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Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 3, 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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According to Strategy Analytics, Android claimed 70 percent of world smartphone share in quarter four 2012.  Read Original Content

Microsoft and Huawei Technologies are launching a smartphone for the African market, as a part of a long-term strategy to spread mobile telephony and Internet connectivity in Africa.  Read Original Content

Smartphone manufacturer HTC announced 2013 Q1 profits could be down as much as 17 percent from the last quarter. Even with the seasonal market to consider, this is a big drop for the company.  Read Original Content

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MediaTek is the largest mobile chipmaker in Taiwan. Its chips power devices from the likes of Lenovo, Sharp and Acer, as well as Chinese giants like ZTE and Huawei. The company generated about $3 billion in revenue last year selling chipsets for some 500 million phones, easily eclipsing Samsung, HTC and Apple in total volume. Read Original Content

After a long wait, BlackBerry's new smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10, was launched in Canadian stores.  Both Rogers and Bell reported strong demand for the phone, with 50 percent of pre-orders coming from non-BlackBerry users, according to independent technology analyst Chris Umiastowski.  Read Original Content
Gartner has made it clear they expect the mobile app market to be more than 50 percent made up of apps that are cross-platform, aka “hybrid apps”, by 2016. These apps will be working with a combination of the “portability” of HTML5 Web apps with a native container for each different device, regardless of mobile OS.  Read Original Content

According to Gartner, the first $50 smartphone will appear in emerging markets this year.  Read Original Content

Recently, Safaricom and Intel launched the Yolo smartphone. The Intel-based phone is among a range of gadgets targeted at emerging regions as multi-nationals tap into the market potential of these regions.  Read Original Content

In a bid to capture a larger market share of the growing smartphone market in India, HTC has prepared a blueprint to ramp up its marketing presence. The company plans to make its phones available in over 11,000 outlets against 3,000 outlets at present. Read Original Content

Nokia announced availability of the first of its Windows Phone 8 based smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 820, in Kenya.  Read Original Content

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a wide-reaching set of new guidelines for makers of mobile platforms and developers of applications for mobile telephones and tablets to safeguard users' privacy.  Read Original Content

Qualcomm reported strong results for its most recent quarter, including record revenue, and said it does not expect the smartphone market that powers its chipset business to slow down in 2013.  Read Original Content

The most significant thing about the BlackBerry Z10 is that it runs the new BlackBerry 10 OS.  The BlackBerry 10 user experience is built around three concepts — Hub, Peek and Flow — and is designed for one-handed use.  Read Original Content

Ericsson on Thursday said its fourth-quarter sales were lifted above expectations by strong demand in the U.S., where the smartphone boom is spurring mobile operators to roll out faster networks.  Read Original Content

A November update to Facebook's iOS and Android apps increased overall signaling traffic and airtime consumption on mobile networks by 5-10 percent, found network vendor Alcatel-Lucent in a new study.  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 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.