Thursday, March 08, 2012

Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 5, 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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Apple has released the iPad 3, capable of operating on a high-speed 4G, or long-term evolution network. At speeds roughly 10 times faster than current 3G technology, it may help banish the sometimes shaky video quality of older devices. The new iPad also includes a voice-dictation feature and a five-mega pixel camera. Read Original Content

Google is officially putting the Android Market name to rest. Starting today, all of Google’s digital media services have been rebranded to fly under a brand new banner: Google Play.  Read Original Content

The planet has a population of seven billion people, and there are now 5.9 billion active mobile phone subscriptions. This is a global penetration rate of 84.3 percent.  Read Original Content

Research from GSMA indicates global mobile industry revenues will grow from $1.5 trillion dollars in 2011 to $1.9 trillion in 2015. It also predicts significant growth in mobile industry employment, from more than 8 million people around the world today to approximately 10 million by the end of 2015.  Read Original Content

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According to a new report by InMobi, approximately one-third of mobile web users are certain that they will buy an iPad 3.  Read Original Content

ComScore reports that smartphone penetration in Canada has reached 45 percent, up from 33 percent in March. British Columbia has the highest smartphone penetration with 51 percent, Ontario has 48 percent and Quebec increased the most by 16 percent to 36 percent.  Read Original Content

Using smartphones for social networking while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving or being high on cannabis behind the wheel, according to research published by the IAM.  Read Original Content

The Pew Research Center reports that just under half of adult Americans, or 46 percent, currently own smartphones, meaning smartphone owners now outnumber their feature phone counterparts by five percent.  Read Original Content

According to a report by Chitika, mobile web traffic has risen as much as 35 percent since July 2011. The data analytics company found that mobile traffic represented an average of 10.55 percent of total web traffic during the last week of February 2012.  Read Original Content

About 30 percent of mobile phone users spend an average of 27 minutes each day text messaging, using the telephone and video chatting, according to retailer  Read Original Content

According to comScore, there are now more than 100 million mobile subscribers in the U.S. using smartphones. The exact figure was put at 101.3 million, an increase of 13 percent from October.  Read Original Content

Netcom, Norway's number two carrier, crunched the numbers for February 2012 and found that Windows Phone powered smartphones have an 8 percent share of the market in the country.  Read Original Content

Worldwide, Apple is expected to be No. 2 in smartphone sales this quarter, with 32.6 million units and 23.7 percent market share, Canaccord predicts. Samsung is forecast to be No. 1, with 33.5 million units and 24.3 percent market share.  Read Original Content

With Apple expected to unveil an LTE-enabled iPad tablet Wednesday, a new report from Forrester Research claims that none of Apple's Android tablet competitors can claim more than 5 percent of the overall tablet market.  Read Original Content

Google Wallet will be available on as many as 10 new Sprint phones in 2012, according to the creator of the mobile payment service.  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.