Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 22, 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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Apple confirmed it sold a record number of new iPhones over the opening launch weekend for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Exceeding even the most optimistic of analyst expectations, Apple sold nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models in their first three days of availability.  Read Original Content

Back in November 2012, mobile sharing in the UK stood at 28 percent but, thanks to the proliferation and adoption of smartphones and tablets, that figure has now increased to 50 percent making the UK the country that shares most via mobile.  Read Original Content

For the first time in Australia and New Zealand, since the first quarter this year, all three mobile device markets – notebooks, tablets and mobile phones – declined for two consecutive quarters, according to the latest report from IDC.  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.  To learn more about SMAC and Cognizant please visit  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

The global smartphone shipment volume will reach nearly 2 billion units in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate of 18.7 percent for the period 2012 - 2018, according to Taiwan'sMarket Intelligence & Consulting Institute. Among all mobile platforms, Android continues to account for the largest share of around 76.4 percent in 2013.  Read Original Content

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives prefer Apple's iPhone to competitor BlackBerry by over twice as much. According to a survey conducted by Meet the Press, 58 percent of the House uses an iPhone, compared to 23 percent who use a BlackBerry.  Read Original Content
For the first time since the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project began tracking smartphone penetration, that device category has achieved a majority share among American cell phone owners. As of May 2013, 56 percent of cell phone-owning American adults own a smartphone, up from nearly 10 points from February 2012 and more than 20 points from May of 2011.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics, the world's best-selling smartphone maker, is planning to launch handsets with curved displays. The new devices will have plastic light-emitting diode panels, the company said at a Galaxy Note 3 launch event in Seoul. "We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October," said DJ Lee, Samsung's head of strategic marketing for mobile. Read Original Content

Federal-Mogul has introduced a new, free mobile app designed to help automotive service providers increase operational efficiency, sales and customer satisfaction. The new “SmartChoice Mobile” app enables shop owners, service writers and professional technicians to use their iPhone or Android devices to instantly access the latest parts information for virtually any passenger car or light truck.  Read Original Content

In a bid to tap into the growing market for mobile cloud services, IBM and Deutsche Telekom have announced a partnership that will see IBM’s Mobile First platform offered to small and medium sized businesses via Deutsche Telekom’s cloud-based developer ecosystem, Developer Garden.  Read Original Content

CU Wallet, a mobile payments technology provider, has launched a credit union-centric mobile wallet application. Since the announcement of the product, 15 credit unions have signed an agreement with CU Wallet, the company said.  Read Original Content

Ericsson is announcing what it calls the Radio Dot System, a disk-shaped small cell that can fit in the palm of a person's hand and be placed on walls or ceilings to boost indoor voice and data coverage.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry Ltd. reached a tentative agreement for a $4.7 billion buyout by a group led by its biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., forging a path to go private after years of losing ground to Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Google Inc.’s Android.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry said it will cut 4, 500 jobs, or 40 percent of its workforce, and previewed extremely weak quarterly results ahead of its next earnings announcement, which is due September 27.  Read Original Content

Amazon is rolling out a revamped version of its Android-based Fire mobile operating system in tandem with new editions of its Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets.   Amazon also will now offer 4G services from Verizon Wireless on its new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry announced that Tech Data Corporation will now feature BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, BlackBerry's multi-platform Enterprise Mobility Management solution, as part of its enterprise offerings for channel partners in the United States. The offering expands upon a long-standing relationship between the two companies.  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.