In a curious turn of events, Microsoft’s (MSFT) new desktop and tablet operating system is reportedly missing internal sales projections while Windows Phone 8, a mobile platform many industry watchers expected to flounder as its predecessors have, may be off to a stronger than expected start. Paul Thorrott’s Supersite for Windows reported late last week that Windows 8 is not off to a good start, claiming “sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing.” More →
Microsoft (MSFT) has a lot riding on Windows Phone 8. After gaining barely any ground following the initial launch of Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone 7.5 refresh, another slow start for Microsoft’s new mobile platform could do a lot of damage as the company looks to regain relevance while Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) continue to dominate the smartphone market. During an interview in Santa Clara, California on Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did his best to pitch his new mobile platform and in doing so, he had a few choice words for Android and iOS. More →
In late 2010, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone platform burst onto the scene and was billed as the savior that would make the Redmond, Washington-based company relevant in mobile once again. But that didn’t happen. In early 2012, Microsoft and Nokia (NOK) launched “the first real Windows Phone” that would make Windows Phone a real competitor after a year and a half on the market with little to show for it. But that didn’t happen. Now, the game is different and Microsoft has created a mobile platform that potentially offers deep integration with its core product — Windows 8. Will the company finally find success this time around? Forbes says yes, but not for some time. More →
While AT&T (T), T-Mobile and Verizon (VZ) bask in the glory of carrying the best Windows Phone 8 smartphones made by Nokia (NOK) and HTC (2498), Sprint (S) will reportedly wait until 2013 to decide whether Microsoft’s (MSFT) new mobile platform is worth the investment, according to TechCrunch. Although the carrier hasn’t released any official statement as to why it is choosing to wait, TechCrunch suggests it might be too busy with its $20 billion acquisition by Softbank and losses to have resources devoted to promoting an unproven platform. Sprint could also be playing it safe seeing as how Windows Phone 7 was mostly a bust. Whatever the reason is, if you’re in the market for a Windows Phone 8 device, don’t bother looking at Sprint until next year.
Nokia’s (NOK) next-generation Lumia smartphones have begun rolling out around the world and while early reviews have been impressed with Nokia’s solid hardware and class leading PureView camera technology, some industry watchers still doubt that the phones will find success in a market dominated by Samsung (005930) and Apple (AAPL). In a recent note to clients, Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkely wrote that he is quite impressed with Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8 handsets but he doesn’t see sales improving much in 2013. More →
Looking for a Windows Phone 8 device with less color? Announced at the Windows Phone 8 launch by Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, the Samsung (005930) ATIV Odyssey has been a tough smartphone nail down. The always-reliable Evleaks has released a press shot of the handset showing off a Samsung Galaxy S III-inspired device with Verizon (VZ) carrier branding. In terms of specs, PhoneArena believes the ATIV Odyssey will be a variant of the ATIV S and is rumored to have a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The LTE-equipped smartphone is expected to arrive on Verizon by the end of December.
AT&T (T) customers are getting a pair of shiny new Windows Phone 8 devices in the form of the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 920 and the HTC (2498) 8X. The nation’s second largest wireless carrier is offering both smartphones starting at $99.99 with a new two-year agreement. Additionally, AT&T is offering customers who purchase the Lumia 920 a free wireless charging plate. The lower-end Lumia 820 smartphone is also available for the even lower price of $49.99. More →
ZTE may be looking to launch the first Windows Phone “phablet” to compete against the numerous hybrid devices available on the Android platform. Lu Qian Hao, the head of market strategy for ZTE, teased an image of one of the company’s upcoming Windows Phone smartphones on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. In addition to the image, the executive revealed that the flagship device will carry a 5.9-inch display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and he said it will come equipped with DTS audio technology. There are a few concerns with these claims, however. The smartphone pictured above is still sporting the Windows Phone 7 logo and to make matters worse, Microsoft (MSFT) hasn’t announced that Windows Phone 8 will support full HD resolution.
As Microsoft (MSFT) enters the third year in its slow smartphone comeback campaign, sales of Windows Phone-powered handsets are still barely a blip on the radar. According to the company’s chief executive Steve Ballmer however, the new Windows Phone 8 platform will soon change the game. ”With the work we have done with Nokia (NOK), HTC (2498), Samsung (005930) and others … there is now an opportunity to create really a strong third participant in the smartphone market,” Ballmer said at a Windows Phone 8 launch event in Israel, Reuters reports. More →
In late March 2012, the tide seemed as though it was about to turn for Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone platform. After a year and a half of struggling, the “first real Windows Phone” was about to launch in early April and change the smartphone landscape forever. People got excited. I got excited. After waiting so long for a true third player to emerge, this was it. The surprisingly affordable Lumia 900 flagship phone was released by AT&T (T) on April 8th and it was initially free for new subscribers or $99 for AT&T customers. What a deal! The phone was gorgeous, unique, fast and fresh, presenting a genuine alternative in an industry dominated by two behemoths. But no one cared. More →
The latest numbers from research firm ComScore reveal the difficulties both Microsoft (MSFT) and Research in Motion (RIMM) face when deploying their new mobile operating systems. Windows Phone 8 handsets are just around the corner and the first BlackBerry 10 devices are slated to arrive for early next year, however it may be too late. In a three month period ending in September, ComScore found that Android and iOS were the only two operating systems to increase their market shares and have continued to dominate the mobile industry. More →
There’s a good argument to make that Windows Phone 8 doesn’t need a central notification system because it has live tiles to display incoming information in real-time. But according to The Verge, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Thomas Fennel admitted at the company’s BUILD 2012 developer conference that Windows Phone 8 would have had a notifications system that matches Android and iOS’s if the company hadn’t run out of time. Fennel said that the company has gotten “tons of feedback from developers that they want something like that as well” and that Microsoft is “thinking very, very hard” about building a notification center for future releases.
Exactly one month after BGR’s exclusive report confirming Microsoft was developing an own-brand smartphone, a new report firms up the news. Reporting from Taipei, The Wall Street Journal’s Lorraine Luk and Shira Ovide state that Microsoft (MSFT) is working with component suppliers in Asia to test its own smartphone. No details about the device were provided beyond the claim that the phone’s display measures between 4 and 5 inches, and WSJ’s unnamed sources were not aware of Microsoft’s launch plans. BGR can confirm that this testing extends well beyond Asia; working Microsoft smartphone models running the company’s Windows Phone operating system are currently being tested by a number of people inside and outside the company in the United States.