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Mobility News Weekly - Week of April 29, 2012

by Kevin Benedict

May 3, 2012

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 worldwide smartphone market grew 42.5 percent year-over-year during the first quarter, as Samsung Electronics overtook Apple for the smartphone leadership position, according to IDC's estimates. Read Original Content

SAP AG, the largest maker of enterprise software, chose to host its Afaria mobile offering on the Internet, giving customers a cheaper way of managing employees’ s martphones and tablet computers. Read Original Content

Apple and Samsung combined control 99 percent of the smartphone market’s profits, and that isn’t likely to change any time soon. Canaccord Genuity’s Michael Walkley said his research backs that up, and that some 73 percent of those profits went just to Apple. Read Original Content

A new analysis claims the iPhone made up 30.7 percent of the U.S. smartphone market and 14 percent of the mobile market in the first quarter of 2012. comScore noted Apple's steady upward climb when it released quarterly data from its MobiLens service, which surveyed 30,000 mobile subscribers users. Read Original Content

Registrations are now open for ClickSoftware's ClickConnect 2012 APAC conference with attendees expected from all over Australia and South East Asia. This event is the leading business and educational conference focused entirely on mobile workforce management. Read Original Content

Frommer’s, the market leader in travel guides, and Inkling, the publisher behind interactive digital textbooks, have launched what they call “the first-ever truly interactive travel guides for iPhone and iPad.” More than 80 percent of international travelers use their smartphones while traveling abroad. Read Original Content

Verivo Software has been named a visionary by Gartner Inc. in its “2012 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms” report. The report assesses application development platforms that enable enterprise developers to design, code, integrate, test, publish and manage B2C, B2B and B2E mobile applications. Read Original Content

According to the latest figures published by comScore, Android had a 51percent grip of the U.S. smartphone market in the three-month period ended March 2012. That’s up 3.7 percentage points from the three-month period ended December 2011. Read Original Content

Microsoft will invest $300 million in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary, which will include the digital Nook and College businesses of Barnes & Noble. Barnes & Noble will distribute its free Nook Metro app through Microsoft's Windows Store, putting to rest talk of Microsoft embedding the program in Windows 8. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

Mobile application development has become a top concern for enterprises and their CIOs. According to the 2012 Gartner CIO Survey, "Amplifying the Enterprise: The 2012 CIO Agenda". Sixty-one percent of respondents plan to enhance their mobility capability during the next three years, and 48 percent believe they will become leaders in their industries by fully adopting innovative mobility solutions. Read Original Content

The TSA will soon be held accountable for any attempts at racial profiling. Civil rights groups are prepping to release an app that will allow users to post incidents of racial profiling in real time.  Read Original Content

IBM has taken steps to help enterprises go mobile, introducing a set of software and services called Mobile Foundation. The portfolio includes offerings derived from IBM's acquisition of Worklight, a vendor of cross-platform mobile application development tools. Read Original Content

AppPromo has released the results from its “First Annual Deve loper Survey” and have used the data to create an interesting INFOGRAPHIC. The survey’s goal was to shed light on what it takes to be successful with your mobile app. Full survey results are available in their whitepaper, “The Necessity of Mobile App Marketing.” Read Original Content

Gartner just released its Magic Quadrant report on the best Mobile Application Development Platforms. SAP - and pending acquisition, Syclo - knocked out the competition, taking two out of the top three spots in the Leader’s Quadrant (Antenna Software was third). Read Original Content

IT managers who grapple with BYOD policies can expect to see an explosion of different smartphones and tablets used by their workers in the next few years.  As a result, IT shops won't be able to keep up with the support demands needed to protect company data used on the various devices, said Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney in a recent interview. Read Original Content

After defining compliance, cultural and operational requirements for BYOD, how do you get the policy side of the equation in place? Here is a slide show of best practices for establishing your personal mobile use policy. Read Original Content

Everything Everywhere, the UK's largest mobile phone operator, has turned the rise in smartphone owners to its advantage by curbing the revenue falls suffered at the end of 2011. Of all contract customers, 71 percent now own a smartphone, while 90 percent of new customers are opting to buy one. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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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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