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Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 27, 2014

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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Data from research firm Strategy Analytics showed the Samsung’s first-quarter smartphone market share in terms of units sold slipped to 31.2 percent from 32.4 percent a year earlier.  Read Original Content

Microsoft's share of the European smartphone market has fallen, as Apple's continues to grow.  The company's Windows operating system now accounts for only 8.1 percent of smartphone sales across Europe, down from 10.1 percent in February.  Read Original Content

Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research estimates the number of smartphone shipments reached 286 million in Q1 2014, representing 34 percent year-on-ear growth and one percent quarter-on-quarter growth.  Read Original Content

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ABI Research reports smartphone components are being used in smart watches in lieu of optimized smart watch components, even when claimed otherwise. Teardowns of a number of devices found nobody has an optimal wearable peripheral solution yet.  Read Original Content

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to March 2014, shows Apple performing strongly in the first quarter of the year, with sales bouncing back in Europe, Japan and Australia.  Read Original Content
Educational application usage is greatest in growth markets, according to findings by MEF and released in a third report of its Global Consumer Insights Series, which focused on mobile education. Four of the five countries with a larger than average market for education apps are India, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.  Read Original Content

Tingo Mobile has launched Market Box Nigeria, an app seeking to provide security solutions to aid in the fight against violence against women in Nigeria. The company said the mobile app was developed to fight the scourge of insecurity and all forms of violations against women, as well as providing women with access to information.  Read Original Content

Kony, Inc., a leading enterprise mobility company, has announced the appointment of David J. Shirk as executive vice president and chief marketing officer, reporting to Thomas E. Hogan, chief executive officer.  Read Original Content

Samsung is gaining serious traction in the Android tablet market, especially in the United States and Canada, reports Mashable. Samsung is already the most popular maker of Android smartphones.  Read Original Content

Microsoft's 5.44 billion euro ($7.5 billion) acquisition of Nokia's devices business could give it the impetus to take a bigger slice of the smartphone pie, analysts told CNBC.  Read Original Content

Qualcomm posted its smallest quarterly revenue increase since 2010 as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is running out of steam. The smartphone industry is moving away from wealthy markets such as the United States and toward China and other developing countries.  Read Original Content

Samsung reports indicate the South Korean giant is working on a 7 inch phablet. In simple terms, the device will be a Nexus 7 sized tablet with smartphone capabilities. The smartphone is said to be the latest addition to the Samsung’s Mega family and will be called as Samsung Mega 7.0.  Read Original Content

Micromax is getting ready to introduce a new Android smartphone in the Indian market sometime in the coming weeks. Dubbed as Micromax Canvas 2 Colours A120, the smartphone will feature a 5-inch 720p HD display, Android 4.2, and 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor.  Read Original Content

Xiaomi Corp. plans to enter ten more countries this year as it accelerates international expansion. Sales will start in nations including India, Brazil and Russia, Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s founder and chief executive officer.  Read Original Content

Sprint MVNO FreedomPop will begin selling a refurbished Apple iPhone 5 for $349. The company also said it will provide service to customers who bring their existing iPhones to the MVNO.  Read Original Content

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