Thursday, November 03, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 31, 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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A UK man, born without his left forearm has become the first person to have a smartphone dock embedded in his prosthetic limb.  Read Original Content

VeriFone Systems Inc. acquired Global Bay Mobile Technologies, a mobile retail solutions provider that helps retailers use alternative payment devices -- such as iPads -- as payment vehicles.  Read Original Content

Nokia’s chief executive said this week that the company will re-enter the U.S. smartphone market in early 2012 with the introduction of devices running Microsoft’s Windows Phone for multiple U.S. carriers, according to media reports. Read Original Content

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RIM has fallen to $18.91, below the book value per share of $18.92 at the end of last quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Book value comprises a company’s assets including cash, inventories, real estate and intellectual property minus its liabilities. Read Original Content

HTC has taken the lead in the U.S. smartphone race. According to research firm Canalys, HTC had a stellar third quarter, claiming more than a quarter of the U.S. market, and shipping more smartphones than either Apple or Samsung. Read Original Content

By 2016 BlackBerry and Windows Phone corporate smartphone shipments will be on equal footing with 25 percent market shares. Ovum's forecast of the enterprise smartphone market shows the market share of BlackBerry devices in the corporate arena will remain stagnant at 25 percent from 2011 to 2016.  Read Original Content

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech claims that in the 12 weeks ending October 2, 2011, iOS market share in the UK was 18.5 percent, whereas Android was more than two-and-a-half times that -- 49.9 percent of all new smartphone sales. Apple's share at this time last year was 32.9 percent, compared to 28.8 percent for Android.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics passed Apple to become the world's largest smartphone maker in the third quarter. According to estimates from IHS iSuppli, Samsung shipped 27.3 million smartphones in the third quarter, up 43.7 percent from the second quarter. Apple's shipments declined over the same period from 20.3 million to 17.1 million iPhones.  Read Original Content

Between December 2010 and October 2011, Safari's share of mobile browsing use rose from 49.17 percent to a crushing 62.17 percent. That means three out of five devices surfing the mobile Web are doing so via Apple's mobile browser. This figure, however, includes not only the Apple iPhone, but the iPad and the iPod Touch, as well.  Read Original Content

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 12.8 percent year over year in the third quarter of 2011, as smartphone growth declined in key mature markets, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker.  Read Original Content

Apple’s iPhone is facing stiff competition from cheaper smartphones in China. Low-priced smartphones from companies like Huawei Technologies and ZTE are finally becoming more common in China, a shift that will unlock a new market for traditionally expensive smartphones and boost competition for foreign devices like Apple's iPhone.  Read Original Content

The HP Veer from AT&T bucks the current trend of bigger is better. At 2.2 inches wide by 3.3 inches tall by 0.6 inches thick, and weighing only 3.63 ounces, the Veer is tiny by today's standards. Read Original Content

Motorola Mobility Holdings has announced a net loss of $32 million, or $0.11 a share, for the third quarter of 2011.  This is a smaller loss than the $34 million for the same quarter last year, when the company was still part of Motorola Inc. before the company split in January.  Read Original Content

Nokia Corp. retained its leadership on the market of mobile phones in the third quarter as sales of smartphones in third quarter 2011 slowed down.  Read Original Content

Mobile gift cards -- the "cooler, more sophisticated and smarter cousin to the gift card," according to one expert -- are simply gift cards consumers can use on their smartphones. They made a big splash in 2011, with retail giant Starbucks leading the way.  Read Original Content

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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.