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Kevin Benedict's Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 4, 2015

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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China's Xiaomi Inc. has become the world's No. 3 smartphone maker mostly by selling low-cost smartphones in China, India and the rest of the developing world. The company sold more than 60 million smartphones in 2014 and booked nearly $12 billion in revenue.  Read Original Content

According to the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority report, during the period from July 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014, 59 percent of handsets registered on the UAE’s networks were smartphones, a figure that has been constantly increasing overtime.  Read Original Content

IDC expects the mobile enterprise application market to grow from $1.2 billion in 2013 to reach $3.7 billion by 2018, a 25 percent compound annual growth rate.  Read Original Content

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Privately held Huawei said last year it would achieve sustainable growth in 2014 and targeted sales of $70 billion by 2018, Reuters reported. The company’s smartphone shipments topped 75 million units in 2014, a 40 percent increase over the previous year, but the total still fell short of its lofty goal for last year.  Read Original Content

The Palm brand name soon may return to the smartphone market. According to Telecompaper's sister site GSMHelpdesk, the company Wide Progress Limited has bought the rights to the brand name and plans to re-introduce it on the market soon.  Read Original Content

A survey of 70,000 customers in the United States conducted by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index from September 2013 to March 2014 shows Samsung topped the list of smartphone companies when it comes to keeping its existing customers happy.  Read Original Content

Flurry released a report based on activations and new app downloads from December 19 – 25, and as it turns out, Apple won by a landslide.  With 51.3 percent of all smartphone activations, Apple was the top with Samsung trailing behind at just 17.7 percent.  Read Original Content

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is now the world’s most valuable startup.  The company announced it has closed a $1.1 billion round of new funding that puts its valuation at a whopping $45 billion. This makes it more valuable than the San Francisco ride-hailing startup Uber.  Read Original Content

Market research firm IDC predicts growth of smartphone shipments in China will drop to single digits even though shipment numbers will remain the world's highest.  Read Original Content

Worldwide smartphone sales grew 20.3 percent from the third quarter one year ago, though overall mobile phone sales were flat, a new Gartner report showed.  Vendors sold an estimated 301 million smartphones in the third quarter. These accounted for 66 percent of the total mobile phone market.  Read Original Content

The settlement of China's anti-trust probe into Qualcomm Inc. is likely to intensify global scrutiny of the firm's highly profitable patent licensing business, and may even call into question its worldwide contracts with smartphone makers such as Apple and Samsung.  Read Original Content

A mobile app launched by SP Services helps consumers keep track of their utilities usage and lower their monthly bills. Among the key features of the app is the ability to perform an audit, which allows users to check the estimated utilities usage of their appliances at home and find out which are consuming the most energy and water.  Read Original Content

Microsoft's Nokia group is about to take on the world's low-cost smartphone makers with its new $29 Nokia 215 smartphone.  Microsoft recently unveiled the Nokia 215, which toutes the phone's availability in single and dual SIM models, giving it flexible capabilities for users in a wide range of countries.  Read Original Content

Global shipments of devices, including PCs, tablets and mobile phones, are expected to grow 3.9 percent to 2.5 billion units in 2015, research firm Gartner said.  Read Original Content

Amazon has been developing a sequel to its Fire smartphone but will not debut the new model until 2016, according to a VentureBeat report.  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.

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Kevin Benedict serves as the Senior Vice President, Solutions Strategy, at Regalix, a Silicon Valley based company, focused on bringing the best strategies, digital technologies, processes and people together to deliver improved customer experiences, journeys and success through the combination of intelligent solutions, analytics, automation and services. He is a popular writer, speaker and futurist, and in the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries. He has over 32 years of experience working with strategic enterprise IT solutions and business processes, and he is also a veteran executive working with both solution and services companies. He has written dozens of technology and strategy reports, over a thousand articles, interviewed hundreds of technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries.