Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mobility News Weekly – Week of October 21, 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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Scientists tested 13,500 Android apps and found almost 8 percent failed to protect bank account and social media logins.  Read Original Content

Gartner believes mobile device manufacturers, led by Apple and devices running Google’s Android operating system, will increasingly fight for market share in 2013, while Microsoft’s Windows 8 devices placed a distant third.  Read Original Content

According to a new PriceGrabber survey, 31 percent of consumers already have shopping-related apps on their smartphone, and 82 percent of those consumers plan to use those apps to help save money when purchasing holidays gifts.  Read Original Content

Founded in 1979, DSI is a global provider of Enterprise Mobility Solutions®, helping companies worldwide increase productivity and profitability regardless of data source, device type, operating system or network connectivity.  DSI serves clients globally through its offices in Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by DSI.

A Dell executive at the Mobile Shopping Fall Summit has revealed that the company will launch an application for Windows 8 tablets this week, showing how important it is for marketers to have a presence on every platform.  Read Original Content

South Korean consumer electronics maker LG Electronics Inc. reported a third straight quarterly profit on Wednesday as sales of smartphones designed for faster wireless networks helped end losses at its mobile phone business.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics has announced its plan to push smartphone penetration in Africa and to further expand its share of the smart phone/devices market across Africa as this is in line with its strategy to bridge the continent’s digital divide.  Read Original Content


The revenues from mobile application testing tools will exceed $200 million in 2012, finds a new study from ABI Research.  Read Original Content

Apple has finally officially unveiled its iPad Mini and it is, indeed, extremely light. The iPad Mini sports a 7.9-inch screen and it feels as airy as the iPhone 5, though maybe a tad wide for some jacket pockets.  Read Original Content

It may be hard to believe there are other phones on the market beyond the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, but there are. In fact, the NPD Group says sub $150 smartphones will account for a 29 percent share of the smartphone market by 2016 – spiking to 60 percent for the APAC region.  Read Original Content

According to Strategy Analytics, for the first time in the third quarter, the number of use of smartphones globally has exceeded one billion and is presumed to double by 2015 ever since Apple’s latest iPhone stimulated the demand.  Read Original Content

ABI Research has predicted amount spent using NFC mobile payment systems will break the $100 billion mark in 2016. Payments made using the touchless technology payment tech will total just $4 billion in 2012 according to the firm, but will balloon to $191 billion annually in 2017.  Read Original Content

On Google's Q3 2012 earnings call, CEO Larry Page said the company had an $8 billion mobile revenue run rate, and CFO Patrick Pichette added, "Ads continue to be the bulk of [the $8 billion], the vast majority of it."  Read Original Content

Research firm Strategy Analytics has claimed the industry surpassed the billion mark in Q3 of 2012 (partly due to new releases such as the iPhone 5 from Apple), a figure up from the 959 million smartphones recorded in Q2, and the 708 million of Q3 2011. Read Original Content

According to a study by AYTM in conjunction with Mashable, in September, 73 percent of U.S. consumers who planned to buy a smartphone in the next six months already owned a smartphone. Only 27 percent of prospective smartphone buyers were new to the market.  Read Original Content

NOKIA has reported another quarterly loss and warned of more tough times ahead, raising the stakes for smartphone launches next month aimed at clawing back market share lost to Apple and Samsung.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC (Social, MOBILE, Analytics and Cloud), Cognizant
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