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Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 16, 2013

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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Microsoft released its first iOS version of Office. Officially dubbed Microsoft Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers, the app is designed only for the iPhone, available only in the U.S., requires an Office 365 subscription and has a very minimal feature set.  Read Original Content

Counterpoint Technology Market Research has released its monthly global smartphone data for May 2013.  Smartphones are now 57 percent of the market in May 2013. During the first quarter the shares of major brands shrunk or were at stalemate while local tier two brands grew.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics plans to sell a variation of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone that will transmit data at nearly twice the normal speed, the head of its mobile business J.K. Shin said.  Read Original Content

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Verizon Communications Inc. is looking at a move into Canada’s cellular telephone business, one of several possible new entrants whose arrival would salvage the federal government’s ambitions for a fourth wireless player across the country.  Read Original Content

Groupon’s share price closed 11.5 percent higher at $7.65 on the NASDAQ on Friday, June 14, after analysts at Deutsche Bank AG upgraded the stock on optimism that sales can be boosted by the company’s mobile application, which is increasingly used by consumers.  Read Original Content
Indian handset maker Celkon officially announced the debut of its next Android smartphone, the A8+.  The handset sports a 3.5-inch capacitive display and is powered by a 1GHz processor. It packs a two-megapixel rear camera and a VGA secondary camera along with a 1,500mAh battery.  Read Original Content

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the top Windows Phone smartphone Down Under, according to AdDuplex.  The Australian June figures collected by AdDuplex has the flagship Lumia 920 with 32.7 percent of the Windows Phone Devices market share, an increase from 14 percent two months ago.  Read Original Content

Samsung is testing the smartphone-camera hybrid waters with the Zoom, a variant of its Galaxy S4 smartphone with bona fide digital camera hardware features built in.  Read Original Content

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon are leading a group, which is pushing for “kill switches” to be in all new smartphone devices by 2014. The idea is to deter theft and violent crime related to smartphones by eliminating the market for the stolen devices.  Read Original Content

Over half the $8.8 billion dollars advertisers spent on mobile ads last year went to Google, along with a third of all Internet ads.  The $4.61bn Google raked in from mobile ads that year represented 52.36 percent of the total worldwide spend, eMarketer reported.  Read Original Content

The growth rate of app users has been 251 percent over the last five years. It has outpaced the growth of the stationary Internet users worldwide by an astonishing factor of 15. Stationary Internet user base is still more than two times bigger than mobile app user base, but its growth rate looks rather deplorable compared to mobile.  Read Original Content

According to, the Enterprise Mobility market in the Americas will grow at a CAGR of 13.8 percent over the period 2012-2016.  Read Original Content

The April 2013 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share report recently issued shows Apple's iPhone has increased its dominance as the top choice among smartphone customers. Apple grew its share of the market to 39.2 percent, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from January. Samsung was No. 2 with 22 percent, a gain of 0.6 percentage points.  Read Original Content

Over 6.6 billion mobile phones will be in use by the end of 2017, according to CCS Insight’s new market forecast, and two thirds of them will be smartphones, up from less than 25 percent in 2012.  Read Original Content

Apple is exploring launching iPhones with bigger screens, as well as cheaper models in a range of colors, over the next year, said four people with knowledge of the matter, as it takes a cue from rival Samsung Electronics.  Read Original Content

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