News Scan: Zebra buys Motorola's enterprise unit for $3.5B; Mobile shoppers just want coupons; more


>> Motorola Solutions sells enterprise business to Zebra for $3.5B

Motorola Solutions has agreed to sell its enterprises business, which supplies rugged computers, tablets and barcode scanners, to Zebra Technologies for $3.5 billion, Reuters reports. Zebra supplies products to help track inventory and supply chains. The enterprise business accounts for about one-third of Motorola Solutions' revenue. Last year, Motorola Solutions sold its Mobility Service Platform unit to AirWatch for an undisclosed sum. Motorola Solutions plans to retain its iDEN product portfolio as well as its core government and public safety business, the newswire says. Read more

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>> Mobile shoppers just want coupons, survey finds

Around 62 percent of mobile shoppers just want coupons, according to a survey of 1,000 smartphone owners by InsightsNow for digital media firm Catalina. Mobile shoppers also want shopping list reminders and the ability to track spending. However, they are not so keen on social media integration, receipt imagery and geo-location notifications. Read more

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>> Smart connected appliances to reach 10 million by 2017

Smart connected home appliances, such as smart fridges and washing machines, are forecast by Juniper Research to exceed 10 million units installed by 2017. "Deploying Smart Home services in the cloud will reduce the need for expensive Smart Home device processors, and allow these devices to benefit from the power of Big Data," says Juniper. "Service providers should encourage a user community to help diversify Smart Home application possibilities to cater for individual needs," it adds. Read more

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>> Italy leads Europe in terms of mobile shoppers

Among European countries, Italy has the largest portion of consumers who regularly buy online using mobile devices as well as PCs, according to analysis of 22,000 consumers across seven European countries conducted by Forrester Research. According to the research, one-quarter of European adults research their next purchase online before purchasing in a physical store. "To ensure customers do not turn to their competitors after researching with them online, retailers must optimize the entire purchase journey, not just online sales, and deliver a unified experience across multiple devices," advises Forrester analyst Michelle Beeson. Read more

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>> Mobile display revenues to surpass TV this year

Mobile display revenues will surpass TV display revenues for the first time this year, predicts NPD DisplaySearch. Mobile PCs and mobile phones will have a 42 percent share of total global flat panel display (FPD) revenues in 2014, surpassing LCD TV FPD with a 37 percent revenue share. "Mobile devices are expected to expand their revenue lead over LCD TV in the years to come, with nearly half of all FPD revenue by 2016," says David Hsieh, vice president of NPD DisplaySearch. Read more

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