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Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 10, 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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In this year’s second quarter, Chinese PC maker Lenovo was top dog in the country’s smartphone market, with a 12.5 percent share, according to research firm IDC. This put Lenovo only slightly ahead of fledgling smartphone maker Xiaomi, which had a 12.4 percent share.  Read Original Content

Samsung's and Apple's global smartphone shipment market share will decline to around 25 percent and 14 percent, respectively, by 2015, says Fitch Ratings. The decline will be due largely to rising competition in emerging markets.  Read Original Content

Despite all adversities and declining average price, games remain the largest mobile applications category by publication and download (revenue increased 72 percent year-over-year) followed by social and personalization application segment, according to Transparency Market Research.  Read Original Content

The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here:

A VisionMobile’s Economics report was done over the 10,000 developers from the 137 countries worldwide during five weeks of April and May. The mobile application poverty line is $500 per app. The report states almost 50 percent iOS and 64 percent Android apps are residing below the app poverty line. Read Original Content

LG Electronics has begun selling its latest flagship smartphone in China, a market where it has struggled to make a dent. Eager to capitalize on strong early reception for its G3, the company said it would sell the device through online shopping site  Read Original Content

It may sound unbelievable but an Israeli start-up has announced it is working to develop a bio-organic system that can recharge a smartphone battery in just 30 seconds.  The company known as StoreDot said its prototype battery charger is currently being tested with Samsung’s Galaxy phones.  Read Original Content
According to Reportstack, the global mobile enterprise application development Platform market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25.29 percent over the period 2013-2018.  Read Original Content

In 2013 the introduction of the first fingerprint sensor by Apple in the iPhone 5s triggered the growth of the fingerprint sensors market immensely. Owing to this, it is expected the fingerprint sensors market will jump up to $14.35 billion in 2020.  Read Original Content

In 2013 there were approximately 6.7 billion mobile subscriptions around the world. By 2019 this number is expected to grow to 9.3 billion subscriptions; 5.3 billion of these subscriptions will be smartphones, according to June 2014 Ericsson Mobility Report.  Read Original Content

The Canadian smartphone market has gotten a little more crowded, with ZTE announcing its Grand X smartphone is now available from major Canadian carriers for the first time.  A Chinese-based company, ZTE is a global smartphone vendor and has had success in the pre-paid market, but this is its first deal with a major Canadian carrier. Read Original Content

Black House Media, a Lagos-based public relations agency, has announced the launch of its mobile application called BHM App.  The app, according to the company’s founder, Ayeni Adekunle, is the first and only mobile application in Nigeria’s PR market, and a resource center for the entire media and marketing industries.  Read Original Content

Google purchased a new messaging application called Emu, a former IM Client that stood out in the market due to its smart features. Emu was released as a beta earlier this year and was often compared to Siri, the virtual assistant that automates tasks based on conversations. Read Original Content

According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung Electronics snatched the top spot from Apple in the North American handset market. LG Electronics' market share also surged to record highs, which placed the company in third place.  Read Original Content

According to comScore, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42.1 percent original equipment manufacturer market share, while Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 51.9 percent platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app.  Read Original Content

Apple will unveil its next iPhone at an event on September 9, according to multiple reports, giving a set date to the culmination of months of speculation about what is expected to be a major update to Apple's premier product.  Read Original Content

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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.

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