Thursday, May 09, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of May 5, 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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Tablet computer shipments soared in the first quarter of 2013, growing by 142.4 percent compared with the same period in 2012, according to analysts IDC.  Read Original Content

Samsung is leaving no corner of the smartphone market unaddressed, as the tech giant revealed on Monday the Galaxy Core, which packs many of the features of its high end model into a lower-cost handset.  Inside, the Galaxy Core will pack a 1.2GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on 1GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch WVGA LCD.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics became the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor in the first quarter, but its position is far from secure. LG shipped 10.3 million smartphones during the period, more than double the 4.9 million a year earlier, according to data from Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

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ComScore on May 3 reported Apple gained ground in the U.S. smartphone market, nibbling into the lead held by handsets powered by Google's Android software. Apple's share of the U.S. smartphone market climbed nearly three percent to 39 percent in the first three months of this year, according to comScore.  Read Original Content

In terms of handsets produced and sold, Apple and Samsung have between them sewn up a global majority of the smartphone market – that is an accepted fact. What is also a fact is that the two companies together have captured 100 percent of the industry profits as well, according to Cannacord Genuity.  Read Original Content
Microsoft and Nokia are planning to tackle the smartphone market and hit hard with new low-end hardware, according to a report by Reuters. Microsoft is now looking at the cheaper price points that attract a large portion of consumers. The Lumia 521 is such a Windows Phone that Microsoft hopes will win over the minds of consumers.  Read Original Content

Taiwan's HTC Corp. maintained a 3.1 percent share of the global smartphone market in the first quarter, as its share gains in North America were offset by losses in other regions, according to U.S. brokerage Morgan Stanley.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry Q10 handset has been launched in the UK and Canada. Reports suggest that in both countries, the handset is doing exceptionally well. Initial reports suggest that Q10 seems to be doing a lot better than its previous version BlackBerry Z10 that didn’t have a QWERTY keyboard.  Read Original Content

Samsung said Friday the Galaxy S4 smartphone has become the first Android device to meet the security requirements set out by the U.S. government, allowing government and military officials to access the Defense Department’s networks with the S4.  Read Original Content

Speaking to Reuters at the Microsoft campus last week, Terry Myerson revealed there are some markets where Windows Phone has a more than substantial market share. He revealed Windows Phone had as much as 20 percent share in some markets such as Mexico and Poland.  Read Original Content

Nokia on Tuesday said the Indian phone market is expected to grow rapidly in the smartphone segment, and it foresees consolidation of the brands over the next three to four years. "The share of smartphones is about 10 percent of the 185 million market. We expect it to touch 33 percent by 2015," said the Regional General Manager.  Read Original Content

Not content with taking the top spot in the consumer smartphone market worldwide, Samsung is turning its attention — and sizeable marketing budget — to the business-to-business (B2B) space after unveiling a global marketing campaign for business users called New Business Experience.  Read Original Content

With an aim to strengthen its dominance in the smartphone market, Indian handset maker Micromax has launched its much awaited 3D phone in the market.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics used to be a top player in the U.S. market, but its star has been eclipsed by Apple Samsung Electronics, HTC and others as the smartphone race has heated up. Now, however, the company is plotting a comeback via its partnership with AT&T Mobility to sell its high-end Optimus G Pro smartphone this month.  Read Original Content

Nokia officially unmasked its next high-end Lumia Windows Phone device, the Lumia 928, which appears destined for Verizon Wireless.  Read Original Content

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