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Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 23, 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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Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone with "customised hardware and software" that enables it to create 3D maps of a user's surroundings.  The device's sensors allow it make over 250,000 3D measurements every second and update its position in real-time.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry Limited, a world leader in mobile communications, unveiled plans for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12, a new enterprise mobility solution that is application-enabled and unifies BES10 and BES5 to one platform. Read Original Content

Qualcomm Incorporated announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is powering Samsung's newest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5.  Read Original Content

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Blackphone, which runs on a customized version of Google's Android software and encrypts texts, voice calls and video chats, was launched at the annual Mobile World Congress.  It aims to tap into the market for so-called mobile security management products.  Read Original Content

Mobility is the most important digital technology priority for large enterprises, a new Accenture study has found. Reflecting its role as an enabler of other technologies in today’s digital businesses, 43 percent of respondents ranked mobility as a top one or two priority, with 77 percent placing it in the top five.  Read Original Content
Recently at Mobile World Congress, Nokia underscored its commitment to connecting the next billion to the Internet by releasing five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences.  Read Original Content

Ericsson and Facebook announced the creation of a joint innovation lab supporting the Internet.org initiative, which will provide an environment and expertise for optimizing applications, networks, devices and services for the next five billion Internet users.  Read Original Content

According to the latest round of figures from AdDuplex, over 80 percent of all Windows Phones on a global basis are now running Windows Phone 8 – a huge step up after a somewhat shaky start for the new OS. Read Original Content

The global smartphone applications processor market registered 41 percent year-on-year to reach $18 billion in 2013, based on preliminary estimates from the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies.  Read Original Content

When it comes to smartphone operating systems in Latin America, Google's Android platform easily reigns in 18 countries.  According to Guía Local, the Android smartphone operating system averaged 61.3 percent of the market share in Latin America during 2013.  Read Original Content

Among smartphone buyers with annual incomes above $100,000, 65 percent bought an iPhone in 2013, compared with 19 percent for a Samsung handset. That income bracket accounted for 33 percent of Apple's iPhone unit sales last year, according to NPD Group.  Read Original Content

The Indian smartphone market is expected to double and touch 80 million by the end of current fiscal, a top Samsung India official said.  Read Original Content

The next iteration of Samsung's Galaxy smartphone range will feature biometric security, the company has announced.  In a similar way to Apple's iPhone 5, the main button on the front of the device doubles as a fingerprint scanner used to unlock the device.  Read Original Content

Facebook recently introduced a new application called Paper to join its other digital assets. Paper serves as an application for discovering news and storylines, both from accredited news sources, as well as your Facebook friends. Read Original Content

"Unified Communications Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends and Forecast, 2012 - 2018" the unified communications market was valued at 22.8 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach 61.9 billion in 2018, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 15.7 percent from 2012 to 2018.  Read Original Content

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***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.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.