Thursday, November 06, 2014

Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 2, 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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Top Chinese manufacturer Oppo Electronics has created the thinnest smartphone on the market to date, the Huffington Post reported Sunday. It essentially makes the iPhone 6 look “chunky” since it is 0.27 inch thick while Oppo Electronics’ R5 is a slim 0.19 inch.  Read Original Content

Android ran 84 percent of smartphones shipped globally in the third quarter, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, down slightly from 85 percent in the second quarter.  Read Original Content

While Nokia sold its smartphone division to Microsoft, and will have its name removed from future Lumia products, the Finnish company may be planning to release a new Android smartphone.  New reports have emerged that Nokia is working on a flagship device built by the same team that made the Nokia N9.  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:

Emirates continues to be a trailblazer in technology, recently empowering its airport staff with the latest mobile application.  Called the Journey Manager, this application enables the airline’s team of airport staff to get real-time information that will enable them to respond to customers’ needs with greater efficiency.  Read Original Content

Xiaomi secured 30.3 percent of the market share in China, the world's largest smartphone market, followed by Samsung with an 18.4-percent share in three months ending September, UK-based market research company Kantar Worldpanel Comtech said on Saturday.  Read Original Content
Gartner is out with its Q3 results, which may upset the decision-making bodies in company boardrooms. The report estimates tablet worldwide sales will reach a figure of 229 million, a 9.5 percent of the total worldwide sales of devices in 2014. Read Original Content

Lenovo and Google have announced Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google is complete.  Read Original Content

Sales of phablets - the term coined for smartphones with larger screen sizes of 5½  inches (14 cm) to seven inches - have soared recently. Some 821,000 units were shipped in during the 12 months to June, according to market research firm IDC, which tracks the shipment of consumer devices here.  Read Original Content

Though the smartphone share of overall mobile phone sales increased year over year, it has been flat, sequentially, at around 70 percent for the last couple of quarters, according to Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

Microsoft Corp. unveiled an activity-tracking wristband and related Internet-based service that can track and analyze health, fitness and sleep data, jumping into the crowded wearable-computer market.  Read Original Content

Though Apple is still struggling to meet demand for the iPhone 6 and recently revamped its iPad lineup, the company is already looking ahead to next year. Apple’s retail vice president Angela Ahrendts told employees “we’ve got a watch launch coming in the spring,” giving the new wearable a slightly more precise date.  Read Original Content

Apple decided to put its Apple SIM card inside its new iPads because it didn't know which wireless carriers its customers would choose and because the company wanted to give its customers more choice, according to an Apple executive.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics expanded its lead over Micromax in India's smartphone market in September, while Nokia retained its third spot, significantly ahead of Lava and Karbonn, data from research firm Gfk showed.  Read Original Content

Microsoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year, but net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion.  Read Original Content

Ericsson said net income fell 13 percent year-over-year in the quarter to $365 million from $402 million in the year-ago period. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ericsson's profit took a hit largely because of higher research and development expenses, as well the effects from currency hedge contracts.  Read Original Content

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