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Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 16, 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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According to Compass Intelligence, the U.S. market for tablets is expected to grow from 82 million units in 2013 to over 102 million units in 2018 at an average compound annual growth rate of 4.5 percent.  Read Original Content

Smartphone adoption in Canada has grown to 55 percent, with usage activities by location evolving and becoming more defined, search marketing agency Catalyst announced.  Read Original Content

According to the last AMPS release from the Mobile Marketing Association, only 50 percent of South Africans are able to access the Internet via their phones.  Read Original Content

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According to an IDC report, annual growth of smartphone sales in 2014 is expected to reach 19.3 percent before beginning a painful decline to just 6.2 percent in 2018.  Read Original Content

A new study from Millward Brown’s 2014 AdReaction Report into how consumers view content has found Australians “mesh” – view multiple screens simultaneously – less than consumers in many other countries, and this poses a challenge to online marketers.  Read Original Content
Several reports have suggested Amazon is working to push its smartphone out to consumers this year, and a new report from Digitimes says Amazon will release the smartphone in 2014 and noted the supply chain is gearing up for component orders from Amazon.  Read Original Content

Microsoft is finally responding to Siri’s offering with its own: Cortana. The Cortana assistant could be the voice-activated assistant that brings Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 back into the mainstream.  Read Original Content

At Mobile World Congress Sony presented its new SmartBand, a personal digital diary, which is worn as a fashion bracelet and communicates with Android smartphones. It can control, for example, the music on your phone and alerts you to incoming calls.  Read Original Content

Amtel Inc. has entered into a distribution agreement with Brightpoint EMEA Enterprise Limited to distribute Amtel's cloud-based mobile device management and telecom expense management products through Ingram Micro Mobility's vast channel of European customers.  Read Original Content

Vimeo announced the acquisition of Cameo, a mobile, cloud-based application for shooting, styling, and sharing beautiful short films. Cameo has rapidly become one of the most popular video apps in the market, part of the next generation of mobile video production and storytelling.  Read Original Content

NQ Mobile announced a new preload agreement with PT Smartfren Telecom, the largest telecommunications operator in Indonesia. The deal broadens distribution of NQ Mobile's security app “Smartshield” through pre-installation on Smartfren's Android smartphones.  Read Original Content

Faced with mounting losses and unsold inventory, struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry has sold its U.S. office in Texas to Brookfield Property Group as it seeks to rationalize costs.  Read Original Content

The success of Samsung is not a secret, and recently DigiTimes said in a report the South Korean company holds 65 percent of total Android market share.  In the largest slice of Android share snatched by Samsung, almost 30 percent of devices belong to the Galaxy S lineup.  Read Original Content

According to a BBC report, European politicians have backed the idea of standardizing the universal connector for chargers, which will force smartphone manufacturers to use just one type of charger.  Read Original Content

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