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Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly - Week of January 11, 2015

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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New research out from the GlobalWebIndex indicates that in a survey of 170,000 adult Internet users across 32 markets, only nine percent report having a smartwatch, and seven percent said they owned smart wristbands. In contrast, among online adults, 80 percent now own a smartphone.  Read Original Content

Huawei Technologies Co’s revenue gained about 20 percent last year, aided by rising sales of higher-end smartphones, Chief Financial Officer Cathy Meng said at a press conference in Beijing.  Read Original Content

Germany's SAP reported an accelerating shift by business customers to internet-delivered cloud software, as it eked out a one percent rise in operating profit for the fourth quarter thanks to stable demand for its more classic software.  Read Original Content

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Global smartphone leader Samsung Electronics confirmed expectations for its first annual profit decline since 2011.  The South Korean tech giant lost market share for three consecutive quarters up to July-September, and analysts say the trend likely continued in the October-December period thanks to competition from Apple's new iPhones.  Read Original Content

Sony is trying to attract its Indian consumers by offering a generous price cut on its entire Xperia smartphone line-up. According to a report by DNA India, the Japanese tech giant will be slashing the smartphone prices by as much as 14 percent.  Read Original Content

Shazam® and Gimbal, Inc. announced a partnership to expand opportunities for brands, advertisers and media owners to offer a more personalized experience for Shazam users, through beacon technology.  Read Original Content

The global Smartwatch market will grow to US $32.9 billion by 2020, said Allied Market Research in its new report. The segment is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 67.6 percent from 2014 to 2020 as the smart wearable sector continues to expand.  Read Original Content

The BOSS Phone has been developed specifically for security and privacy, integrating Android Lollipop's operating system with software that ensures online anonymity.
The $355 phone, which has a seven-inch display, routes all of its traffic through The Onion Router, the online network that allows anonymity.  Read Original Content

According to new data from Kantar, Apple’s smartphone market share increased from 30.1 percent in August and 32.6 percent in September to 47.4 percent in November.  Read Original Content

Smartphone penetration in the US reached 73.6 percent or 178 million people in the three months ending in November, up two percent since August, according to Apple ranked as the top provider with 41.8 percent of US smartphone subscribers.  Read Original Content

Motorola has announced it will re-enter the Chinese smartphone market from February with at least three products.  Read Original Content

According to a report from Reuters, Sony is now considering drastic actions like a sale of its mobile phone business after failing to resuscitate the operation with a focus on high-end smartphones.  Read Original Content

The Palm name, once a leader in the smartphone world, gets another chance at life thanks to Chinese consumer-electronics company TCL. TCL has acquired the rights to the Palm name and will "re-create" a new company based in Silicon Valley.  Read Original Content

Boeing Co. is teaming up with BlackBerry Ltd. on a secretive, self-destructing smartphone developed for use by U.S. defense and homeland security employees and contractors.  Read Original Content

In the next few weeks Google and its partners will expand the search giant's Android One phone initiative beyond India to the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  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.