Thursday, March 05, 2015

Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 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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BlackBerry unveiled a new mid-market smartphone dubbed the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base.  Read Original Content

Hewlett-Packard Co. announced that it would acquire Aruba Networks Inc. for the sum of $2.7 billion in cash. Aruba offers access points that deliver secure Wi-Fi client access to indoor and outdoor enterprise wireless local area network environments, as well as mobility controllers, which manage wired and wireless access across multiple locations.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry announced BES12 Cloud, turning its traditional enterprise mobility management solution into a cloud-based one.  BES12 Cloud will target small and medium-sized businesses, as well as individual departments of larger corporations.  Read Original Content

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According to Allied Market Research, the global mobile security market will reach $34.8 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate of 40.8 percent during 2014 - 2020.  Read Original Content

According to Tech Blog, Google’s Play store has earned over $7 billion over the last 12 months, which gets closer and closer to Apple’s App Store’s results.  Read Original Content

Security is being taken increasingly seriously in enterprise mobility, according to research from Good Technology.  The latest Mobility Index Report saw that activations of secure mobile apps grew 65 percent in Q4 2014 and 300 percent throughout the year.  Read Original Content

Android nabbed just 11.3 percent of all smartphone profits during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data from research firm Strategy Analytics. That's a significant slide from a 29.5 percent share in the prior year.  Read Original Content

Google has finally pulled out the big guns with its enterprise mobility offerings, announcing a set of mobile device management, security and device standards under the banner of Android for Work.  Read Original Content

According to research from eMarketer, UK market share for BlackBerry will be only 1.9 percent this year, and the UK has long been considered to be one of the UK's most loyal user bases.  Read Original Content

Kenya is among thirteen of Orange's markets that will be first to receive the newly launched 3G Firefox OS smartphone.  The phone is exclusive to Orange and will be available from Q2 in thirteen of Orange's markets in the region, including, but not limited to, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Cameroon, and Botswana.  Read Original Content

Cisco Systems and vendor AirWatch have joined forces to help enterprises take advantage of features integrated in Android and iOS.  The companies have launched an initiative called App Configuration for Enterprise, which provides documentation for developers to help them build applications that can be easily managed.  Read Original Content

Mozilla is teaming with major operators like Verizon Wireless to bring Firefox OS devices to developed countries where it currently has very little traction. The first Firefox OS phones sold by Verizon will likely hit the U.S. market in 2016.  Read Original Content

Ericsson, a pioneer in mobile phones that transformed itself into the world’s largest maker of wireless networks, said it’s filing seven new lawsuits in a U.S. court and is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Apple products from the U.S. market.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced its entirely redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Creating a new standard for design, craftsmanship and performance, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge seamlessly blend premium materials with the most advanced Samsung technology.  Read Original Content

SkyGiraffe closed the round of funding led by Trilogy Equity Partners, alongside existing investor 500 Startups. The company had taken strategic investment from Microsoft Ventures in the past.  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.