Thursday, September 05, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 1, 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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Microsoft announced late Monday night that it will buy Nokia's mobile phone business. The $7.2 billion acquisition gives Microsoft control of the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, according to IDC. Read Original Content

Just hours after Microsoft stole the spotlight with the news it would acquire Nokia's phone making business, Apple took the limelight for itself. The next Apple smartphone, dubbed the iPhone 5S, is expected to be announced at an event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California on September 10. Read Original Content

The Enterprise Mobility Exchange, the leading provider of senior networking events, recently announced the launch of a new online resource hub for enterprise mobility practitioners and solution providers across the globe. The new Enterprise Mobility Exchange online portal provides cross-industry resources and webinars for those who are working within the fast-moving enterprise mobility world. Read Original Content

While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

Google is a long way from inhabiting your brain, but the company is building wearable computers and investing heavily in artificial intelligence development to move closer to the brain. Currently, Google Glass is expensive, geeky, and forces you to look up and to the right. But it can make what your smartphone can do more hands-free. Read Original Content

According to a study by Constant Contact, 66 percent of small businesses use mobile technology. That means 34 percent of small business don’t use (or support) mobile technologies! Read Original Content
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech sales figures indicate Windows Phone market share has reached an all time high of 8.2 percent across the five key European markets UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. In contrast, figures show BlackBerry now accounts for just 2.4 percent of sales across the five major European markets and 1.2 percent in the U.S. Read Original Content

IDC has trimmed its forecast for tablet-computer sales through 2017 as larger smartphones and wearable technology, such as Google Inc.’s Glass, also compete for consumers’ attention. Tablet shipments are still estimated to increase 58 percent this year, and unit sales will reach almost 407 million by 2017, IDC said. Read Original Content

Nokia has announced a complete Connected Driving offer, which will help car makers and in-vehicle technology suppliers connect the car and the driver to the cloud. Technology is rapidly transforming driving, with connectivity bringing the outside world to the car and the sensor revolution creating new possibilities for the automobile industry, Nokia said. Read Original Content

What can enterprise clients expect from Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone unit? Certainly, enterprises can expect an aggressive push by Microsoft in the enterprise mobility space, perhaps through bundling of its Windows Phone 8 smartphone with existing enterprise products, such as its ubiquitous PC operating system, Windows Server and Lync unified communications platform. Read Original Content

Samsung Knox smartphones will include mobile security software from Lookout to protect business users from mobile threats, the San Francisco company said Tuesday. The deal is part of Lookout’s plan to build and offer security products for businesses and enterprises. Read Original Content

Phablets, as the larger-than-a-smartphone, smaller-than-a-tablet hybrids are called, accounted for nearly a third of all smartphones shipped in India, according to research firm Cyber Media Research. Smartphone shipments rose to 9.2 million units compared with 2.8 million units in the same period last year. Read Original Content

According to research firm Gartner, worldwide smartphone sales reached 225 million units during the second quarter, up 46.5 percent from the year-ago period. During the same time, feature phone sales fell to 210 million units during the second quarter, down 21 percent compared to the year-ago period. Smartphones are now outselling feature phones. Read Original Content

The debate over which is better - native mobile apps or HTML or browser-based mobile apps - seems never ending. However, recent research shows that for certain classes of apps, especially those that depend on deep data integration and off-line file access, the answer is more clear cut. In the case of mobile business intelligence (BI) or mobile analytics (sometimes called mobile decision-support), a just-published Aberdeen Group study on Mobile Analytics found that given the current state-of-the-art in HTML5-based and native code-based apps, native has the upper hand. Read Original Content

Each week Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. This week's highlights include a shiny new version of Flickr for iPhone and the launch of Google Reader replacement Digg on Google Play. Read Original Content

While as much as 70 percent of PCs in use around the world have security tools installed on them, that's the case for just five percent of smartphones and tablets, according to Charles Kolodgy, an analyst at market researcher IDC. Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled a smart watch on Wednesday that works as an accessory to its market-leading Galaxy smartphone, with a small screen offering basic functions like photos, hands-free calls and instant messaging. Read Original Content

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