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Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 11, 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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Even though the Z10 and Q10 phones were both on sale in the second quarter, BlackBerry shipments are down in an up market. Who’s reaping the benefit? Microsoft’s Windows Phone, which surpassed BlackBerry 10 shipments from April to June around the world.  Read Original Content

Research firm IDC indicates Apple's share of the smartphone market decreased from 16.6 percent a year ago to 13.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, a decline the firm attributed to the fact that Apple hasn't released a new iPhone in close to a year.  Read Original Content

Apple will unveil the latest version of its iPhone on September 10, according to All Things D, the Wall Street Journal-affiliated tech blog that has a solid track record for reporting inside Apple information.  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.

Norwegian officials have confirmed they are refusing to let Apple take aerial photographs of Oslo to create 3D images for its Maps app.  Read Original Content

In a study released by research company IDC, second quarter sales of Android based phones climbed to 79.3 percent, while Apple's iOS slipped to 13.2 percent.  Read Original Content
Following an interesting development, it is now possible for users to discover, download and subsequently install HTML5 web applications in the Amazon Appstore. The popular online retailer launched web app support in the Mobile Appl Distribution Program.  Read Original Content

The U.S. mobile data market grew four percent quarter over quarter and 14 percent year-over-year to reach $21 billion in mobile data revenues. Data is now 46 percent of the U.S. mobile industry service revenues, and as we had forecasted a few years back, the crossover point of 50 percent might occur later this year. For the year 2013, we are expecting $90 billion in mobile data service revenues for the U.S. market.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry, once the global leader in smartphone technology, has put itself up for sale after years of falling sales and failed revamps. The company previously known as Research in Motion announced it had decided to "explore strategic alternatives". Buyers are being sought, though the company could also go private or be broken up. Few analysts expect a turnaround.  Read Original Content

In a remarkably rapid ascension, media tablets in 2014 will become the world’s fourth-largest application for semiconductors, up from 35th in 2010, rising in just four short years from obscurity to a level rivaling the position of powerhouse chip markets like mobile handsets and PCs, according to information and analytics provider IHS.  Read Original Content

Beddit, a Finnish company that produces sleep-tracking devices for researchers and athletes, is to bring a mattress sensor and mobile app to the consumer market.  The sensor, thin enough to be placed under a sheet, tracks the user’s heart rate, breathing rhythm and movement while they sleep, as well as the noise and light in their bedroom.  Read Original Content

According to Toni Sacconaghi of Sanford C. Bernstein, “the used smartphone market is poised to explode.” It is estimated the market will see a growth “from 53 million to 257 million units over the next 5 years.” With these calculations, used phones will “cannibalize” eight percent of total new smartphone sales by 2018. In 2012, the used phone sales were three percent.  Read Original Content

Huawei and Ericsson lead their vendor peers in terms of capturing LTE network contracts, but the entire market is expected to continue growing amid a boom in LTE deployments worldwide, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media.  Read Original Content

Facebook has acquired the team and technology of Pittsburgh’s Mobile Technologies, a speech recognition and machine translation startup that developed the app Jibbigo. From voice search to translated News Feed posts, Facebook could to a lot with this technology.  Read Original Content

A U.S. trade agency has issued an import ban that prevents Apple’s chief competitor, Samsung Electronics Co., from selling devices in the U.S. that infringe on two Apple patents.  Read Original Content

LG has finally, officially, shown off the G2 smartphone it's been talking so much about. The G2 is the company's new flagship, the first without the Optimus branding. It's coming to more than 130 carriers around the world, including all four major American carriers.  Read Original Content

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