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Mobility News Weekly – Week of October 6, 2013

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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The cost savings that Apple's new licensing model for apps is poised to deliver are large enough the impact is almost certainly going to be noticed well beyond the confines of the IT department. They're certainly noticeable by the finance or accounting department but finance isn't alone. The entire senior management may see this savings as a truly strategic advantage.  Read Original Content

SAP has announced it is will strongly focus on m-government, cloud, in-memory computing and SMEs at this year’s GITEX Technology Week.  In what is its most extensive investment in GITEX Technology Week yet, SAP will also showcase all product lines and services, host key players from its ecosystem and promote its industry expertise.  Read Original Content

Ingram Micro Inc., the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in the IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions, has announced its extensive IT distribution and sales channel network in Latin America now offers a full suite of wireless device lifecycle services via Ingram Micro Mobility.  Read Original Content

Magic Software Enterprises, with a presence in more than 50 countries, provides development, deployment, and integration of core business applications, supporting scalable deployment on multiple channels, including on-premise, Web (HTML5), rich Internet, mobile, and SaaS. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Magic Software Enterprises.

The total ANZ mobile phone market that includes feature phones and smartphones dropped by five percent quarter-over-quarter and over 20 percent year-over-year with over 2.6 million devices shipped in the second calendar quarter of 2013.  Read Original Content

Bango and MMIT have released M-Iflọ, a safe payment solution that enables online transactions for digital content. M-Iflọ navigates the complex mobile payment environment in Sub-Saharan Africa and is tailored to the needs of the industry leaders in mobile content.  Read Original Content
Fresh stats from Canaccord suggest Apple has pulled off quite a coup. For September, its iPhone 5S was the U.S.'s top-selling smartphone on all four major networks.  Forbes reports the second best-selling phone was the iPhone 5C, which many grumbling commentators say wasn't cheap enough or interesting enough to appeal to the general public.  Read Original Content

According to SAP AG, consumers in India are leading the demand for mobile commerce services, with 97 percent of consumers asking for more mobile interactions with banks, telcos, retailers, utilities and other businesses.  Read Original Content

A little more than two weeks after it first went on sale for $99, Apple's colorful new iPhone 5c is already on the bargain racks.  First Best Buy rolled out a promotion on to offer the Apple iPhone 5C for $50, and now RadioShack and Walmart have announced similar price cuts on the new device.  Read Original Content

According to Reuters, BlackBerry is exploring sell-out possibilities with Cisco Systems, Google and SAP. The company is in talks with these companies about selling them all or parts of itself. In addition, BlackBerry has asked for initial expressions of interest from potential strategic buyers, including Samsung, LG and Intel.  Read Original Content

"Mobile First" - the trend to assess, develop and deploy mobile apps in the enterprise - now has a faster path to implementation: Webalo's newly released Mobile App Generation Platform, that is part of the IT enterprise mobility infrastructure, and automatically generates fully-functional mobile apps in minutes from enterprise applications and data such as those from IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Saleforce.com, in-house applications, and other enterprise software vendors.  Read Original Content

Maxamum Mobile Solutions, a mobile marketing company, recently introduced a new program to its service portfolio. The new program, also known as the mobile app reseller program, is a low-cost way to become a mobile app reseller with the company.  According to an article available on Maxamum Mobile Solutions’ website, the mobile app reseller program is a low-cost investment with high rewards.  Read Original Content 

Mocapay, a leading merchant-centric, mobile marketing and payments solution provider, announced the launch of a customized mobile program for Denver-based Udi’s Cafés and Restaurants. The new Udi’s branded mobile app will allow Udi’s to issue loyalty and reward benefits to its customers.  Read Original Content

Mobile app stores will generate 82 billion app downloads in 2013, up from 46 billion in 2012, an almost doubling of the market, according to new data from Portio Research. The market will then continue to grow, up to 151 billion app downloads in 2015, and on to break 200 billion, reaching total downloads of 214 billion in 2017.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry has previewed a new multi-platform cloud-based enterprise mobility management solution that will enable businesses to easily secure and manage corporate and personal devices. The new cloud-based EMM solution will give business the ease, flexibility and cost controls to support BYOD, allowing employees to enjoy the content and apps they demand, while maintaining the security requirements and productivity gains of mobilizing, for the organization.  Read Original Content

The latest figures show Windows Phone gaining little traction in the U.S. smartphone market, mired at 3.2 percent market share in August. And that's just the beginning of the bad news for Microsoft in the U.S. mobile market.  According to comscore, as of August, Windows Phone had only a 3.2 percent market share, up only 0.2 percent since May.  Read Original Content

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