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Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 9, 2014

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 press reports, China's Lenovo Group has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. for $2.91 billion. The deal will allow Lenovo to obtain 2,000 patent assets and the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry Ltd shares have gained more than 50 percent over the past three months. BlackBerry entered a five-year agreement with Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd. to manufacture low-end smartphones starting April 2014.  Read Original Content

Nokia will soon release a phone running a forked version of Google's Android platform, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The release of the phone, codenamed "Normandy," will come just ahead of the closing of Microsoft's $7.4 billion deal to buy Nokia's handset business. Read Original Content

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LG aims to expand its smartphone business by at least 40 percent this year. LG's mobile business strategy for 2014 is to focus on innovation leadership to create the ultimate user experience and further strengthen its innovation leadership in the global smartphone industry.  Read Original Content

HTC is aiming at the cheaper end of the smartphone market with new models, as it forecast another loss in the current quarter and unveiled revenues for January lower than at any time since 2007.  Read Original Content
Seiko Epson has announced a golf swing sensor that attaches to a club and sends the data back to your smartphone via Bluetooth. The company will enter the wearables market soon, and while not strictly "wearable" the M-Tracer for Golf MT500G is an indication that it is aiming at the sports market. Read Original Content

Lenovo Group Ltd., the world’s largest maker of personal computers, plans to expand its smartphone business in three west African countries this year as it builds on a surge in demand in Nigeria.  Read Original Content

By the start of 2014, Samsung had 166 million mobile business customers, according to ABI Research.  Read Original Content

Smartphone usage in Mexico more than doubled in 2012. In 2013 it grew almost 50 percent again. As a result, eMarketer projected 6.1 million people will be added to Mexico's smartphone owners population.  Read Original Content

According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the Google Android was easily the top smartphone operating system in Spain and left competitors with single-digit market share figures.  Read Original Content

After experiencing annual growth of 43 percent in 2013 on shipments of 1.32 billion, the global application processor market is forecast to see decelerated growth in 2014, with shipments increasing 23 percent on year, according to a new Digitimes Research Special Report.  Read Original Content

Flappy Bird, the newest and most savagely addicting smartphone game to have taken the mobile market by storm, is earning $50,000 in ad revenue each day, Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen revealed in an interview with The Verge.  Read Original Content

Some 1.02 billion smartphones were sold around the world in 2013 — a rise of 43 percent on 2012 sales figures — although tablets are growing faster, according to specialist market analyst Futuresource Consulting.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry is reportedly planning to launch a 64-bit smartphone with an octa-core processor next year. The firm is developing a handset equipped with Qualcomm's eight-core Snapdragon MSM8994 chipset that clocks in at 2.5GHz, according to N4BB.  Read Original Content

Lawmakers in California are proposing legislation that would require wireless carriers install a so-called "kill switch" in smartphone and tablets sold in the state that would render the devices useless if stolen. If passed and signed into law, the bill would require phones and tablets sold in California on or after January 1, 2015, to include the antitheft solution.  Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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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.