Thursday, November 28, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 24, 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 a recently published mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass one billion units in 2013, representing 39.3 percent growth over 2012. Read Original Content

Apple has purchased PrimeSense, an Israeli firm that specializes in making 3D motion detection technology. PrimeSense is best known for developing gesture control for Microsoft's Kinect sensor, and has made strides towards bringing the technology to mobile.  Apple's deal is likely to spark speculation about its plans to develop new products such as Apple TV.  Read Original Content

According to a Radicati Group study the Enterprise Mobility Management market will reach $838 million by year-end 2013 and grow to over $3.1 billion by 2017, as more enterprises seek to protect and manage an increasingly mobile workforce.  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.

Apple's enterprise offerings with iOS 7 are "not terribly innovative" compared with services currently offered by enterprise mobility management firms, opening the enterprise door to Microsoft and its Windows Phone platform, judges ABI Research senior analyst Jason McNicol.  Read Original Content

Recently, ABI Research published a report titled "iOS 7 and Windows Phone 8 for Enterprise," which examines how the iOS 7 software update will impact enterprise adoption of iPhones, and how current and future iterations of Windows Phone can accelerate business adoption of Microsoft’s mobility platform.  Read Original Content
Samsung currently dominates the African smartphone market, recording a 52.1 percent unit share for the second quarter of 2013, a report by International Data Corporation has said.  Read Original Content

Market research firm NPD DisplaySearch predicts it will take less than five years for smartphones to make up over 80 percent of all mobile phone sales. The firm predicts 1.8 billion smartphones will be shipped in the year 2017, making up 82 percent of global mobile phone shipments.  Read Original Content

Smartphone sales have boosted Latin American mobile market revenues in 2012, although mobile broadband penetration is still limited due to high prices and low service quality.  Read Original Content

Google-owned Motorola Mobility moved recently to shake up the global smartphone market with an entry-level handset aimed at cost-sensitive consumers around the world, many in emerging markets. The new Moto G handset will sell at less than $200 without a contract in the U.S. market and, around the world, will be around one-third the price of top-line Apple iPhones and Samsung devices, the company said.  Read Original Content

Russia is one of the fastest growing markets in the mobile gaming industry, beaten only by the U.S. and China, reveals the Live Mobile! Congress.  The country’s application market is expected to continue its expansion, with tablet apps projected to grow 109 percent between now and 2016. This is compared to a predicted global growth of 86 percent.  Read Original Content

According analysts at ABI Research, Android smartphone OEMs are taking advantage of a solid presence among consumers and mobile business users to drive more business entity smartphone purchases and expand use in the enterprise.  ABI Research predicts shipment revenues from Android smartphones used by mobile business customers will grow from $54 billion in 2013 to over $92 billion globally by the end of 2018. Read Original Content

Global smartphone sales are still going strong; 250 million smartphones were sold in the third quarter, up 46 percent year-over-year. The Asia-Pacific region is still leading the pack with an impressive 77 percent rise in smartphone sales. Indeed, smartphones seem ubiquitous in many parts of Asia. Globally, total mobile phones sales are set to reach 1.81 billion units for the year according to Gartner's most recent report. Read Original Content

Goldman Small Cap Research, a stock market research firm focused on the small cap and microcap sectors, notes that last week, there was a mega deal in the sports mobile app space as apparel giant Under Armour agreed to buy MapMyFitness for $150 million.  Read Original Content

Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens, located at more than 400 Walgreens stores nationwide, and iTriage, a market leader and rapidly growing consumer health care technology company, announced the launch of a nationwide mobile appointment scheduling app. The expanded free mobile service, previously piloted in Denver and Chicago, is now available to patients in Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens markets across the U.S.  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.