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Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 17, 2013

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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The signature Facebook app passed Google Maps in October of last year to become the most used mobile app in the U.S. and held onto the top spot through the end of the year, according to data released by comScore Mobile Metrix.  Read Original Content

Fujitsu is launching a device in Europe, marking its first “extensive foray into the smartphone market outside Japan.”  They are releasing the Stylistic S-01, a senior-focused, Android 4.0 device with big icons, enhanced audio and a de-sensitized touchscreen aimed at elderly users.  Read Original Content

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. unveiled its HTC One, a new flagship device crucial to the company as it seeks to regain lost ground in an increasingly competitive market.  Read Original Content

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Egypt Independent, an Egyptian newspaper, reported South Korean electronics giant Samsung had cornered 50 percent of the smartphone market, an increase of more than 30 percent compared to its 2011 market share.  Read Original Content

India's business newspaper Economic Times reported (citing unpublished IDC figures) Apple's smartphone market share, in terms of value, has surged by more than 300 percent in the last quarter and the company has become the second largest smartphone player.  Read Original Content

Accel Telecom, a leading Israeli telecommunications company, has officially launched VOYAGER, the ultimate Connected Car Smartphone device. VOYAGER is the first standalone Connected Car Smartphone device that can be easily installed in any car and operates using an existing phone number via a twin-SIM.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics unveiled Monday the latest version of its flagship smartphone the Optimus G Pro, boasting a higher resolution screen aimed at gaining a technical edge over bigger rivals like Samsung.  Read Original Content

Android and iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems worldwide, combined for 91.1 percent of all smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to IDC.  Read Original Content

Famous French tablet maker Archos is entering the Android phone arena. The company, which is known for its budget friendly tablets, is rolling out a set of low-priced smartphones at the upcoming Mobile World Congress next week.  Read Original Content

Samsung unveiled its Rex series last week. The four phones are Java-based devices, which run Samsung’s own TouchWiz interface. They come integrated with a range of chat services while support for Facebook, Twitter and Google+ is also included.  Read Original Content

Hewlett-Packard is working on a high-end tablet running Google's Android platform and may also produce an Android smartphone, according to a report from ReadWrite.  Read Original Content

Gartner estimates that smartphones captured 44 percent of all mobile phone sales in the December 2012 quarter with Android smartphones taking 31 percent of all mobile phone shipments and iOS in second place at 9 percent.  Read Original Content

Smartphones will make up more than half of all mobile phones shipped worldwide by the end of March, new figures from the research company Gartner suggest.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics will announce its next flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, on March 14, according to multiple reports.  Read Original Content

Nvidia unveiled its new mobile chip, the Tegra 4i that integrates its app processor and 4G LTE on the same piece of silicon. The processor includes 60 Nvidia GPU cores, a 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU based on ARM Holdings' R4 Cortex-A9 architecture, a fifth low-power CPU core, and a version of Nvidia's i500 LTE modem.  Read Original Content

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