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Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 30, 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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Investors have turned their eyes back on BlackBerry Ltd., once more, as the company’s strategies for cutting costs and preserving funds have led it to actually report a solid balance sheet in its fourth quarter earnings.  Read Original Content

LG brought an NFC technology compatible washing machine to InnoFest 2014. The appliance comes with a number of presets, but with NFC compatibility users will be able to download additional programs onto their smartphones, and then tap them against the washing machine in order to load them into the appliance.  Read Original Content

In an historical case in technology news, two men who have been accused of owning a mobile app piracy site for Android devices have now pled guilty to the charges that had been filed against them by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read Original Content

Catavolt is the most secure way to rapidly build mobile apps that work with all enterprise systems and all mobile devices. IT departments rest easy with Catavolt’s industry-leading “No Data at Rest” security platform, and a no-coding app creation approach that efficiently addresses the backlog of business requests for mobile apps. Business users receive apps that are custom-tailored to their business process, and a high-performance, native user experience that fully utilizes the devices they carry today. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Catavolt.

According to the latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple iOS handsets accounted for 32.1 percent of the market in Great Britain from December 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. This is a three percent leap from the same period the previous year.  Read Original Content

China's Huawei Technologies is striving to top Apple in smartphone sales to emerging markets with its trademark low-cost approach.  Huawei reported 34 percent profit growth for 2013 as it becomes the world's third-biggest smartphone maker.  Read Original Content
The enterprise mobility market is expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2017 as firms are increasingly adopting mobility apps for enhancing productivity at the workplace and strengthening business processes, according to the research firm Gartner.  Read Original Content

Representative Brian Higgins, a Democrat from Buffalo, New York, has signed on to co-sponsor the Secure Our Smartphones bill in the House of Representatives.  Phone makers would have to include a “kill switch” that would be used if the phone were stolen.  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that would prevent a costly crime that’s happening more often.  Read Original Content

According to an analyst at Raymond James, the number of respondents in a recent survey who own iPhones declined from 56 percent to 52.3 percent quarter over quarter, but it is still higher than the 49.9 percent a year earlier.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry’s QNX operating system, used to power its BlackBerry 10 phones, has become the technology of choice for mapping, communication and entertainment systems in cars from Ford Motor Co. to luxury German brands Porsche and BMW.  Read Original Content

With the recent purchase of Whatsapp by Facebook, Tellwut conducted an online survey determining 45 percent feel the Mobile Messenger App market is saturated, 29 percent believe there is more room for competition and 25 percent think the existing top ranked applications are too similar.  Read Original Content

Apple Inc suppliers will begin mass producing displays as early as May for the next iPhone, expected to be launched this autumn, with a 4.7-inch screen likely to be produced first while a 5.5-inch version could be delayed, supply chain sources said.  Read Original Content

HTC announced its latest flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8, which is an improvement over the original HTC One M7's software, camera and industrial design. HTC also has secured strong carrier distribution, especially in North America, in hopes it can gain inroads on Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S5.  Read Original Content

As expected, Google released a specific version of its Android mobile software designed for wearable computing, called Android Wear, putting the company firmly in support of wearables like smart watches. Read Original Content

Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has announced the launch of the company’s new Enterprise Mobility Suite. The company says this bundle of services will make it easier for IT organizations in large businesses to manage all of the devices their employees carry with them, whether they are Windows devices, Android, or Apple.  Read Original Content

In more news sure to fuel the competitive fires of Google Android and Apple iOS users, a new study by Crittercism has found Android is the most stable mobile OS on the market, with a majority Android KitKat crashing less than one percent of the time.  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.