Smartphone Market Share Q1 2016

Whatever you do, don’t buy these smartphones

By on May 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Whatever you do, don’t buy these smartphones

There is nothing in consumer tech right now that’s as hot as the smartphone market, even as it nears saturation in many regions, and the real beauty of it is that there are so many options. Every company out there wants a piece of the action and they’re all looking for ways to differentiate their products, so there really is something for everyone. It’s not easy to make a choice that can truly be considered wrong since different people have different needs and wants, but there is one line of smartphones that people probably shouldn’t bother with unless they having a burning desire to dump hundreds of dollars into a dead platform.

As noted by market research firm Gartner, Windows Phone’s share of the global smartphone market actually fell below 1% this past quarter for the first time ever, market yet another stop on Microsoft’s one-way trip to smartphone irrelevance. As such, the worst mistake you can make when buying a new phone is to buy a Windows Phone, unless you’re fine with burning cash on a platform that’s on its way out.

Actually, there is one smartphone platform that somehow has an even lower share of the global market — BlackBerry OS — but it’s so low that it’s not even worth discussing anymore. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone Hover Gestures

Years too late, Microsoft has made a killer Windows Phone feature

By on May 6, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Years too late, Microsoft has made a killer Windows Phone feature

Hey, remember Windows Phone? You probably don’t and for a long time it seems like Microsoft hasn’t remembered it either. Behind the scenes, however, it looks like Microsoft has been working on new features for its mobile operating system and at least one of them is really cool. Per The Verge, Microsoft recently took the wraps off a new feature that it describes as “pre-touch sensing for mobile interaction.” Essentially, this feature can detect when your fingers are near the devices display and will automatically put up menu options for you to use. More →

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Windows Phone Sales

It’s game over for Windows Phone as device sales hit an all-time low

By on January 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

It’s game over for Windows Phone as device sales hit an all-time low

Try as it may, Microsoft simply can’t compete in a smartphone market still dominated by Apple’s iPhone and an assortment of Android handsets. As part of the company’s Q4 2015 earnings report, the company disclosed that it sold just 4.5 million Lumia phones during the busy holiday quarter. By way of contrast, Microsoft in the same quarter a year-ago sold 10.5 million units, a staggering 57% drop.

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Windows Phone Chief

Microsoft’s Windows Phone VP caught tweeting from an iPhone

By on January 26, 2016 at 6:35 PM.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone VP caught tweeting from an iPhone

At this point, it seems as if the iPhone has caught more ‘cheaters’ than Joey Greco. Its most recent victim? Why none other than Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore. Currently the company’s Corporate VP of Operating Systems, Belfiore is primarily known for heading up the company’s Windows Phone division.

Currently on a 9-month sabbatical, Belfiore was recently traveling through Kyoto, Japan and published a tweet that, upon further inspection, was sent from an iPhone.

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Windows Phone Sales

Microsoft CEO tries to convince the world that Windows Phone’s failure doesn’t matter

By on December 31, 2015 at 3:45 PM.

Microsoft CEO tries to convince the world that Windows Phone’s failure doesn’t matter

By any measure one might consider, Microsoft’s Windows platform for smartphones has been a failure. While one delusional market research firm tried to convince the world that Microsoft would rule the mobile market and surpass Android’s market share at some point in 2013, the rest of us recognized that there wasn’t much of an opening with Android and iOS dominating the market so handily. Today, Windows’ mobile market share sits in the low single digits. The very low single digits. At last count, Gartner said Microsoft’s share of the global smartphone market was around 1.7%.

With Microsoft’s mobile boss Stephen Elop having been pushed out shortly after the Nokia deal and longtime Windows Phone trumpeter Joe Belfiore taking a year off, it’s safe to say Windows Phone isn’t where Microsoft wants it to be right now. But according to CEO Satya Nadella, Windows’ mobile failure doesn’t really matter. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone 10 Reviews Analysis

Microsoft is doing so many things well – so why is it still flailing at smartphones?

By on December 23, 2015 at 11:15 PM.

Microsoft is doing so many things well – so why is it still flailing at smartphones?

Microsoft is doing a lot of things right these days and not just in the realm of enterprise software and services that have traditionally been its main strength. It’s shown that it can have a very competitive hardware business thanks to not just gaming consoles like the Xbox One but also with touchscreen laptops like the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. However, there’s one serious weak spot in Microsoft’s lineup that shows no signs of getting better anytime soon: Smartphones. More →

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Oh, the irony: Steve Ballmer rips Microsoft’s smartphone strategy

By on December 3, 2015 at 11:45 PM.

Oh, the irony: Steve Ballmer rips Microsoft’s smartphone strategy

Steve Ballmer hasn’t been the CEO of Microsoft for a while now but he can’t seem to keep his mouth shut about how the company is being run. Bloomberg reports that Ballmer got feisty with Microsoft’s current leadership team during an annual shareholder meeting this week by criticizing the company’s smartphone strategy, among other things. More →

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Lumia 635

Grab a Lumia 635 for AT&T on Amazon for 60% off

By on August 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Grab a Lumia 635 for AT&T on Amazon for 60% off

Windows Phones aren’t exactly in-demand items these days but they’re still very solid devices that are worth picking up at the right price. One such device, the Nokia Lumia 635, is a GoPhone for AT&T that regularly costs $99.99, but with 60% off, you can grab it for just $39.99 on Amazon through August 15th. Even better, the Lumia 635 is Prime eligible, which means you get free two-day shipping. More →

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Windows Phone Failure

Microsoft engineer exposes the inside story: Why Windows Phone was doomed from the start

By on August 3, 2015 at 3:14 PM.

Microsoft engineer exposes the inside story: Why Windows Phone was doomed from the start

It’s almost tragic how Microsoft, with a multi-year head start in the mobile phone market, was completely blindsided by the iPhone. Indeed, it’s somewhat easy to forget that Microsoft, going as far back as 2000, was already putting incarnations of Windows Mobile on PDAs and smartphones.

Even more mind-boggling is that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, even after Apple showed the world where the smartphone market was headed, naively laughed off the notion that the iPhone might pose a strategic threat.

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Microsoft Layoffs Windows Phone Restructuring

Microsoft Waves the White Flag in Battle with iPhone and Android

By on July 8, 2015 at 9:50 AM.

Microsoft Waves the White Flag in Battle with iPhone and Android

Microsoft’s dreams of competing with iOS and Android in the mass consumer smartphone market are officially dead. Microsoft on Wednesday announced a major restructuring of its hardware division that will include layoffs of 7,800 employees “primarily in the phone business.” Instead of trying to appeal to the mass market, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Wednesday that the company is narrowing its focus to three distinct markets. More →

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Android Vs. Windows Phone Updates

No, seriously: Android fans now have a reason to envy Windows Phone users

By on May 18, 2015 at 2:07 PM.

No, seriously: Android fans now have a reason to envy Windows Phone users

Windows Phone users haven’t had a lot to brag about lately, but they’re about to get something that will make Android users positively jealous. ZDNet reports that Microsoft is taking over the update process for Windows Phones from carriers starting with Windows 10 this fall, which means Windows Phone users will no longer have to wait for months on end to get the newest software. More →

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Office Apps for Windows Phone

Microsoft will finally give Windows Phone users something to get excited about soon

By on April 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Microsoft will finally give Windows Phone users something to get excited about soon

Five months after the release of the mobile Office suite for iOS, Microsoft is finally bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to its own Windows Phone users. On Monday, Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team, took to the Office Blogs to announce that the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 would hit phones by the end of the month. More →

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