|By Kevin Benedict
|April 17, 2014 07:00 AM EDT
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.
Barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies Corp said it would buy Motorola Solutions Inc's enterprise business, which makes rugged mobile computers, tablets and barcode scanners, for $3.45 billion in cash. Read Original Content
The Wall Street Journal report last week that e-commerce giant Amazon is planning to enter the smartphone market with its own handset expected for June is stirring a lot of debate regarding the company's pricing model in what looks like a saturated and well-served market. Read Original Content
According to the Central News Agency, TrendForce said in a research note that smartphone shipments grew 5.2 percent during the April-June period from the previous quarter. ReadOriginal Content
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BlackBerry Ltd has bought a minority stake in privately held healthcare IT firm NantHealth, a move that offers a glimpse into the type of niche markets the smartphone maker is targeting as it attempts to engineer a turnaround. Read Original Content
A black market of shops and traders willing to deal in stolen smartphones has been exposed by a BBC London undercover investigation. Two traders were filmed buying Samsung S3 and iPhone 4 devices from a researcher posing as a thief - despite him making it clear they were stolen. Read Original Content
LG’s smartphone sales are projected to hit an all-time high during the second quarter of this year. The smartphone maker is expected to sell some 15 million handsets during the three months ending June 2014 and surpass its previous Q2 record of 12 million units, according to Yonhap News Agency. Read Original Content
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei are calling on Congress to require smartphone makers to install "kill switches" on phones to render them useless if stolen. Kill switches allow people to remotely delete their phone's data if the device is stolen. Read Original Content
Safaricom has so far pre-sold over 300 Samsung Galaxy S5 units ahead of the first ever global launch to be held in the country.
Safaricom says Kenya has in the recent past been named a leading market for smartphones in Sub-Saharan Africa, with over 100,000 smartphone sales in the Kenyan market each month. Read Original Content
Facebook has been warned it risks alienating users as it seeks to grow the reach of its Facebook Messenger app. The company has decided to remove its mobile app’s messaging capabilities in some European markets so that users have to download Facebook Messenger instead. Read Original Content
Global smartphone sales are expected to surpass the one billion mark for the first time this year.
Market researcher Strategy Analytics said that sales will likely rise 21.2 percent on-year to 1.2 billion units this year. Read Original Content
In a move which won’t go down well with foreign smartphone-makers, the Indonesian government is planning to levy a 20 percent tax on all imported mobile phones, in a bid to support domestically made handsets. Read Original Content
The global smartphone applications processor market will register a healthy 10.8 percent compound annual growth rate in revenues from 2013 to 2018 to reach $30 billion in 2018, according to Strategy Analytics. Read Original Content
If it seems like everyone you know has a smartphone that uses either Apple iOS or Android phone these days, it’s because they make up about 93 percent of the American smartphone market, according to data for February 2014 from comScore. Read Original Content
India's largest smartphone brand Micromax has launched a high-end model that runs on MediaTek's octa-core processor. The Indian brand has launched its high-end Canvas Knight A350 model targeting foreign and high-end markets. Read Original Content
Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to NPD Group.
By the end of 2015, NPD analysts expect the number of active mobile broadband devices to reach 34 million, a nearly 50 percent increase from 2013. Read Original Content
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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.