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Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 24, 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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US analytics company comScore has published a whitepaper on the American mobile app market which reveals a staggering statistic, 65.5 percent of people in the country don't download a single application for their smartphones.  Read Original Content

Sony has overtaken Nokia to reach third place on the German smartphone market, according to Focus magazine, citing market research company Comscore. It said there are 3.4 million people in Germany with Sony smartphones but only 3.36 million with Nokia ones.  Read Original Content

Mozilla's smartphone went on sale on the website Snapdeal.com, India's largest e-marketplace, the company announced. The Firefox OS-powered Cloud FX sells for around US $33 at current exchange rates. The Cloud FX is one-quarter the cost of the first phone in Google's low-cost AndroidOne phone program.  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/

Huawei is hot on the heels of its smartphone rivals, with its market share having risen 2.6 percent in a year. The Chinese company was the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in the second quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC, with a 6.9 percent share in the market.  Read Original Content

SAP is adding a smart and secure enterprise app store to its enterprise mobility management, SAP Mobile Secure platform.  The app store, dubbed SAP mobile place, sports many features to help companies launch, set up provision and update their mobile apps for end users with managed and unmanaged mobile devices.  Read Original Content
According to the Latin American Bring Your Own Device Market from MicroMarket Monitor, the BYOD market in Latin America is estimated to grow from $4.51 billion in 2014 to $14.52 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 26.3 percent from 2014 to 2019.  Read Original Content

The latest data concerning the Amazon Fire suggests "no more" than 35,000 devices have been sold by the retail giant in the past two months, according to combined Chitika and comScore data.  Read Original Content

IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker attributes the exponential rise in smartphone shipments to the proliferation of affordable smart devices and high-speed broadband infrastructure in emerging markets such as the Middle East.  Read Original Content

According to survey entitled India Enterprise Mobility, conducted by BlackBerry and CMR, mobility is a top priority for most organizations with 71 percent saying they either have a mobility policy or are at present in the process of drafting one.  Read Original Content

Brazil extended tax breaks on computer and smartphone sales until the end of 2018, foregoing about 7.9 billion reais ($3.5 billion) in tax revenues next year, the Finance Ministry said.  Read Original Content

According to IDC research, companies across the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan region have been readily increasing their investments on mobility adoption.  On average, over 70 percent of all survey respondents stated there were some kind of mobility initiatives in their organizations.  Read Original Content

Samsung is making an aggressive push into the low-cost smartphone segment of Nigeria’s phone market with the introduction of two new reasonably-priced devices, the
Galaxy Trend Lite and Galaxy Ace 4 Lite smartphones.  Read Original Content

Smartphones in California will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen under a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown, the latest effort to stem an epidemic of phone theft in the most populous US state.  Read Original Content

Suppliers to Apple Inc. are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month's expected launch, supply chain sources said.  Read Original Content

According to IDC, tablets of seven inch screen sizes and above, are increasingly shipping with cellular voice capabilities, and such devices are getting more traction in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan region, breaching the 25 percent mark in the second quarter of 2014.  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.