Thursday, February 05, 2015

Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 1, 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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Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 375.2 million units during the fourth quarter of 2014, resulting in 28.2 percent growth when compared to the 292.7 million units shipped in the same period in 2013 and 11.9 percent sequential growth above the 335.3 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2014, according to reports from IDC and Juniper Research.  Read Original Content

China has become the largest smartphone production and consumption base in the world with its smartphone annual shipment accounting for over 34.3 percent of the total shipment worldwide by 2014, up from 12.1 percent market share in 2008, according to  Read Original Content

South Korea's Samsung Electronics has appointed a new smartphone marketing chief, less than a month before the expected unveiling of its next flagship Galaxy S handset.  Lee Sang-chul, formerly head of the company's Russian operations, has been tapped as head of strategic marketing for the mobile business, a Samsung spokeswoman said.  Read Original Content

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MarketsandMarkets forecasts the mobile application development platform market to grow from $1,919.9 million in 2014 to $7,151.2 million by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 30.1 percent during the forecast period.  Read Original Content

A new report entitled The Mobile Cloud Market by Application & by User (2014 to 2019) from Research and Markets predicts the global mobile cloud market for apps will grow from about £6bn last year to £30bn in 2019.  Read Original Content

U.S. based Qualcomm maintained its lead in the smartphone applications processes market with a 51 percent revenue share in the third quarter, followed by Apple with a 19 percent revenue share and MediaTek with a 15 percent revenue share, Strategy Analytics said in a report.  Read Original Content

Huawei is the world's third largest smartphone maker with a 5.3 percent global market share, following Samsung at 24.4 percent and Apple with 12.7 percent, according to market tracker Gartner.  Read Original Content

Sky has confirmed it will be launching a mobile offering, following the agreement of a new partnership with Telefónica UK.  The multi-year partnership will see Sky offering mobile voice and data services in the UK for the first time.  Read Original Content

Bigger is better, according to a new Juniper Research report that says phablets are destined to become even more popular over the next several years. More than 400 million phablets will ship in 2019, five times the estimated 138 million to be shipped this year, the report said.  Read Original Content

Acuity Market Intelligence projects that by 2020, global mobile biometric market revenues will reach $33.3 billion annually. This includes 4.76 billion biometrically enabled smart mobile devices generating $6 billion in biometric sensor revenue.  Read Original Content

Apple topped China's smartphone market for the first time, according to a new study from research firm Canalys.  Read Original Content

According to Lenovo’s Egypt CEO Yasser Shaheen during an interview with Daily News Egypt, the company aims to acquire 20 percent of the smartphone market locally by the end of 2016. The company is also seeking to top market sales for the computer and tablet sectors in the near future.  Read Original Content

According to a Korean Herald report that cites industry sources, LG is estimated to have shipped around 59.6 million units of smartphones in 2014, which is up by 25.2 percent (or 12 million units) from the 47.6 million units a year before, 2013.  Read Original Content

Lenovo reported stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings and said its Motorola Mobility unit is performing well. The company said it could grow its smartphone business to 30 percent of its total revenues.  Read Original Content

Huawei wants to increase sales in its consumer unit this year to $16 billion from around $12 billion in 2014, in part by focusing on higher-end smartphones. The company wants to boost its smartphone unit sales to 100 million this year from 75 million last year.  Read Original Content

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