Samsung Windows Phone 8

Still avoiding Android exclusivity, Samsung readies new Windows Phone

By on December 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM.

Still avoiding Android exclusivity, Samsung readies new Windows Phone

Details are still hazy at best, but Samsung might be preparing to ship a new Windows Phone. A listing for an unannounced Samsung smartphone with model number SM-W750V has appeared on Indian tech company Zauba’s website. According to the listing, the phone will feature a 5-inch display, and as SamMobile has deduced based on its 33,245 rupee ($540 USD) price, it will likely contain high-end specs comparable to Samsung’s other flagship phones. Samsung hasn’t been shy about the fact that it is exploring its options in terms of smartphone operating systems, particularly with the upcoming launch of Tizen. Releasing a Windows Phone would allow Samsung to spread its reach even further, and with Microsoft looming over the Windows Phone business, this could be good timing on Samsung’s part.

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iOS Windows Phone Enterprise Adoption

‘Bumpy’ iOS 7 seen opening huge hole for Windows Phone in enterprise

By on November 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

‘Bumpy’ iOS 7 seen opening huge hole for Windows Phone in enterprise

Could this be Windows Phone’s big breakthrough moment? ABI Research analyst Jason McNicol says that while companies were excited for the launch of iOS 7 this fall, many have come away disappointed with some of its features that weren’t as innovative as they’d hoped. More →

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Instagram Windows Phone Launch Analysis

Forget the botched Instagram launch: Windows Phone is on the march

By on November 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM.

Forget the botched Instagram launch: Windows Phone is on the march

Instagram is finally coming to Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Though the rollout looks to be sloppy initially, with several features not being available at launch, it’s an enormous opportunity for San Francisco-based Instagram, as well as Microsoft, given the growing popularity of Windows Phone. More →

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Windows Phone Developer Interest

Windows Phone is finally on developers’ radars

By on November 21, 2013 at 8:35 AM.

Windows Phone is finally on developers’ radars

The Windows Phone app market may still have some catching up to do but it looks like Steve Ballmer’s “developers” chant is finally starting to work its magic. Strategy Analytics has released a new survey of more than 1,600 mobile app developers that shows 32% of them plan to support Windows Phone next year. While this is still far below the percentages of developers who say they’ll support iOS (68%) and Android (84%) next year, it’s a marked improvement from the 16% of developers who supported Windows Phone in 2013. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone Missing Apps

Microsoft exec vows to end Windows Phone app gap by ‘end of 2014′

By on November 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM.

Microsoft exec vows to end Windows Phone app gap by ‘end of 2014′

When should you expect to see every major app released on iOS and Android to also get released on Windows Phone? According to Microsoft’s Windows Phone boss Joe Belfiore, the company will have completely eliminated its app gap with rival platforms by “the end of 2014.” Writing on his Twitter account, Belfiore has been crowing recently about Microsoft getting big-name apps such as Instagram and Flipboard while proclaiming on Wednesday that “the 3rd ecosystem is decidedly here!” More →

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Windows Phone App Market Analysis

The sad, dead state of the Windows Phone app market

By on November 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

The sad, dead state of the Windows Phone app market

Instagram took years to finally launch a Windows Phone app… and then launched a version without video support. Apps like Super Mario Kart keep popping up on the “New Apps” chart. Angry Birds Space is still the No. 9 paid Windows app, a year after it dropped out of iPhone top 10. Ancient corpses of Bejewelled and Fruit Ninja still haunt the graveyard that is the Windows top 10 download chart. More →

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Windows Phone BlackBerry Market Share

Windows Phone leaves BlackBerry in the dust, Android still dominates in Q3

By on November 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM.

Windows Phone leaves BlackBerry in the dust, Android still dominates in Q3

Fresh evidence emerged Thursday that Windows Phone has steamed past BlackBerry to establish itself as the world’s No. 3 smartphone OS. New data from Gartner shows that Windows Phone sales hit 8.9 million in the third quarter of 2013, more than doubling the roughly 4 million Windows Phones sold in Q3 2012. Over the same period BlackBerry sales crashed and burned, plummeting from 8.9 million in Q3 2012 to 4.4 million in Q3 2013. More →

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Vine Windows Phone App

Microsoft fills in yet another crucial Windows Phone app gap

By on November 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

Microsoft fills in yet another crucial Windows Phone app gap

One by one, Microsoft is checking off its list of missing Windows Phone apps. Vine on Tuesday announced that its official Windows Phone 8 app was online and ready for download, making it the second major app that it’s snagged in less than a month. Getting both Vine and Instagram means that Windows Phone now has both of the biggest apps on the market for sharing short video clips. Vine says that it’s developed some unique features for its Windows Phone app such as letting users “pin your favorite Vine accounts to your homescreen, and use Pivots to easily switch between your apps.”

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Windows Phone BlackBerry Market Share Q3 2013

Windows Phone is surging at BlackBerry’s expense

By on November 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Windows Phone is surging at BlackBerry’s expense

It’s taken a while but Microsoft’s Windows Phone finally looks like it’s ready to become a major player in the mobile market. The latest numbers from IDC show that Windows Phone shipments surged from 3.7 million in the third quarter of 2012 to 9.5 million in the third quarter of 2013, a year-over-year growth rate of 156%. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone Apps

How Microsoft’s brute financial force will bring apps to Windows Phone

By on November 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM.

How Microsoft’s brute financial force will bring apps to Windows Phone

Microsoft has always had one big advantage over BlackBerry in its quest to establish Windows Phone as the world’s No. 3 mobile operating system: Giant piles of cash. Bloomberg Businessweek has an interesting new article out on Microsoft and Nokia’s efforts to use raw financial clout to bring more apps to Windows Phone 8. Bryan Biniak, Nokia’s global vice president and general manager, tells the publication that the two companies have started playing hardball with developers and have even told them that they risk losing out on future Microsoft and Nokia business if they don’t bring their mobile apps to Windows Phone. More →

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Windows Phone Market Share

Nokia helps Windows Phone overtake iOS in key European market

By on November 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM.

Nokia helps Windows Phone overtake iOS in key European market

Don’t look now, but Windows Phone is gaining some serious momentum in Europe. The latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel show that Windows Phone has actually surpassed iOS in market share in Italy, a significant victory for Microsoft that Kantar says is mostly due to strong sales of Nokia Lumia handsets. Overall, Kantar found that Windows Phone handsets now have a 13.7% market share in Italy while Apple’s Italian market share has fallen to just 10.2%. Kantar has also found that Windows Phone has been gaining steam in other major European markets, as the platform now has a combined market share of nearly 10% in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Android is still far and away the market share leader on the continent, however, and accounts for 71.9% of smartphones sold in the five biggest EU markets.

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Microsoft Windows Phone Update Phablet

Microsoft prepares for phablets with latest Windows Phone update

By on October 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

Microsoft prepares for phablets with latest Windows Phone update

On Monday, Microsoft announced the third major update for Windows Phone 8, which will enable higher resolutions and a larger Start screen in order to support the upcoming phablet generation of Windows Phones. The new 1080p displays on smartphones from 5 to 7 inches will be able to fit six Live Tiles across the screen as opposed to the four offered by smaller Windows Phones. Windows Phone 8 “Update 3″ will also allow new phones to support Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processors. More →

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