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Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 17, 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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Changing Environments, a startup based in Massachusetts, has announced its invention of a public bench that acts as a solar powered smartphone battery charger that can be used to recharge mobile devices.  Read Original Content


Although reporting illegal fishing using smartphone apps will not eliminate the problem of overfishing entirely, certain mobile technology, such as reporting apps like ShipWatch, make it easier for users to quickly and conveniently report suspicious fishing activity they witness. Read Original Content


According to a new report from IDC, the worldwide smartphone market reached an unprecedented feat last quarter.  In the second quarter of this year, 300 million units shipped for the first time ever — a milestone quarter, says the IDC, and a landmark achievement for the smartphone industry.  Read Original Content


The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/


There was $47 billion (£28 billion) of merger and acquisitions activity in the mobile industry over the past 12 months, according to a report by Digi-Capital. By itself Q2 2014 saw $13.8 billion, over seven times the amount spent in the same quarter a year earlier.  Read Original Content


Acer Inc president and chief executive officer Jason Chen said worldwide Chromebook sales were expected to grow by 76 percent this year. In the first six months, Acer sales grew 114 percent. The key reasons for ChromesBook's success are its affordability and low maintenance costs.  Read Original Content

During the quarter ended in June, Samsung continued to be the number one company in the overall mobile phone (smartphones, feature phones and low-cost handsets) market, according to IDC India.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry's upcoming Passport phone is noticeably larger and wider than your average smartphone, but there's also another strange feature that distinguishes it from the competition. The Passport comes with a physical keyboard that actually doubles as a touchpad, meaning you can swipe across the keys to interact with the device.  Read Original Content


China's Lenovo Group said first-quarter profit jumped 23 percent, beating estimates, as a surge in smartphone sales showed how quickly the world's biggest personal computer maker is transforming itself into a major player in mobile technology.  Read Original Content


Worldwide shipments of smartphones will continue to grow in the third quarter of 2014, spurred by the release of the new iPhone model and China-made handsets later this year. A total of 322 million smartphones are expected to ship in the July-September period, up 13 percent from the previous quarter, TrendForce said in a research note.  Read Original Content


Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, sometimes called the "Apple from China", is heading for Brazil, opening its first office in Sao Paulo on August 6 to begin operations in one of the largest consumer markets in Latin America.  Read Original Content


Lenovo announced the launch of its smartphone portfolio for the first time in Kuwait, carefully designed to fit every style, personality and budget. Lenovo smartphones cater to top-end users, stylish trendsetters, multi-media enthusiasts, social media aficionados and conscious spender.  Read Original Content


A new report from Juniper Research forecasts the mobile context and location services market will reach $43.3 billion in revenue by 2019, rising from an estimated $12.2 billion in 2014.  Read Original Content


Research company Jana has published the results of a new survey which examined user preferences in two main areas; screen size and watching videos. The report reminds us the average smartphone screen in 2007 was a mere 2.59 inches in size. That figure, according to Jana, now stands at 4.86 inches, which represents an increase of 88 percent.  Read Original Content


Samsung recently unveiled the Galaxy Alpha, the first of its smartphones to include prominent metal design elements. Featuring a metal-framed casing with chamfered edges, the Galaxy Alpha appears to be aimed at the high-end smartphone market long dominated by Apple’s iPhone.  Read Original Content


Samsung has announced it will purchase SmartThings, a start-up that lets you turn your smartphone into a kind of remote control for connected devices in your home. Its service falls in line with a rapidly growing sector in the tech industry known as the "Internet of Things.” Read Original Content


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