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Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 30, 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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AT&T Mobility has greatly increased its 4G LTE coverage by launching service in more than 30 markets. Days after Verizon Wireless nearly completed its LTE by launching in its 500th market, AT&T added several dozen new areas to its list of 4G markets that already tops 200.  Read Original Content

Microsoft is preparing to launch a new version of its Dynamics Customer Relationship Management software that will include improved mobile applications and integrations with Yammer, Skype and the company's MarketingPilot marketing automation software.  Read Original Content

Apple gained smartphone market share in the U.S. in May while Android gained share in the EU5 (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) and China based on Kantar’s most recent survey.  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.

According to Strategy Analytics, India overtook Japan to become the world’s third largest smartphone market by volume for the first time ever in the first quarter of 2013 with Samsung, Micromax, and Apple among the major brands leading the market.  Read Original Content

Customers in Spain can now pick up a ZTE Open, the first smartphone on the market running Mozilla’s open-source mobile operating system Firefox OS.  Read Original Content
Eighty percent of mobile usage is via native apps as opposed to mobile websites, and that’s hardly surprising. The superior user experience and the unique opportunities native apps offer for developers will ensure native apps prevail for a long time.  Read Original Content

The number of large enterprises launching their own mobile app stores is on pace to grow at double-digit rates through 2018, according to a new ABI Research forecast.  Read Original Content

Lenovo, the world’s second largest PC company, has signed a strategic partnership with Axiom Telecom, the UAE’s largest mobile retailer and distributor. The deal will give Lenovo a powerful platform to significantly increase its share of the UAE’s burgeoning smartphone market.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry’s May quarter was a disaster. The company posted a surprise loss and shed four million subscribers despite the availability of both its new BlackBerry 10 flagship phones. BlackBerry shares have plummeted more than 25 percent, and analyst downgrades are coming in one after the other.  Read Original Content

A new study from market research firm ABI Research reveals the average U.S. implied subsidy for Samsung devices is 84 percent. In contrast, Apple has a 74 percent average implied subsidy and HTC has an 80 percent implied subsidy.  Read Original Content

New research from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that, for the first time since they hit the market, a majority of Americans own a smartphone.  Pew found that 56 percent of American adults own a smartphone device of some kind.  Read Original Content

According to a research firm IDC, due to a lower than expected slowdown in the smartphone, the Western European mobile phone market shrank in the first quarter of 2013 shipments. The total shipments dropped 4.2 percent year over year to 43.6 million units.  Read Original Content

ZTE Corp., the largest Chinese handset maker, plans to sell more smartphones directly through retailers in Europe to improve its brand awareness, the company’s head of mobile phones said in an interview.  Read Original Content

Google Inc. is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets.  Read Original Content

The FCC voted to require wireless carriers to protect and safeguard subscribers' information that sits on their smartphones and other mobile devices. In a declaratory ruling, the commission said carriers must take "reasonable precautions" to prevent the unauthorized disclosures of what is known as customer proprietary network information.  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.