Windows Phone Device Sales Analysis

Windows Phone is thriving at the low-end, dying at the high-end

By on November 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM.

Windows Phone is thriving at the low-end, dying at the high-end

Windows Phone has definitely shown some very promising momentum this year and it has soundly beat BlackBerry in the race to become the world’s No. 3 mobile platform. But there’s one asterisk next to Windows Phone’s impressive growth in 2013: It’s been driven almost entirely by low-end and mid-range smartphones while it’s languished in the high-end market dominated by the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S4. Neowin points us to the latest research from AdDuplex showing that just 1 of the top 4 Windows Phones in the world is a high-end model while the rest of the platform’s top devices are in the low-to-mid-range market.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas coming to mobile devices in December

By on November 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas coming to mobile devices in December

Rockstar Games on Tuesday announced that its popular “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” console game will be available on mobile devices this December. The game will work on select iOS 7, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone devices, although the developer has not revealed launch dates or prices for either of these platforms yet. According to the developer, the mobile version of the game has been upgraded, featuring “newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, grater draw distance, an enriched color palette,” and enhanced character and car models. Rockstar Games has also announced that the iOS 7 version of the game will launch with full support for mobile gaming controllers.

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Windows Phone App Store Downloads

The Windows Phone app store is shedding its ghost town image

By on November 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

The Windows Phone app store is shedding its ghost town image

Although Windows Phone’s app market trails the iOS and Android app markets in just about every metric, it has received some good news the past couple days. On Wednesday, Instagram launched its Windows Phone app (though, without video support). On Thursday, a Strategy Analytics suvey suggests app developers are warming up to Windows Phone. And to cap it all off, Microsoft has now released some statistics to Neowin that show increased activity on the Windows Phone platform. More →

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Instagram Windows Phone

Windows Phone to finally get an official Instagram app

By on October 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM.

Windows Phone to finally get an official Instagram app

Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app acquired by Facebook for $1 billion last year, is finally coming to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. The announcement came early Tuesday morning from the Nokia World 2013 conference in Abu Dhabi. “Our ultimate goal is to bring Instagram to everyone who wants to use it,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said on stage as he joined Nokia executives during the company’s keynote presentation. “We’re looking forward to watching the Windows Phone community use Instagram to capture and share beautiful moments in the coming weeks.” Windows Phone has seen numerous unofficial Instagram clients launch in the past, however many of them were eventually blocked by the company. According to Systrom, the Instagram app for Windows Phone will launch sometime in the next few weeks.

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Microsoft Windows Phone Windows RT Merger

Microsoft seen folding Windows RT into Windows Phone by 2015

By on October 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM.

Microsoft seen folding Windows RT into Windows Phone by 2015

Microsoft may not be planning to perpetually support three different operating systems after all. An unnamed source tells ZDNet that Microsoft will likely fold its tablet-centric Windows RT into its Windows Phone smartphone operating system by 2015, a move that would let Microsoft use the same OS for smartphones and tablets, just as Apple and Google respectively use iOS and Android for both form factors. ZDNet speculates that “because it tends to be easier to take a ‘smaller’ OS and add to it than to take a larger one and remove features from it, it’s likely that the Windows Phone OS is the one on top of which the new operating systems group will build.” A move to combine the two operating systems into one makes a lot of sense, especially if Microsoft really does plan on creating a single app store for both Windows and Windows Phone platforms.

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HTC Windows Phone

Nokia’s budget Lumia success may leave HTC with nowhere to run

By on October 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM.

Nokia’s budget Lumia success may leave HTC with nowhere to run

HTC’s disastrous Q3 performance has triggered speculation about how the company may try its luck in the Windows Phone market after getting clobbered by tough Android rivals. Microsoft may be considering waiving its licensing fee to keep HTC involved in Windows device design. HTC is also widely expected to finally pivot towards cheaper price points now that its premium phone strategy has seemingly gone up in flames. The problem with all this is that price competition in the budget Windows Phone market is going to be intolerable to HTC considering its quarterly smartphone shipment volume hovers around 6 million units. More →

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Microsoft iPhone Trade Program

Microsoft’s in-store exchange program now includes iPhones

By on September 25, 2013 at 6:15 PM.

Microsoft’s in-store exchange program now includes iPhones

Now that the new Surface tablets have made their debut, Microsoft might be looking to add one more incentive to its trade-in program later this week. According to Forbes, “an inside source at Microsoft” said that the in-store exchange program will expand this Friday to include the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 at some Microsoft Stores in the U.S. and Canada. Microsoft will reportedly offer its customers a minimum of $200 for Apple’s phones, which is identical to the iPad promotion already in place. Keep in mind Microsoft is already offering to buy back Android and iOS devices via an online program, so it would appear that the company will soon have all its bases covered.

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iPhone Android Touch Screen Comparison

Here’s why typing on Android phones is harder than typing on an iPhone

By on September 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM.

Here’s why typing on Android phones is harder than typing on an iPhone

With occasionally unreliable autocorrect software and periodically clumsy fingers, typing on a virtual keyboard has never been easy. Take these issues and couple them with slow response time, and it’s no wonder so many of our text messages end up riddled with errors. Cloud gaming company Agawi wanted to know which phones responded the fastest, and so the company set up a series of benchmarks (called TouchMarks) to measure touch responsiveness. More →

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Nokia Microsoft Deal Analysis

Nokia and Microsoft: ‘The deal that makes no sense’

By on September 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Nokia and Microsoft: ‘The deal that makes no sense’

Microsoft is now in the handset business. The company’s shocking announcement Tuesday morning that it will acquire Nokia’s devices and services businesses for $7.2 billion has set industry watchers aflutter, and analyses on both sides of the fence are emerging. Needless to say, however, most seem bearish on the deal. Ben Thompson is currently the growth engineer at Automattic, maker of WordPress, but he has formerly held positions at Microsoft and Apple so he certainly has a unique inside perspective — and according to Thompson, Microsoft’s Nokia buy is “the deal that makes no sense.” More →

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Microsoft Mobile Market Share

Steve Ballmer’s ‘failure’ illustrated in a single chart

By on August 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM.

Steve Ballmer’s ‘failure’ illustrated in a single chart

A picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes a chart is worth even more. Microsoft’s announcement late last week that Steve Ballmer would step down from his role as chief executive within the next year rocked the tech world, though it was hardly a real surprise. While Microsoft is still the largest software company on the planet, Ballmer has been widely criticized for the past few years due to Microsoft’s failure to address the exploding smartphone and tablet markets. While Microsoft’s future likely isn’t quite as bleak as some make it out to be, there is no question that its mobile efforts in recent years have failed — after three years, Windows Phone’s global market share is now just 3.7% and in the tablet space, Windows RT has hardly been well received. The following chart from mobile analyst Benedict Evans shows exactly why Microsoft’s minuscule smartphone presence and late, ill-received move into the tablet market is, as Evans puts it, a failure: More →

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Nokia Phablet Specs

Nokia phablet specs leak ahead of September unveiling, likely alongside Windows RT tablet

By on August 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM.

Nokia phablet specs leak ahead of September unveiling, likely alongside Windows RT tablet

Nokia is getting ready to unveil a full HD phablet that will launch later this year alongside the company’s first Windows RT tablet, a new report claims. Windows Phone Central on Wednesday evening posted what it claims to be several key specs from Nokia’s upcoming phablet, which an earlier report said will be unveiled in late September. According to WPCentral, the new phone will feature a 6-inch 1080p display, a quad-core processor, a 20-megapixel camera and an updated version of the Windows Phone operating system. The unnamed device will supposedly be unveiled on September 26th and it may debut alongside Nokia’s upcoming Windows RT tablet, which is shaping up to be a pretty huge mess.

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HTC Windows Phone Plans

Is HTC dumping Windows Phone?

By on August 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM.

Is HTC dumping Windows Phone?

HTC has tried plenty of things to reverse its current slide. Some seem to be working out relatively well, others not so much. Where HTC’s Windows Phone devices are concerned, the company gained some traction with its Windows Phone 8X and recent rumors suggested a new flagship Windows Phone might launch this fall. With HTC betting $1 billion on its latest Android phones, however, it seems like Windows Phone is again taking a back seat — or perhaps, HTC is moving away from Microsoft’s mobile platform entirely. A new report from Digitimes cites anonymous industry sources in claiming that HTC will likely “drift away” from Windows Phone now that Nokia’s Windows Phone market share has reached 80%. The report notes that HTC’s share of the tiny Windows Phone market is now just 5%, so focusing on Android is probably a good idea… especially considering HTC’s latest flagship phone is the best Android phone in the world.

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Nokia Lumia Sales

A question is raised as Android, iPhone continue to dominate: Do users even want a third platform?

By on July 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM.

A question is raised as Android, iPhone continue to dominate: Do users even want a third platform?

Consumers continue to prefer the iPhone and Android smartphones over Nokia and BlackBerry devices, and now analysts are questioning if a third platform will ever have the chance to succeed. Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co downgraded Nokia shares to Hold from Buy on Thursday, Barron’s reported. The analyst explained that he upgraded Nokia “too early,” adding that it may have been wrong to upgrade the company all together. He noted that Nokia’s recent earnings were “disappointing on virtually every dimension,” adding that Lumia sales, while they rose 32% from last quarter to 7.4 million units, are concerning because the average selling price declined 18% to roughly $205. Wolf is now questions “whether consumers are even interested in a viable third platform in the smartphone market,” noting that “Nokia’s second quarter results raise the possibility that consumers are content with just two platforms.”

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