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Market research firm IDC has increased its growth projections for this year’s smartphone sales by 10 percent. The firm now expects smartphone sales to increase 55.4 percent compared to last year, to hit 269.6 million units.

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/daily_news/article.php/410846/IDC-Global-Smartphone-Market-to-Grow-554-Percent-This-Year.htm

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Startup Leapfactor Inc. is making a big enterprise push with a new cloud-based mobile application platform that it says can mobilize any business app or process for thousands of employees. In its bid to consumerize the enterprise, the SAP AG partner is looking to help the wireless operators take on corporate America.

http://making-money-investing.com/telecom-startup-sees-enterprise-apps-as-telco-opportunity.html

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According to Gartner, Android will capture 17.7 percent of the smartphone market this year, slightly more than BlackBerry’s 17.5 percent share. Symbian will remain on top with 40.1 percent this year, while Apple’s iOS will come in fourth with 15.4 percent of the market in 2010.

http://www.businessinsider.com/android-will-blow-past-apple-and-rim-to-become-second-biggest-mobile-os-this-year-2010-9

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SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann tweeted recently that the enterprise software vendor has already rolled out iPads to 1,000 employees.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/sap-has-deployed-1000-ipads-to-its-employees/411?tag=zd-left

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Apple announced recently that it has lifted restrictions on its third party developer guidelines that impacts Adobe’s Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool.

http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2010/09/great-news-for-developers.html

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“As mobility continues to play a key role in enabling companies to achieve greater productivity worldwide, IDC expects the global mobile worker population to increase from 919.4 million in 2008 to more than 1.19 billion in 2013, representing nearly 35 percent of the worldwide workforce,” said Sean Ryan, research analyst for IDC’s Mobile Enterprise group.

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=221309

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The Motorola Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. and Ericsson hope to advance Public Safety communications. Specifically, an LTE based solution for public safety mobile broadband that will interoperate with mission critical voice and data to unify the delivery of high performing voice and broadband multimedia applications.

http://www.telecomengine.com/article.asp?HH_ID=AR_6562

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I registered for SAP’s TechEd 2010 Las Vegas! I am excited about it this year – the year of mobility! SAP’s 2010 focus is – on premise, on demand and on device – MOBILE device that is. I will be teaching a session on The Future of Enterprise Mobility. I have seen the conference agenda and it is packed full of sessions on mobility. I hope to see all of you there!

http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/2010/08/kevin-benedict-on-teched-2010-in-las.html

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Google unveiled Instant, a new predictive search tool that dynamically displays results as the user types, promising the solution will expand from the desktop to mobile devices this fall.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/08/google-instant-mobile/

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RIM recently stated that more than 30 million BlackBerry smartphone users across 65 countries have downloaded BlackBerry App World since the store first opened, with consumers averaging more than a million app downloads each day. The BlackBerry platform now represents 18.2 percent of the worldwide smartphone market according to data issued earlier this month by research firm Gartner, behind Symbian at 41.2 percent.

http://www.fiercemobilecontent.com/story/blackberry-app-world-edges-past-10-000-applications/2010-09-09?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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Google Inc’s Android software will become the world’s second most popular operating system for cell phones this year, leapfrogging rival offerings from Microsoft Corp, Research in Motion and Apple Inc, according to a new report.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE68745L20100910

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Dell Inc. wants to put its new tablet into the lab coats of doctors, as it aims to broaden the appeal of the device beyond consumers and tie it more closely to the company’s software.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE68E0PJ20100915

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Before nearly 100 reporters and analysts at its San Francisco office today, Twitter unfurled a redesign, which includes multimedia links that can be viewed from within a Twitter account, rather than from a separate browser page.

http://iphone.usatoday.com/Tech/2031973/

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Google has introduced a beta Walking Navigation service for users of Android phones as part of Google Maps for mobile 4.5.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/infrastructure/WAN_optimization/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=227400096&cid=nl_IW_daily_2010-09-13_h

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YouTube is conducting a limited test of a live video streaming platform. I wonder what this means for smartphone video cameras?

http://www.informationweek.com/news/infrastructure/traffic_management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=227400233&cid=nl_IW_daily_2010-09-14_h

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About 6.4 billion application downloads were made globally in 2009 alone from native and third party application stores, generating revenues of $4.5 billion in the same year.

http://www.live-pr.com/en/mobile-app-downloads-generated-4-5-billion-r1048562564.htm

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Recent articles from Kevin Benedict:

Compliance Functions for Mobile Applications
10 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting and Implementing a Mobility Solution
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 1
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 2
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 3
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 4
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 5
SAP Mentor Monday – Pre-Recorded SAP Enterprise Mobility Webinar

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