Thursday, August 09, 2012

Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 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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According to IDC, Android and iOS powered 85 percent of all smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2012, establishing a new combined high for the mobile operating systems from Google and Apple. Read Original Content

Ninety-three percent of airlines today have "mobile services for passengers" as a top investment priority over the next three years. Fifty-eight percent are investing in major programs, and 89 percent of airlines plan to sell tickets via mobile devices by 2015, a recent SITA report revealed.  Read Original Content

More than $1 billion was wiped out of HTC's market capitalization on Monday and Tuesday combined, after the Taiwanese smartphone maker warned of weaker third-quarter earnings and reported a 45 percent plunge in July revenue.  Read Original Content

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Collectively, Apple and Samsung companies watched their U.S. sales increase by 43 percent from the second quarter of 2011 to the same quarter of 2012, says NPD Group. Over the same time, combined sales for other companies, such as HTC, Motorola, and LG, fell by 16 percent.  Read Original Content

The global smartphone applications processor market showed a solid 55 percent year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2012, reaching $2.47 billion, according to Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

Sales of smartphones in the U.S. were up 9 percent last quarter due in large part to pre-paid phones. The NPD Group shared data showing that compared to the same quarter last year, pre-paid smartphone sales nearly doubled with growth of 91 percent.  Read Original Content

According to an IDC report, 5.4 million Windows Phone devices were sold in Q2 2012, which is 3.5 percent of the total smartphone market. Comparing this to Q2 2011, Windows Phone had a 115.3 percent growth.  Read Original Content

In a sign of the growing interest in mobile payments, start-up Square Inc. said Starbucks Corp. will use its technology to process some customer payments in 7,000 of its U.S. stores, and that the coffee chain will invest $25 million in the company.  Read Original Content

Facebook Inc. is well aware of the need for mobile apps to boost its sales by targeting the people using smartphones and tablets. The company has launched a new mobile app that helps developers advertise their services.  Read Original Content

A report from Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt suggests that, even though Apple may have only shipped 6 percent of all tablets and smartphones during the second quarter, the Cupertino-based firm pulled in 43 percent of the entire industry’s revenue and 77 percent of all profits.  Read Original Content

Apple Inc. said Google Inc.’s YouTube won’t be included in the next version of the software used in the iPhone and iPad, the latest evidence of escalating competition between the two companies.  Read Original Content

The $4 trillion retail business in the U.S. is being forever altered by mobile shopping applications. A new Yankee Group report indicates that 46 percent of U.S. consumers use their smartphones to check prices and reviews while shopping at retail stores, up 5 percent from 2010.  Read Original Content

The battle of the giants for mobile content consumption heated up again last week when Amazon launched a new app for the Apple iPad which enabled user’s to purchase, stream, and rent movies and television shows instantly via the app.  Read Original Content

In time for the Olympics, MetroPCS is selling the first phone that can receive local TV signals, potentially lending TV stations some relevance in the age of the smartphone.  Read Original Content

Nearly 25 million tablets were sold in the second quarter of 2012 (up from 18.7 million in Q2 2011), with Apple accounting for more than two-thirds of those shipments, according to preliminary data from market research firm IDC.  Read Original Content

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