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Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 20, 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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Chegg, the connected learning platform for students, confirmed to MMW ahead of the weekend that it has acquired student deal platform Campus Special for $17 million in cash and stock. Students across more than 500 college campuses are already using Chegg Campus Deals to order and pay for food and to discover offers from local and national merchants. Read Original Content

Facebook has just released version 9.0 of its Facebook app for iOS. The new update comes just weeks after version 8.0 arrived.  In version 9.0, Facebook has bestowed the ability reply to comments on stories within the application.  Read Original Content

According to the Accenture 2013 Mobility CIO Survey, 59 percent of companies have adopted an enterprise-wide mobility strategy.  Read Original Content

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Microsoft has named Scott Guthrie as the permanent head for Microsoft’s enterprise group, a position he has held in an acting capacity.  Read Original Content

Surveying the worldwide mobile ad market for the first quarter of 2014, Opera Mediaworks pegged Android's share of traffic at 42.8 percent across all mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, and iOS' piece of the pie shrunk to 38.2 percent from 43.4 percent.  Read Original Content

In crowded cities, very high radio frequencies in cell networks might help carriers to stave off a feared bandwidth crunch for years, according to New York University’s Ted Rappaport. That’s why industry researchers are going to a conference in Brooklyn this week to talk about millimeter-wave wireless.  Read Original Content
The Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce has launched a mobile app to improve communication with its members while "on-the-go" and to offer the members another marketing tool to promote their businesses. The mobile app is also going to allow the members of the organization to post special deals and pictures of their businesses.  Read Original Content

Smartphone shipments grew 1.13 percent to 266.9 million during the first quarter from the final quarter of last year, TrendForce said in a recently released report, as Chinese smartphone makers increased production of 4G-capable models.  Read Original Content

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped smartphone market.  Inflexionpoint, an information technology supply company co-founded by Sculley, will start selling the smartphones next month in India under the new Obi Mobiles brand.  Read Original Content

According to a recent report published by mobile research company Flurry, in 2013 users spent 80 percent of their mobile time on apps and 20 percent on the web. However, in the first quarter of this year, app usage time grew to 86 percent, while web usage time fell to 14 percent.  Read Original Content

With an aim to more than double its market share in two years in India, smartphone maker HTC announced the global launch of its lowest priced smartphone Desire 210.  Read Original Content

Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported.  Read Original Content

The latest report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, confirmed Android device activations are outpacing those of all rival mobile operating systems by a large margin. For the first quarter of this year, Android chalked up a full 53 percent share of all smartphone activations on a global basis.  Read Original Content

Group Ltd while acquiring Motorola from Google will come up with new versions of Motorola phones. The phones will be available in the Indian market soon, Sudhir Mathur, director of Lenovo Smartphones for India announced.  Read Original Content

The market for high-end smart phones in Kenya is steadily growing as more people go for the multifunctional costly gadgets that stand out. Uptake and demand for the mobile phones, according to telecoms selling them, is on the rise as manufacturers compete to launch new gadgets in Kenya.  Read Original Content

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