Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 24, 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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Global smartphone sales generated $247 billion in 2012, or 51 percent more than in 2011. In the final quarter of last year the key growth driver for the market was FDD-LTE handsets, with shipments surging by 151 percent to mark the second consecutive quarter of growth in triple digits, says Infonetics Research.  Read Original Content

Taiwan's HTC has announced its much-anticipated new flagship smartphone will now go on sale in three countries, the UK, Germany and Taiwan, although the rollout elsewhere will only take place by the end of April.  Read Original Content

Wall Street was less than impressed with BlackBerry's U.S. launch of its Z10 smartphone, as the Canadian manufacturer's stock plummeted more than eight percent Friday.  Read Original Content

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The European Union is looking into complaints that Apple's terms for carrying the iPhone are anticompetitive.  Several operators are said to have submitted concerns about contracts with Apple to EU antitrust watchdog.  Read Original Content

The global smartphone industry is becoming pretty much a two-horse race, with Apple and Samsung holding unprecedented sway over the market. The two companies collected a combined 81 percent of the gross profits generated from smartphone sales in 2012, according to IHS iSupply.  Read Original Content
According to the IHS, Samsung handsets accounted for 29 percent of all cell phones sold in 2012 as Nokia slid into the No. 2 spot with a 24 percent share of the market. In 2013 IHS sees Samsung’s lead doubling to 11 percentage points from five points, though it did not specify exactly how much of the market it expects Samsung to control in 2013.  Read Original Content

T-Mobile USA formally unveiled its new no-contract pricing without device subsidies and also said after years of waiting it will launch the LTE-capable Apple iPhone 5 on April 12. The carrier also launched its LTE network in its first seven markets.  Read Original Content

Apple has acquired indoor-GPS company WifiSLAM, a sign that the war over indoor mobile location services is heating up.  Apple paid around $20 million for the Silicon Valley-based company, according to a person familiar with the matter who said the deal closed recently.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry denied reports that its new BlackBerry 10 platform failed to meet security requirements for the British government. The company said it is working with the UK government to get the new platform fully certified.  Read Original Content

T-Mobile USA has become the first major wireless carrier in the U.S. to drop smartphone subsidies, moving away from a model that has helped companies like Apple bank large profits at a steep cost to carriers' margins.  Read Original Content

It has been a tough year for Intel. Its stock price peaked at $29.18 on May 2, 2012, and slowly fell to $19.36 on November 21, 2012. Recently it has lifted a little bit and is now trading around $21.50. This is a pretty dismal stock performance over 2012 especially when you compare it to its competitors.  Read Original Content'

According to a report from Russian website Hi-Tech, Archos will unveil a line of “Platinum” Android smartphones in the coming months that will compliment its newly announced Platinum tablets.  Read Original Content

"Our supply-chain checks indicate that Apple is working to launch multiple new phones in the June/July timeframe this year. Specifically, Apple will launch the iPhone 5S and a more affordable but lower-end iPhone at the same time,” RBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients.  Read Original Content

Nokia’s Asha line of less-expensive smartphones, not developed on Microsoft’s Windows Phone but Nokia’s own proprietary OS, is getting a new boost of attention. The company is unveiling a new (and free) premium developer program for Asha developers.  Read Original Content

Buoyed by the success of the iPhone in India, Apple has decided to scale up its presence in the country and plans to triple its exclusive stores to around 200 by 2015, said three of its dedicated franchisees.  Read Original Content

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