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Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 7, 2014

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 has introduced the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, which Apple CEO Tim Cook called the "best iPhones" the company has ever produced.  The iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches diagonally and the iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches. The phones are thinner than ever: 6.9 mm for the iPhone 6 and 7.1 mm for the larger iPhone 6 Plus.  Read Original Content

Apple has unveiled Apple Watch, a line of customizable smartwatches, at an event near its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The device comes in two sizes—38 millimeters and 42 millimeters, diagonally, or about 1.5 inches and 1.65 inches—and three versions: Watch, Sport and Edition.  Read Original Content

India is now the quickest-expanding smartphone market globally and the third largest market after China and the United States, according to Britain-based consultancy Canalys.  Read Original Content

The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here:

HTC is continuing to lose ground to bigger rivals in the U.S. smartphone market, due to a shortening product life cycle of its flagship phone, according to a recent report from market research firm comScore Inc.  Read Original Content

Huawei Technologies has unveiled a slate of new devices meant to showcase the Chinese company's hardware technology.  The company said it would release a limited edition of its high-end Ascend P7 phone with a sapphire glass display. It has been speculated that Apple will begin mass-producing devices using the costly but durable material.  Read Original Content
According to a new forecast from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker, worldwide phablet shipments (smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 to less than 7 inches) will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014, passing the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the same period.  Read Original Content

Apple’s piece of U.S. smartphone market share increased from 41.4 percent in April to 42.4 percent in July, maintaining the company’s position as the leading single smartphone maker in the U.S., according to comScore.  Read Original Content

Handset maker Doro has claimed the senior market is becoming increasingly tech savvy, with 58 percent of those over the age of 65 now reportedly wanting their own smartphone.  Read Original Content

New data from forecasts the global smartphone image sensor market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.5 percent over the period 2013-2018.  Read Original Content

Fresh from acquiring Nokia's handset business, Microsoft unveiled the first of its new range of Lumia smartphones, priced to challenge a market dominated by volume leader Samsung and Apple.  Read Original Content

New report from the International Data Corporation suggests more than 1.25 billion smartphones will be shipped worldwide in 2014, a 23.8 percent increase from the 1.01 billion units shipped in 2013.  Read Original Content

Samsung has unveiled a virtual reality headset and a smartphone whose screen bends around one of its sides. In addition to the Gear VR and Galaxy Note Edge, the company also showed off the fourth standard version of its large-screened Note smartphone, which introduces an ultraviolet light sensor.  Read Original Content

The original Galaxy S phone, launched in June 2010, sold 25 million units, Samsung said in a statement.  The Galaxy S II, launched in April 2011, racked up sales of more than 40 million, and the S III has reached the same volume since coming on the market in May last year.  Read Original Content

WinterGreen Research predicts the application server market will be $23 billion by 2020, stating new markets evolved because of the value that apps provide to smartphones, mobile devices, tablets, and the Internet of Things.  Read Original Content

LTE networks are more efficient than legacy 3G networks, and generally produce more data usage, which carriers can monetize. However, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics, the infusion of revenue that LTE is bringing to carriers is not likely going to last that long.  Read Original Content

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