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Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 31, 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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Despite BlackBerry launching BB10 and releasing their new flagship BlackBerry Z10, the OS saw a further decline in smartphone market share in the three-month period from December 12 to February 13, according to Kantar Worldpanel.  Read Original Content

Samsung captured close to 50 percent of the smartphone market share in India in 2012, according to a Cyber Media Research report. According to the report, Samsung had 43.1 percent of the smartphone market share at the end of 2012, which does not include the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note II.  Read Original Content

According to IDC, market expansion last year was “largely driven” by 78.4 percent year-over-year growth in tablet shipments — which exceeded 128 million units. But this is just the beginning for tablets: IDC expects tablet shipments to surpass desktop PCs in 2013, and portable PCs in 2014.  Read Original Content

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Kantar is out with its smartphone market share numbers for three months ending in February and Android devices continue pulling away from iPhone in the United States. A year ago, iOS led Android by 45-47 percent in the smartphone operating system market share competition. Read Original Content

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has introduced two new Ascend series smartphones - G510 and Y300 - into the burgeoning Indian smartphone market.  With feature-rich specifications and a low price tag, both smartphones have the potential to give stiff challenge to Indian low-cost smartphones.  Read Original Content
The annual volume of smartphone app downloads will reach 56 billion this year, according to ABI Research’s updated market forecasts. Of different OS platforms, Google’s Android will account for 58 percent of the total, with Apple’s iOS commanding an annual share of 33 percent.  Read Original Content

Google is now entering the mobile ads market with click-to-download ads. Google’s new click-to-download ads will be used on mobile devices and will link directly to the Apple App Store or Google Play so a customer can quickly and easily purchase the advertised program.  Read Original Content

Windows Phone looks to be finally taking off, with 52 percent growth December, January, and February of this year compared to the same three months in 2012, according to Kantar Worldpanel.  Read Original Content

Apple has been denied a trademark for the popular iPad Mini by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The trademark application for the tablet was turned down because the name was "merely descriptive" and did not create a unique meaning, it said.  Read Original Content

LG, Nokia and HTC all increased their share of the UK smartphone market in the three months leading up to March 2013, according to Kantar WorldPanel.  Samsung remains the largest smartphone manufacturer in the UK with 36.2 percent of all devices sold followed by Apple on 29 percent.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry chief executive Thorsten Heins continues to trickle out details of his company’s plans to regain smartphone market share from Apple and Android-running competitors. Heins told The Canadian Press that BlackBerry plans to offer three tiers of products: high end, mid-tier and entry level.  Read Original Content

ABI Research estimates mobile security services will total $1.88 billion by the end of 2013, by far dominating both the mobile device and mobile application markets for threat protection.  Read Original Content

Windows Phone handsets have outsold the iPhone in seven markets including India, analyst firm IDC has revealed, and beat out BlackBerry in 26.  Read Original Content

Accessories such as home and car products that interact with smartphones such as the Apple iPhone and Google Android phones now account for 64 percent of all revenue — and 56 percent of shipments — in the tech accessory market, says an ABI Research study.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics confirmed in a court filing late Friday that Apple could potentially wind up receiving more in damages in a new patent-infringement trial than the $1.05 billion it was originally awarded last August.  Read Original Content

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