Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 21, 2104

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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Amazon has unveiled new Fire tablets, including one aimed at children. Their Fire HD Kids Edition comes with a two-year "worry-free" warranty.  The tablet is equipped with Amazon FreeTime, a feature that lets parents manage what their children can access.  Read Original Content

Apple said it had sold 10 million units of its new and bigger iPhones over the weekend, up from the nine million iPhones it sold last year in the first weekend of sales for the previous generation of iPhones.  Read Original Content

Applied Systems has announced the immediate UK availability of Applied MobileProducer, the first independent broker mobile app designed specifically for account executives.  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:

India is poised to surpass the United States to become the second largest smartphone market by 2019, according to the latest report by Boston-based global market research firm Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

According to a Nielsen report, the smartphone market in urban India grew by 89 percent in the calendar year 2013 as against the calendar year 2012. There were 51 million people using smartphones in urban India in 2013 as compared to 2012.  Read Original Content

The MediaTek-based Android One smartphone rose to the top of the “Bestsellers in Electronics” list on Amazon India's online shopping website just days after it was launched, according to Chinese-language paper Commercial Times.  Read Original Content
Juniper Research, in its Smartphone Markets: Trends, Shares & Forecasts 2014-2019, predicts 1.2 billion smartphones to be sold this year, marking a 19 percent increase from 985 million sold last year with Apple and Samsung expected to take up nearly 45 percent of the market share.  Read Original Content

Nigeria’s smartphone market is set to witness a major boost as Alcatel Mobile, global phone manufacturer and one of the key players in the early days of GSM in Nigeria has returned to the market with a target to control 20 percent of the smartphone market share in the next one year.  Read Original Content

Analysts from forecast the Global Mobile Satellite Services marketto will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.39 percent over the period 2013-2018.  Read Original Content

Sony Corp. might sharply downsize its smartphone operations in China because business is unlikely to grow against competition from popular local rivals, company sources said.  Read Original Content

Google has collaborated with handset makers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice to bring three new devices to the emerging markets. The Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, the Micromax Canvas A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V. These devices will launch in India, and roll out to the Philippines, Indonesia and South Asia in the first year.  Read Original Content

Red Hat, Inc. the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire FeedHenry, a leading enterprise mobile application platform provider.  Read Original Content

According to recent data from comScore, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 40 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the top smartphone platform with 52 percent platform market share. Google Sites ranked as the top mobile media property, while Facebook was the top individual app.  Read Original Content

Apple may change the Beats Music streaming music service it acquired along with Beats Electronics in May for $3 billion, and may drop the Beats brand for the fledgling music service, according to a Re/code report.  Read Original Content

Apple said its latest software system, iOS 8, includes deep protection of the information stored on Apple mobile devices. So deep Apple says it has become technically impossible for it to comply with government warrants asking for customer information like photos, email, messages, and notes, to be extracted from devices.  Read Original Content

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