Last month, Nokia partnered with National Geographic to show off the camera capabilities of Lumia 1020 Windows Phone device. They organzied a ten-day adventure for National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez across thousands of epic miles of the American West. Stephen Alvarez used a Nokia Lumia 1020 to capture images throughout his journey and all the photos he shot can be seen here at National Geographic.
Similar to this, Photographer Jim Richardson of National Geographic took his iPhone 5S in a visit to Scotland, and commetned that iPhone 5s is a very capable camera. Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller tweeted about this photographic journey. In response to this, Nokia US and Nokia UK tweeted the following.
.@JimRichardsonNG we agree you shouldn’t compromise w/ photos on your phone. Here’s a #Lumia1020 to help you out pic.twitter.com/8jGkJewUDs
Now, Nokia is ready to give Lumia 1020 to Jim Richardson to compare it with iPhone 5S. Will he accept the challenge?
Thanks Tom for the heads up.
AllThingsD reports that Apple is set to launch their next generation iPad on the same day as Nokia is expected to announce their own Phablet/Tablet combo.
Nokia World is on the 22nd October in Abu Dhabi, and it seems Apple will be holding an iPad event on the same day.
Nokia is widely expected to reveal their own Nokia Lumia 1520 6 inch phablet and Nokia 2520 Windows RT tablet at Nokia World.
If there is any saving grace, it is that Nokia’s devices will likely be announced much earlier in the day than Apple’s, and while Apple’s announcements are always met with a frenzy, in the end the 5th generation of their tablet can only be so interesting, vs Nokia’s very first Windows RT device.
Via The Verge.com
TechWorld reports that Qualcomm is not impressed with Apple’s new 64 bit A7 processor, as featured in the latest iPhone 5S.
"I know there’s a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7," said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Qualcomm. "I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that."
"Predominantly… you need it for memory addressability beyond 4GB. That’s it. You don’t really need it for performance, and the kinds of applications that 64-bit get used in mostly are large, server-class applications," said Chandrasekher, who previously ran Intel’s mobile platforms group.
The first practical 64-bit ARM-based chips are expected to appear in servers like Hewlett-Packard’s Moonshot. Companies like AppliedMicro, Advanced Micro Devices and Calxeda are expected to ship 64-bit ARM-based server chips starting next year.
"From an engineering efficiency standpoint it just makes sense to go do that. Particularly the OS guys will want it at some point in time," said Chandrasekher.
The chips may then trickle down to mobile, but are unlikely to have a great impact there.
The latest generation of the iPhone has been characterized by a variety of poorly implemented gimmicks, ranging from iOS 7 which is causing motion sickness in many users, to a fingerprint reader which can be fooled by wood glue. Despite Apple’s announcement of record 9 million opening weekend sales many analysts believe the new handset has in fact been much less warmly received, with iPhone 5c phones already reportedly piling up in stores.
Windows Phone has double iPhone’s market share in India – Elitist Apple not interested in “junk part of the market”
The IDC has now released the full regional data for Indian smartphone market share in Q2 2013.
The numbers reveal as expected than Android is dominant at 91%, Windows Phone was a distant but growing 5.4%, Apple followed at 2.3%, leaving 1.6% for other, including Blackberry.
This leaves Windows Phone with nearly double the market share of the iPhone in the country, and while Microsoft and Nokia are happy for each possibly user they can add, Apple’s attitude is far from as inclusive.
The iPhone 5C was meant to make the handset more affordable in developing markets, but Apple has little interest in serving demand in the region.
“There’s always a large junk part of the market,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Business Week “We’re not in the junk business. I’m not going to lose sleep over that other market, because it’s just not who we are.”
In contrast Microsoft is believed to be hard at work trying to create even cheaper but still good Windows Phones to expand its smartphone market.
“Android powers phones costing Rs 3,000 to Rs 45,000 and that helps it attract a lot of consumers,” said Manasi Yadav, senior market analyst with IDC.
“Windows Phone is steadily growing in India. It is doing good, though the market share is still very low. But we need to give it more time. It is not fair to compare it to Android, which has been around for a longer duration,” added Manasi.
We hope when the time comes when Apple does decide to address the mass of the market in the developing world the people there will recall Apple’s real opinion of them and choose their phone accordingly.
Via Times of India
In an interview to Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about Apple’s strategy, their competition with cheap Android devices and more. He made a comment on Microsoft’s announcement on buying Nokia. According to him, Microsoft is trying to copy Apple’s vertically integrated model to sell products.
“Everybody is trying to adopt Apple’s strategy,” Cook says in regard to the Nokia purchase. “We’re not looking for external validation of our strategy, but I think it does suggest that there’s a lot of copying, kind of, on the strategy and that people have recognized that importance.”
He also made a comment on Nokia’s failure in mobile industry in the recent years. Tim Cook said that Nokia is an example for everyone in the industry that you will die if you stop innovating.
“I think [Nokia] is a reminder to everyone in business that you have to keep innovating and that to not innovate is to die.”
I agree to Tim Cook’s comments partially. What do you think?
While Microsoft has retracted their videos teasing Apple for lack of innovation in their latest iPhone line, Nokia Germany it appears sees no reason to let up on the fruit company.
They have posted the above picture showing Tim Cook admiring a 41 megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 in its camera case.
Of course the picture is totally photoshopped, but we think it does make the point rather succinctly – if you looking for the interesting and new, an iPhone 5C is the wrong place to be.
See the picture (before its inevitable retraction) here.
Microsoft is taking on Apple directly with the newly released videos titled ‘A fly on the wall in Cupertino?’ on its Windows Phone channel on YouTube. These video are focused on making fun of Apple which recently announced two new iPhones, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The new iPhone 5C is their year old model iPhone 5 now covered in plastic (polycarbonate) in 5 different colors. And the new iPhone 5S comes in new Golden color and has a new finger print reader to authenticate the device.
Besides making fun of the new features, the main thing Microsoft highlight is about the price of these new iPhones. Apple can pretty much price whatever they want and people are there are buy it. Also the ad does not feature Windows Phone branding at all, it just ends with #timetoswitch tag line.
What do you think of this new video? Do you think Microsoft is crossing the line a bit?
Check out the all the videos after the break.
Update 1: Post updated to reflect more than one video from Microsoft.
Update 2: Microsoft has made these videos private.
Along with the report that notifications and multi-select Live Tile options are coming to Windows Phone 8.1, WPCentral reported that Microsoft is working on a Apple Siri competitor codenamed ‘Cortana’. The codename is not surprising given that Cortana is a fictional artificially intelligent (AI) character in the Microsoft’s own Halo video game series.
“…an overhaul to the TellMe service is in the works under the codename ‘Cortana’ that should give Siri a run for its money…”
In July, Microsoft Bing’s director Stefan Weitz in an interview to CNET revealed that Microsoft will release a Apple Siri/Google Now competitor only when they think it is revolutionary. And he told that when it gets released, they expect it to leapfrog their competitors.
“We have had internal debates about when to ship something. We could come out with something now like them, but it wouldn’t be state of the art. It’s too constrained to be an agent now,”
“We are not shipping until we have something more revolutionary than evolutionary.”
“There are teams working hot and heavy on this right now.”
Microsoft is already working on the backend for such AI agent with Bing Satori. Satori is a knowledge repository of over a billion objects digested in the last 3.5 years, it catalogs entities and the associated data and relationships among them all over the web. Based on the new report, I think Microsoft is ready to reveal something quite remarkable in early 2014. Are you excited?
Seemingly related to this, the company very rapidly discontinued their support of Windows Phone, after having an app in the store since Windows Phone 7.
As can be seen in the screen shot above the app no longer works, and it has also been unpublished from the Windows Phone Store.
The company continues to support their Android app, making it clear that the move is targeted at Windows Phone.
We of course have no explanation for the move, but it seems strange that immediately after the company was given access to the unlimited resources of Apple they also reduced the number of platforms they support.
Maybe Apple is starting to feel a bit threatened by Windows Phone after all…
Via WindowsObserver.com, thanks Roman for the screen shot.
Based on Apple’s statements and current trends, analysts Strategy Analytics suggest Apple’s share of the smartphone market could drop to single digits in Q3 2013, after having already dropped from 23 to 17% in Q 2013.
Sanford Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi notes using Apple’s own numbers for fiscal Q2, iPhone sales grew 7% year over year i while the overall smartphone market grew by about 36%. Based on Apple’s fiscal Q3 revenue guidance, he estimates Apple will sell about 25 million iPhones in Q2 2013 If the overall market grows 30%, Apple’s share will fall to 12.3%. If it grows 36%, Apple’s share falls to 11.7%.
"Perhaps most startlingly," he writes, "if Apple does not introduce a new iPhone or lower-priced phone in CQ3 [Apple's fiscal Q4], it is quite possible that iPhone’s smartphone market share could drop into the single digits."
With Windows Phone set to grow around the 30% or more rate this year the OS will be able to hold it’s ground, and it would be rather amusing to watch Apple dropping down to meet it. It would also make it a lot more realistic for Windows phone to surpass the fruity OS in the next few years.
Do our readers think Apple’s market share collapse (which is already happening in price sensitive markets) is likely? Let us know below.
Nokia has shown strong commitment to including wireless charging in their Windows Phones, and have even spoken about expanding it down their line. The greatest risk however to the future of the Qi standard used by Nokia is the adoption of rival standards by heavyweights such as Samsung and Apple.
Now Digitimes reports that Samsung may be looking at adopting Qi for their next big blockbuster, the Galaxy S IV, according to their sources.
Unfortunately it is not expected to be built-in, but rather an additional back, like Samsung has been doing already for a number of handsets. It is still however expected to cement the future of Qi and the Wireless Power Consortium against rivals such as by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA).
Unfortunately as usual Apple is not playing ball, and while there is rumours that company is also looking at wireless charging, chances are they will be using their own internal “better” standard.
Unfortunately Apple certainly has the power to move the market, especially when it comes to support by 3rd parties and accessory makers, making Samsung’s support for the standard even more important.
Hopefully Apple will decide to sit out this generation and allow Qi, who has licensees like HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, Sony Mobile Communications and of course Nokia, to solidify its position, which will make support in places public places like airprts, coffee shops and restaurants very likely, and make using our Lumias even more enjoyable.
Here is some interesting data from the last 30 days of Global Statcounter data.Â Statcounter measures web usage and can be seen as a proxy of the installed base of devices in the hands of actual users.
The above data shows how much on average each OS grew or declined in percentage per day over the last 30 days, and should be read as â€œOver the last 30 days, on average Android grew 0.021% per day on StatCounterâ€™s Global chart of the top 8 mobile operating systems from the 26th November to 25th December 2012.â€
The data, generated by a linear regression of Statcounterâ€™s numbers, produce some very interesting results.
It of course separates the growingÂ operating systems from the ones in decline very clearly, and surprisingly finds the biggest losers being Apple, and the biggest winner being Nokia.
Surprisingly over the last month Apple has been in major decline, dropping more than 0.056% per day, starting the month at 24.87 market share and ending it at 21.98.
Android of course was growing, at around 0.021% per day, starting at 32.98% and ending at 33.72%
Blackberry was predictably in decline, starting at 3.95% share, and ending at 3.55%.
It is Nokiaâ€™s platforms which surprisingly saw the biggest growth. Windows Phone was of course growing, if very slowly, in market share, starting the month at 0.91% and ending it at 0.96%, growing on average 0.0014% per day, around 7% of Android’s growth rate.
The fastest grower on the chart was however Nokiaâ€™s S40 platform, as currently found on their Asha line, which grew from 13.94% at the start of the month to 15.5% at the end of the month, adding on average 0.029% per day, or close to 50% more than Android per day.
Even Symbian grew, from 10.41% to 11%, or around 0.01% per day.
If we add Nokiaâ€™s platforms (which are ALL growing) together, and add a fudge factor of Nokia owning 75% of the Windows Phone market, Nokiaâ€™s platforms grew from 25% to 27.2% of the market, or around 0.041% per day, or twice as fast as Android, which if it continues would leave Nokia once again as the leading platform vendor in a year and a bit.
The numbers add some further colour to a recent analysis, which suggested Android was losing out to even lower cost Nokia S40 handsets in developing markets, which presented a real challenge to the meteoric growth of Android, and also suggests Nokia will likely announce pretty good performance of their Asha line next month.
It also shows that something is going seriously wrong with Appleâ€™s market share â€“ possibly producing the same phone with minor variations will eventually kill the product, much like it did for the Motorola Razr, and shows investors were justified moving their money from Apple to Nokia.
For Windows Phone it shows that there is still much work to do in terms of catching on, but at least it finds itself on the right side of the growth curve.
Get the raw data from Statcounter here.
Appleâ€™s share price opened 3% down this morning on news that the iPhone 5 has had a pretty muted reception in China, where the device went on sale today.
Unlike the release of the iPhone 4s, no long lines of customers were seen queuing outside Apple’s seven retail stores in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Sina.com notes although the iPhone 5 could still become a popular product, Chinese consumers’ fever for the latest model has cooled as it offers few exciting upgrades from the earlier model.
"The iPhone 5 boosts no big innovations and is not very different from the iPhone 4s," said a woman surnamed Lou at an Apple store in Beijing’s Xidan shopping street. "I might wait for the next model."
Another woman surnamed Ye told Xinhua that she hopes Apple can come up with new models with major upgrades.
"The iPhone 5 is undeniably a good product. However, among the high-end smartphone category, it has a smaller screen and few bright spots, but has a high price," said Wang Yanhui, secretary general of the China Mobile Phone Alliance.
Multiple factors have worked against the iPhone 5 in China, including multiple competitors with bigger screens, faster network access and deals with China Mobile, the largest carrier in the world.
Appleâ€™s share price recently took a knock after Nokia was able to make a deal with China Mobile for the Nokia Lumia 920T, while Apple was unable to for the iPhone 5. Currently Apple has lost nearly $200 billion in share holder value since their summer high, and appears to be handing back all the meteoric increases in their share price they gained this year so far.
Apple’s stock price will not get an effective boost unless it shows signs of unveiling products with major innovations, said Wang.
Money seems to be flowing from Apple to Nokiaâ€™s whoâ€™s shares are up 2.66% this morning and nearly 140% from their summer low of $1.63.
Jurors in Wilmington, Delaware today found Apple was in violation of 3 patents held by MobileMedia, a consortium created by Nokia, Sony and the MPEG-LA to enforce their collective patents.
The firm sued Apple in 2010 claiming that it infringed 14 patents in total. Only 3 patents eventually went to court, and Apple was found to be infringing all three. Patents included the camera’s phone and "call handling and call rejection."
MobileMedia Chief Executive Officer Larry Horn said after the decision: "We’re very pleased. We think it’s justified."
MobileMedia is managing 300 patents and currently has on-going cases against RIM (regarding 12 patents) and HTC (regarding 11 patents).
No settlement was announced yet, but the victory will likely result in license payments which will eventually percolate to the three respective companies.
Apple has already been forced to settle with Nokia regarding 3G patents in 2011, paying $608 million to Nokia and also on-going license fees.
Apple share holders did not have a good day today, with the company losing $35 billion in value today on fears that its margins are being squeezed, that it is losing tablet market share, and crucially that the company was edged out by Nokia in negotiations to have their smartphone released on China Mobile, the worldâ€™s largest carrier with 700Â million subscribers.
Nokia today announced that they will be releasing their flagship, the Nokia Lumia 920T, on China Mobileâ€™s network before the end of the year.
Meanwhile Apple will be selling their iPhone 5 on the much smaller China Unicom and China Telecom.
“Nokia announced that they are launching one of their Lumia phones with China Mobile, and there was some hope that Apple would launch their iPhone on that network,” Gus Papageorgiou, an analyst with Scotia Capital Inc. in Toronto, said in an interview.
While the iPhone has become Appleâ€™s profit centre recently, more bad news has been that consumers are increasingly opting for cheaper models, such as the iPhone 4 and 4S instead of the 5, and the iPad Mini instead of the more profitable iPad.Â It seems Apple, who previously could do no wrong, is developing an increasing crisis of confidence in the market, with its share price more than 23% down from its September peak.
Nokia on the other hand is hitting a 6 month high, with its after hours price hovering around $3.90 at the time of writing. Good news include its China Mobile deal, and the release of the cheap mid-range Nokia Lumia 620, which should bring significant volume to Windows Phone 8.
Will Appleâ€™s stretched leather â€œolde Westyâ€ look turn into a clean, modern design.
The BGR reports that Appleâ€™s executive in charge of iOS, after the ousting of Scott Forstall, is set to overhaul the look of the dated OS to bring a more Modern Look.
According to the Timeâ€™s sources Iveâ€™s iOS makeover will incorporate â€œclean edges, flat surfacesâ€ to â€œreplace the textures that are all over the place right now,â€ making â€œsoftware designed to look like real-life textures, such as linen or felt, is expected to become a thing of the past.â€
It is almost as of iOS will be catching the â€œAuthentically Digitalâ€ bug, isn’t it?
Of course Apple would simply be following a trend â€“ Google has already adopted these design principles led by Mathias Duarte, with their OS and apps concentrating a lot more on text and white spaces rather than ridiculous graphics.
I guess if the future is going to end up looking like the future even Apple will have to come along eventuallyâ€¦