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Mobility News Weekly – Week of December 15, 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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“More email is read on mobile devices than desktops and there’s no signs of it slowing down,” Brennan Carlson, SVP of Product & Strategy at Lyris, says. “By 2017 it’s predicted that 78 percent of US email users will access email via mobile. To successfully reach the always connected customer, marketers will master mobile optimization in 2014.”  Read Original Content

Mobile ad network Tapjoy has just published a new report highlighting the mobile habits of holiday travelers. They found that, “Mobile devices are an integral part of the consumer travel experience.  Whether looking for a deal or booking a trip, travelers are commanding 20 percent of smartphone and tablet Internet traffic, and that statistic will grow as they plan out their trips for the holiday season.”  Read Original Content

Independent research commissioned by mobile solutions company Peak-Ryzex has revealed 85 percent of IT decision makers see mobile computing as having the greatest benefit in customer service, with 45 percent of those surveyed already using mobile computing for competitive advantage.  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.

Five years ago, the Australian Smartphone App Developers industry barely existed. Since then, the industry is estimated to grow at an annualized 85.2 percent over the five years through 2013-2014 to $391.9 million.  Read Original Content

After great success in the smartphone market, Samsung is now pushing forward to smartphone accessories, in this case, a peripheral. It has announced the Smartphone GamePad wireless game controller for smartphones and tablets running Android 4.1, with Bluetooth connectivity.  Read Original Content
Nokia Corporation and BlackBerry Ltd still have strong brands in the developing world according to a recent survey. Smartphone market research firm Jana asked 2,500 people which smartphone they would most like to own if price wasn’t an issue, and the two fading brands fared better than you would expect based on their European and North American sales.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry has announced PSA Peugeot Citroen will deploy 10,000 BlackBerry Z10 smartphones for its operations in France and Spain, and is migrating to BlackBerry's Enterprise Mobility Management solution - BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.  Read Original Content

Nielsen recently published a range of year-end data. Among other things the measurement firm said 65 percent of American cell phone users now own smartphones. By comparison comScore says the figure is 62 percent. Regardless, it means there are now more than 150 million smartphone users in the US.  Read Original Content

Sixty-eight percent of Americans are expected to own an iPhone when the smartphone market reaches its saturation point in 2017, according to new research done by Asymco analyst Horace Dediu.  Read Original Content

As Nokia prepares to pass the torch to Microsoft and exit the handset business, the struggling smartphone maker is finally gaining some momentum. Lumia smartphone shipments grew 19 percent on-year in Nokia’s most recent quarter, thanks largely to volume growth among Nokia’s low-end smartphones geared toward emerging markets.  Read Original Content

According to Adobe’s Digital Index 2013 online shopping data for Cyber Monday, online sales for the day increased by 16 percent year-over-year to $2.29 billion. A record 18.3 percent of sales came from mobile devices, an increase of 80 percent. Tablets generated the majority of mobile driven sales at 12.7 percent of total online sales.  Read Original Content

Enterprise software buying is increasingly shaped by the Nexus of Forces, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that technology providers must realize the disruptive forces of cloud, information, mobile and social will reach mainstream status in 2014 and create new technology requirements, drive new purchasing and establish new competitive realities.  Read Original Content

Nokia is developing a smartphone running on a forked and modified version of Google's Android platform, according to multiple reports.  Read Original Content

According to BGR, Samsung has lowered its projections from 360 million unit shipments down to 330 million, the second major reported cut for the South Korean company in the past two months. What was originally expected to be a year of at least 25 percent growth for Samsung's handset business has now been whittled down to just 14 percent.  Read Original Content

UPS has announced the new UPS Mobile App for Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets, giving customers another way to quickly and easily manage their holiday packages. This year, more of the online package requests than ever will come through mobile technologies, with over four million downloads to-date of UPS's smart phone and tablet Apps.  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 digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.