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Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 27, 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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Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS together accounted for a whopping 92 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q4 of 2012, according to a report by Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

Apple was able to maintain its lead of smartphone sales in the U.S. market during the holiday quarter ending December 23, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The report said iOS was the top-selling smartphone platform during the three-month period, as it recorded 51.2-percent of market sales compared to Android’s 44.2-percent.  Read Original Content

Nvidia will build smartphones and devices with its own Tegra chips and sell them white label to manufacturers in Russia and China, according to Unwired View, citing a report from Mobile Review.  Read Original Content

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The number of smartphone shipments, exceeded 200 million globally in Q4 2012, with the annual total reaching 671 million, representing a growth of almost 42 percent year-on-year, according to mobile analyst firm, Juniper Research.  Read Original Content

According to IDC, vendors shipped a total of 482.5 million mobile phones in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 473.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, the global market for mobile phones grew 1.2 percent on shipments of more than 1.7 billion units.  Read Original Content

ComScore has published its most recent monthly review of the top iOS and Android apps in the United States ranked by unique visitors and has found that Google captured five of the top six spots with Google Maps, Google Play, Google Search, Gmail and YouTube.  Read Original Content
Struggling phone maker Nokia has reported a profit for the last quarter of 2012, compared to a £633 million loss a year earlier. The Finnish firm said its fourth quarter profit was €202 million (£170 million), but revenue fell 20 percent as it failed to make gains in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.  Read Original Content

New figures from research firm Kantar Worldpanel Comtech show Windows Phone has almost tripled its market share in the U.K., rising from 2.2 percent to 5.9 percent in the last twelve months.  Read Original Content

The Mozilla Foundation is looking to enter the smartphone market, with the group unveiling two new preview devices that run on its own open-source operating system.  Read Original Content

SAP's revenue in the fourth quarter grew by 12 percent, helped by strong growth in the market for its cloud applications, its HANA in-memory database and mobile applications.  Read Original Content

The UK is a world leader in mobile adoption and mobile advertising. Advertisers spend more per mobile Internet user on mobile advertising in the UK than any other country in the world, according to eMarketer estimates.  Read Original Content

According to Portio Research, at the end of Decemeber 2012 there were 36 million active smartphones in the UK market, and a further 47 million active non-smartphones. And according to the projected compound annual growth rate, the number of smartphones is set to reach 63 million by the end of 2016.  Read Original Content

LG's first premium smartphone in years, the Optimus G, has helped the Korean company snatch second place from Apple. According to Yonhap News Agency, LG's share of all mobile devices in the U.S. rose to 13 percent in the month of December, which was just ahead of Apple's 12 percent.  Read Original Content

According to Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments have increased from 490.5 million during 2011 to 700.1 million during 2012, which is roughly 30 percent growth year-over-year.  Read Original Content

Smartphones running Mozilla Firefox and Jolla Sailfish will launch separately in 2013.  Their impact will be small but important initially, as the smartphone community seeks alternatives to the frontrunner mobile operating systems, Apple's iOS and Android, analysts said.  Read Original Content

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