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Mobility News Weekly

Week of December 9, 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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Gartner predicts sales of 1.2 billion smartphones and tablets in 2013, a 50 percent increase over this year. Smart devices, including smartphones and tablets, will account for 70 percent of the total number of devices sold by the end of 2012.  Read Original Content

IDC projects sales of 717.5 million smartphones in 2012, or about twice as many as PCs, both portable and desktop. The gulf is expected to widen in 2016.  Read Original Content

The mobile chipset market is in a state of flux with a number of key vendors struggling, but analysts say the result of the turmoil will be more advanced high-end smartphones and cheaper low-end devices.  Read Original Content

Founded in 1979, DSI is a global provider of Enterprise Mobility Solutions®, helping companies worldwide increase productivity and profitability regardless of data source, device type, operating system or network connectivity.  DSI serves clients globally through its offices in Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by DSI.

IDC has released its latest prediction for the global mobile phone market, forecasting the industry will grow only 1.4 percent year over year in 2012, while smartphone shipments are expected to grow 45.1 percent from 2011.  Read Original Content

Canalys estimates just 25 developers accounted for half the application revenue in the United States in Apple’s App Store (iPhone only) and Google Play during the first 20 days of November 2012. Between them, they made $60 million (£37m) from paid-for downloads and in-app purchases over this period, the report said.  Read Original Content


Many of the most popular mobile applications for children are collecting personal information and sharing it with advertising agencies or other third parties without telling the users or their parents, according to a report issued Monday by the Federal Trade Commission.  Read Original Content

Digitimes Research said they expect Android to continue to dominate with 70 percent of the market and 600 million devices, iOS to remain stagnant at around 20 percent share, while the other 10 percent will be shared by the other, smaller platforms.  Read Original Content

A sophisticated digital attack involving smart mobile phones has been used to steal €36 million or $47 million from corporate and private banking customers across Europe.  Android and Blackberry mobile devices have been specifically targeted, indicating attacks against Android devices are now a growing trend.  Read Original Content

By 2014 there will be more than 70 billion mobile app downloads from app stores every year, according to Gartner. Also by 2014 a majority of companies will deliver mobile apps to workers via private app stores.  Read Original Content

Growth in the adoption of data services in South Africa is supporting the development of the mobile applications market, which is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 48 percent through 2017, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.  Read Original Content



Research firm IDC predicts Android will be the platform for 68.3 percent of smartphones shipped in 2012, far ahead of 18.8 percent for the iOS platform used on Apple's iPhone.  Read Original Content

Apple, Ericsson, Research In Motion and other technology companies sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to open up more spectrum for mobile broadband.  Read Original Content

The market for cheap smartphones costing under $150 will explode over the next few years, according to a new study from Informa Telecoms & Media, with low-end smartphones making up 52 percent of all smartphones sales in 2017.  Read Original Content

Motorola Mobility will close down almost all of its operations in South Korea next year as its reorganization under the ownership of Google continues. The phone maker will keep 10 percent of its local R&D staff, who will be offered relocation packages. Read Original Content

Deutsche Telekom said Thursday that its T-Mobile USA subsidiary will at long last get its chance to sell some Apple mobile products next year, but declined to offer much in the way of specifics.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC 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.