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Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 8, 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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Nearly one-third of the total workforce in the US, United Kingdom, France and Germany are enterprise mobility workers. This revelation was disclosed in a new study by research firm Strategy Analytics, which surveyed 1,217 organizations across those countries.  Read Original Content

Made-for-selfie handsets totaled two percent of all mobile phone shipments worldwide last year, Strategy Analytics of the United Kingdom estimates, calling it “a niche but growing segment.” Those handsets usually come with high-powered cameras or software making it easy to move images from handset to social media.  Read Original Content

For the three-month period ending in December, Samsung Electronics gained 0.7 percent in the U.S. smartphone market for a total market share of 29.7 percent. The Korean electronics giant still trails Apple Inc. in overall share, even though Apple dropped 0.1 percent to slip to a 41.6 percent share of the U.S. market.  Read Original Content

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Alibaba Group has agreed to invest US $590 million in an obscure domestic smartphone maker, Meizu Technology, as the e-commerce giant tests ways to expand its mobile operating system in a shrinking, cut-throat handset market. Read Original Content

The smartphone market expanded 83 percent year-on-year in the last quarter of 2014, propelled by low-cost handsets and the enhanced 3G network coverage.  More than a million units of smartphones were shipped into Bangladesh between October and December, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research based in India.  Read Original Content

After an impressive launch in India, Spice Mobility has launched its Android One smartphone internationally in Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka to increase its international footprint and cater to the fast growing mobile phone markets in Asia.  Read Original Content

Samsung's Tizen-powered Z1 smartphone has landed in Bangladesh after enjoying a "successful" launch in India last month.  Bangladesh is the first market outside of India to get Samsung's handset.  Read Original Content

Mobile data traffic is expected to grow 59 percent this year, according to Gartner. A big part is video, which is only going to grow in influence, with mobile video expected to drive more than 60 percent of data traffic in 2018, according to Gartner.  Read Original Content

The world's first Ubuntu phone goes on sale next week in an attempt to carve out a place for the Linux-based OS in the mobile space.  The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition's specs are similar to many phones on the market and very different to the Ubuntu Edge - the failed attempt to create a handset that would serve as a desktop computer and a phone.  Read Original Content

The mobile phone has leapfrogged the PC and video game consoles in Asia as smartphone users are now by far the most avid consumers of mobile games. Mobile gaming is expected to grow at 21.5 percent compound annual growth rate to 2019 reaching a total of US $40.2 billion.  Read Original Content

High-featured tablets and smartphone have been driving the global mobile printing market and its growing adoption among enterprises is expect to proliferate during the forecast period.  Analysts forecast the global mobile printing market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32.5 percent over the period 2014-2019.  Read Original Content

ARM Holdings PLC, which has technology that is in more than 95 percent of smartphones, said new chip designs will improve graphics and processing power. The A72 will give chipmakers the ability to build processors with 50 times more power than top-tier smartphones had five years ago.  Read Original Content

Budget smartphone maker Micromax overtook Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in the fourth quarter as the leading supplier in India's booming smartphone market, research firm Canalys said.  Read Original Content

In an effort to boost its smartphone market share, Microsoft plans to introduce Windows Phones that cost $75 to $100 in Africa this year, according to a Microsoft executive.  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.