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Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 15, 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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Kony, Inc. recently announced it has raised $50 million in financing to continue fueling its growth, innovation and leadership in enterprise mobility.  Read Original Content

Worldwide smart connected devices are forecast to grow 15.6 percent year over year in 2014, reaching close to 1.8 billion devices according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Devices Tracker.  Read Original Content

Samsung is leading the Sri Lanka smartphone market in the first quarter of 2014, ahead of Huawei, E-Tel and Micromax.  The smartphone share of Samsung was 27.7 percent in Sri Lanka, Huawei 18.9 percent and E-tel 13.9 percent, said Cybermedia Research.  Read Original Content

The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/

Even though many of its handsets are produced in China, Wiko is one of the top three handset vendors in France with eight percent of the French market, according to the Financial Times and Kantar ComTech. The company’s popularity is now soaring in Portugal and Italy and it’s set to take on the UK market later this year.  Read Original Content

Amadeus announced an industry first strategic technological agreement with SAP, to deliver to the market a cloud-based corporate travel solution, including online booking, expense and mobile capabilities. Amadeus will integrate the SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense solution with Amadeus e-Travel Management.  Read Original Content
Veracode, the application security company, has announced research conducted by IDG revealed 63 percent of enterprise applications are not assessed for security vulnerabilities.  Read Original Content

According to the Internet and Mobile Association of India, every month, Indians download 100 million apps, ranging from music to spirituality. Mobile apps have become a part of Indian life. A need of 300,000 more mobile app developers is predicted for the next five years.  Read Original Content

Amazon is expected to introduce its first smartphone on Wednesday at an event in Seattle that aims to close any gap between the impulse to buy and the completed act, Boston Globe reported.  Read Original Content

Microsoft set the ball rolling for its quest to achieve a greater market share of India’s growing smartphone market with the launch of its first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones with Micromax. This is the beginning of Microsoft’s partnership with local brands, which includes XOLO and Karbonn as well in India.  Read Original Content

Canadian handset maker Blackberry will launch its BlackBerry Z3 smartphone in the Indian markets soon. According to the media reports, BlackBerry Z3 will hit the Indian markets in a couple of weeks and would be priced around Rs 11,000.  Read Original Content

Taiwanese computer maker Acer announced its entry into the South Korean smartphone market, thanks to a partnership with that country's second-largest telecommunications service provider, Korea Telecom.  Read Original Content

Xiaomi might not be a familiar name outside of China, and certainly not in the U.S., but that may soon change. It's now starting to take its distinctive and so far highly successful business model abroad. It has had some early success in Singapore, and has nominated ten other countries for expansion this year. Read Original Content

After having dominated the PC business for a long time, Lenovo India entered the smartphone space and has managed to create an impact in the competitive smartphone market. With a wide range of products, and a 100 percent growth every quarter, it seems to be basking in this newfound success.  Read Original Content

Suppliers of chips to smartphone makers are taking the unusual step of helping customers procure other phone components such as speakers and camera lenses in a bid to win more business in an increasingly competitive sector.  Read Original Content

Samsung and Pebble became early supporters of smart watches, and that decision has paid off with both companies controlling the estimated $96 million market. Samsung has 78 percent of market revenue with its Gear smart watch, as Pebble is in No. 2 with 18 percent revenue share.  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.