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Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 13, 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 Buzz Marketing Group, the days of Apple dominating the hands of the teen crowd have come to an end. Other newer models such as the Samsung Galaxy or Microsoft Surface are gradually winning over younger generations tired of the repetitive Apple formula, Forbes reports.  Read Original Content

Apple and Google have long dominated the smartphone market, but Tizen is rising to challenge their dominance. The Linux-based operating system is gaining steam faster than expected, with Samsung confirming it will launch a number of Tizen-based devices this year.  Read Original Content

Samsung has announced another smartphone sales milestone: its Galaxy S series has passed channel sales of more than 100 million units since launching in May 2010.  Read Original Content

Sony Mobile Communications may abandon the low-end smartphone market and focus primarily on high-end devices as it seeks to re-establish its brand. “We’re ready to be a premium smartphone provider,” said Stephen Sneeden, Sony Mobile’s Xperia product marketing manager.  Read Original Content

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Antivirus giant Symantec has been tracking 1.5 million mobile apps for Android smartphones and touch tablets. It found a 210 percent increase in madware over the last nine months of 2012. Nearly half of the apps analyzed distributed madware, some issuing as many as 17 variants. Read Original Content

In the last week Nokia delivered unexpected good news: a profit. Sales of its new smartphone line, the Lumia, powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, soared more than 50 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, according to preliminary financial information.  Read Original Content
Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray believes a cheaper iPhone would allow Apple to sell handsets to a market that represents 580 million potential customers or 65 percent of the smartphone market.  Read Original Content

Samsung showed off a speedier and more powerful processor at the International Consumer Electronics Show last week. The chip has eight processors built into the same piece of silicon.  Four of the processors are designed to run fast when the device needs operating power and the rest are engineered to help conserve battery life.  Read Original Content

According to IHS iSuppli, close to 46 percent of cell phone users worldwide have smartphones, and 87 percent of those phones run either Google or Apple software.  Read Original Content

Apple has cut its orders for components for the iPhone 5 due to weaker than expected demand. Apple's orders for iPhone 5 screens for the January-March quarter, for example, have dropped to roughly half of what the company had previously planned to order.  Read Original Content

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently published a set of recommendations for mobile app developers to safeguard consumer privacy. "The guidelines appear to address both common-sense and forward-thinking recommendations, as well as a range of general and specific guidance," writes CNET News' Seth Rosenblatt. Read Original Content

Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston believes Apple will only be able to stop Samsung from stealing its smartphone marketshare if it launches the iPhone mini this year, a device he doesn't expect to hit the shelves until 2014.  Read Original Content

Lenovo Group Ltd., the world’s largest personal-computer maker, is seeking to extend its push into the smartphone market by becoming first to sell a handset based on Intel Corp.’s latest chip design.  Read Original Content

Consumer electronics major Sony today said it is targeting to treble the revenue of its mobile division in India on the back its new range of smart phones in the country.  Read Original Content

Latin America continues to be a mixed picture with feature phones and ultra-low-cost handsets taking the lion’s share of handset sales in 2012.  However, Argentina and Chile are now reaching a significant milestone: for the first time smartphone sales are outstripping the sales of other types of handsets.  Read Original Content

Smartphone users are actually consuming more data on a per-user basis than tablet subscribers for the first time, according to a new research report from network technology firm Arieso.  Read Original Content

Three of the top U.S. cellphone carriers signaled this week that they would support Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 products, the first of which are due to be unveiled Jan 30, offering a hopeful sign for RIM's comeback effort.  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.