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Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 1, 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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Apple unveiled iOS 8, an update to the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads. It will be available for download in the fall.  Some of the biggest additions to iOS 8 are a new HealthKit application and unveiled HomeKit, a new platform that would enable people to control all the items in their homes with the iPad or iPhone.  Read Original Content

Apple has taken on Dropbox and WhatsApp with a series of software upgrades that mimic the rival apps' services.  The firm unveiled iCloud Drive, an internet-based storage app, which works on Apple systems and PCs.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics has launched the world's first smartphone powered by the Tizen operating system.  Most Samsung phones currently use the Android platform, but the South Korean firm has been working with chipmaker Intel to develop Tizen as an alternative operating system.  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: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/

Top analysis firm International Data Corporation, issued its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report, including forecasts that Apple’s market share and growth rate will both decline, but iPhone sales will continue to grow over the next three years, albeit more slowly as time goes on.  Read Original Content

MarketsandMarkets forecasts the Enterprise Content Management Market to grow from $6.78 billion in 2014 to $12.32 billion by 2019. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 12.7 percent from 2014 to 2019.  Read Original Content

Microsoft is the latest technology giant preparing to jump into the wearables market, with plans to offer a sensor-rich smart watch that measures heart rate and synchs with iPhones, Android phones and Windows Phones, Forbes has learned.  Read Original Content
According to the latest figures, IDC has readjusted its estimated tablet and 2-in-1 shipment forecast to 245.4 million, down from the previous 260.9 million units predicted earlier this year. The decline is being attributed to consumers holding onto their devices longer as well as the rise of large-sized “phablet” smartphones on the market.  Read Original Content

According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, India added over 28 million new mobile subscriptions in the first quarter of this year, followed by China which had over 19 million, Indonesia with over 7 million, Thailand with over 6 million, and Bangladesh with over 4 million.  Read Original Content

After years of fighting in the market for cloud services and CRM solutions dedicated to companies, Microsoft and Salesforce.com joined forces by announcing the signing of a comprehensive strategic partnership for mutual integration of their flagship solutions.  Read Original Content

According to comScore, Google’s Android platform saw a 0.8 percent increase from January 2014 to April 2014, up to 52.5 percent market share. Apple dropped by 0.2 percent to 41.4 percent, while Microsoft saw a slight increase of 0.1 percent to 3.3 percent.  Read Original Content

India is the highest growing market in Asia Pacific with a year-on-year smartphone shipment growth of over 186 percent in 1Q 2014, according to new IDC data.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry has confirmed it will refocus on the enterprise as it looks to recover from declining sales of its handsets, but the firm also has an eye on opportunities around the Internet of Things with its QNX real-time operating system.  Read Original Content

Ericsson expects the North American market, currently it largest by sales, to continue to be the leader in LTE subscriptions for the next several years, according to a new report from the vendor.  Read Original Content

Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music-streaming specialist that also brings the swagger of rapper Dr. Dre and recording impresario Jimmy Iovine.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry Ltd. Chief Executive Officer John Chen said the chances of turning around the struggling smartphone maker have risen to 80-20.  Chen, who was named as BlackBerry’s top executive in November, had previously been placing the recovery odds at 50-50.  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.