Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 18, 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.

Also read Connected Globe News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

According to TrendForce, Samsung continued to lead the pack in 2014, owning 28 percent of the smartphone market, but that number was down from 32.5 percent in 2013. Apple, meanwhile, maintained steady year-over-year numbers in second place, accounting for 16.4 percent of all smartphone shipments in 2014.  Read Original Content

The market for smartphones is booming across the Middle East and Africa, with 4G handsets gaining ground rapidly in Gulf states, according to new IDC research.  Read Original Content

Europe's largest software group SAP SE has cut key profit forecasts and abandoned a target for higher margins, saying its stepped-up push to deliver products via the cloud would dampen profitability until at least 2018.  Read Original Content

B2M Solutions’ mobile software delivers valuable insight and actionable analytics for enterprise customers. Business leaders and managers within the mission critical, rugged mobile enterprise now have operational views of key business and technology analytics affecting performance and productivity. B2M software is developed with specific functionality to help organizations identify and unblock mobility problems as soon as, or even before, they occur, allowing customers to sustain critical business processes and gain competitive advantages. To Lean more visit  This newsletter is sponsored in part by B2M Solutions

Google Play, the app store owned by Google Inc., has seen dramatic growth since it was launched in 2012. Now, Google Play has surpassed Apple Inc.’s App Store for the number of developers and applications for 2014, according to AppFigures.  Read Original Content

TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Managed Mobility Services market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32.71 percent over the period 2014-2019.  Read Original Content

GCC shipments of 4G LTE handsets have increased more than four times over the last year and are now close to accounting for one half of all smartphones sold in the region, according to the latest figures from International Data Corporation.  Read Original Content

Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp on Monday said profit likely rose 94 percent last year due mainly to its high-speed 4G network division and smartphone business.  Read Original Content

An Android smartphone application offers a convenient way for Nepali farmers to link up to the market and to experts at agriculture extension agencies on a single platform.   Called IFA Krishi Nepal, the app provides information in the Nepali language to farmers about planting crops, livestock disease, weather forecast and market prices.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone-maker by sales volume, is scheduled to release a series of mid to low end Android-based smartphones, including the Galaxy A5 and A7, in Korea in an effort to maintain its grip on the global smartphone market.  Read Original Content

According to Kantar, the iPhone accounted for 48 percent of smartphones sold in Japan during the third quarter, which ran from the beginning of August through the end of October. The Android operating system powered a similar 48.1 percent.  Read Original Content

According to the latest round of rumors, the Korean smartphone giant Samsung made a generous offer to buy BlackBerry for as much as $7.5 billion. The deal values BlackBerry at a good premium over the company’s current trading price. Investors, analysts and industry experts responded well to the news as stock price surged almost 30 percent.  Read Original Content

Dutch smartphone users are using Skype more, according to the latest research from Telecompaper on mobile apps in the Netherlands. The number of smartphone users with Snapchat on their phone also doubled in the past year, to almost 1.5 million.  Read Original Content

In 2014 Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi Inc. surpassed Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. to become China’s leading smartphone vendor. In 2015 it will attempt to replicate that success in two new markets: Brazil and Russia.  Read Original Content

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba Group is currently testing a mobile messaging application called DingTalk that combines social networking with business.  Read Original Content

After two years of significant increase, tablet market growth dropped in 2014, and it is expected to remain low through 2016, according to Gartner. The research company predicts that tablet sales growth will be around 8 percent in 2015.  Read Original Content

Latest Articles on

Information, Analytics and Speed are the New Mandates
Code Halos, Hyper-Personalization and LinkedIn
The Future of You
Kevin Benedict Interviews Corning Inc.'s Digital Transformation Expert Grace Alcivar
An Interview with World Traveler and BI Expert Mico Yuk
Robotics and Business Process Services - The Interview
Interview with Digital Marketing Expert Will Reese
The State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration: Challenges and Opportunities

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization

Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
***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.