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Mobility News Weekly – Week of December 16, 2012

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 U.S. politician campaigning for tighter restrictions on location tracking via mobile devices has had his bill approved by a Senate committee. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require firms to get customers' permission before collecting location data or sharing it with third parties.  Read Original Content

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK are now reporting a 55 percent smartphone penetration, or 131.5 million users, according to comScore’s MobiLens research.  Read Original Content

HTC Corp. scrapped plans to produce a large-screen smartphone using Microsoft Corp.’s operating system because the screen would have had lower resolution than competing models, Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou said.  Read Original Content

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Informa Telecoms & Media predicts the smartphone market will follow the same path other industries like supermarkets have taken by diverging towards the low end or the high end. For smartphones, that means low end devices priced below $150 and high end devices priced above $250.  Read Original Content

In an interview with Forbes at the Dell World Conference, Jeff Clarke, Head of Consumer Business at Dell, confirmed Dell will pull the plug on the smartphone department globally in order to go after the lucrative Windows 8 tablet department.  Read Original Content
Global shipments of smartphones will increase by more than 20 percent in 2013 amid growing popularity of mid-range models, according to a Taipei-based market information advisory firm TrendForce.  Read Original Content

In July there were hushed rumors that Amazon would enter the smartphone market with a device that would compliment its existing Kindle tablet lineup. Today it appears that those rumors have been corroborated and the “Kindle Phone” may be coming as soon as next summer.  Read Original Content

Japan's Sony Corp. wants a bigger share of the Philippine mobile market, targeting businessmen and sports enthusiasts with a water-resistant, long-term evolution smartphone which it launched on Thursday.  Read Original Content

In its preliminary report on cellphone manufacturing in 2012, IHS said Samsung shipped 28 percent of the world's smartphones this year, while Apple accounted for 20 percent. In 2011 the margin was 20 percent for Samsung to 19 percent for Apple.  Read Original Content

A federal judge in San Jose has rejected Apple's demands to block U.S. sales of three smartphones made by Samsung Electronics Corp. Hours later Samsung announced it was dropping its demands that several European countries prohibit sales of Apple smartphones that Samsung claims infringe its patents.  Read Original Content

The European smartphone market has grown by 35 percent over the past 12 months from 97.7 million owners in October 2011 to 131.5 million people in October 2012, putting smartphone penetration in the region at 54.6 percent of all mobile phone users, according to comScore.  Read Original Content

According to Needham & Co., Android’s market share rose to 72.4 percent in September, up from 64.1 percent quarter-to-quarter, while Apple saw its share slip to 13.9 percent from 18.8 percent over the same period.  Read Original Content

Huawei will cut 100 jobs from its U.S. network infrastructure team, about a quarter of the workforce in that division, as it seeks to streamline its operations in a market where it has faced hostility.  Read Original Content

If Dish Network decides to leverage its spectrum for a 4G mobile broadband network, the company must provide service to at least 40 percent of its coverage area within four years, according to the Federal Communications Commission’s written order.  Read Original Content

Research In Motion Ltd. said the BlackBerry 10, the new smartphone lineup intended to revive its fortunes, is about to begin testing at more than 120 U.S. companies, including 64 members of the Fortune 500.  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.