Thursday, December 08, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of December 5, 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 said its Android Market has accrued over 10 billion application downloads since its launch in October 2008. Apple has notched close to 20 billion downloads to its App Store.  Read Original Content

Verizon has decided to block its customers from installing Google's new, high-profile Wallet application on the carrier's smartphones.  Read Original Content

Originally Windows Phones were expected to launch in China sometime in 2011.  But as the final month of 2011 slides by, Microsoft has officially punted that launch until 2012.  Read Original Content

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Sales of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp dropped 30 percent in November from a month before as the world's No.4 smartphone brand struggled to compete against bigger rivals Apple and Samsung Electronics.  Read Original Content

Only one of the top manufacturers saw growth in October according to ComScore. Apple grew from 9.5 percent in July to 10.8 percent, aided by the launch of the iPhone 4S. RIM showed the biggest decline among hardware makers, dropping from 7.6 percent to 6.6 percent.  Read Original Content

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Dell said it would halt sales of its Android tablet computer in the U.S. market, as rival Amazon's new Kindle Fire has heated up in a market dominated by Apple's iPad.  Read Original Content

2012 will be the year when Google Apps will chip away at the Microsoft Office market, as the rise of mobile devices and social media could make managing a work life balance impossible, Gartner has claimed.  Read Original Content

Apple may have seen a steep growth in its iPhone sales numbers over the last few years but it may still be dwarfed by what is to follow, as the company expands its presence in more countries and brings in more carriers to sell its iconic products.  Read Original Content

According to Fitch Ratings' latest telecom special report, postpaid smartphone penetration increased to 46.8 percent in third quarter 2011, a change of 310 basis points sequentially.  Read Original Content

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, struck an alliance with cable companies that will change how customers buy Internet, mobile and pay-TV services and will present new challenges for rivals such as AT&T Inc. Read Original Content

Odds are good that you'll be carrying a stereo-3D camera in your pocket within the next four years, according to a just-released study from graphics and multimedia consultancy Jon Peddie Research. The firm says 80 percent of smartphones will soon boast not just 3D screens, but 3D cameras.  Read Original Content

Google’s share of the Canadian smartphone market doubled between June to September while Research in Motion and Apple slipped, according to a report by measurement firm comScore.  Read Original Content

In third quarter 2011, in the U.S., 71 percent of those with smartphones owned either an Apple iPhone or an Android-based phone.  Read Original Content

Android holds 33 percent of the market share after just four years in the business.  With that much success, it’s no surprise that the popular operating system has become the number one target of malware, according to a report from McAfee senior architect Igor Muttik.  Read Original Content

Microsoft has created a new HTML5 site that allows smartphone owners to interactively demo the Windows Phone operating system. People with devices running Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android platforms can point their mobile browser to this link, which simulates an actual Windows Phone handset.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and 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.