A fierce battle is raging among smartphone industry contenders this year, but Microsoft thinks the war has already been won. In an interview with Verge, senior Windows Phone product manager Larry Lieberman said that Microsoft’s mobile platform is “solidly the third ecosystem right now. That’s a huge announcement in some respects.” While Windows Phone took the lead in the first quarter this year, the platform’s global market share is still neck and neck with BlackBerry. Microsoft is unafraid, however. ”I don’t think they can bring to the table some of the things we have,” Lieberman said. “The fact like we’re delivering across such a different set of price points to such a large audience.” BlackBerry’s first low-cost BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Blackberry Q5, is set to launch next month.
Big name companies such as Path, Facebook, Tumbler and Twitter were quick to develop applications for Google’s wearable computing device. Popular photo-sharing service Instagram, however, is in no rush to jump on the Google Glass bandwagon. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said in an interview with Fast Company that before the company can even think about a Google Glass app, it must first get on BlackBerry and Windows Phone. He noted that those two platforms will likely “come before Google Glass.” Systrom was quick to warn, however, that those apps may not be released “anytime soon.” More →
A new leak suggests that Nokia’s upcoming 41-megapixel smartphone will launch as the Lumia 1020 sometime next month. The rumor comes to us from @evleaks, an anonymous Twitter account known for providing accurate information about unannounced smartphones. According to the latest rumors, the smartphone will be equipped with a polycarbonate body and a 4.5-inch 720p display. The main selling point, however, will be the handset’s 41-megapixel PureView rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. It has also been reported that the Lumia 1020 will include new camera software, known as Nokia Pro Camera, to compliment the high-end optics. Nokia is expected to unveil the Lumia 1020 at a press event in New York City on July 11th.
Acer’s smartphone business is struggling to distinguish itself in the crowded Android market, however a company executive has confirmed that it still has no plans to launch smartphones on another operating system. Despite being a longtime partner of Microsoft, Acer smartphone vice president Allen Burnes explained that Windows Phone isn’t yet a safe bet for the company. In an interview with Pocket-lint, the executive revealed that Acer would like to produce Windows Phone 8 handsets sometime down the road. He praised the platform as a whole, however he explained that Acer could not invest in the operating system until Microsoft built it up more. Burnes noted that app selection was still a serious problem, as was brand awareness. For the time being, Acer remains focused on its Android smartphones.
It is no secret that Nokia is developing a Lumia smartphone with a high-end PureView camera. We have seen a number of leaks for the Lumia EOS, which is expected to debut next month. The handset is rumored to be equipped with a polycarbonate body and a 4.5-inch 720p display. Earlier reports suggested the smartphone would feature a PureView rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, however the actual megapixel count remained a mystery. According to the latest leak from Chinese microblogging website Weibo, however, a 41-megapixel rear shooter has apparently been confirmed. Nokia is expected to announce the Lumia EOS at a press conference in New York City on July 11th
Nokia and Windows Phone go hand in hand, according to data from advertising network AdDuplex. Nokia’s smartphones accounted for 80.2% of all Windows Phone devices in May, ahead of HTC at 13.7% and Samsung with just 4.5%. The Lumia 920 was found to be the most popular Windows Phone device globally, however the mid-level Lumia 822 beat out the Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X in the United States. AT&T remained the most popular Windows Phone carrier in the U.S. with a 42% share of the market, ahead of Verizon at 33% and T-Mobile at 20%. Perhaps the most troubling statistic was the breakdown of software versions. AdDuplux found that while Windows Phone 8 gained more than 6% market share over the past month, the operating system remained less popular than Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 8 accounted for 49.4% of the market last month, compared to the 50.6% owned by Windows Phone 7.
Rumors suggest that Samsung is preparing to turn up the heat in the camera phone race with the upcoming 16-megapixel Galaxy S4 Zoom. As appealing as a Galaxy S4 variant with optical zoom and image stabilization sounds, Nokia may soon steal the show with the most impressive camera phone the world has ever seen. Featuring a 41-megapixel PureView camera and a xenon flash, the Nokia “EOS” has leaked a number of times already. But now, a video has been released by ViziLeaks that reveals the handset’s mechanical shutter and image stabilization feature in a close-up of the camera assembly. There is still no word on when the EOS might be unveiled but in the meantime, the full video follows below. More →
New images of Nokia’s upcoming 41-megapixel Lumia smartphone have been published by several sources. Earlier leaks had confirmed that the handset, codenamed EOS, would be equipped with a polycarbonate body and a 4.5-inch display. Now, both GSMArena and an anonymous Twitter user known as ViziLeaks have posted images of what are said to be of the upcoming Lumia EOS smartphone. More →
Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system is lacking several key applications, a problem that Nokia has acknowledge and vowed to address. It would appear the company’s hard work has paid off, because a new rumor claims one of the most popular photo-sharing applications in the world will arrive on Windows Phone later this month. According to Chinese website WPDang, Instagram will launch on Windows Phone as a Nokia exclusive on June 26th. Earlier rumors suggested the application would include an extra filter to reward Windows Phone users for their patience. The Windows Phone app store is now home to more than 145,000 applications, however Instagram is seen as the one application that could help Windows Phone better compete with rival operating systems.
Is Windows Phone picking up smartphone market share in America? Two leading research firms offer opposite views on the matter. The new comScore numbers are fairly shocking — they show Microsoft’s smartphone market share dipping to 3% in the three-month period ending in April, from 3.1% in the period ending in January. This would be pretty devastating considering AT&T and Verizon both have offered fairly robust Windows Phone marketing support since December. But wait! Just few days earlier, Kantar Worldpanel stated that Windows Phone’s share in America jumped to 5.6% during the three months ending in April, up significantly from 3.2% in the period ending in January. More →
Nokia is rumored to be developing a high-end Lumia smartphone with a 41-megapixel PureView camera. Earlier reports have suggested that the smartphone, codenamed EOS, would be similar to the Lumia 920 with a polycarbonate case and a 4.5-inch 720p display. A recent leak from Chinese site WPDang may confirm previous rumors. The alleged prototype reveals Nokia’s traditional polycarbonate body, compatibility with wireless charging covers and a rather large bump on the backside for the high-end camera. The latest rumors point to the EOS launching on AT&T in early July. Another leaked image follows below. More →
Shipments of Android smartphones are expected to climb to more than 1 billion units annually in 2017, more than twice the 470 million Android phones that shipped last year. Market research firm Canalys on Tuesday issued a new report containing its smartphone forecast for the next five years. Android is clearly the big winner, and its 1 billion units shipped in 2017 will be good for 67.1% of the 1.5 billion smartphones that sell into channels globally. That figure is down slightly from the 67.7% of the market Android controlled in 2012, but the narrow loss in market share won’t benefit top rival Apple. More →
A new report suggests that Apple and Microsoft’s mobile platforms are growing faster than Google’s in the United States. According to data released by Kantar Worldpanel, iPhone and Windows Phone sales have increased 2.3 percentage points and 1.8 percentage points, respectively, in the past year. Sales of Android smartphones which grew 1.4 percentage points year-over-year during the same amount of time. In a three-month period ending in April 2013, the research firm found that Android devices accounted for 51.7% of smartphone sales in the U.S., compared to 41.4% from the iPhone and 5.6% from Windows Phone devices. More →