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Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 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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Google's Android operating system is installed on 90.8 percent of smartphones sold in the Brazilian retail market, according to data from the end of January published by Kantar Worldpanel and reported by Valor Economico. Compared to a year earlier, Android increased its share by four percentage points.  Read Original Content

Appcelerator announced significant traction of its mobile engagement platform across enterprises globally. Since raising $22 million in August 2014, the company has seen a dramatic uptick in new customers, expanded implementations and overall usage within its ecosystem.  Read Original Content

British engineering company Dyson hopes it can help your smartphone battering from running low. It has invested $15 million into technology that may double battery life, reports The Guardian.  Read Original Content

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According to a recent report published on Bloomberg, Alibaba plans to invest in Snapchat, valued at $15 billion. Snapchat is a mobile application, which enables users to send disappearing messages. China’s biggest e-commerce company, which sells almost everything on the virtual platform, intends to invest $200 million, according to the report. Read Original Content

According to International Data Corporation, the overall mobile phone market in Sri Lanka touched the one million mark in Q4 2014. Smartphones contributed approximately 22 percent to the overall mobile phone market as the demand observed a continuous surge in the year.  Read Original Content

Xiaomi Corp. plans to sell its smartphones and smart-home products in Europe and other markets outside of China, signaling increasing competition for rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.  Read Original Content

According to IDC, worldwide data will grow ten-fold over the next six years to 44 zettabytes.  Because of this service providers are uniquely positioned to use Big Data and advanced analytics to capture a potential global $300 million opportunity by the year 2020, according to McKinsey & Company.  Read Original Content

According to the latest Strategy Analytics report, mobile smartphone revenues will grow eight percent worldwide during 2015. The four BRIC countries combined -- Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- will all grow at rates well above the global average. Led by China, BRIC countries will generate 36 percent of global smartphone revenues in 2015.  Read Original Content

Worldwide sales of smartphones to end-users had a record fourth quarter of 2014 with an increase of 29.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 to reach 367.5 million units, according to Gartner.  Read Original Content

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc. has said it would invest further and begin local production within 12-18 months in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing markets currently dominated by Samsung Electronics and local firms such as Micromax.  Read Original Content

It has been a year and a half since the BBM mobile app first became available in the Google Play store, and now it has broken past a very important milestone, having reached 100 million downloads. Users on Android devices are hooked on the mobile app stickers from BBM, as they have sent them over one billion times in a period of a year and a half.  Read Original Content

According to a new report by VentureBeat, "Intel will provide the fast wireless modem chip for a new Apple smartphone in 2016." The 7360 chip will ship inside a special version of the iPhone that will be marketed to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America," the sources said.  Read Original Content

Microsoft Devices has launched the Lumia 532, its latest offering in the affordable smartphones range, in the UAE. A quad core smartphone, the Lumia 532 comes with a layered design, glance screen, front facing camera and larger memory.  Read Original Content

Apple will soon start accepting Google's Android smartphones as part of an iPhone trade-in program, according to multiple reports, in an effort to juice sales of its latest iPhones and cut into Android's market share.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry is teaming up with Samsung Electronics and IBM to offer a highly secure tablet for government and enterprise workers, but it will cost around $2,380.  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.