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Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 28, 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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HTC Corp. warned it will likely slip into an operating loss in the third quarter, as the smartphone maker faces rising costs and inventories amid intensifying competition.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry's Secure Work Space is now available on the most popular operating system platforms in the mobile market. Android and iOS users can now use the new BlackBerry Enterprise Service add-on, which is known for its enterprise security features.  Read Original Content

Research firm Good Technologies found that among its corporate clients, the iPhone 5 was by far the most frequently activated device of any kind, and iPads represented 88 percent of all tablet activations.  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.

Current adoption rates for corporate app stores are less than 20 percent, although almost 80 percent of manufacturers are developing mobile applications, and at a more rapid rate than traditional applications.  Read Original Content

Nearly two thirds of the Australian population now owns a smartphone, according to new research from Google and marketing firm Ipsos.  From ownership rates of 37 percent in 2011, penetration has soared to 64.6 percent, driven by a slew of new models, slicker operating systems, better software, and improving networks.  Read Original Content
Apple Inc. reported a decline in profits for its third fiscal quarter, though the results came in ahead of Wall Street's estimates. For the period ended June 29, Apple reported net income of $6.9 billion compared with net income of $8.8 billion for the same period last year.  Read Original Content

The worldwide mobile phone market grew six percent in the second quarter of 2013. According to International Data Corporation, vendors shipped a total of 432.1 million mobile phones in the second quarter compared to 407.7 million units in the second quarter of 2012. The total was also slightly higher than the 428.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2013.  Read Original Content

According to several reports, the next version of Apple's mobile operating system suggests future iPhones will have biometric scanners that read fingerprints. A user could register his or her prints with the device and then place a thumb on the home button to unlock the phone.  Read Original Content

A variety of app developers and consumer advocates have agreed to test a voluntary code of conduct that would require participating app developers to offer short-form notices about whether their apps collect certain personal details from users — including health and social networking data — or share user-specific data with entities like advertising networks or consumer data resellers.  Read Original Content

Google will replace AT&T's Wi-Fi network with its own at more than 7,000 Starbucks locations around the U.S. The process will take about 18 months and will kick off next month. Once the changeover is complete, Google says Starbucks customers should see Wi-Fi speeds that are up to 10 times faster than they are today.  Read Original Content

A Vanson Bourne survey showed there is compelling end-user demand for sensitive corporate data and apps to be available on mobile devices. Eighty-seven percent of CIOs said their employees want more access to enterprise data and applications on their mobile devices, and 36 percent said there would be an increase in productivity across the business if key enterprise applications were mobilized.  Read Original Content

Google has officially launched the Google Play Games app, which will help Android gamers find friends based on their Google+ circles.  Read Original Content

The Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 beat out the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S with scores of 84 compared to 82 in the study from the American Customer Satisfaction Index at Michigan State. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is absent as the survey was completed in March 2013 ahead of the launch of the device.  Read Original Content

According to a GIA report, global Mobile App Store revenues are projected to reach $90 billion by 2018, primarily driven by growing mobile subscriber base, strong mobile broadband Internet penetration, and rising sales of smartphones and tablet phones.  Read Original Content

Following a similar release on the iPhone several months ago, Microsoft has released the official Office for 365 app for Android, as promised.  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.