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Mobility News Weekly – Week of December 30, 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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More than half of consumer activity during Christmas day took place on mobile devices, according to a study released by mobile analytics platform Mixpanel. Based on its analysis of over 695 million actions, the study shows an 11 percent increase the week prior to the holiday.  Read Original Content

Congolese technology company VMK is attempting to break into the smartphone and tablet market by unveiling the first homegrown devices specifically geared towards Africans. VMK announced the launch of the new Way-C tablet and Elikia smartphone earlier this week.  Read Original Content

The Wall Street Journal reported that ZTE, which has its U.S. headquarters in Richardson, intends to ramp up the competition in the United State by introducing higher-end devices and building closer ties with carriers.  Read Original Content

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Fujitsu Ltd. plans to release its easy-to-use smartphones for seniors outside Japan in 2013. The devices have easy-to-read display images, larger letters and increased volume, Asahi Shimbun reported Friday.  Read Original Content

According to 2012 Internet Trends report from technology analyst Mary Meeker, we are at a point where there are more Android, iOS and Windows Mobile users on the Internet combined than there are users on a desktop OS.  Read Original Content
At the Mobile World Congress event at Barcelona in February, Intel is expected to raise the curtains on a new smartphone platform along with new Atom processors based on 22nm and 14nm processes that feature lower power consumption, a report by Digitimes states.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics, provider of home appliances, digital technology, and mobile phones, recently unveiled its flagship 'Optimus Vu' handset in local market, offering a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability.  Read Original Content

New figures, compiled by the recent Ericsson ConsumerLab report, have suggested the female market has become the pioneering front of the smartphone scene, with women reportedly making more complete use of their advanced handsets.  Read Original Content

Research in Motion had only five percent of the global smartphone market in 2012. That's down from 11 percent the year before, according to the market research firm IHS iSuppli.  Read Original Content

Videocon Mobiles Phones has announced its entry into the smartphone business with the launch of two new Android phones - Videocon A20 and Videocon A30 which are an amalgamation of dual-SIM super smartphone features in a sleek contoured body with the latest features and technology.  Read Original Content

A divide has opened up between smartphone sales in the U.S. and Australian markets during the quarter ending November 25, with Android dominating the Australian market at 58 percent of the market share and Apple dominating the U.S. at 53.3 percent of the market share, according to Kantar ComTech.  Read Original Content

Yota, the company mostly known for offering mobile broadband services in places like Russia and Nicaragua, has come up with an innovative concept for its first own mobile phone handset. The phone will have a dual screen – a typical LCD on one side and an e-paper display on the other side for prolonged reading without draining the battery.  Read Original Content

Strategy Analytics predicts smartphone shipments will rise from 90.9 million units in 2012 to 275 million in 2013 and by the end of next year, there will be a huge rise in availability of midrange models priced below $200 wholesale.  Read Original Content

According to research2guidance, the European application market represents approximately 20 percent of the global market. The biggest European app markets are:  UK, Germany, Italy, Spain und France. They account for 15 percent of the global app market.  Read Original Content

The number of Windows Phone-powered devices shipping worldwide in 2017 will match the number of iOS units shipped by Apple in 2012, according to a new Analysys Mason forecast.  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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