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Mubaloo’s weekly roundup of the latest mobile news covering Microsoft’s smartwatch, Yankee’s top two mobile trends, EE spreading out 4G mobile broadband to rural communities, Symantec buying NitroDesk and Smartphone shipments hitting 1.2b in 2014

Mubaloo’s weekly roundup of the latest mobile news:
Microsoft is the latest technology giant preparing to jump into the wearables market, with plans to offer a sensor-rich smartwatch that measures heart rate and syncs with iPhones, Android phones and Windows Phones. The device will draw on optical engineering expertise from Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect division, to continuously measure heart rate through the day and night.
Mobile Enterprise
Global mobile operators are in the battle to win over the global mobile enterprises. Increasingly, enterprises and SMBs are looking towards pure play vendors, such as FeedHenry, and systems integrators, such as Mubaloo. In this post, Chris Marsh from Yankee Group talks through recent survey data and how it is influencing two of the top trends in mobility at the moment.
Computer Weekly 
Mobile network provider EE has completed a major project to bring 4G broadband to almost 2,600 rural towns and villages across the UK, doubling the footprint of its double-speed network and bringing service quality comparable to that obtained in major cities to three million more people.
Symantec has announced the acquisition of NitroDesk, an enterprise email security management firm whose software it already offers. NitroDesk announced the deal in a splash on its homepage, saying that it will take its 3,000 enterprise customers and their millions of staff to Symantec.
A whopping 1.2 billion smartphones will be shipped in 2014, representing an increase of 23.1 percent on 2013. Google’s Android platform is expected to dominate the market. The growth rate of smartphone shipments is also increasing, leading to the sale of a predicted 1.8 billion smartphones in 2018, based on figures from IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker research.

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