Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 22, 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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According to a Boston Consultancy Group report, the mobile Internet is generating some $700 billion in revenue in 13 countries. These countries make up approximately 70 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. The report notes the mobile Internet has helped create three million jobs throughout the world, many of which are sustainable.  Read Original Content

While India is the fastest growing smartphone market in Asia, IDC found the Indian smartphone market observed shipment contraction in Q4 for the first time ever.  Read Original Content

Xiaomi was the top smartphone company in China in 2014 with a 12.5 percent market share, narrowly outpacing South Korea's Samsung, market intelligence firm IDC says.
Samsung was just behind with 12.1 percent market share based on shipments by vendor in 2014, slipping from 18.7 percent in 2013.  Read Original Content

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Sony Corp aims to boost operating profit 25-fold within three years by growing its camera sensors and PlayStation units, its chief executive said, outlining a strategy that could see the company exit the cut-throat TV and smartphone sectors.  Read Original Content

A new technology market research report published by Hong Kong's based Counterpoint found that Apple was the leading 4G LTE smartphone supplier in the fourth quarter of 2014 with 35 percent market share globally.  Read Original Content


Market research firm Gartner recently released a report projecting the used smartphone market to roughly double to 120 million units, or a wholesale value of $14 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content

The United States is pressing Indonesia to relax local-content rules it believes will handicap efforts of tech firms such as Apple.  The regulation, which would come into force on January 1, 2017, requires companies that sell smartphones and tablets in the fast-growing economy of 250 million people to produce 40 percent of their content locally.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics will unveil a new low-priced smartphone lineup, which targets the global market, at Mobile World Congress 2015.  LG Electronics announced that it will showcase four new lines at the MWC 2015: the LG Magna, LG Spirit, LG Leon and LG Joy.  Read Original Content

Google has partnered with three major U.S. mobile carriers to pre-install its mobile payment application on smartphones, as the Internet major player looks to counter Apple's growth in the mobile payment market.  Read Original Content

A federal judge has dismissed two class-action lawsuits levied against Google in relation to alleged anti-competitive practices in the mobility market.  Filed by two U.S. consumers, as reported by The Register, both lawsuits accused the tech giant of hurting handset customers by forcing them to use Google-related apps by default on Android handsets.  Read Original Content

Global smartphone sales set a new milestone in the fourth quarter 2014, reaching US $115 billion, an increase of 20 percent year-over-year, according to GfK data. The number of units sold globally increased to almost 346 million, up 19 percent from the previous year.  Read Original Content

Opera Mediaworks released a State of Mobile Advertising report, and the figures show Android is driving much of the mobile Internet adoption growth in Africa. Users are tending to connect to the Internet using mobile devices over PCs for many reasons including cost and ease-of-use.  Read Original Content

Chinese brands will represent nearly half of total smartphone sales in the Mexican market this year, CNNExpansion reports, citing a report by tech consultancy IDC. Some of the firms with presence in the local market are Lenovo, Huawei and OPPO.  Read Original Content

The arrival of the Apple Watch is expected to see Australia's wearable computing market exceed AU $400 million by 2018, according to research from Telsyte.  Read Original Content

Facebook and its Instagram photo service, Google's YouTube, Netflix and Snapchat make up 61 percent of U.S. mobile application data traffic, according to a new report from network vendor Ericsson.  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.