Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mobility News Weekly – Week of May 13, 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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App stores for consumers have worked for Apple, Google and others, but the jury is still out on the business market simply because this market is just getting started. Business software maker ClickSoftware Technologies is one of the first to jump in. It launched its mobile app store April 17. Read Original Content

As smartphone ownership rises, almost three-quarters of smartphone owners use their phone to get real-time location-based information, and almost one in five use a geosocial service like Foursquare.  Read Original Content

With over 140 million active users worldwide, Twitter has revealed that out of the 10 million active users based in the UK, 80 percent of them access the site through mobile phones. This is significantly higher than the global average of 55 percent.  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/.

Forrester Research says apps generated in 2011 from purchases and ads had revenue of $6 billion. Forrester expects app revenues to double this year, to $12 billion—an incredible figure for a market not yet four years old.  Read Original Content


Samsung produced approximately 40 percent of the Android-based smartphones sold during the first quarter, according to new stats from Gartner. No other vendor nabbed more than 10 percent of the global market.  Read Original Content

In the latest sign that Microsoft's high-stakes bet on a new, unconventional mobile platform isn't paying off, numbers released show that the company’s overall share of the wireless operating system market fell 27 percent in the first quarter, to a meager 1.9 percent.  Read Original Content

The market for mobile memory chips is expected to grow a modest 6 percent this year to reach $14.9 billion thanks to healthy growth in the markets for smartphones and tablets, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.  Read Original Content

Forrester believes in order to serve your customers on their touchscreen devices over the App Internet, you will have to master mobile engagement and Design for mobile first. Vendors like appsFreedom and Kony Solutions are starting to build cloud-connected engagement platforms to tie content, systems of record, social feeds, device data, SaaS services, and analytics together to serve customers in their pocket. Read Original Content

Apple’s iPhone was the top selling smartphone in Japan with a sales figure of 7.25 million units throughout the calendar year of 2011. This also makes Apple the single largest smartphone vendor in Japan.  Read Original Content

Tablet users are starting to dominate mobile web traffic consumption, according to Adobe, and are overshadowing the growth generated by their smartphone peers. Read Original Content

A Nielsen research survey released earlier this week that shows more than half of all U.S. mobile subscribers owned smartphones as of March 2012, up from 47.8 percent in December.  Read Original Content

Facebook has created its own App Center, in which the social networking website will showcase the best apps across Internet and on all mobile platforms. The App Center will be rolled out in a few weeks, the Telegraph reported.  Read Original Content

Huawei, one of the world's biggest phone makers, is planning a big push into U.S. cellphone stores. All four nationwide U.S. phone companies will carry Huawei smartphones this year, says Francis Hopkins, a Huawei spokesman. Read Original Content

Adobe study finds that tablet devices will generate more Web traffic than smartphones by early 2013 and that consumers find browsing websites on tablets nearly as engaging as on PCs.  Read Original Content

SAP has unveiled a series of mobile applications covering areas such as expense management and e-learning, as well as improved support for iOS and Android devices. Read Original Content

Cisco announced three pre-tested bundles of products and services designed to cut through the confusing complexity of enterprise mobility. Read Original Content

A global survey commissioned by Amdocs explores the growing demand for “bring your own device” (BYOD) support from business customers and the system implications this has for service providers. Seventy-three percent of service providers expect to see a 10 to 25 percent increase in BYOD device requests from business customers in the coming year due to the recognized benefits for businesses. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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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.