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Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 21, 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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Newcomer Lenovo Mobile Philippines has set its sights on the country’s entry-level smartphone market with the launch of its new smartphones the A390, A690, A706 and the K900.  Read Original Content

Shipments of sub $250 low-cost smartphones will grow from 259 million in 2013 to 788 million in 2018, according ABI Research. Mid (sub $400) and high ($400+) cost smartphone shipments are expected to grow from 635 million to 925 million over the same period.  Read Original Content

Archos announced its “first line of Google certified smartphones”, which are set for availability by the end of May 2013. The company is offering three devices, Archos 35 Carbon, Archos 50 Platinum, and Archos 53 Platinum, all of which use an “unskinned” version of Android.  Read Original Content

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Research from Berg Insight indicates the number of mobile subscribers worldwide using a turn-by-turn navigation app on their handset at least once per month grew from 105 million in 2011 to 150 million in 2012.  This growth came at the expense of global shipments of personal navigation devices, which declined to 28 million units in 2012 from 33 million units in 2011.  Read Original Content

Mobile enterprise app demand contributed to a 3.3 percent year-over-year growth in the applications market in 2012, according to the latest stats from IDC.  Read Original Content
Mobile app downloads increased by 11 percent to 13.4 billion during the first quarter of 2013, while direct revenues from paid-for-apps, in-app purchases and subscriptions grew to $2.2 billion (£1.4 billion), according to Canalys.  Read Original Content

Global sales of connected devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs are expected to surpass 2.2 billion units and earn $814.3 billion revenue by 2017, according to IDC.  Also, worldwide shipment of such devices grew 29.1 percent to 1 billion units worth $576.9 billion year-on-year in 2012.  Read Original Content

Indian handset maker Micromax is set to unveil a 3D phone in the market.  The upcoming model will be called Canvas AD 115 and will run the Android 4.1.2 Jellybean Operating System. Along with a 5-inch display, 800x480p resolution, 1GB RAM, 1GHz dual-core CPU, the phone will also reportedly have a 3D interface.  Read Original Content

Nokia continues to take a hammering in the smartphone market, with sales for the handset maker falling by 20 percent in the first three months of the year.  Although Nokia managed to reduce its first-quarter net loss to 272 million euros ($357 million) from a loss of 928 million euros a year earlier, that was mainly thanks to cost cutting.  Read Original Content

LG has announced an Optimus G2 handset will launch globally in the third quarter. The smartphone will be LG's rival to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and possibly the next generation of Apple's iPhone.  Read Original Content

By 2016 more than 50 percent of mobile apps deployed will be hybrid.  Hybrid apps, which offer a balance between native apps and HTML5-based Web apps, provide important advantages for application development, says Gartner.  Read Original Content

As Brazil rushes to introduce a blazing-fast fourth-generation wireless network before the 2014 World Cup, fewer than a dozen compatible smartphones will be available in stores, compared with the hundreds of models on sale worldwide.  Read Original Content

Nokia, the Finnish mobile-phone maker trying to win back users from Apple and Samsung, struck a deal to get Verizon Wireless to sell its new smartphone. Verizon is set to unveil a plan next month to offer Nokia’s Lumia 928.  Read Original Content

Facebook’s new Home Android launcher has passed the 500,000 download mark on the Google Play store after a little over a week in the wild, though it continues to accumulate mostly negative reviews and has sunk to an average rating of 2.2.  Read Original Content

According to a new PwC survey of all of the major North American wireless carriers, smartphones remain incredibly popular among subscribers who are consuming an average of 694 MB per month in postpaid data.  However, wireless carriers are seeing a dramatic 60 percent slowdown in the growth of traffic on their wireless networks.  Read Original Content

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