Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of December 12, 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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Android Market, Facebook, as well as Google apps such as Search, Gmail and Google Maps, are roughly the top most popular smartphone applications for the Android platform, according to Nielsen.  Read Original Content

Already big in Japan, Panasonic has announced that it plans to take on the world’s smartphone manufacturers and make the leap into the European market.  Read Original Content

Apple is learning to compromise.  Facing challenges winning over customers for its iAd mobile advertising service, Apple is softening its approach as it loses ground to Google in the fast-growing mobile-ad market.  Read Original Content

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Google has removed a slew of apps from the official Android Market after security researchers found that they contained hidden SMS-message-sending capabilities, allowing criminals to rack up profits at the expense of the smartphone user.  Read Original Content

Mac users have downloaded over 100 million apps from Apple's Mac App Store, an event that the company suggests is transforming the computer software industry.  Read Original Content

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Samsung has sold over 300 million phones for 2011, a first for the company’s history, the company said Sunday.  Read Original Content

Google has launched Google Currents, its long-awaited magazine-reading application for smartphones and tablets, joining an increasingly competitive field led by Flipboard and Zite.  Read Original Content

ZTE Corp. plans to launch a high-end smartphone in the U.S. market in the middle of next year.  Read Original Content

Two-thirds of smartphone owners shop from their mobile devices, according to a report from Chicago-based digital research firm comScore Inc. And one of the most common shopping activities is comparing prices.  Read Original Content

Analysts believe Apple is on target to sell 30 million smartphones by the end of the December quarter, beating previous estimates of 28 million phones.  Read Original Content

More than 40 percent of owners of smartphones on BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Android platforms prefer Apple's iPad to tablets from their current smartphone operating system makers, according to Maritz Research firm.  Read Original Content

European regulators have asked Google to provide more information about its proposed acquisition Motorola Mobility. The request is the latest sign that regulators are taking a hard look at the deal to ensure it doesn’t give Google Inc. the means to stifle competition in the mobile computing and advertising market.  Read Original Content

The share of new apps built on Google’s Android operating system declined by more than one-third this year when measured against new apps developed for Apple’s iOS, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry.  Read Original Content

According to Ofcom, 46 percent of consumers in the UK are using smartphones, giving it the highest smartphone penetration in Europe, with Spain in second position at 45 percent.  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.