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Mobility News Weekly - Week of January 30, 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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Android accounted for 39 percent of the market in the final three months of last year, up from 29 percent a year earlier, Strategy Analytics said. Apple's share fell to 58 percent from 68 percent.  Shipments of tablets reached 26.8 million in the quarter, up from 10.7 million a year ago.  Read Original Content

A study published this month by Arieso, an Atlanta firm that specializes in mobile networks, found that the Siri-equipped iPhone 4S uses twice as much data as does the plain old iPhone 4 and nearly three times as much as does the iPhone 3G.  Read Original Content

According to new data from NPD, tablet PC shipments are expected to grow from 72.7 million units in 2011 to 383.3 million units by 2017. For comparison purposes, worldwide PC shipments for 2011 were 352.8 million, after seeing a six percent decline in the fourth quarter.  Read Original Content

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The feature phone market is still relevant with staggering global figures that show over 70 percent of phones sold in 2011 were actually feature phones. According to Forbes, feature phones are now more profitable than smartphones.  Read Original Content

With its chips popping up in the iPhone and an array of other mobile devices, ARM the U.K. based company saw its pretax profit surge 45 percent to £69 million ($108 million), while its sales rose 21 percent to $217 million.  Read Original Content

Research firm Canalys reports that Apple moved 15 million iPads and five million Macs during the last three months, which represents roughly 17 percent of all quarterly PC sales worldwide.  Read Original Content

After six consecutive quarterly losses LG reported an October to December operating profit of 23 billion won ($20.5 million), versus a consensus forecast of 64 billion won profit by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.  Read Original Content

According to a newly published forecast report by Dell'Oro Group, the mobile infrastructure LTE equipment market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 45 percent over the next five years.  Read Original Content

Downloads from Apple's App Store reached an all-time high in December 2011 according to mobile user acquisition platform Fiksu.  Read Original Content

The smartphone application market for mobile healthcare will reach $1.3 billion in 2012 – up from $718 million in 2011.  Read Original Content

According to research firm IHS iSupply, Samsung sold 95 million smartphones last year, an increase of 278 percent from the previous year. Apple sold 93 million smartphones, followed by Nokia (77 million), Sony Ericsson (20 million) and Motorola (19 million).  Read Original Content

The latest results from data firm GfK show that BlackBerry was the number one selling smartphone in the British market for the second year running. It continues to dominate the market, grabbing 26.3 percent of December sales and averaging 27.7 percent through 2011.  Read Original Content

Kindle Fire has managed to become the first tablet based on Google's Android operating system to see demonstrable application usage in a short period, suggesting that the seven inch slate has become quite the content driver for the e-commerce giant.  Read Original Content

After its alliance with Microsoft, Nokia has reinforced its position in the smartphone market in the last quarter, as shares of the company soared seven percent higher. The company said that it sold 19.6 million smartphones while Analysts had predicted sales of 18.5 million.  Read Original Content

Google and research firm Ipsos recently came out with a study on the growing market of smartphone users and their behaviors. According to the survey, 69 percent of American smartphone owners access the mobile web at least once every day.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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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.