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Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 2, 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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Presenting its outlook for the African telecommunications market in 2014, IDC predicted a wave of growth in digital and media content over the coming 12 months as smartphone ownership explodes and African telecom users become more sophisticated in their use of mobile applications.  Read Original Content

British chip designer ARM Holdings said a slowdown in demand for Apple and Samsung smartphones was behind a smaller than expected rise in fourth-quarter royalty revenues.  ARM, whose technology is in nearly every smartphone, reported processor royalties of $130.4 million, up seven percent, but short of analyst forecasts of $137.9 million.  Read Original Content

Shipments of smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system grew 69 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2013, making it the fastest growing smartphone platform, according to the latest stats from Canalys.  Read Original Content

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Cancer Research UK has launched a smartphone game, called “Play to Cure: Genes in Space”, that embeds gene data from cancer tumors into gameplay. The charity hopes that by getting a large number of people to give a small amount of their time they will be able to analyze patterns in the data more quickly. Read Original Content

According to, the number of mobile application downloads worldwide will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12.5 percent between 2012 and 2017 to reach 108 billion at the end of the period.  Read Original Content

The latest round of rumors surrounding Apple's iWatch suggest the device will emphasize mobile health and fitness tracking, and marks the beginning of a new direction for the Cupertino, California-based iPad and iPhone manufacturer, according media reports published late last week.  Read Original Content

According to the new market research report, the total global mobile handset market is expected to reach $341.4 billion by 2015. Smartphones sale will account for 75.8 percent of the overall mobile handset revenue at $258.9 billion during the same year. Read Original Content

Thanks to the recent momentum brought about by Apple’s new iPhones, the proportion of high-end smartphone devices shipped jumped from 35 percent in 3Q13 to 37 percent in 4Q13, according to TrendForce.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry accounted for zero percent of the U.S. smartphone market share in the fourth quarter of 2013, revealed market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.  Read Original Content

Nokia is offering UK businesses the chance to try a number of its Lumia smartphones in the workplace, as it seeks to expand its presence in the enterprise mobility market ahead of the £4.6 billion sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft.  Read Original Content

Citi launched its redesigned Citi Mobile® app for iPhone® and Android™ devices to provide U.S. banking and credit card customers with new and enhanced mobile account management capabilities. New features, intuitive navigation and alerts on-the-go have been added to make it faster and simpler for customers.  Read Original Content

Google has started applications for Chrome browser on Mac. They are called Chrome Apps, are sold in Chrome Web Store, and are launched via Chrome App Launcher. However, the Internet company has more to offer, namely, the applications are now available in Chrome on iOS and Android. Read Original Content

Year-on-year growth of smart phone subscribers in India has been increasing. While in 2012 it was 27 million, in 2013 it was 51 million and the figure expected to touch 104 million during the current year according to the fourth edition of Deloitte’s predictions for the technology.  Read Original Content

Appsquare, an Australian based mobile application development company recently developed FishAssist – an app, which gives you the power to identify and measure your fish catch using your iPhone with integrated world class image recognition software.  Read Original Content

Both Reuters and ChinaDaily are reporting that Lenovo is very close to closing a deal for the full acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google.  Read Original Content

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