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Still avoiding Android exclusivity, Samsung readies new Windows Phone

December 5th, 2013

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 …

Instagram Windows Phone Launch Analysis

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

November 21st, 2013

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.

Windows Phone Developer Interest

Windows Phone is finally on developers’ radars

November 21st, 2013

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 …

Microsoft Windows Phone Missing Apps

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

November 20th, 2013

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 …

Windows Phone App Market Analysis

The sad, dead state of the Windows Phone app market

November 20th, 2013

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 …

Windows Phone BlackBerry Market Share

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

November 14th, 2013

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 …

Vine Windows Phone App

Microsoft fills in yet another crucial Windows Phone app gap

November 12th, 2013

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 …

Windows Phone BlackBerry Market Share Q3 2013

Windows Phone is surging at BlackBerry’s expense

November 12th, 2013

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 …