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A leaked roadmap for AT&T suggests the carrier is planning to launch the Nokia Lumina 900 on March 18 for a bargain price of $99.99 with a two-year contract. Considering this phone is expected to be one of the high-end Windows Phone devices of the year, the budget-friendly price is a little surprising. Still, if this proves to be true, we give Nokia and AT&T credit for offering such a competitive price for what looks to be a great phone. As you may recall, Nokia's Lumina 900 features a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED screen, 16GB of onboard storage, a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4G LTE connectivity. You'll also find an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics in this phone.... Read more...
It seems that there are a lot of people who aren't taking Microsoft very seriously when it comes to competing in the smartphone marketplace. However, various well-known analyst firms, including IDC, Gartner, and iSuppli, believe Windows Phone could actually overtake iOS and become the second most popular smartphone platform by 2015. The head of marketing for Windows Phone, Achim Berg, believes this prediction is conservative. In September, research from Gartner and IDC suggested that Windows Phone (Mango) could grab as much as 20 percent of the market share by 2015. iSuppli's most recent predictions suggest that Windows Phone will hold about 16.7 percent of the market share by 2015. This same... Read more...
We still can't get over the irony: Although Microsoft now owns Skype, the video calling service is still not available on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. Microsoft has promised Skype will be available someday to Windows Phone users, but that's still a pretty vague timeframe. It would appear the Windows Phone Skype app may be nearing its release. During an interview at CES 2012, Skype's VP of products, Rick Osterloh, said the company is working on a Windows Phone product that will be "coming out soon." Although we still don't know an exact timeframe, this gives us a bit more hope that the app will actually be available sooner rather than later. With Mobile World Congress coming up next month... Read more...
Nokia's Lumia 710 smartphone landed at T-Mobile last week and is available for purchase for a mere $50 with a two-year service agreement (and after a $50 mail-in-rebate). It's a middle-of-the-road Windows Phone device that's fairly decent for the money, but if you're holding out for Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900 smartphone, you don't have too much longer to go. A post on a Nokia Developer Website tips the release date as being sometime in March. "The Nokia Lumia 900 phone runs Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5. It is the biggest and fastest smartphone yet. And it will become available exclusively through AT&T in March," the online newsletter reads. A March release falls in line with comments by Nokia... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Phone platform has a long way to go before it truly challenges Android and iOS for mobile dominance, but after a bit of a rocky start, it might be starting to hit its stride. According to All About Windows Phone (AAWP), one of the go-to blogs for Windows Phone app statistics, the Windows Phone Marketplace now has more than 50,000 apps and games. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Windows Phone Marketplace was home to 50,126 apps and growing at a clip of 265 new items per day. Over 17,000 were added in the last three months, and more than 8,000 in the last 30 days. "The 50,000 mark, which has been reached sooner than we estimated, is a key milestone, but more important is the accelerating... Read more...
These days, there's buzz surrounding Dropbox and Box.net. But in reality, there are plenty of other services out there that offer similar things. Microsoft's SkyDrive has continually been one of the best on paper, but it has yet to reach critical mass in terms of buzz. But now, with the help of one key integration ingredient, that may be changing. Microsoft has just tweaked SkyDrive's API this week, which allows third-party Windows Phone apps to have full access to SkyDrive. That means that applications not even created by Microsoft can upload / share images and other multimedia to SkyDrive. Microsoft says they've been listening to feedback and attempting to implement these things as quickly... Read more...
Nokia has a lot on the line with the Lumia 800. A whole lot. The company has transitioned nearly its entire portfolio over to Windows Phone, and they are certainly betting the farm on Microsoft's newest mobile OS. Only time will tell how that works out for the company, but it's pretty obvious that some serious time and effort are going into promoting it. While the Lumia 800 won't be on sale in the U.S. for some time yet, the company already has an 8-minute in-depth look at how it was designed and built. Remember, the 800 looks a lot like the N9, but there are a few subtle differences outside (and a ton of them inside) that make this clip worth watching. Now, to see if the passion poured in translates... Read more...
Let the Windows Phone era begin at Nokia. While the N9 was a stunning device, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews around the Web, we all know that MeeGo isn't the future for Nokia. For better or for worse, CEO Stephen Elop made the decision long ago to pull the MeeGo plug and inject Microsoft's fledgling mobile OS into the Nokia universe. Now, we're seeing the fruits of that labor. At Nokia World 2011, the world's first Nokia-branded Windows Phone devices were unveiled. The Lumia 800, at the top end, is a dead-ringer for the N9, but it has a repositioned LED flash on the rear and it missing a front-facing camera, which the N9 possesses. A bit lower down the line is the Lumia 710, a slightly... Read more...
Nokia shares were on the rise this morning, why? Because Nokia had a great quarter? Not precisely, but they also didn't have a bad quarter. And as Wall St. hawks know, beating expectations, even if that means simply doing less worse than analysts expected, is good news. Nokia saw their net sales drop 13% year-over-year, and operating profit fell 60% in the past year. But Q3 wasn't nearly as bad as Q2, and that's cause for some celebration. The overall Q3 loss was 68 million Euros, but the company still has 5.1 billion Euros in their savings account. The company still sold a ton of phones. They registered net sales of 9 billion Euros, and Stephen Elop (CEO) had this to say: "I am encouraged by... Read more...
Looking for Mango? AT&T has it coming hot and heavy. While this week is all about Windows 8, as Microsoft's BUILD Conference starts tomorrow, the company's mobile OS is still of the utmost importance for MS' future. Windows Phone 7.5, the first major overhaul since NoDo, is all set to roll out to major carriers, with AT&T being a major partner here in the United States. Today, the carrier is introducing three new 4G devices in 4Q -- including the Samsung Focus S, HTC Titan, and Samsung Focus Flash. All three will run Mango, and furthermore, AT&T will start updating existing Windows Phones (HTC HD7S, Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, and HTC Surround) to Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”)... Read more...
HTC recently revealed two new Windows Phones that will be coming to carriers later this year. These two new phones run on the latest version of Windows Phone, known as Mango. The HTC TITAN is the higher-end model of the two new phones. This phone has a 1.5GHz processor and 16GB of storage with 512MB of RAM. It features a 4.7-inch screen with a slim 9.9mm brushed aluminum shell. The TITAN also has front- and rear-facing cameras. The second phone HTC revealed is the HTC Radar. It has a 1GHz processor, 8GB of internal memory, and 512MB of RAM. This smartphone features an aluminum unibody shell as well as front- and rear- facing cameras. The phones are scheduled to be available in October beginning... Read more...
Following reports circulating since last week that both Facebook and Microsoft were looking into buying the popular VOIP service Skype, Microsoft has apparently emerged the winner, although it remains to be seen if the Redmond giant really won. Skype is yet to be profitable, and lost nearly $7 million last year alone. At $8.5 billion, this would be Microsoft’s biggest acquisition to date, easily eclipsing its over $6 billion purchase of aQuantive, dating back to May 2007. It is also Microsoft's first sizeable acquisition since 2008, when in August it acquired Greenfield Online for $486 million. In its statement announcing the deal, Microsoft said that Skype will be integrated into Microsoft... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 users are complaining over what they call "phantom data usage." The nascent smartphone platform is, according to some accounts, using as much as multiple megabytes per hour of cellular data, and that's even when connected to wi-fi. Indeed, you read that correctly; even when connected to wi-fi, Windows Phone 7 seems to be defaulting to cellular connectivity when there's a wi-fi network that the users's phone is connected to. In one report, a user stated that his bill showed: [...] on November 21-24 it sent between 30 and 50 MB of data at 10:41pm each day and Dec 1-4 it sent between 30 and 50 MB of data at 9:41am each day. On December 23rd I turned on airplane mode so my phone could... Read more...
Microsoft really isn't that good at being snarky (witness the Bill Gates / Jerry Seinfeld ads), but they try. Windows Phone 7 has gone RTM, and thus the company decided it was time for a funeral, not for Windows 6.5 (which might have been appropriate), but for the iPhone. The procession alone was silly enough, as is probably the thought of Windows Phone 7 killing off iPhone. Of course, we could be wrong. Nah. For those wondering where Android is in all of this, it's behind the camera lens. The image above, for example, comes via the Flickr photostream of Microsoft employee "Carl J." It's clear he's using a Sprint Evo 4G (Android), based on his photostream. Still sillier is this image which seems... Read more...
The first of what will undoubtedly be many Windows Phone 7 ads has been released to the Web, and it promises that "The revolution is coming." That statement is strange because many feel that iOS was the smartphone platform that first revolutionized things in that industry. The ad is very simple, and while it's been reported that the ad won't air on television, we know it will be the first of many. Microsoft is reportedly throwing tons of money at Windows Phone marketing and development. Still, it's hard to see how revolutionary Windows Phone can be; iPhone and then webOS and Android have set the bar rather high. Microsoft isn't exactly starting off on a good note by excluding copy-and-paste and... Read more...
For many consumers and even handset manufacturers, Windows Mobile has become an afterthought. Has it become the same for developers, as well? Skype, at least, seems to think so.Of course, Skype didn't really put it that way, but the implication in there. As of now, users can no longer download Skype Lite or Skype clients for Windows Mobile phones. Skype has put up an FAQ addressing the issue. They say:We’ve chosen to withdraw Skype Lite and Skype for Windows phones because we want to offer our new customers an improved mobile experience – much like the version that has proved so popular on the iPhone, and which is now available on Symbian phones. Our focus is on providing a rich user experience... Read more...
Microsoft showed off its new mobile platform called Windows Phone 7 Series earlier this week. While the new mobile OS promises big changes in comparison to previous generations of Windows Mobile, one thing remains the same: Microsoft still intends to charge manufacturers to license the software. Whether or not this is a wise decision will remain to be seen, but there are compelling arguments for both sides. When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Microsoft would continue with its current Windows Mobile business model, he defended the stance saying, "I think there's something clean and simple and easy to understand about our model….We build something, we sell that thing." He added, "I think it's... Read more...
Microsoft has been taking a beating over the past couple of years in the mobile market, with operating systems such as webOS, iPhone OS and Android really stealing the thunder that was once owned by Windows Mobile. Even Windows Mobile 6.5.3 was way behind those other next generation systems in many ways, and Microsoft knew it. The software company certainly took their precious time before jumping head first into the new world order surrounding the new breed of do-it-all smartphones, but Windows Phone 7 Series promises to make up for lost time in a big way.The new mobile operating system was unveiled this afternoon in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2010, with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on... Read more...
To say HTC's original 'Touch' was a smash hit would be understating things greatly, so it makes perfect sense to see the smartphone maker coming out with a second edition to tempt the masses. Slated to launch on October 6th as one of the world's first "Windows phones," the Touch2 will be among only a handful of cellphones to be introduced on or before early October with Windows Mobile 6.5 onboard. The operating system is obviously the bragging point here, with Microsoft hoping to save some face from the many issues that have troubled users of WinMo 6.1. HTC isn't dishing out too many details on the device just yet, but we do know that it will be a touchscreen-based phone with "a familiar touch... Read more...
We won’t be hearing the term Windows Mobile much longer. At an event to show off upcoming Christmas goodies, Microsoft let it slip that the devices will soon be known as Windows Phone. Reports indicate that the Windows Phone branding will be applied to Windows Mobile 6.1, the upcoming 6.5 version, and to Windows Mobile 7, which is expected sometime in 2010. Right now, it’s still unclear when the naming system will be implemented. Windows Mobile 6.5The name change "reflects the upcoming desktop operating system release where people away from their PC can have the same experience everywhere," says Microsoft. Over the years, the OS has also been known as Windows CE and Pocket PC. The Windows Mobile... Read more...
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