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Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 20, 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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Sony has unveiled what it says is the thinnest tablet computer of its kind. The Android-powered Xperia Z is 0.27 inches thick. That is 0.01 inches thinner than Apple's iPad Mini despite featuring a bigger 10.1 inch screen.  Read Original Content

The first mobile devices with Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip featuring an integrated modem will be shown off later this month.  The quad-core S4 Play chip is targeted at low-end smartphones and tablets but does not include 4G capabilities.  Read Original Content

Nokia is releasing design files that will let owners use 3D printers to make their own cases for its Lumia phones.  Files containing mechanical drawings, case measurements and recommended materials have already been released by the phone maker.  Read Original Content

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A number of African countries are investing heavily in 4G LTE networks, which is expected to fuel demand for enterprise mobility, according to a new report by ABI. Overall, mobility is exploding in Africa. In 2012, there were almost 650 million mobile subscriptions on the continent, more than in the United States or the European Union.  Read Original Content

Research2Guidance tells us the market for paid application downloads reached $8 billion in 2012 in the top five app platforms, representing an increase of 27 percent compared to 2011.  Read Original Content
LG’s flagship Optimus G passed one million sales last week, hitting the landmark somewhat slowly since its global launch in October, but things appear to be looking up.  According to Counterpoint Research, LG bumped Apple to second place in the U.S. handset market following December sales.  Read Original Content

Apple's share of the worldwide smartphone market will peak this year at 22 percent, and then remain flat through 2018, according to a new market forecast from ABI Research.  Read Original Content

Two separate pieces of research from Nielsen and Canalys have shown how the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) market is going to explode in terms of smartphone development.  Read Original Content

According to Canalys, developing countries in Asia and South America will account for 70 to 80 percent of all global smartphone growth in 2013 as the market continues to rely less on Western countries.  Read Original Content

Google’s Android operating system is dominating mobile operating systems shipments according to both Gartner and IDC and will continue to lead the market through 2016.  Read Original Content

Smartphones running Mozilla Firefox and Jolla Sailfish will launch separately in 2013 amid a crowded smartphone market. Their impact will be small but important initially, as the smartphone community seeks alternatives to the frontrunner mobile operating systems.  Read Original Content

According to a survey by 451 Research's ChangeWave service of over 4,061 people, one in two respondents who intend to buy a smartphone within the next three months are planning on purchasing an iPhone, while 21 percent said they're in the market for a Samsung handset.  Read Original Content

Research In Motion Ltd., which is preparing to unveil its BlackBerry 10 phones later this month, said more than 1,600 North American businesses have registered for a training program for the new handsets and software.  Read Original Content

Two weeks after Facebook added free VoIP calling to the Canadian version of its Messenger application for Apple's iOS, the social networking giant is now extending the feature to iPhone users in the U.S.  Read Original Content

According to eMarketer, the number of mobile Internet users in Brazil will reach 96.4 million by 2016 from 25.3 million in 2011.  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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