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Mobility News Weekly – Week of October 27, 2013

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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Researchers at Gartner recently identified ten strategic trends—mobile and apps behind two of them—that will define and potentially disrupt the enterprise market over the next three years. These technology trends, according to the market research firm, will require large investments and are crucial to adopt, lest businesses gets left behind by competitors.  Read Original Content

Strategy Analytics has released smartphone market share for 3Q 2013. Samsung, Apple, Huawei, LG and Lenovo are the top five smartphone vendors in the world – based on shipments.  Read Original Content

The worldwide video game marketplace, which includes video game console hardware and software, online, mobile and PC games, will reach $93 billion in 2013, up from $79 billion in 2012, a report said.  Driven by strong mobile gaming and video game console and software sales, the market is forecast to reach $111 billion by 2015, said the report from Gartner.  Read Original Content

Magic Software Enterprises, with a presence in more than 50 countries, provides development, deployment, and integration of core business applications, supporting scalable deployment on multiple channels, including on-premise, Web (HTML5), rich Internet, mobile, and SaaS. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Magic Software Enterprises.

German business software group SAP is not interested in bidding for troubled smart phone maker BlackBerry Ltd, its chief financial officer told a German magazine. Read Original Content

Research outfit IHS recently compared the history of combined smartphone and tablet revenue to revenue from the broader consumer electronics market to compare future revenue trajectories for both markets.  In doing so, IHS found smartphones and tablets will combine for about $355 billion in revenue this year, which is three percent higher than the expected revenue for the entire CE market, which is roughly $344 billion.  Read Original Content
Boise State University’s Albertsons Library has revealed a new interactive map tool that showcases historic images of the university. The images were chosen to engage visitors, students, researchers, faculty and staff with the rich history of Boise State University. Read Original Content

Even as the mobile phone market is expected to expand by over five percent to about 1.91 billion units by 2014, the opportunity for smartphones in the premium category is now fading, according to global research firm Gartner.  Read Original Content

Taiwanese producer of smartphones HTC has reduced production of the devices. One of the company’s four production lines is stopped. The company releases 20 percent of the volume of all smartphones. Read Original Content

Facebook has announced recently it will introduce video ads on its mobile iPhone and Android apps. For now that advertising service will be marketed primarily to other app developers. Facebook mobile video ads might show a video demonstrating how another application works, for example.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics Inc. said its handset business sank into the red for the first time in a year as it cut prices and spent more on marketing to carve out a share of the high-end smartphone market.  The company reported its mobile communications business lost 79.7 billion won ($75.5 million) in the July-September period, even after selling 12 million smartphones.  Read Original Content

Facebook finally earned Wall Street's love in the second quarter. Now it needs to make the relationship last.  Its shares have doubled in just the last three months, buoyed by an increasing belief among investors that the company has finally struck a winning formula in mobile advertising.  Read Original Content

ABI Research estimates the current Mobile Encryption Software and Services market will total $230 million by the end of 2013.  Read Original Content

SAP is planning to rely heavily on HTML5 and open standards within its products for building mobile applications, and is embracing the concept of BYOT (bring your own tools) in order to draw interest from developers.  Version 3.0 of SAP Mobile Platform will combine SAP's NetWeaver Gateway, Sybase Mobiliser and Syclo Agentry products "to meet current and future mobile app use cases.”  Read Original Content

BlackBerry said that within the first 24 hours of availability, more than 10 million users had downloaded the cross-platform version of its signature Messenger app for Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms.  Read Original Content

LG has announced official details of its curved-screen smartphone, the G Flex. The phone, which uses flexible OLED screen technology to allow for a dramatic curve on the horizontal axis, is between 7.9 and 8.7mm thick at various points, weighs 177g, and has a 6-inch 720p display. Inside there's a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 3,500 mAh battery.  Read Original Content

Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones in its most recent quarter, slightly above a consensus of analysts and a record for the company's September quarter. Apple also posted quarterly revenue of $37.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter. Overall, Apple's gross margin was 37 percent, compared to 40 percent in the year-ago quarter.  Read Original Content

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