Thursday, November 07, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 3, 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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Samsung tablets have edged out iPads for the first time in JD Power's biannual customer-satisfaction survey, although some observers say the results don't quite add up.  Samsung topped JD Power's rankings with a score of 835 out of 1,000, narrowly beating out Apple's 833. Amazon was third in customer satisfaction at 826, followed by Asus and Acer.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry is off the market, but that doesn’t mean it has been purchased.  The Canadian smartphone maker says it will receive a $1 billion investment from Fairfax Financial and other investors, representing the conclusion of its process of seeking strategic alternatives for taking the company forward.  Read Original Content

Samsung's sales per quarter have reached 90 million for the first time. This means Samsung Electronics has beat Apple with over 50 million units of sale. On the other hand, China’s Huawei is now in the third place after LG electronics showed some slowdown in sales in its third quarter smartphone sales.  Read Original Content

Magic Software Enterprises, with a presence in more than 50 countries, provides development, deployment, and integration of core business applications, supporting scalable deployment on multiple channels, including on-premise, Web (HTML5), rich Internet, mobile, and SaaS. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Magic Software Enterprises.

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp said it plans to slash costs by nearly a quarter and sell cheaper devices in a bid to bounce back to profit in October-December.  Under pressure in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics, the company warned revenue for the fourth quarter will fall up to 15 percent from the previous quarter, slipping below analysts' estimates.  Read Original Content

As of the third quarter of 2013, the Android operating system controls 81 percent of the smartphone market, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. This is an improvement over the 75 percent market share Android garnered during the same quarter last year. Read Original Content
A new report from Research and Markets titled, “Global Security Analytics Market to 2018” forecasts the global security analytics market will grow from $1.96 billion in 2013 to $3.22 billion in 2018. This represents a compound annual growth rate compound annual growth rate of 10.4 percent from 2013 to 2018.  Read Original Content

See it, scan it, shop it, will be the mantra of tech-savvy mobile customers this holiday season at Macy's with the upcoming integration of NantMobile's iD visual recognition technology. The new Macy's Star Gifts app, powered by iD, empowers mobile shoppers everywhere to leverage visual recognition technology to purchase items from Macy's Star Gifts assortment while on the go.  Read Original Content

Johmani Ventures, the UAE’s first personally funded venture capital for entrepreneurial ideas, has launched the world’s first multilingual mobile app maker at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland.  Read Original Content

Apple's iPad Air hit store shelves on November 1. The device's main point of appeal might just be its footprint: The device weighs just one pound and is 7.5 millimeters thick, making it 20 percent thinner than its predecessor. Apple says its iPad Air is the most advanced tablet it has ever released. Read Original Content

NQ Mobile is a leading global provider of mobile Internet services. As of December 31, 2012, the company maintains a large, global user base of approximately 283.4 million registered user accounts and 97.7 million monthly active user accounts in its consumer mobile security business, 67.4 million registered user accounts and 12.5 million monthly active user accounts in its mobile games and advertising business, and over 1,200 enterprise customers in China in its enterprise mobility business.  Read Original Content

Newly released social network and wine tasting app Wine Trail Adventures, is already starting to have a big impact on how wineries are marketing their winery, and how they are using social media. With their account, wineries are able to brand the message that wine tasters read about their winery, communicate directly with followers of their winery and the people that are visiting their tasting rooms, and get real time reports and analytics about the people that are tasting their wines.  Read Original Content

Sprint has activated 4G LTE service in 45 more markets to provide an enhanced customer experience with faster data speeds in more places where customers use their mobile device to access the Internet, upload photos, watch videos and check social networking sites.  Read Original Content

AT&T is exploring plans for a potential takeover of Vodafone sometime next year, according to a Bloomberg report, adding further fuel to the idea that AT&T is interested in a major deal with a European operator.  Read Original Content

As part of its strategy to help organizations enhance their customer experience and take advantage of social networks, SAP announced the availability of four applications related to customer engagement intelligence and one application for fraud management, powered by the SAP HANA® platform for Big Data.  Read Original Content

Just about two weeks ago, Apple released its third iOS 7 update in iOS 7.0.3, an update it provided to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users running iOS 7. The update, a massive bug fix update and one that brought iCloud Keychain along with it, has come under fire thanks to an assortment of bugs users are dealing with. Here, we take a look at how our experience with iOS 7.0.3 on the iPhone 5 has been over the past two weeks. Read Original Content

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Whitepapers of Note

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A Smarter Way to Integrate and Mobilize Oracle JD Edwards Applications
Strategies for Cross-Platform Deployment of Enterprise Applications


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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.