Thursday, October 03, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 29, 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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According to figures out from researchers Kantar WorldPanel ComTech, Android featured on just over 70 percent of smartphones sold in the three months to August across Europe's five biggest markets: Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Equally unsurprisingly, iOS is in second position with 16 percent of the smartphone market in Europe – a year on year rise of around two percentage points for both operating systems.  Read Original Content

Sony is gearing up for an ambitious sales plan that it hopes will see it ship 65 million smartphones during fiscal 2014.  Citing supply chain sources, DigiTimes reports Sony is gearing up to boost its smartphone production orders by 55 percent year on year, with the company set to produce 16.25 million units per quarter.  Read Original Content

This summer Verizon saw its share of the smartphone market grow to 37 percent, while AT&T and T-Mobile saw their shares shrink year over year. A big factor was the iPhone’s increasing popularity among Verizon’s customers.  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 http://www.cognizant.com/futureofwork/smac.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

Mobile application marketing costs increased six percent in August, reaching their highest recorded level to date, mobile user acquisition platform Fiksu reports.  Fiksu's Cost per Loyal User Index, which measures the cost of acquiring a loyal user for brands that proactively market their apps, increased to $1.90 in August, up 10 cents month over month.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence, the leading enterprise backend-as-a-service platform, announced the general availability of its fifth generation release. The solution includes several industry firsts such as instant starter applications and in-browser native app previews. All of the new features are designed to help developers build cross-platform enterprise applications faster than ever before.  Read Original Content
In Latin America, 83 percent of consumers plan to buy products and services through their mobile devices, according to research from SAP. The study was conducted among 12,424 people in 17 countries in Latin America. It found that in the last year in Latin America, 24 percent of respondents made purchases over the Internet on mobile phones or tablets, 11 percent bought via mobile application and eight percent bought some product through SMS.  Read Original Content

According to ABI Research, by the end of 2013 the number of mobile apps downloads will reach 56 billion and the worldwide online app market will grow from approximately $6.8 billion in 2010 to $25 billion by 2013.  Read Original Content

Android remains the dominant smartphone platform in Australia. However, its rivals are gaining ground according to new Kantar Worldpanel figures.  The figures show Android was the most popular smartphone platform in the quarter to August 2013, claiming 62.1 percent of the market.  The figures are good news for Apple, which grew its slice of the Australian smartphone market to 28.7 percent from 25.8 percent a year ago.  Read Original Content

Ultra-Low cost smartphone shipment is expected to reach 200 million units by 2018, according to a report from Juniper Research.  According to the report, the market for ultra-low cost smartphones is expected to occupy majority shares in the emerging markets in the future and its shipments would reach 10 million units in 2014.  Read Original Content

Motorola Solutions has unveiled a ruggedized device based on Android for the enterprise market that blends the capabilities of a smartphone with those of a traditional enterprise PDA. It also said that the version of Android it runs would be available as an upgrade for existing Motorola devices.  Read Original Content

Apple Inc.’s smartphone shares appear to have risen approximately 10 percent in the early days of the iPhone 5S and 5C launch, according to surveys done by Raymond James. Analysts Tavis McCourt and Daniel Toomey said they surveyed more than 500 people between September 16 and 17.  Read Original Content

SAP AG has released a new study that suggests consumers are ready to embrace a new generation of mobile commerce services. The study was conducted in 17 countries and found that eight out of 10 consumers are asking for more mobile interactions with financial service firms, telecommunications companies, retailers, utilities, and other businesses.  Read Original Content

Annual downloads from mobile application stores will surge dramatically this year amid growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers, according to a market intelligence and advisory firm. Downloads from such stores are expected to total 102 billion for 2013, up from 64 billion in 2012, Gartner said in a recent note.  Read Original Content

According to a new technical market research report, the global market for mobile applications was valued at $6.5 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $8.6 billion by 2013. BCC Research projects the market to grow to $16.3 billion in 2018, and register a five year compound annual growth rate of 13.7 percent from 2013 to 2018.  Read Original Content

VDC Research found the market for mobile devices deployed by business and government users will grow to $138.6 billion and 306.9 million units in 2017 from $116.2 billion and 220.4 million units in 2012.  Read Original Content

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