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Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 17, 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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Despite a recession and competition from foreign smartphone manufacturers and developers, the U.S. has become the leader in the smartphone market, Mary Meeker announced at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.  Read Original Content

Samsung has taken the lead in Ireland's mobile phone market for the first time.  According to figures from GFK Retail and Technology, the manufacturer's handsets accounted for 37.3 percent of Ireland’s mobile market in September.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the first to use the latest version of Google's Android operating system.  The new unit is seen as the Samsung-Google partnership's answer to Apple's iPhone 4S, which in less than a week on the market has already sold more than 4 million units.  Read Original Content

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By 2015 companies will generate 50 percent of Web sales via their social presence and mobile applications, according to Gartner, Inc.  Vendors in the e-commerce market will begin to offer new context-aware, mobile-based application capabilities that can be accessed via a browser or installed as an application on a phone.  Read Original Content

Nokia Corp, the world's biggest seller of mobile phones, is facing another quarterly loss as tight cost controls and emerging market demand for its low-cost phones fail to offset dwindling sales of its high-end smartphones.  Read Original Content

The new iPhone 4S went on sale Friday, and Apple sold over four million phones in the following three days.  Read Original Content

The Motorola RAZR is just 0.28 inches thin, making it by far the thinnest smartphone on the market.  However, this Android device has a lot more than that going for it, including 4G LTE speeds from Verizon, a rugged back made of Kevlar, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, and support for Netflix HD movies (a first).  Read Original Content

According to Global Industry Analysts’ latest report, the global mobility market will exceed $173.9 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a break-even third quarter -- blaming the drop in earnings on higher taxes and lower margins -- and announced that it is shifting its entire portfolio to smartphones next year.  Read Original Content

The iPhone 4S hasn’t even gone on sale in China yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on one in the country if you’re willing to front some serious cash.  According to a PCWorld report, Apple’s fifth-gen smartphone is selling for more than $2,000 on China's grey market.  Read Original Content

One out of every five smartphones sold in the U.S. in the second quarter included 4G connectivity of some kind, and the jump to 22 percent of the smartphone market is up from just 3 percent in the same quarter last year.  Read Original Content

According to analyst Horace Dediu, Microsoft’s partners sold 1.4 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2011.  The figure, if accurate, would represent roughly 1.3 percent of smartphones sold in the quarter — Microsoft’s lowest recorded share to date.  Gartner estimates that Microsoft partners sold 1.7 million Windows Phones during the same period for a 1.6 percent share of the market.  Read Original Content

Google is likely to emerge as a "top mobile play," according to Wall Street analysts, with several raising their price targets on the stock, some by as much as 10 percent.  Read Original Content

Microsoft has launched its Windows Phone platform in India, hoping to take on Apple's iPhone and Google's Android devices in the highly lucrative and crucial smartphone market.  The company said that its smartphones-made by hardware partners like HTC, Samsung, Acer and Nokia-will run on Windows Phone 7.5, also called Mango.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.