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Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 22, 2012

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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Good Technology has released its analysis of mobile device activations among enterprise customers over the second quarter of 2012. The data shows Android smartphone usage doubling, with Apple's iOS continuing to lead, and the iPhone 4S at the head of the pack.
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New research from Nielsen indicates Android products now account for more than half of the smartphones in use in the U.S. market, and that 54 percent of those who purchased smartphones in June 2012 opted for an Android device.  Read Original Content

Nokia reported a 39 percent year-on-year drop in the number of smartphones it sold in the second quarter, to 10.2 million, while its net loss more than trebled.  Read Original Content

ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware.

On Friday, Microsoft revealed the minimum price for a paid Windows 8 app would be $1.49 – 50 percent more than the 99-cent entry-level pricing that most mobile users have been accustomed to. Has Microsoft priced itself out of its own app market?  Read Original Content

According to a survey by IDC and Appcelerator, 53.2 percent of developers believe Apple iOS will "win" in the enterprise market, versus 37.3 percent of developers who believe Google's Android platform will.  Read Original Content


The global volume of mobile data traffic will exceed 107 exabytes in 2017, shows a new forecast from ABI Research. This total traffic volume will be eight times more than what is expected for 2012.  Read Original Content

The world's smartphone subscribers will download about 36 billion apps in 2012, according to a new industry analyst forecast; resulting in almost 37 native apps through the year for the average smartphone subscriber.  Read Original Content

Messaging apps that enable smartphone users to send unlimited free messages to their friends are cannibalizing SMS revenue. The use of third party apps such as Whatsapp and Viber, plus native platform specific apps such as Apple’s iMessage are also boosting data use says market analyst ABI Research.  Read Original Content

Infonetics Research has estimated global smartphone sales totaled $45.9 billion in the first quarter of 2012, down 3 percent from the typically high fourth quarter, Infonetics also estimates by 2016, the worldwide smartphone market to hit $237 billion.  Read Original Content

Amazon is to introduce up to five or six tablet SKUs, or stock-keeping units, according Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Retail for Staples, which sells the Fire. The tablets will be different sizes, including a 10-inch model, Parneros said.  Read Original Content

Samsung’s flagship entry into the ultra-competitive smartphone market is off to a rousing start, clearing the 10 million mark in units sold just two months after the handset debuted, Shin Jong-kyun revealed, according to the Yonhap news agency.  Read Original Content

The future for Microsoft in the smartphone market is looking brighter. According to Strategy Analytics, Microsoft Windows Phone is projected to have 4 percent of U.S. market share this year. This is up from the 3 percent the company got in 2011.  Read Original Content

Nokia lowers the price in the U.S. for the Lumia 900, its most important smartphone model, possibly due to the upcoming iPhone 5 release date. Nokia is now far behind Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market.  Read Original Content

Google, owner of the world’s most popular search engine, said second-quarter revenue surged 35 percent, helped by its acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings and as more users clicked on advertisements.  Read Original Content

Qualcomm Inc., the largest seller of mobile-phone semiconductors, rose after quarterly results showed consumers in emerging markets are trading up to next-generation handsets, lifting profitability.  Read Original Content

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