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Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 3, 2011

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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The world expected iPhone 5, but Apple chose to give something less.  From a purely logistical perspective -- and for maximizing margins -- iPhone 4S is sheer brilliance.  Read Original Content

What if they’d just called it the iPhone 5?  The new iPhone is loaded with cool new features that the market was anticipating, with one exception:  it’s not called the iPhone 5; it’s called the iPhone 4S.  Read Original Content

GIA has announced the release of a comprehensive global report on the Smartphone Apps market.  The world smartphone apps market is forecast to reach $101.2 billion by the year 2017.  Read Original Content

Nokia plans to unveil its Windows phones this quarter, increasing the potential for a big holiday race among competing smartphone makers.  Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, will announce more details about the launch at the company's annual trade show in London, on October 26, but hinted a phone would roll out by year's end.  Read Original Content

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Many bloggers might have been disappointed that the new iPhone 4S doesn't include 4G wireless data or a display larger than 3.5 inches, but analysts believe Apple will increase its U.S. smartphone share with its recent iPhone introductions.   According to Nielsen, Apple is tops in the smartphone market share at 28 percent.  Read Original Content

Expect the number of mobile device exploits to double by year's end.  That prediction comes from a new report released by IBM's X-Force research group, which examined attack trends for the first half of 2011.  IBM found that the number of known mobile operating system vulnerabilities, which more than doubled from 2009 to 2010, seems set to increase only slightly from 2010 to 2011.  Read Original Content

According to figures from Gartner, sales of smartphone devices soared in the second quarter of 2011, with Android and iOS fueling spectacular 74 percent year-on-year growth and sales exceeding more than 100 million units for the quarter.  Read Original Content


The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that Android holds a 48.3 percent share of the UK smartphone market, followed by BlackBerry at 21.2 percent and Apple at 20.8 percent.  Smartphones made up 68.8 percent of sales over the 12 weeks, meaning that 42 percent of people in Great Britain now own a smartphone.  Read Original Content

U.S. mobile subscriber numbers increased to over 300 million early in 2011.  Although penetration levels are reaching saturation, mobile data revenues increased by around 23 percent year-over-year to December 2010 and are expected to continue to grow at very high rates between 2010 and 2015.  Read Original Content

Apple Inc., the world’s largest smartphone maker, is having trouble selling iPhones in India, a market with 602 million active subscribers.  Nokia Oyj and Research In Motion Ltd. sell more devices in India, where smartphone shipments are forecast to grow almost 70 percent a year until 2015, helping mitigate their market-share losses in the U.S. and Europe.  Read Original Content

Apple’s iOS once again dominated the mobile OS market share picture in September, according to new data from Net Applications. The enterprise application maker and web monitoring company found that iOS accounted for 54.65 percent of mobile market share, up from just over 53 percent in August.  Read Original Content

Samsung said its flagship smartphone Galaxy S II (GT-I9100) has achieved a record 10 million global channel sales, doubling from five million in just eight weeks.  Read Original Content

Android devices send around 16 percent of traffic to websites measured as a part of a survey by Net Applications.  Still, it's Apple's iOS devices (tablets, iPod Touches, and smartphones) that take the cake, delivering 54.65 percent of Web traffic to the approximately 40,000 websites measured by Net Applications.  Read Original Content

Threats to Android devices from malicious applications are increasing, according to security company Bitdefender.  Since January 2011 Bitdefender says it had seen a 900 percent increase in Android malicious software 'families' or groups.  Read Original Content

HTC Corp. expects this year to be the strongest ever for the shipment of its mobile phones and tablet computers, riding its long range of products and helped by a string of acquisitions the Taiwanese company made earlier in 2011. The company ranked fifth in global smartphone sales between April and June, accounting for a 10.2 percent market share, according to research firm Gartner.  Read Original Content

Azumio's Instant Heart Rate, a biofeedback-based heart rate monitor app for iPhones and Android devices, hit the 10 million download mark this week –just a year after launch. The app measures the user's heart rate in only 10 seconds by using the smartphone's camera and flash to track color changes in the light that passes through the index finger as new blood is delivered with every heartbeat.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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