Original Content

Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market continues to dip, according to new numbers from comScore.  The research firm plugged the company’s market share at 6.7 percent in April, down from 8 percent in January.  Read Original Content

The rising popularity of tablet computer systems will make mobile broadband more successful in the coming five years, according to a report from ABI Research.  In its recent study, the insight provider estimates that, by 2016, the global market for mobile broadband will be worth some $36 billion.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Mobile Expert Video Series:  Clicksoftware's Gil Bouhnick
Enterprise Mobility and Manned/Unmanned Systems Integration Capabilities
Where Should Mobile Intelligence Reside?
Upcoming Mobility Events of Note
Windows Phone 7 and Italian Railroad
Will Microsoft’s Mango Shake Enterprise Mobility, Part 1?
The Importance of Mobile EAM and M2M

Upcoming Events

ClickConnect Europe Customer User Forum, June 8th-10th in Cannes, F
Live Webinar - Learn how Carefusion mobilized SAP CRM Field Service with Syclo, June 22, 2011

Whitepapers of Note

The Business Benefits of Mobile Adoption with SAP Systems
ClickSoftware Mobility Suite and Sybase Mobility Solution
Mobile Adoption Among Gas and Electric Utilities
Mobile Adoption in Life Sciences
Mobile Adoption in Oil and Gas
Networked Field Services

Webinars of Note

3 Critical Considerations for Embracing Mobile CRM
The Future of Enterprise Mobility
The Latest m-Business Trends and How the Onslaught of Mobile Devices Affects Development Strategies
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.