Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 9, 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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IDC projects shipments of “smart connect devices” will grow to 1.7 billion units in 2014.  China, India, Brazil, and Russia are expected to generate shipments of 662 million units valued at more than $206 billion, while the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan will account for more than 650 million units valued at $204 billion.  Read Original Content

The Wall Street Journal reports that Lenovo “is in preliminary talks with ‘multiple parties’ about a possible joint venture in smartphones” as a way to offset the global decline in PC sales. What makes Lenovo particularly interesting is that it’s been the only major Windows OEM to weather the collapse of the PC industry so far.  Read Original Content

The mobile device management market is rapidly being commoditized and could very likely be consumed by emerging technologies that focus on mobile application security, according to Gartner.  Read Original Content

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Lenovo recently announced that as many as six smartphones including the flagship K900, ranging between Rs 8,000 and Rs 35,000 will soon be introduced into the Indian market. The company is now looking at various price points for its smartphones and is working on introducing its entry level phones in the sub-Rs 5,000 category in India, the HinduBusinessLine reports.  Read Original Content

CCS Insight expects 983 million smartphones to be sold in 2013, accounting for over half of the total mobile phone market.  Read Original Content
HTC is preparing to release a smaller version of its flagship One handset this summer, according to two people familiar with the matter.  The new model features a 4.3-inch screen, compared with 4.7 inches for the original version and will go on sale by August.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics Co lost $12 billion in market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone.  Read Original Content

Apple is launching a program that will allow customers to trade in their old iPhones at the company's retail stores. In exchange for an old iPhone, those customers will be able to receive an immediate discount on a new iPhone 5.  Read Original Content reports the Windows Phone is now the top OS in Finland. They found Windows Phone currently has 35 percent of new sales, ahead of Android at 33 percent and iOS at 30 percent.  Read Original Content

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of mobile application downloads worldwide doubled during 2012 and reached 60.1 billion, up from 29.5 billion in 2011. The growth will continue and annual downloads will reach 108 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content

Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project conducted a survey of 2,252 adults and found that 55 percent of cell phone owners indicated they owned a smartphone, and 58 percent said that their phone operated on a smartphone platform common to the U.S. market (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone).  Read Original Content

At Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives unveiled new operating systems, iOS 7 for i-devices and OS X Mavericks for Macs, as well as a new version of its MacBook Air and a sneak peek at the next MacBook Pro.  Read Original Content

In this article, Forbes provides a roundup of mobile apps and app store forecasts that reflects the urgency all enterprises, including manufacturers, have to get results from their mobility strategies. Read Original Content

At WWDC, Apple announced the anticipated launch of iTunes Radio, a music streaming service built into iOS 7. We already knew that iTunes Radio would incorporate iAds into the product. But Apple told everyone watching WWDC that there would be a way to listen to iTunes Radio sans ads. All users have to do is subscribe to iTunes Match.  Read Original Content

According to a report by the IDC, the average selling price of a smartphone has dropped to $372 in 2013, mostly owing to high demand from emerging markets. The average sale prices for smartphones fell from $443 in 2011 to $407 in 2012.  Read Original Content

Chinese computer maker Lenovo is working up plans to enter the Western European smartphone market in 2014, with Africa and West Asia already in its sights for the middle of this year.  Read Original Content

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