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Mobility News Weekly – Week of May 19, 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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Jolla has finally announced its first smartphone, months behind schedule. The new smartphone, simply called the Jolla, is the first effort from a small Finnish company formed by ex-Nokia employees.  The Jolla is the only smartphone to run on the Nokia N9 OS.  Read Original Content

In 2013, for the first time ever, the total number of smartphones shipped worldwide is projected to surpass the total number of feature phones shipped. More specifically, 937 million units of smartphones are expected to ship this year compared to just 889 million units for feature phones, according to the latest numbers from NPD.  Read Original Content

Panasonic India has launched the P51 smartphone, the first since its entry into the mobile phone segment. The Android smartphone has a 5-inch screen powered by a Quad Core 1.2GHz processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).  Read Original Content

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Gartner predicts there will be more than 1,200 mobile CRM apps available from app stores in 2014, compared to last year's figure of just over 200 – representing a growth of around 600 percent.  Read Original Content

The smartphone market is inching closer to saturation in the countries that care the most about the high-end. That will leave much of the market’s future growth coming from emerging countries where the focus isn't necessarily on the latest announcement from Apple, Samsung, or HTC. Nokia is already a big player in these markets, but it’s hoping to take the next step with its new Asha 501 smartphone.  Read Original Content
Market research firm IDC released its latest quarterly look at the global smartphone market, and there was a significant change to the rankings. Windows Phone has, for the first time, eclipsed BlackBerry in terms of platform market share.  In terms of Q1 2013, Windows Phone shipped 3.2 percent of devices, topping BlackBerry at 2.9 percent.  Read Original Content

A month after being released to mostly positive reviews, Samsung's flagship phone is getting some validation from Consumer Reports. The publication has run all its tests, kicked the phone's tires, and named the Android-powered Galaxy S4 its top rated smartphone.  Read Original Content

ZTE introduced its Grand X2 In smartphone with Intel Inside at the MedPi conference in Monaco yesterday. The newly introduced smartphone features the Intel Atom Processor Z2580 up to 2GHz.  Read Original Content

Taiwan's HTC Corp. remained one of the world's top 10 smartphone makers in the first quarter despite sliding sales figures, according to local market research firm Digitimes Research.  Read Original Content

ZTE is foraying into Indian market to sell its smartphones and tablet PCs. It has targeted to sell over one million handsets in a year. ZTE will enter the Indian smartphone market with an initial portfolio of five different models of smartphones.  Read Original Content

Research company Raymond James says in the fourth quarter of 2012, BlackBerry’s share of the Canadian market topped out at a dismal six percent; but by the first quarter of 2013 it had more than doubled, rising to 13.5 percent.  Read Original Content

A report from IT research firm Strategy Analytics found Samsung dominated the Android smartphone market in the first quarter of the year, capturing an impressive 95 percent share of all Android smartphone profits. Overall Android smartphone profits reached $5.3 billion during the first quarter of 2013.  Read Original Content

Nearly one-third of U.S smartphone sales in the first quarter were on prepaid carriers, the highest on record, according to a report from the NPD Group. The statistic is another indication of prepaid's growing momentum in the smartphone market.  Read Original Content

Smartphone vendor HTC Corp yesterday said global shipments of its new flagship device, the HTC One, would double this month from last month, strengthening its belief that it could soon regain its lost market share following heavy marketing spending this year.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics said global shipments of its new flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone will hit 10 million less than a month after it went on sale, beating the sales pace of its predecessor the Galaxy S III.  Read Original Content

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