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Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 7, 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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ZTE announced it has debuted the ZTE GEEK, the first ZTE smartphone powered by Intel’s new 32nm Atom™ processor platform Z2580. The ZTE GEEK has a 5-inch HD screen with resolution of up to 1280x720, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1-megapixel front camera.  Read Original Content

Unveiled on 4 April, Facebook’s home is a "wrapper" for Android and puts Facebook feeds on a phone's main screen.  But the detailed data that could be mined from home users could intrude on private life, commentators warned.  Read Original Content

A report from Net Applications revealed mobile Internet traffic generated by Microsoft's Internet Explorer is already more than double the traffic from BlackBerry's browser. Microsoft claimed 1.99 percent market share while BlackBerry's share dipped to just 0.91 percent.  Read Original Content

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LG Electronics Inc. is expanding the number of retail stores in emerging markets as it seeks to grow its market share in smartphones and aims for a stronger global presence in consumer electronics.  Read Original Content

During the first quarter of 2013, Canalys found the number of worldwide mobile downloads grew by 11 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Cumulatively, the number of downloads across all app stores checked in at 13.4 billion.  Read Original Content
Tecno Ghana, leading dual SIM mobile phone brand in Ghana, has given indications it is set to take over the smartphone market in Ghana with the launch of its new 3.75G Android smartphone TECNO N7.  Read Original Content

Further signs that competition in the mobile phone market is brutal have emerged with the latest results from HTC.  Its profits in the first quarter slumped 91 percent compared to last year, a fall blamed on the delayed launch of its new flagship smartphone.  Read Original Content

Samsung has confirmed its Galaxy Win smartphone will not be released in the UK.  The firm told V3 it will not be “ranging Galaxy Win” in the country, ending ongoing speculation about Samsung’s release plans for the dual Sim phone.  Read Original Content

A trend towards more frugal consumption in Europe may threaten sales and market share behind Apple’s flagship iPhone smartphone, a phone that helped to define the modern smartphone since it debuted in 2007.  Read Original Content

HTC Corp is to launch a new marketing campaign for its HTC One smartphone across the U.S. in an attempt to boost consumer awareness of the vendor’s new flagship device.  Read Original Content

Starting next month, mobile provider Digicel Group will sell its own Android smartphone, the Digicel DL600, in an apparent attempt to grow and monetise Internet usage.  Read Original Content

According to comScore, 133.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (57 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in February, up eight percent since November.  Read Original Content

According to comScore, Google's Android once again ranked as the most popular operating system as of February. However, Android's share of the market dropped exactly two percent to 51.7 percent. Apple, on the other hand, saw its iOS platform increase 3.9 percent to grab 38.9 percent share.  Read Original Content

Samsung plans to set up mini Samsung stores inside all U.S. Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile venues within the next couple of months -- just in time for the Galaxy S4 launch. The "Samsung Experience Shops," which start rolling out Monday, will be in 500 big-box Best Buy stores and all 410 Best Buy Mobile locations by early May.  Read Original Content

Chinese manufacturer of electronics and telecommunication products, Konka has launched two new Android-powered smartphones—Expose 960 and Expose 970—in India. With this, Konka becomes yet another player to enter the hotly-contested Indian smartphone market.  Read Original Content

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