Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mobility News Weekly - Week of January 23, 2012


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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Nielsen says that 44.5 percent of consumers who purchased a smartphone in the last three months bought an iPhone. That number stood at 25.1 percent in the three months prior to the October launch of the iPhone 4S. Read Original Content

iTunes U provides access to lectures, course material, presentations and more from top universities. Today, iTunes U is offering over 500,000 free lectures, videos, and books from institutions across 26 countries and has reached over 700 million downloads.  Read Original Content

Apple introduced iBooks 2, a textbook platform that effectively transforms $200 textbooks into iPad apps at a much more reasonable price. Pearson, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are responsible for 90 percent of the textbooks sold.  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 - http://www.clicksoftware.com/.

Apple reported record-breaking net profits for the months of October, November, and December of $13.06 billion (£8.36 billion), up 118 percebt from the same period in 2010.  Read Original Content

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the co-chief executives of Research In Motion, have resigned following months of investor pressure for a change at the helm of the struggling BlackBerry maker.  Read Original Content

Verizon reported a net loss of $2 billion, or 71 cents a share, for the fourth quarter of 2011, in contrast to net income of $2.64 billion, or 93 cents, in the quarter a year earlier.  Read Original Content

The new BlackBerry P’9981 comes from the masters at Porsche Design. The entire body is forged from stainless steel. The battery cover is wrapped in real leather. The keyboard is made of stark metal. Plus the Porsche Design logo is stamped boldly across the top.  Read Original Content

Ericsson, the market leader in wireless networking equipment, said on Wednesday that its profit plummeted 66 percent in the fourth quarter amid losses at its SonyEricsson and Swiss handset chip ventures.  Read Original Content

Total mobile handset shipments in India touched nearly 166 million units during the first eleven months of the 2011 calendar year, with Finnish handset maker Nokia accounting for a 30.7 percent slice of the market, according to a CyberMedia Research report.  Read Original Content

In 2011, 472 million Smartphones were sold worldwide. This is expected to rise to one billion by 2016 according to MarketResearch.com. Smartphones now account for 17 percent of all global mobile handset sales. Read Original Content

According to WMPoweruser, Nokia has 45 percent of the second generation Windows Phone market. HTC holds the other chunk of the market that Nokia doesn’t have with 40 percent going to HTC.  Read Original Content

According to IT research firm Ovum, developers in the Asian market are shifting their focus onto Android at an alarming rate. Android has grabbed 52 percent of the smartphone market across all of Asia.  Read Original Content

Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker in the world as of third quarter 2011, is the most preferred Android brand in the U.S. according to an iGR survey.  Read Original Content

Market researchers at IHS report that Windows Phone will overtake Apple's iOs by 2015. In 2011, Windows Phone only controlled 1.9-percent of the market, but by 2015, the firm predicts it will maintain a hearty 16.7 percent. Read Original Content

ZTE and Microsoft hope that by working together they can expand their presence in the U.K. mobile market. ZTE recently launched its first new U.K. handset of 2012, the ZTE Tania, which runs on Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.  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.