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Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 10, 2013

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During the three-month average ending in December 2012 (Q4), 54 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers owned a smartphone, according to the latest figures from comScore MobiLens. That represents a 19.2 percent rise from the three-month average ending March 2012 (Q1 – 45.3 percent).  Read Original Content

According to Canalys, in the smartphone market, Android handsets accounted for 69 percent of the 216.5 million shipped. Android’s share did, however, dip sequentially from 74 percent as Apple’s share grew from 15 percent to 22 percent on the strength of the iPhone 5.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry executives have opted against launching two new smartphone models in Japan, in blunt acknowledgement that competitor Apple is beating them on sales and grabbing up market shares.  Read Original Content

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According to Canalys the total mobile phone market, at 438.1 million units, was flat year-on-year, while the worldwide smart phone market grew 37 percent. Android smart phones accounted for 34 percent of all phone shipments and iOS phones 11 percent. Smart phones now represent almost 50 percent of all the phones that shipped in Q4 2012.  Read Original Content

In an interview with German magazine Wirtschafts Woche, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak noted he thinks Apple is "somewhat behind" with the features of its iPhones in comparison to the rest of the smartphone business. "Others have caught up," he said. "Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products."  Read Original Content
The latest Nielsen survey confirms one of the major smartphone trends of 2012: That the Windows Phone operating system showed remarkable strength in India.  According to Nielsen, Windows Phone grabbed eight percent of India’s smartphone market last autumn, far ahead of BlackBerry at three percent and iPhone at one percent.  Read Original Content

The smartphone gained two percent market share in the U.S. between October 2012 to December 2012, according to recent to comScore data. During those three months Apple held 36 percent of the market, making it the number one smartphone maker in the U.S.  Read Original Content

More than 50 percent of U.S. smartphone owners who say they have unlimited data showed interest in plans that allow customization, speed guarantees, or sharing of data on family plans for multiple devices, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

The BlackBerry Z10 is "selling almost three times better" than previous BlackBerry models have in their first week, according to a Bloomberg report that cites company Chief Executive Thorsten Heins as the source.  Read Original Content

It looks like Microsoft and Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei are gearing up to release a new smartphone for the African market. The Huawei 4Africa phone features a four-inch screen and five mega-pixel rear camera. Microsoft also plans to bring Nokia into the game with two custom African Windows Phones from the Finnish handset maker.  Read Original Content

Smartphones running the open source Ubuntu operating system will be available to customers beginning in October 2013, according to Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd.  Read Original Content

Research In Motion Ltd sales of BlackBerry OS have lagged behind sales of the competing Windows Phone software offered by Microsoft Corporation.  The news augments a shift in concentration from the top two spots on the smartphone food chain, onto the battle for third place.  Read Original Content

T-Mobile USA MVNO Solavei is offering U.S. customers a chance to buy the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone at least a month before any other U.S. customers. The catch, however, is that the device is unlocked and will cost $999.  Read Original Content

According to IDG News Service, HTC and Nokia are preparing to go head-to-head with new cameras on upcoming smartphones, as they hope to steal market share from Apple and Samsung Electronics.  Read Original Content

Apple's iPhone remains the top choice for enterprise customers as they think about their next smartphone purchase, but Microsoft should take heart as more business users are thinking about purchasing a Windows tablet over an iPad for their next tablet purchase, according to Forrester Research.  Read Original Content

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