Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 7, 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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Recently, the trend of the bigger the smartphone screen the better has begun to reverse. Samsung and BlackBerry released mini versions of their top-of-the-line smartphones and Apple and HTC are rumored to follow suit. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini has a 4.3-inch screen, which shaves off more than a half-inch off its larger version.  Read Original Content

The augmented reality apps market poses several challenges and opportunities. ABI Research forecasts developers’ investment in Augmented Reality applications will touch $2.5 billion in 2018 from around $670 million in 2013.  Read Original Content

Corporate information-technology departments have long wanted a third alternative to Apple’s iPhones and devices based on Google’s Android operating system, to ensure innovation and price competition. Yet many businesses are dropping support for BlackBerry as employees flock to touch-screen devices from Apple and Samsung.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Technology giant HP is looking at re-entering the smartphone race and is working on launching a new device that will offer a "differentiated experience" to consumers, according to the Indian Express.  Read Original Content

Korean electronics company LG, which has been reworking its mobile phone business in the country, has set a target of doubling its market share in the Indian smartphone segment to 10 percent by the end of next year.  Read Original Content

Nokia is expected to launch a follow-up to its 41-megapixel 808 PureView running Windows Phone on July 11, a move that will give the struggling phone vendor a much needed boost, according to one analyst. The smartphone, now rumored to be named the Lumia 1020, has been a long time coming.  Read Original Content
Samsung is forecasting lower than expected profits for its second quarter, prompting wider concerns that the smartphone market is becoming saturated. Samsung said sales for the three months ended in June would be approximately $8.3 billion. Read Original Content

HTC Corp. posted an 83 percent decline in second-quarter net profit, missing analyst estimates, as the Taiwanese smartphone maker works on a difficult recovery from the first quarter's record-low profit.  Read Original Content

Google's $12.5 billion acquisition, Motorola, is finally ready to deliver a product.
Motorola started advertising the Moto X, its mid-range smartphone, which will compete with the iPhone, HTC One, and Galaxy S4.  Read Original Content

Expanding on a collaboration with a proven track record of success, LG Electronics, Inc., Qualcomm Incorporated, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has announced the successor to the award-winning LG Optimus will utilize Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the industry’s most advanced mobile chipset.  Read Original Content

According to Grey market vendors, the Samsung Galaxy 2 was the best-selling smartphone last week, beating out Apple’s iPhone 5.  Read Original Content

LG launched its Optimus G Pro smartphone in India. The phablet runs on Android Jellybean operating system, and is powered by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core processor. It has a 5.5 inch Full HD IPS Plus LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 400ppi. Read Original Content

Google's Motorola Mobility said that customers would be able to customize its forthcoming Moto X smartphone to their liking. Although the company didn't provide any other details about the phone – including how it can be customized, what it will look like, when it will launch and how much it will cost – the company is embarking on a major new advertising campaign for the device.  Read Original Content

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his leadership team are moving to implement sweeping changes to the way iPhones are sold and marketed in order to deflect competition from smartphones running Google’s Android operating system.  Read Original Content

T-Mobile US' ability to finally sell the Apple iPhone to its subscribers helped boost the Apple iOS platform's market share by 3.5 percent during the three months ending in May, according to new research from Kantar Worldpanel.  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.