Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 19, 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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Orlando, Florida based Kony Solutions has bought Sky Technologies, a mobility solutions provider specializing in SAP implementations based in Melbourne, Australia.  Read Original Content

Nokia Oyj, burning cash as it struggles to revive its smartphone business, is winning time for the recovery effort by gaining more customers for another product, basic mobile phones it sells for $39. Read Original Content

Verizon Wireless will carry Windows Phone 8 devices this year, in a major break from the carrier's overall coolness towards all things Microsoft. This could well be the jumpstart that Microsoft's struggling smartphone operating system needs.  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.

According to industry supply chain sources, after HTC’s One series failed to impress the market, they decided on significant price reductions across the whole model range. These include the models already on the market, as well as the upcoming new Android and Windows Phone 8 smartphones.  Read Original Content

According to a new smartphone market monitoring report from Horizon Research, the smartphone market will grow 20 percent in the next 12 months.  More than 55 percent adults will have smartphones by mid next year. Read Original Content


Looking at Japanese smartphone ownership in the three months ending June, ComScore found that Android took home the lion's share with a 64 percent share, up almost two points from the prior three months. Apple's iOS grabbed a 32 percent share.  Read Original Content

Taiwan's HTC has invested $35.4 million in a U.S. based provider of mobile enterprise apps, signaling the smartphone vendor is trying to fill a market space once occupied by Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices, according to analysts.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics said that it would expand the global launch of its flagship smartphone Optimus Vu in a bid to widen its presence in other nations. The company said that it would roll out the gadget in Europe next month and then launch it in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Asia and Latin America.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry's share continues to plummet, according to StatCounter, as Windows Phone struggles to grow past its approximate 1 percent penetration. At this rate, the two will switch spots on the leaderboard during the last few weeks of 2012.  Read Original Content

According to the Online Publishers Association, 93 percent of smartphone owners use their device to “access content / information.” It’s a high percentage, but we worry about the 7 percent of smartphone owners who paid all that money and aren’t accessing anything on their phones.  Read Original Content

The global market for camera-equipped mobile phones will climb past 1.63 billion units in 2013 - roughly 85 percent of all mobile phones to be shipped in 2013.  Read Original Content

The adoption of tablets is expected to add to the decline of traditional retail, with the research showing 16 percent of tablet owners had shopped less in a bricks-and-mortar store, 31 percent read fewer paper books and 28 percent read less print, according to InMobi.  Read Original Content

Gartner says worldwide sales of mobile phones declined 2.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012. However, smartphone sales surged 42.7 percent, led by demand for Samsung’s Galaxy S3. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst and Mobile Strategy Consultant
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Full Disclosure: I am a mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.