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Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 28, 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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Microsoft is going straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10.  Microsoft showed off the latest version of its flagship operating system at an event in San Francisco. It wasn't a complete unveiling -- Microsoft focused on a handful of features that will benefit business customers.  Read Original Content

ZTE launched its three new smartphone devices at this year’s Gitex Shopper and has announced its strategic partnership with Global Distribution FZE, a leading distributor of IT and Mobility products as the exclusive distributor of ZTE-Smartphone products in the UAE.  Read Original Content

According to Gartner nearly half of large enterprises worldwide will likely have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.  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: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/

Global smartphone sales are set to grow by 18 percent in 2015, GfK Target Setter projections show. That growth will be driven by the developing markets in India, China and Indonesia. The US, Japan and the UK, which in 2014 were among the top five smartphone growth markets by value, will be knocked out of the top 10 next year.  Read Original Content

Hoping for a comeback, BlackBerry has launched its Passport smartphone in India. Targeted at power professionals like doctors, lawyers, CAs and businessmen, BlackBerry Passport is the size of a passport and has a square screen that measures 4.5 inches. It has a touch screen and a physical QWERTY keyboard.  Read Original Content
Veracode has announced research conducted by IDG which reveals there is a growing gap in application security programs at enterprises in the US and UK. The data shows that in 2015 enterprises will leave up to 70 percent of internally developed applications unaudited for common threats such as SQL injection. Read Original Content

According to ReportsnReports.com, the number of 4G (LTE) handset connections worldwide will increase from 178 million in 2013 to 1.4 billion in 2018 - a growth of 670 percent - while mobile handset data service revenue will only grow by 64 percent during the same period.  Read Original Content

While a survey by IT firm Oracle indicates “workers are happier than ever to work in a mobile and flexible way”, mobile app developers, driven by the smartphone revolution and what is called “mobile working”, are receiving orders for custom-made apps for their employees. And the trend is visible even in mining, real estate and paint companies.  Read Original Content

Smartphones with screen sizes of 5.5-inch and above are emerging as the next big trend in the market with Apple entering the segment.  “The phablet market is going to boom with Apple’s entry. Most of the smartphone growth is going to come from this [phablet] segment,” said Nadeem Khanzadah, head of retail at Jumbo Electronics.  Read Original Content

China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release here, with officials reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones in Shanghai.  Read Original Content

Intel, the semi-conductor maker, confirmed it had made a $1.5 billion investment for a 20 percent stake in Chinese state-backed Tsinghua Holdings, a chipmaker that will produce Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics.  Read Original Content

FBI Director James Comey said he is concerned about moves by Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to market phones that can’t be searched by law enforcement, saying agency officials have engaged in discussions with both companies.  Read Original Content

Nigeria's smartphone market is set to witness a major boost as a global phone manufacturer, and one of the earlier key players in Nigeria's mobile phone revolution, Alcatel Mobile, has re-entered the smartphone phone market with four new Android smartphones.  Read Original Content

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Smartphone Market in China 2014-2018 report to their offerings. It predicts the smartphone market in China will grow at a compound annual growth rate of five percent over the period 2013-2018.  Read Original Content

TechNavio's analysts forecast the global mobile satellite services market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.39 percent over the period 2013-2018.  Read Original Content

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