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Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of Week of March 29, 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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Huawei Technology Co. Ltd.’s 2014 profits jumped by a third, as the Chinese wireless network gear and smartphone maker saw strong sales across its three main business units. Overall, Huawei’s profits for 2014 rose 32.7 percent from the previous year and sales rose 20.6 percent from 2013.  Read Original Content

The penetration of smartphones in East Africa continues to increase as more low cost devices flood the market.  “Fifty percent of the devices being purchased in Kenya are smartphones. In Uganda, this number is quickly rising as well,” said Lilian Nganda, Microsoft Mobile Devices East Africa’s Communications Manager.  Read Original Content

According to WhaTech Max, the global mobile application market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 31.05 percent over the period 2014-2019.  Read Original Content

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HP announced new software releases designed to help organizations deliver mobile applications that delight customers and score five-star ratings. The innovations harness big data analytics, application lifecycle management, IT operations management and security to enable organizations to accelerate every phase of the mobile app lifecycle.  Read Original Content

According to a new report by Allied Market Research entitled, the global BYOD security market is expected to reach $24.6 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate of 36.3 percent during 2014-2020.  Read Original Content

Recon Instruments, the award-winning technology company behind the world’s first consumer heads-up displays for sports and high-intensity environments, recently announced it has been working with SAP to integrate its new Jet smart eyewear with augmented reality mobile apps from SAP SE.  Read Original Content

Citigroup analyst Ehud Gelblum recently suggested a global smartphone slowdown is expected in 2015, reflecting a smartphone slowdown in China.  Gelblum expects total smartphone shipment growth of 15.5 percent in 2015, down from prior estimates of 19 percent growth.  Read Original Content

Good Technology, the leader in secure mobility, announced Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Good, bringing Good's market leading secure container and app-level security to Microsoft's CRM solution.  Read Original Content

ABI Research recently evaluated the leading vendors for Video, Audio, Web and Data Optimization the Gi-LAN space, and found Citrix ByteMobile to have the most compelling total value proposition, followed by Openwave Mobility and Ericsson.  Read Original Content

Global smartphone sales reached one billion units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a new study has found.  Research from Gartner found global sales of the devices increased 29.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 to reach 367.5 units, with Samsung losing the number one spot in the global smartphone market to Apple.  Read Original Content

U.S. mobile ad spending will reach $28.72 billion in 2015, and $3 billion of that total will come from mobile application install ads, according to new research from eMarketer.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics and SAP have announced they will deliver enterprise mobility solutions for a number of industries based on Samsung mobile devices. The collaboration is expected to create new opportunities for developers that will now be able to leverage the integrated offering from Samsung and SAP on mobile devices and wearables.  Read Original Content

After years of avoiding creating games for smartphones, video game giant Nintendo has announced they will be changing course and will be releasing games for mobile devices. These games will not simply be existing games ported to smartphone systems, rather they will be brand new games designed specifically for phone and mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Building on the launch earlier this year of two low-cost Lumia phones, Microsoft has taken the price down even further for its latest smartphone.  Also targeted at emerging markets, the Lumia 430 will be priced at US $70 before taxes, when bought without carrier subsidies, and represents Microsoft’s most affordable Lumia smartphone yet.  Read Original Content

Facebook unit WhatsApp is finally launching voice-calling service for its Android users. An updated version of the application is now available via Google Play and the company has promised to bring the feature to Apple's iOS shortly.  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.