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Mobility News Weekly – Week of December 8, 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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Microsoft's Windows Phone and Google's Android smartphone platforms were in neck-and-neck competition in the most-growth figures in the smartphone operating system market share in France. According to Kantar Worldpanel, they nearly tied for the highest percentage change between the three months ending in October 2012 and the same period this year.  Read Original Content

Russia's first entry in the crowded smartphone market is an engineering feat, cleverly melding a traditional LCD touch-screen with an electronic-paper display without compromising the device's size.  Plus, the dual screens of the YotaPhone help extend battery life, chief among smartphone owners' complaints. Read Original Content

Qualcomm has said it will make smartphone chips with 64-bit features typically found in personal computers, following Apple and opening the way to more efficient mobile gadgets.  Qualcomm said its new Snapdragon 410 component would also include 4G cellphone connectivity technology.  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.

By the end of 2013, Latin American cellular subscriptions are expected to grow by 3.9 percent to reach 709.4 million.  Read Original Content

Motorola Mobility has adopted a more aggressive pricing strategy to push sales of its smartphones in the U.S., aiming to compete more effectively against rivals such as LG Electronics and HTC, according to industry watchers.  The vendor has slashed the unlocked prices of its 32GB Moto X adding that the new prices are exactly at the same levels as those set for the Nexus 5 smartphones, which are manufactured by LG.  Read Original Content
Growth in global advertising spending will accelerate to 5.8 percent a year by 2015, driven by demand for marketing via mobile devices and a broad-based economic recovery, ZenithOptimedia forecast. Read Original Content

With nearly 150 million U.S. smartphone users, Apple's iPhone and Samsung handsets are the most popular choice for consumers, comScore reports.  Read Original Content

Shortly after Nokia announced sharp price decreases for its Lumia versions, Samsung, Oppo and HTC have quickly decided to lower the selling prices of their low-cost products.  Read Original Content

Theives are stealing phones to order for the Christmas market, with the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4 top of the theft list.  Gardai have issued a smartphone alert after thefts of high-end handsets such as Apple's iPhones and Samsungs soared by 33 percent.  Read Original Content

Adfun Inc. has announced the launch of Adfun, a new free mobile app giving users the opportunity to win free prizes while socializing with friends. Adfun is designed as an interactive, cross platform application built to foster a community of users who can be engaged with sponsored advertisements and win prizes in the process.  Read Original Content

The new cheaper plastic iPhone 5c smartphone has been quickly accepted by older and less well-off consumers, especially in the U.S. market. IPhone 5c customers also tend to be slightly older than iPhone 5s customers, with an average age of 38 years compared to 34 years for the 5s. Read Original Content

Domestic smartphone vendor Karbonn Mobiles, who has been focusing on low to mid-range Android handsets for quite some time, is now targeting the premium smartphone market with big-ticket phones planned for early next year. To start with Karbonn has just launched the Titanium X, a 5-inch FHD smartphone with quad-core processor and NFC.  Read Original Content

Fingerprint Cards is aiming to sell its identity technology to most of the world`s biggest smartphone makers, which are likely to follow Apple in offering touch recognition for mobiles from next year. Sweden`s Fingerprint hopes to sell its own touch sensors to big mobile phone makers like Samsung, LG Electronics and Huawei.  Read Original Content

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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.

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