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Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 2, 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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Android tablets are quickly leaving Apple's iPads in the dust as the Google-centric tablets now account for 61.9 percent of sales in 2013, compared with 36 percent for Apple, Gartner reports.  Read Original Content

Biometrics is increasingly being used in keeping security on mobile devices and Fujitsu plans to put more than just a finger on security for its smartphones. In a statement, the company announced it plans to deploy palm-vein scanning to address security on its mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Apple has announced it is rolling out CarPlay—formerly known as “iOS in the Car”—for three manufacturers this week: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. CarPlay lets you control your phone directly from a screen on your dashboard. Read Original Content

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New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Congressman José E. Serrano have announced new legislation that would require a kill switch on all smartphones.  If the phone were stolen, you'd call your provider and they'd have to "kill" the phone by making it completely inoperable and wiping all personal data from the device. Read Original Content

Demand for Apple's iPhone 5S smartphone remains strong six months after its launch.
Among consumers planning to buy a new smartphone in the next three months, 33 percent expect to purchase an iPhone 5S, compared with 35 percent in December, Munster said.  Read Original Content
According to a new market research report, “Flexible Display Market: Global Analysis & Forecast By Application (Smartphone, Tablet, e-reader, Laptop, TV, Smartcard, Wearable Display, e-label)” the total market for flexible display is expected to reach $3,298 million by 2017.  Read Original Content

Etisalat announced it has partnered with SAP, an enterprise application software provider company, to deliver a comprehensive range of enterprise mobility services and solutions to businesses of all sizes in the UAE.  Read Original Content

Brivo Labs announced its first market offering, OKDoor.  It is a Glassware application that provides physical access control with Google Glass. OKDoor provides notification to a person inside a building that someone outside needs to gain access. Read Original Content

Firefox OS, an upstart smartphone operating system aimed at challenging the Apple and Google duopoly, will power a new category of $25 smartphones for developing countries, the California-based nonprofit Mozilla Foundation.  Read Original Content

Apple’s Australian smartphone market share has fallen to around 35 percent while Google’s Android is now more widely used than Apple’s iOS in every major market except Japan, according to new Kantar Worldpanel figures.  Read Original Content

Average smartphone use in Germany was 81 minutes per day in 2013, up by three minutes from 2012, according to the Mobile Monitor report from Goldmedia. Apple users recorded above average use at 87 minutes a day, with HTC and Huawei users registering 103 and 111 minutes a day respectively.  Read Original Content

Though this wouldn't be the first time Citi has been sour on Apple, Citi's forecast for the tablet market makes Apple the most vulnerable due to its leadership status.  Citi sees tablet year-to-year growth in the 20 percent – or slightly above range – this year, then dipping below 20 percent by the first quarter of 2015.  Read Original Content

Boeing Co. plans to enter the budding market for cryptophones aimed at foiling spies and hackers by offering enhanced protection in tough hardware. The outer shell of the forthcoming “Black” smartphone monitors for tampering while the device’s operating system and apps screen for viruses picked up from the Internet.  Read Original Content

According to a report by research firm VisionMobile, the global app economy was worth $68 billion last year and is projected to grow to $143 billion in 2016.  Read Original Content

The popular brand Oral-B has introduced a new toothbrush and names it as “smart toothbrush”. The problems related to the teeth will reach the smartphone while cleaning teeth through this extraordinary smart toothbrush.  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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