Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 10, 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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Mobile phone giants Vodafone and 02-owner Telefonica, have announced plans to create one shared grid in the UK. The move is designed to improve existing coverage and to speed up the roll-out of superfast 4G services.  Read Original Content

Apple has sought to disrupt the U.S. launch of Samsung Electronic's flagship smartphone by asking a court to ban the product from sale temporarily. Apple claimed the Galaxy S3 infringed at least two of its patents based on its analysis of a model bought in the UK. Read Original Content

Shares of HTC opened 7 percent limit down after the smartphone maker cut its second-quarter revenue target by 13.3 percent and posted a 26 percent decline in May sales from a year earlier.  Read Original Content

Google has demonstrated new mapping technologies in an effort to reassert its position as a market leader. While it boasts one billion users, Google Maps has recently seen defections by some key developers and partners.  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.

Facebook has launched an app center to help its members explore software available on the social network. The service will be available on desktop computers as well as on Android and iOS system-based phones and tablets running Facebook's own app.  Read Original Content

In just the two years since the release of Apple's iPad, the U.S. tablet market has reached a "critical mass," with nearly one in four smartphone owners also using a tablet in the three-month period ending in April, according to data released by researcher ComScore.  Read Original Content

A recent report from Ericsson says that by 2017, around 85 percent of the world will be connecting to the Internet through their mobiles and in high-speed.  Read Original Content

Not only will Windows Phone outshine BlackBerry in the worldwide smartphone market, it will surpass Apple’s iOS and become the second-most popular smartphone platform by 2016, states a new forecasting report from IDC.  Read Original Content

By 2017, 50 percent of the world’s population will have 4G coverage, according to a new Ericsson report.  Read Original Content

A new study by SkyDox indicates that while bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and free, cloud-based file-sharing are on the rise, sixty-six percent of 4,000 people polled use free file-sharing platforms and, among these, 55 percent do so without alerting their IT departments. Read Original Content

eMarketer predicts the number of iPad users in the US will rise by over 90 percent this year to 53.2 million, as loyal users replace older models and new consumers purchase the device. Read Original Content

Mobile phone carrier, Virgin Mobile has announced that in June of 2012 they will be offering the first prepaid iPhone, with their version of the iPhone 4S. The new Virgin Mobile iPhone will be the only prepaid iPhone on the market and is expected to add a whole new demographic of smartphone users.  Read Original Content

Nokia shipped 2.2 million Lumia phones in the first three months of 2012, research firm IDC has reported. In total, the Finnish manufacturer shipped 11.9 million devices in the year's first quarter.  Read Original Content

With nearly 85 million shipments in Q1 2012, Android Smartphones maintained market domination within the Smartphone segment of the market, with a global market share of 59 percent and increasing the installed base of legitimate Android device activations to 331 Million, up from 250 million in Q4 2011 according to  Read Original Content

Apple unveiled iOS 6, which Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iOS Software at Apple, said includes more than 200 new features. That includes a revamped Maps app, Siri on the iPad, as well as Facebook integration, and FaceTime video chat over cellular networks.  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.