Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 10, 2011

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 introduction of the iPhone 4S marks the debut of Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 5.  The new OS is not only loaded with some important improvements — from how notifications about missed calls and other messages are displayed to how your device connects to your computer — it also introduces an innovative, voice-activated “intelligent assistant” named Siri.  This is arguably one of the most meaningful updates to the iPhone we’ve ever seen.  Read Original Content

Microsoft Corp is gearing up to grab a share of the highly competitive smartphone operating system market with its partner in the sector, HTC Corp, launching two new phones that run its latest Windows Phone platform.  The two HTC phones — the Titan and the Radar — are scheduled to hit the shelves at the end of this month.  Read Original Content

The Chinese company Huawei recently outlined its strategy for entering the U.S. mobile market.  Huawei’s goal is to offer more affordable Android smartphones, a growing category for both pre-paid carriers and the Big Four (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile).  Read Original Content

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Eight months and several hurdles after receiving 510(k) clearance, mobile-health company Mobisante says its smartphone ultrasound device is officially on the market. Read Original Content

Recent problems with the BlackBerry smartphone system appear have to spread to the United States.  The latest development follows two days of sporadic blackouts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  BlackBerry's owner, RIM, blamed the latest outages on a backlog of emails to Europe from Asia and the Americas.  Read Original Content

AnandTech performed numerous benchmark tests on the iPhone 4S running iOS 5 GM. The combination of hardware and software made this device faster than any other device in every single test. Read Original Content

Don’t worry.  There’s an app for that. The app is called the Trick.  Parents can install the app on their pre-teen's smartphone and keep an eye on them from the living room couch. Parents can locate their child with the click of a button, and the app will then send an address and a map to mom and dad.  Read Original Content

GIA has announced the release of a comprehensive global report on the Enterprise Mobility market.  The global market for enterprise mobility is projected to exceed $173.9 billion by the year 2017.  Growing mobile worker population, emergence of sophisticated mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and introduction of several novel business applications will drive the market for enterprise mobility over the next few years.  Read Original Content

It might be hard to imagine, but Apple's dominance of the mobile download space may be waning.  According to VentureBeat, App Store analyst firm Xyologic predicts that the June 2012, Android devices will surpass iOS devices in the number of apps downloaded on a monthly basis.  Read Original Content

The global mobile applications market is on pace to hit $3.8 billion this year--and it's only getting warmed up, says On the Move Systems CEO Patrick Brown.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics has now cornered about 18 percent of the global smartphone market with sales driven by its Galaxy S II, according to Mark Sue, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets.   Read Original Content

The mobile industry is expected to start shipping 246 million 4G-enabled smartphones annually by 2016 according to new research released by ABI Research.  If that number is correct, it would be a huge gain over 2010 4G numbers which equaled just 4.6 million units.  Read Original Content

Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, said this week that the first Nokia phone to be based on the Windows Phone OS will be unveiled in the current quarter.  Read Original Content

Preorders for Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4S topped one million in a single day, surpassing the company's previous records and setting the stage for another successful launch from the U.S. electronics giant.  Read Original Content

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