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Mobility News Weekly – Week of May 4, 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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A new Research and Markets report predicts the Global Managed Mobility Services market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 29 percent to 2018.  Read Original Content

Syniverse announced an annual market value of $2.6 billion for mobile context data provided by mobile operators about opted-in anonymous subscribers in specific locations to brands targeting precise geo-markets in the Middle East and North Africa.  Read Original Content

Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.6 million to Apple by a U.S. court for infringing two of its patents. Apple had sought $ billion at the trial, accusing Samsung of violating patents on smartphone features. The court also ruled Apple infringed Samsung's patents and awarded $158,000 in damages.  Read Original Content

Ever wonder why your Citrix or VMware mobile applications are so hard to use? Recently, with the increased adoption of mobile devices by enterprises and enterprise workers, remote desktop computing protocol providers are enabling their customers to extend existing applications in an “as-is” format to mobile devices. While it is indeed attractive to consider the usage of remote desktop protocols and their variants as a solution for enterprise mobility, there remains a critical failure of these approaches that have severely handicap them from serious adoption. Join us as we debate and discuss the use of remote desktop protocols and their variants as a solution for enterprise mobility. Join StarMobile as we debate and discuss the use of remote desktop protocols and their variants as a solution for enterprise mobility.

HTC Corp.'s share of the United States’ smartphone market slid in the first quarter to the lowest point since mid-2012, ahead of the release of its new flagship HTC One M8.  Read Original Content

ABI Research reports Android once again dominated the Q1 2014 shipment numbers for smartphone advanced operating systems with 80 percent market share of just under 300 million smartphones shipped in Q1 2014.  Read Original Content
Based on results of the survey for the three month period ending March 2014, the subscriber market share of BlackBerry Ltd. in the United States declined 0.7 percent to 2.7 percent. Read Original Content

Smartphone penetration reached 68.8 percent of the U.S. mobile market during Q1, up from 65.2 percent in Q4 2013 and 58 percent in Q1 2013. Separately, the CEA estimates 64 percent of U.S. households now own smartphones.  Read Original Content

The world’s first foldable smartphone dubbed PaperFold can change to a tablet and a notebook using a set of screens and hinges. The prototype of PaperFold was unveiled by Queen’s University researchers at the ACM CHI 2014 conference. This shape-shifting smartphone can be easily transformed from single screen to widescreen.  Read Original Content

According to a 2013 Deloitte study, only 15 percent of mobile phone users in India download apps. Reports indicate most of the apps that are downloaded are “abandoned” after just one use.  Read Original Content

Google was sued over market power abuse by allegedly forcing Android smartphone makers to adopt popular Google apps such as YouTube as a scheme to ensure its market monopoly.  The lawsuit was filed by EVO 3D, the manufacturer of HTC devices made in 2011.  Read Original Content

The worldwide smartphone market began the year with an expected retrenchment from holiday quarter shipment volumes, but still posted a year-over-year increase in the first quarter of 2014, according to new data from IDC.  Read Original Content

Amazon’s reported plan to come out with its own smartphone would be a costly move that is “fraught with risk,” Baird analyst Colin Sebastian warned.  Read Original Content

Livestock researchers at the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have developed a smartphone app called ThermalAid that allows producers to monitor livestock conditions in relation to local temperature and humidity levels.  Read Original Content

China's influence on the global smartphone market was felt strongly in the first quarter, as it soaked up 40 percent of total unit shipments, research firm IDC.  Read Original Content

A report published by Alcatel-Lucent has named Facebook Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and Blackberry Messenger among the top battery-draining mobile apps in the market.  Read Original Content

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