Thursday, March 12, 2015

Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 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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According to a new report from Tractica, market momentum will drive growth in annual downloads of mobile augmented reality apps to 1.2 billion worldwide by 2019, up from 272 million downloads in 2014.  Read Original Content

The Apple Watch will be generally available April 24, the company, and Apple fans hope the device will have a similar impact on the sluggish wearables market that iPad had on tablets.  Read Original Content

In total, global smartphone shipments grew roughly 35 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2014, culminating a year in which the market surpassed the one billion shipments milestone for the first time, according to BI Intelligence estimates.  Read Original Content

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Europe’s smartphone market may get an interesting shake-up with news that fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is moving into 16 new European countries, including Ireland.  Read Original Content

Pulse Secure, which was spun out of Juniper Networks, has announced its first distribution agreement in North America, with Ingram Micro. Pulse Secure makes VPN, network access control and mobile security products for the mobility market.  Read Original Content

Innovation in technology is continuing to accelerate in Malaysia, while growing adoption of third platform technologies – cloud, big data/analytics, social, mobile – is increasingly disrupting the ICT landscape, according to IDC.  Read Original Content

According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTechm, Google’s Android has extended its lead in the UK by 3.9 percent to garner a total share of 51.5 percent while Apple’s share has declined by nearly two percent finishing second with a total of 40.1 percent share.  Read Original Content

According to comScore, the US smartphone market now comprises 75.8 percent of the total mobile subscriber population. In December it was 74.9 percent. Operating system market share data are nearly identical to three months ago.  Read Original Content

AT&T Mobility will continue to consider supporting new, emerging smartphone platforms like Firefox and others, but so far the carrier hasn't seen a compelling reason to do so, said a top AT&T executive.  Read Original Content

The total Mobile Application Development Platform Market is expected 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, according to Research and Markets.  Read Original Content

In a large telecommunications deal announced at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015, Kuwaiti leading telecom operator Zain Group has selected the German leading software developer SAP to deliver big data and analytics solutions designed to enhance the experience for millions of customers across the Middle East.  Read Original Content

Apple has officially overtaken Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone maker, selling more phones in the Christmas quarter than any other brand thanks to rising demand in China, according to Gartner.  Read Original Content

Sellers on now can do business even while on the go and address customer queries instantly. Global e-commerce giant Amazon’s Indian unit has launched an application for third party sellers. India becomes the third country after the US and Japan to have this application.  Read Original Content

At Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona Microsoft expanded on its universal app platform vision. Kevin Gallo outlined three distinct benefits of the universal app platform: cross-platform device scale, delivering a unique experience, and maximizing return on investment for app developer effort.  Read Original Content

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

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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.