Thursday, March 07, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 2, 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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India is set to become the third-largest market for smartphones in four years, according to researcher IDC, with phone makers launching more affordable 3G handsets and looking to tap buyers in small cities and towns.  Read Original Content

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, Yota Devices gave us the world’s first two-sided screened Android phone.  One side looks just like your trusty smartphone – but the back side, is an e-reader like a Kindle.  Read Original Content

Sony is looking to beat out its Chinese rivals and become the third largest vendor in the global smartphone market, Reuters reported. The head of Sony’s mobile business, Kunimasa Suzuki, hinted the company may soon begin producing cheaper smartphone models that target developing nations.  Read Original Content

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According to a recent comScore report, 62 percent of Canadians own a smartphone. Google’s Android OS apparently has the most market share with 40 percent, followed by Apple’s iOS with 35 percent. BlackBerry is still dominant, but fell over the past 12 months, at 20 percent market share.  Read Original Content

A recent report by the Wall Street Journal showed the global mobile application market is expected to grow by more than 60 percent in 2013 from a year earlier, to 25 billion U.S. dollars.  Read Original Content
According to ABI’s latest forecasts, 58 percent of smartphone app downloads this year will be Android apps, while iOS will come in at just 33 percent. But those numbers look very different when you include tablet app downloads in the forecast.  Read Original Content

According to IDC, manufacturers will ship 918.6 million smartphones in 2013, which is about 50.1 percent of the industry's total shipments. This number is expected to grow to 1.5 billion in smartphone shipments by the end of 2017, which will represent about two-thirds of the total cell phone shipments.  Read Original Content

Sprint Nextel will not sell the BlackBerry Z10, the company's flagship, touchscreen BlackBerry 10 smartphone, a move that makes Sprint the only Tier 1 U.S. carrier that will not carry the device. Sprint has committed to selling the BlackBerry Q10, which runs BB10 and has a Qwerty keyboard.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics said it has sold more than 10 million smartphones based on the high-speed long-term evolution (LTE) technology.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics has won recognition from the GSM Association for the second year running in both the category of Device Manufacturer of the Year and Best Smartphone, the Galaxy S III, in the Global Mobile Awards, that were held at Mobile World Congress.  Read Original Content

According to Tech Archival, the smartphone demand in Australia is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 10 percent over the five-year period from 2013 to 2018. The Australian smartphone market grew almost triple fold between 2008 and 2012, reaching annualized smartphone sales volume to more than 10 million units in 2012.  Read Original Content

Every case for your smartphone claims to keep the device protected, but this one could actually protect the owner of the phone. The creator spent the last year perfecting the Yellow Jacket smartphone stun gun case. The inventors say they're developing iPhone 5 and Android models.  Read Original Content

According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the Android mobile operating system took more than half the market share in the United Kingdom.  The Android garnered 56.2 percent in purchases.  With 25.6 percent less than the Android, Apple's iOS accounted for 30.6 percent of the U.K.'s market share.  Read Original Content

LTE smartphone shipments will grow from about 90 million units last year to 275 million in 2013, allowing the technology to take off on a grander scale and driving down device prices, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

Intel Inc. hopes its new smartphone processor will help it find a foothold in a mobile market coalescing around Apple, Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm. Intel says its latest processor for mainstream smartphones, dubbed Clover Trail+, delivers up to double the computing performance and three times the graphics horsepower of its first smartphone chip.  Read Original Content

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