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Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 6, 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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Intel will launch a new Atom processor code-named Lexington aimed at emerging markets in a move to put more of its chips into smartphones.  The V.P. for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, said Acer, Africa-based Safaricom, and Lava, based in India, will announce products based on Lexington in the first quarter. Read Original Content

While recent data indicates Google's Android operating system leads the global smartphone market, Apple's iOS is the top-selling platform in the U.S., according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.  Read Original Content

New figures from Deloitte estimate 2013 will be the first year the industry collectively ships one billion smartphones worldwide, taking the total installed base of smartphones to nearly two billion.  Read Original Content

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Apple has won ABI Research’s Competitive Assessment of mobile application storefronts, with Google finishing second and Microsoft third. In the assessment two dimensions ranked the leading app distributors: implementation and innovation.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to widen its lead over Apple in global smartphone sales this year with 35 percent growth, helped by a broad product lineup, market researcher Strategy Analytics told Reuters on Friday.  Read Original Content
According to comScore, 18.5 percent of U.S. consumers now carry some form of the iPhone, up 1.4 percentage points from August.  Read Original Content

A new BlackBerry smartphone is headed to stores later this month, but it'll look especially familiar to most users. RIM says it will launch the BlackBerry Curve 9315, a slightly updated version of the keypad phones already on the market. The launch is exclusively through U.S. carrier T-Mobile, with a release date set for January 23.  Read Original Content

The Linux-based operating system Ubuntu is heading to smartphones.  The open source software, traditionally offered as a free alternative to Windows on laptops and desktop computers, has been adapted into a form suitable for mobile devices, offering a PC-like experience on a smaller screen.  Read Original Content

According to comScore, in the three-month period ending November 2012, Google had a 53.7 percent market share, up from 52.6 percent in August. Apple's market share rose from 34.3 percent to 35 percent, while RIM, Microsoft and Symbian all lost market share, dropping to 7.3 percent, 3 percent and 0.5 percent respectively.  Read Original Content

According to an internal source, Samsung expects to ship 350 million smartphones in 2013. That's a lot of handsets. To put the number in perspective, Apple has sold 269 million iPhones since their 2007 introduction.  Read Original Content

AT&T has announced smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 were higher than ever before. The wireless carrier sold more than 10 million smartphones in the quarter, topping its previous record of 9.4 million units from the same quarter last year.  Read Original Content

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said sales of devices running the software giant's Windows Phone platform are four times what they were in 2011, indicating strong momentum.  Read Original Content

Sprint Nextel has confirmed it will launch LTE smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 by the summer. Sprint has said it will launch devices made by HTC and Samsung Electronics, though it did not mention specific models.  Read Original Content

Google has agreed to change some of its business practices to resolve Federal Trade Commission concerns that those practices could stifle competition in the markets for popular devices such as smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles, as well as the market for online search advertising.  Read Original Content

Huawei has officially announced the Ascend W1, its first foray into the Windows Phone business. The W1 runs Windows Phone 8, features a 4-inch IPS LCD 480 x 800 pixel display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.