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Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 14, 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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According to the Gartner, from 2012 to 2017 the shipments of conventional desktop and notebook computers will plunge 21 percent, while smartphone sales will jump 25 percent and tablet sales will increase fourfold.  Read Original Content

According to the International Data Corporation, India will become the world's third largest smartphone market by 2017 after China and U.S.  Read Original Content

Google has announced two major updates to its Chrome for Business suite of tools including a cloud-based management system for IT teams. The cloud platform is designed to let firms running Google’s suite of business apps put access control policies in place, with over 100 different settings available, so staff can access their accounts from either work or personal devices. Read Original Content

ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware.

According to AdDuplex, Nokia handsets account for 80 percent of all active Windows Phone handsets worldwide, leaving a mere 20 percent of the market to other device makers such as HTC and Samsung.  Read Original Content

After launching EMI scheme, Korean electronic giant Samsung is now offering 15 percent cash back on its flagship “Galaxy” range, as it tries to induce customers to upgrade to high-end phones.  Read Original Content
Panasonic Corp. is considering entering the smartphone market in India as early as May to gain a foothold in the rapidly expanding Asian market, working with a local mass retailer, sources said.  Read Original Content

According to market analysts from JPMorgan Chase, Samsung’s total smartphone shipments for the year 2013 will reach the 320 million mark, with the Galaxy S4 accounting for about one fourth of those units.  Read Original Content

Samsung has confirmed the arrival of a new sub-brand within its Galaxy range of mobile devices: the Galaxy Mega expands its mini-tablet-sized-phone (aka phablet) portfolio by firing two new devices into the category, building on the momentum generated by its extant Galaxy Note line.  Read Original Content

Karbonn has officially launched their Karbonn Smart A21 and A9+ Android Smartphones under Duple Series. These are powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and runs on Android 4.0.  The A21 has a 4.5-inch qHD multi-touch capacitive touch screen, while the A9+ has a 4.0-inch IPS display.  Read Original Content

Shares of BlackBerry dropped more than eight percent as the sheen continued to wear off from the company’s smartphone product launch two weeks ago.  The company saw shares decline $1.25 to close at $14 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, amid widespread weakness in the information technology sector.  Read Original Content

Gartner predicts that by 2014, there will be over 1,200 mobile CRM (customer relationship management) apps available for download in application marketplaces like iTunes and Google Play. It's a staggering 500 percent increase over the number of CRM mobile apps that made the rounds in 2012.  Read Original Content

Analyst group MarketsandMarkets has assessed that the BYOD and enterprise mobility market will hit $181 billion by 2017, with North American accounting for $58.6 billion of that figure.  Read Original Content

Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said on Tuesday it is "achievable" for Apple to corner 11 percent of the low-end smartphone market right off the bat in calendar year 2014 if they launch a $300 iPhone as soon as September of this year as he expects. Read Original Content

Nokia head of Windows Phone 8 marketing Vesa Jutila predicted Nokia would be dramatically increasing their smartphone market share by next year. “A year from now, we will no longer be a single-digit smartphone player in the marketplace,” he said. “We are breaking through in a much more major way as a smartphone player.”  Read Original Content

New research from Google and Compete show smartphones continue to drive consumers' wireless purchases, with 35 percent of respondents in a new survey saying they purchased their phone to obtain the "latest and greatest device," up from 25 percent last year.  Read Original Content

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