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Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 12, 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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The latest report from comScore has revealed that Apple is the top smartphone maker in the US for the three-month period ending in February 2015.  Apple has a 41.7 percent share of the market and in second place is Samsung with a 28.6 percent share of the market.  Read Original Content

According to a report released by market information tracker International Data Corp, tablet shipments for 2014 could reach 235.7 million units, up only 7.2 percent from a year earlier. The expected growth will be much lower than a 52.5 percent increase seen in 2013.  Read Original Content

The rugged mobile market, although flat overall in 2014 compared to 2013, saw significant year-over-year growth in the second half of 2014 and particularly in Q4, according to a new report by VDC Research.  Read Original Content

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Samsung rolled out its new smartphone in South Korea and 20 other countries in a bid to restore its role as market leader. The Galaxy S6 and its curved-edge variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge, went on sale in South Korea, home of the electronic giant, as well as Europe, the United States and markets in the Asia-Pacific such as Australia, Singapore and India.  Read Original Content

Athenahealth, Inc., a provider of cloud-based services and mobile applications for medical groups and health systems, announced the athenaTextSM app for Apple WatchTM.  Read Original Content

According to a new market research report "Managed Mobility Services Market by Solution-Global Forecast to 2019", published by MarketsandMarkets, the Managed Mobility Service Market is set to grow from $2.92 billion in 2014 to $11.05 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 30.5 percent.  Read Original Content

Lenovo's smartphone shipments in first-quarter 2015 reached only eight to nine million units, lower than the volume that Digitimes Research had previously estimated and about the same as the level a year ago due to high inventory built up during the fourth quarter of 2014.  Read Original Content

The global smartphone market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.1 percent over the period 2015-2019, according to IT Market Research Reports.  Read Original Content

According to a Zinnov study, approximately 81 million smartphones were shipped in the year 2014 in India, making it a 51 percent quarter-on-quarter growth.  Read Original Content

Popular social network Facebook has been ranked the most common mobile phone application among a range of nine features measured in five African countries. A research report titled "Mobile Africa 2015" GeoPoll found that 48 percent of mobile phone users in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda use their devices for Facebook.  Read Original Content

Apple Watch received an estimated 957,000 pre-orders in the United States on April 10, the day the wrist-worn device became available for purchase, according to Slice Intelligence. The digital commerce-tracking firm claims that nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of customers purchased the Apple Watch Sport.  Read Original Content

According to a new survey from Pew Research, 64 percent of American adults now have a smartphone, up from 35 percent in the spring of 2011. The survey also found that 10 percent of Americans own a smartphone and do not have any other form of high-speed Internet access at home beyond their phone's data plan.  Read Original Content

According to a study by Lopez Research, more than 75 percent of enterprise companies surveyed admit their e-mail, calendar and contact applications are all they have enabled for mobile. “The vast majority of businesses are just starting to realize they need to accelerate their mobility needs,” said the vice president of mobile solution and product marketing for SAP. Read Original Content

Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Samsung Electronics to pre-load some of its software and services on Samsung's Android devices. Microsoft also struck deals with several lesser-known Android device makers to do the same thing, continuing a strategy of getting its services on phones and tablets running Google's Android platform.  Read Original Content

Amazon has been working hard to build up the popularity of its Android-based Appstore with consumers and developers.  Recently the company has been working on a new section called “Unlocked” that will offer users a whole range of paid apps, along with those that utilize in-app purchases, free of charge.  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.