According to the latest data from Comscore, Windows Phones are now used by more subscribers than Blackberry handsets in USA.
3.2% of 159.8 million US smartphone owners use Windows Phones, or 5.11 million people, vs 4.95 million Blackberry owners.
This is up around 330,000 people from 3 months ago, indicating the effect of the Christmas season on sales, likely due to great Nokia Lumia 520/521 sales.
Blackberry is down another 0.5%, after losing 0.7% 3 months earlier, which is unsurprising when the operating system only holds 0.5% of the US smartphone sales. A recent promotion by T-Mobile saw 94% of Blackberry users taking part upgrading to handsets running other operating systems, despite a $50 incentive to stay Blackberry by T-Mobile.
Of course 3.2% is still well in the range of irrelevance, so we hope for actual growth in the market, which I think we will only see if Microsoft release a low-cost handset on Verizon.
See the full report at Comscore here.
The leaked Windows Phone emulator has been the gift that keeps on giving, and the latest revelation is that Microsoft already working on Windows Phone 8.5, and that this may bring radical changes to the UI of the phones.
According to the tooltip message from the emulator to the developer of TimeMe secondary live tiles may no longer be available in Windows Phone 8.5.
That UI innovation has of course been very helpful and is one of the unique elements of Windows Phone. Of course the message may be referring to the specific API rather than the feature, but either way it seems the Windows Phone Start screen is set to change.
The emulator also revealed additional and more immediately impactful new information.
evLeaks have posted another picture of the Nokia Lumia 630, and while the Windows Phone 8.1 handset looks pretty slick, the absence of both a camera button and camera flash is pretty obvious.
The handset of course also lacks the front navigation keys, with those replaced by virtual buttons.
I don’t know how much adding buttons to a phone costs, but I suspect the handset will lose a lot more than that in perceived value to users, and I hope Nokia decides to price the smartphone accordingly.
What do our readers think of this move? Let us know below.
TopGear is a universally popular car show, not just known for showing off the latest cars, but also for the crazy stunts they pull with the same cars.
BBC’s TopGear Race the Stig game is therefore pretty much in the vein of the show, allowing players to take on the mysterious Stig and drive a collection of crazy cars, dodging traffic, jumping caravans and speeding through famous Top Gear locations in an epic race that will push you to your limits.
The game features:
- Race in iconic vehicles from the TV show
- Customize yourself with a wide selection of helmets
- Soar over the traffic in the Rocket Robin or become invincible with the Indestructible Pickup
- Show off your high scores and challenge your friends via Facebook and Twitter
The free game, which was released simultaneously on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store here.
See the trailer after the break.
Well known Windows Phone developer Daniel Gary of Itsdagram fame latest project is a Windows Phone client for the massively popular QuizUp quiz app.
He has been running a campaign to get his app, QuizIt, made official, and it seems it has paid off to a degree, as he has made contact with Jökull Sólberg, the product manager of QuizUp at Plain Vanilla Games.
Hopefully this will work out better and faster than Rudy Huyn’s contact with Tinder, which is still to result in an official Windows Phone app.
While we have seen a bit of the Windows Phone 8.1 Action Centre, and even seen video of the notification centre in action, we still do not know exactly how it works.
Now new leaks of the WP 8.1 SDK has shown more detail.
Nokia is running a Facebook contest for US readers in which they are giving away up to $1,750 of hardware, including a Nokia Lumia, a Nokia Lumia 2520, an XBox One, a 50" TV and a JBL PlayUp speaker.
Four runners-up winners will receive a Nokia Lumia device of his or her choice.
The contest closes in 10 days. To have a chance to win simply like Nokia US’s Facebook page here and let them know which Lumia handset you want to win.
With screen sizes only increasing, the fact that the Windows Phone soft keyboard still takes up half the screen is rather ridiculous.
An update to the leaked Windows Phone 8.1 SDK just pushed out however reveals a new low-profile keyboard which only takes up 20% of the screen height, and drops the rarely used emoticon key and also the word suggestion bar.
The keyboard was revealed in a slide about text box improvements, which can be seen after the break.
Nokia has published a case study of another UK company adopting their software and device solution, in this case UKDN Waterflow, a water and waste water infrastructure solution company.
The 600 person company with 19 bases through-out UK is involved in both domestic and large scale projects, were already using a Microsoft back-end infrastructure and a rugged PDA solution, and wanted to upgrade to a system which allowed greater communication between field and back-office workers.
In considering mobile solutions, they found iPhones too expensive and fragile for a working enviroment.
UC Browser is a pretty full featured browser, enabling a huge number of features which are just not available in IE 10 Mobile.
The latest feature to pop up in the UC Browser beta is the ability to export downloads to your SD card, which should allow for easy transfer to your PC or other handsets with SD card support.
The new version also allow easier sharing with friends though exactly how this feature will work has not been defined yet.
The current version of the app , just updated 3 days ago, can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks Shriganesh for the tip.
Mohamed Tariq, an eight year old kid has developed a Windows Phone app and his app has been downloaded almost 500 times since its release. He developed a Windows Phone app called Kids Zone that aggregates online videos from popular cartoons, like “Tom and Jerry” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He used YouTube as the data source to make them into separate channels within his app.
Did he learn programming at his 3rd grade? The answer is ‘No’. Tariq went to Nokia DVLUP Day in Boston in November along with his father and he decided to join other novices in a class about App Studio. This result was his Kids Zone app.
Microsoft released Windows Phone App Studio Beta last year which allows hobbyists, enthusiasts and new developers to create content-based apps from end to end, all within a web UI in few easy steps. Microsoft recently revealed that 350,000 developers of all skill levels have used Windows Phone App Studio Beta, resulting in 300,000 projects and 20,000 apps published to Windows Phone Store.
Source: betaboston via: Windows team blog
F-Secure in their regular Threat Report report revealed that the load of mobile malware targeting Android has increased in 2013, from 79% in 2012 to 97% in 2013.
The percentage numbers hide the actual magnitude of the increase, with the malware rising from 238 threats in 2012 to 804 new families and variants in 2013.
The other 3% targeted Symbian, with 0% directed at iOS or Windows Phone.
Android threats are primarily a non-US problem — of the top 10 countries reporting Android malware detections to F-Secure’s systems in the second half of 2013, 75 per cent of the reports originated from Saudi Arabia and India.
Third-party app stores are the most likely sources of mobile malware. Around 10% of samples from leading Chinese Android stores were identified as malicious, and up to 33.3% in some stores.
Google Play was relatively secure, with only 0.1% of software infected, but not available in many markets.
Nokia’s X handsets of course also run Android and will be open to 3rd party markets, and will be targeting the exact same markets where malware is a major problem.
Of course China and India are both also markets where Microsoft is trying to make inroads with Windows Phone, and the message about the security concerns with the local Android app markets may be one that they should also be pushing there when explaining the benefits of their ecosystem and low-cost handsets.
evLeaks have just tweeted rather tentatively about a coming Nokia event on the 19th April.
We have of course just exited Mobile World Congress 2014, where Nokia did not show off a single new Windows Phone. Nokia is however rumoured to have a number of Windows Phones in the works, for release to coincide with Windows Phone 8.1.
We are expecting the Nokia 630 and 635 to be announced soon, and many expected we will see the handset announced at BUILD 2014 in early April, but if evLeaks is correct we will have to wait a bit longer before a new Windows Phone 8.1 handset hits the market.