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Mobility News Weekly – Week of October 13, 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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Google may soon offer a new service that rewards users for letting the company more closely monitor their usage of mobile apps. According to Engadget, the new project is internally referred to as "Mobile Meter" and "utilizes iOS and Android apps that intelligently monitor app usage and web browsing habits and send the data back to Google." Engadget says the tracking will be entirely voluntary and that users will need to opt in rather than requesting to be excluded from the service. Read Original Content

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc., announced a U.S. and Canadian distribution agreement with SAP America Inc., a market leader in enterprise application software. This significantly expands upon Avnet's existing distribution agreement with SAP in multiple Asia Pacific countries.  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.

Good Technology™, the leader in secure mobility, has announced an extension of an existing partnership with Veracode, the leader in application security. This extension now makes it possible to better analyze, document, score, and mitigate the risks of mobile app vulnerabilities, including corporate network exposure, escalation of privilege, and data leakage.  Read Original Content

As the global popularity of smartphones and tablets continues to grow, the competition within mobile app developers also intensifies. More than 1.2 million apps are available between Apple's App Store and Google Play, however roughly 700,000 of these apps are considered "dead," meaning they have never been updated.  Read Original Content
Perth-based social networking company Moko has signed a deal for a mobile application that could crack open the lucrative U.S. college market.  The app, called REC-IT, is designed to co-ordinate the social activities of millions of college students.  The company will roll it out from next year with hopes to extend it to 600 universities by August.  Read Original Content

Google is the most formidable entity on the mobile market, according to a report from comScore. New research has found that the company’s mobile properties reach 92 percent of all smartphone users in the United States, claiming a considerable margin over rivals Facebook and Yahoo.  Read Original Content

Famous Footwear announced the launch of its free app for iPhone and Android. The new app offers shoppers instant access to savings they can earn through Famous Footwear's Rewards program as well as exclusive mobile discounts and offers. The app allows users to plan, shop and track their purchases, and redeem their Rewards points from their mobile device.  Read Original Content

Google's mobile operating system is king of the smartphone platforms in Spain. According to the new smartphone operating system market share figures by Kantar Worldpanel, Google's Android easily crushed the competition and that includes Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry.  Read Original Content

A new app from Nationwide, called the Nationwide Homebuyer’s Companion, has been launched which provides guides and tips on buying process, calculators to help work out affordability and borrowing requirements and also allows borrowers to compare different Nationwide products.  Read Original Content

SOASTA Inc., the leader in cloud and mobile testing, announced the results of its recent survey of 2,036 smartphone users in major American markets. When asked if they had ever shopped on their smartphones, 63 percent of smartphone owners had, with San Francisco having the most smartphone shoppers.  Read Original Content

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners polled customers on sales of both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in late September, after both devices went on sale. According to their latest figures provided to AllThingsD, 64 percent of iPhone buyers who bought in late September opted for the new flagship iPhone 5s.  Read Original Content

Has Samsung decided the time has already come to close the lid on the Galaxy S4? Reports have once again been spotted suggesting that Samsung is rushing forward the launch of the Galaxy S5 Smartphone, in order to compensate for lackluster interest in the existing S4. Despite having only been on the market for a few months, the sheer level of competition on the market and rapid advancement from Samsung’s rivals have rendered the S4 yesterday’s news in a pretty convincing way.  Read Original Content

In an effort to become a dominant force in the competitive smartphone space, Sony is refocusing its business to markets that already constitute 60 percent of its smartphone sales. Reuters reports that Sony does not have any major plans for “the world’s two largest smartphone markets, China and the United States,” as the company looks to gain a stronger foothold in Europe and Japan.  Read Original Content

Despite the bad news we hear about BlackBerry, there is still some good news from the Canadian company. BlackBerry is now targeting the cloud market, joining (perhaps to rival) a few other companies already. We have no idea about the official name of the cloud service but according to BlackBerry it will be a “trusted and simple enterprise mobility management to a new level of convenience”.  Read Original Content

Mediabistro will hold its two-day Inside Mobile Apps conference in New York City on December 3-4. The theme of this year’s conference is “Investigating Monetization in Top App Platforms,” with the show offering in-depth discussions, analysis and more on multiple topics, including monetization, design, marketing and growth. The conference will focus on mobile platforms like iOS and Android, but will also analyze Facebook, among other platforms. Read Original Content

The newly formed Microsoft Ventures has made its first investment in a software company called SkyGiraffe, which helps enterprises deploy mobile apps without writing a line of code. Read Original Content

Mobile deeplinks open specific pages within apps, and they’re about to transform ecommerce. URX is a new deeplink mobile advertising startup that’s raised $3.1 million from A-list investors to help ecommerce companies get existing users back in their apps and spending money. URX places ads on other mobile properties that deeplink to purchase pages in apps like Hotel Tonight and LivingSocial. Read Original Content

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