Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 29, 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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Since 2010, the percentage of smartphone users in the U.S. making purchases on their mobile devices has risen to nearly 40 percent. ABI Research predicts that by 2015, $119 billion in goods and services will be purchased via mobile phones worldwide.  Read Original Content

A Strategy Analytics report indicates a decrease on smartphone shipment growth year-over-year with a 70.1 percent increase in 2011 and a 5.4 percent decrease for 2012.  The differences between global results and those in the U.S. only suggest the U.S. market might have reached its peak, while worldwide smartphones are enjoying better sales.  Read Original Content

With the market for smartphones forecast to reach $150 billion by 2014, emerging robotics company Quantum International Corp. is positioning itself to capitalize on the rise of the next big trend in mobile technology: smartphone-compatible robotics.  Read Original Content

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The U.S. smartphone market took a dip in the second quarter, with Android's market share dropping 4 points to 56 percent, according to Strategy Analytics.  Apple, however, saw a 10 percent increase from 23 percent in 2Q 2011 to 33 percent in the most recent quarter.  Read Original Content

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. will square off in court Monday in a closely watched trial over control of the U.S. smartphone and computer tablet markets. Apple is demanding $2.5 billion in damages from the South Korean company.  Read Original Content

Fighting sluggish sales numbers and competing in a locally-dominated smartphone market, HTC has closed its South Korean offices.  Read Original Content

An IDC survey shows Samsung shipped 50.2 million smartphones globally in the April-June period, a sizzling 172.8 percent gain from a year earlier, while Apple sold 26 million iPhones, up 27.5 percent.  Read Original Content

RIM has fallen out of IDC’s ranking of the top five global smartphone makers by market share for the first time. The lower ranking underscores the company’s shrinking scale as it lays off 5,000 staff and prepares to release a new line of BlackBerrys in early 2013.  Read Original Content

Apple Inc will buy fingerprint sensor technology developer AuthenTec Inc for about $356 million, striking a deal that could put its iPhone at the centre of the emerging mobile payments market.  Read Original Content

The recent mobile phone market share report from IDC suggests that LG has become the fifth largest mobile phone vendor in the world based on volume shipments.  Read Original Content

Finnish cellphone maker Nokia has ditched the software it was developing to compete with Google's mass-market Android phones, three sources with direct knowledge of the company's plans said, in its latest move to slash costs.  Read Original Content

Mac-centric tech blog iMore quoted unnamed sources “who have proven accurate in the past” that said the iPhone 5 along with a smaller version of the iPad tablet would debut during a special event by Apple on 12 September, with the release of the new iPhone following nine days later on 21 September.  Read Original Content

ZTE climbed into the global top five of smartphone manufacturers and maintained its No. 4 ranking for overall handset shipments in the second quarter of 2012, according to IDC.  Read Original Content

According to ComScore, There are now 234 million U.S. residents using mobile devices, with smartphone usage up 4 percent to 110 million — giving the country a smartphone penetration of 47 percent.  Read Original Content

Microsoft has revealed the Windows RT version of its upcoming Surface tablet will launch alongside Windows 8 on October 26.  Read Original Content

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