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Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 25, 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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For the first time Apple stores will soon let iPhone owners trade in their old phones for credit toward a new one.  According to the blog MacRumors, several sources say Apple store employees are currently being trained on the new program, which could go into effect around Apple's September 10 event, when new iPhones are expected to be introduced.  Read Original Content

Four new smartphone OSes intend to challenge Apple and Google's dominant position. Mozilla's Firefox OS is the first out of the gate, but Canonical, Samsung Electronics and Intel, as well as Finnish upstart Jolla Mobile, are also getting their alternatives ready.  Read Original Content

Data compiled by Strategy Analytics reveals HTC is continuing to lose ground in the LTE segment of the smartphone market. Its market share has considerably dropped over the last couple of years and the company now stands behind Samsung, Apple, Sony and LG in this particular segment of the smartphone market.  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.

Mobile Cloud Labs Plc., developers of high-quality applications for smartphones, handheld devices and portable computers, has announced the release of Camera for Facebook; a new Android application, which is designed for Android devices version 3.1 or newer, that allows users to automatically add photos to their Facebook album instantly as they take them.  Read Original Content

Measuring the machine-to-machine market in mobile is notoriously difficult because there is no standard, industry-accepted method of reporting M2M statistics. However, according to an analysis and estimates by research firm Current Analysis, AT&T Mobility leads the market with fully 14.7 million M2M connections.  Read Original Content
ABI Research analysts estimate the current mobile security management market will total $560 million by the end of 2013 globally.  Read Original Content

The tremendous potential of enterprise mobility to assist warfighters in the execution of their missions is undeniable and readily recognized. That’s why the Department of Defense has made enterprise mobility one of the armed forces’ top technology priorities. But the highly sensitive nature of defense enterprise information systems presents several challenges to building a flexible, easy-to-use solution. Read Original Content

MobileIron, a security and management specialist for mobile apps, content and devices, has announced the availability of Anyware, a cloud-based solution for enterprise mobility management that features personalized app and content catalogs, one-touch configuration, and app ratings and recommendations. Read Original Content

We're less than a month from getting our hands on the iPhone 5S, the next generation iPhone, and the iPhone 5C, the new, cheaper and more colorful plastic-cased handset, according to a report in Japan's Nikkei, relayed by BGR's Zach Epstein.  Read Original Content

International Data Corp., said Nokia’s sales of smartphones in Western Europe totaled 1.8 million devices in the second quarter of this year, an 11 percent decline from a year earlier, giving it a distant fifth position among the region’s smartphone brands.  Read Original Content

Smartphone market leader Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Golden – a flip-phone dual screen smartphone. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean device has two 3.7-inch displays. It has a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.  Read Original Content

South Korea's Samsung Electronics has confirmed it will offer a smart watch wearable computer to consumers, but hasn't committed to a release date.  Samsung will announce the Galaxy Gear smart watch Sept. 4 in Berlin ahead of the IFA trade show, an executive told The Korea Times.  Read Original Content

ZTE, which was plagued last year by unprofitable telecom projects in markets like Africa and thinning margins in the highly competitive smartphone sector, is banking on cost cuts - such as a self-imposed 50 percent pay cut by senior executives - and Chinese mobile carriers laying 4G networks for its turnaround this year, analysts said.  Read Original Content

According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, one in 10 Americans lacks high-speed broadband at home but owns a smartphone. Smartphones offer "a potential source of online access to individuals who might otherwise lack the ability to go online at all from within the home, even if that access is somewhat limited in comparison," the research center said.  Read Original Content

According to a report from The Verge, Nokia will soon announce a tablet running Microsoft's Windows RT operating system that will sport Nokia's Lumia design. The device, codenamed "Sirius," will feature a 10.1-inch screen, LTE, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor and pricing similar to Apple's iPad.  Read Original Content

According to a Nieslen survey, approximately 78 percent of parents with tablets admitted they let their kids under the age of 11 use their tablets at home.  More than half of parents (54 percent) who let their kids use their tablets at home replied that their children used tablets for educational purposes.  Read Original Content

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