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Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 15, 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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Latin America is the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world trumping the likes of China and North America, as users ditch older phones for 3G and 4G capable devices.  There were 109.5 million smartphone units sold in the region in 2014, a 59 percent surge from the year before, according to a report from GfK.  Read Original Content

Upstart Xiaomi was the top smartphone company in China last year with a 12.5 percent market share, narrowly outpacing South Korea's Samsung, market intelligence firm International Data Corporation.  Read Original Content

Smartphone shipments in India hit 22 million units in the fourth quarter, and the country is now the third-largest smartphone market in the world, according to Counterpoint research.  Read Original Content

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According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research the mobile applications market was valued at $16.97 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $54.89 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 16.2 percent from 2014 to 2020.  Read Original Content

By 2016, 90 percent of smartphones will be enabled with GPS technology, according to As this paves the way for location-based services, it’s no wonder the total value of the global, real-time, mobile location-based advertising and marketing market is expected to reach $9 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics will start to mass-produce its new mobile application processor using its 14 nm class process technology. Samsung announced that it would begin to mass produce the Exynos 7 Octa using the 14 nm FinFET production process. The new AP is going to be used in the next smartphone models, including the Galaxy S6.  Read Original Content

Smartphone sales in Russia are set to stall this year as Apple iPhone volumes decline while households bear the brunt of the blowback from the Ukraine crisis and falling oil prices, according to researcher IDC.  Read Original Content

TechNavio's analysts forecast the smartphone market in Germany will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.8 percent over the period 2013-2018.  Read Original Content

Allied Market Research believe the global smartphone industry has the potential to reach almost $33 billion by 2020, which will be somewhere around one tenth of projected global smartphone revenues.  Read Original Content

The smartwatch industry is still fairly young, as a Canalys study revealed. The study found that Android Wear, the wearable devices arm powered by Google's platform, had 720,000 shipments since its debut in mid-2014. These Android-charged watches include Samsung's Gear series, Motorola's Moto 360 and LG's round G Watch R.  Read Original Content

Tractica has published a new report titled “Biometrics for Mobile Devices”, which forecasts the worldwide mobile biometrics market will grow from $249 million in 2015 to reach $3.5 billion by 2024.  Read Original Content

The UK is set to be a leader in the burgeoning mobile device management market in coming years, with expected growth from $55.56 million in 2013 to $219 million by 2019, according to a report from MicroMarket Monitor.  Read Original Content

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is now turning its attention to the African smartphone market, a region where other larger smartphone players like Apple have somewhat neglected. However, some companies like Lenovo and Huawei do address the growing African market.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics plans to release two new versions of its top-tier Galaxy S smartphone next month, including a model with a display covering three sides.  Both phones will have all-metal bodies and use Samsung's most advanced processor chips.  Read Original Content

According to IDC’s Asia Pacific Mobile Phone Tracker, Chinese and Taiwanese vendors held a 46 percent market share of the Malaysian smartphone market across the first three quarters of 2014, compared to only 19 percent in the whole of 2013.  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.