Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 23, 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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ABI Research projects the mobile app market will value at $27 billion in 2013, as mobile apps continue to be a critical factor in the battle between the mobile OS. BlackBerry and Windows are slowly augmenting their apps catalogue as they compete for the 3rd ecosystem, but are still far behind Apple and Android.  Read Original Content

Samsung continues to lead the Indian smartphone market both in unit sales as well as value, while rival Apple was elbowed out of top five in the first quarter (January - March) of 2013, according to IDC.  Read Original Content

Sony unveiled a string of new products, positioning the company to disrupt the smartphone and tablet markets in a big way.  The Xperia Tablet Z is a bright new contender in the 10-inch tablet market while the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra is poised to compete in the high-end smartphone market.  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.

Lenovo plans to expand into the smartphone market as the PC market declines, and has announced they're in talks with an un-named manufacturer to aid that expansion. Anonymous sources tell Reuters, that partner is NEC Corporation.  Read Original Content

Riding on the success of its latest flagship smartphone, HTC chief executive Peter Chou believes the company can increase its smartphone market share threefold in the near future.  Read Original Content
Worldwide devices (the combined shipments of PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.35 billion units in 2013, a 5.9 percent increase from 2012, according to Gartner.  Read Original Content

ZTE, the world's fifth largest smartphone maker, is aggressively moving into the higher end of the market for mobile gadgets with more 4G shipments.  Read Original Content

Huawei says its new smartphone, the Ascend P6, measuring 6.18 mm in thickness, is the world's slimmest smartphone. With the successful launch of its latest smartphone, the Shenzhen-based company plans to take on its biggest rivals in the market, Apple and Samsung.  Read Original Content

ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd., the leading provider of automated mobile workforce management and optimization solutions for the service industry, today announced that six of its enterprise-level business apps are now SAP-certified mobile apps.  Read Original Content

According to Berg Insights, sales of quad-core smartphones reached 40 million units in 2012 and sales of dual-core smartphones accelerated in 2012, reaching an estimated 250 million units, up from 70 million units in 2011.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry launched a service allowing government agencies and corporate clients to secure and manage devices powered by Google Inc's Android platform and Apple Inc's iOS operating system. The new Secure Work Space feature will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.  Read Original Content

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said the company has sold out of the HTC First, the first smartphone to preload Facebook's much-maligned Home launcher for Google's Android.  Read Original Content

Sony unveiled one of the largest smartphones of all time: the Xperia Z Ultra, with a 6.4-inch screen.  The latest device to blur the line between smartphones and tablets, the phone features the largest 1080p HD display ever on a smartphone, according to Sony.  Read Original Content

More than half of U.S. workers would prefer a root canal than to work during vacation, but they cave in to bosses' demands by using mobile technology on their down time, a new Harris poll showed.  Read Original Content

Microsoft is bringing its Xbox and PC games to smartphones according to the Nikkei.  Through a licensing deal with Japanese app developer Klab Inc. the Xbox maker will bring old console and PC titles to iPhone and Android-based devices.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.