Windows Phone has certainly had its share of people journalists and analysts laughing at it, and has had to fight pretty hard for shelf-space and mind-share, but it seems, looking at recent European market share numbers, that we are beginning to win, and a number of articles have popped up recently predicting Windows Phone will be overtaking the iPhone soon, indicating that journalists are starting to believe in the success of the OS.
Sam Mattera from the Motley Fool writes:
Despite recent, rapid growth, Microsoft‘s Windows Phone platform remains solidly behind Apple‘s iPhone and Google‘s Android in global market share. Microsoft understands it has a hard road ahead, and doesn’t believe it can emerge as the dominant mobile operating system provider anytime soon. Still, when the company announced its intention to acquire Nokia‘s handset business, it argued that it could overtake Apple in terms of global popularity by 2018.
While that may have once seemed unlikely, Apple’s slow market-share slide, combined with Nokia’s low-cost handsets and new phablets, are exactly what Microsoft needs to take second place.
In the third quarter, Microsoft’s Windows Phone saw year-over-year shipment growth of 156%, according to IDC. That’s an impressive figure. Most of that growth has come in Europe, where Windows Phone is finally starting to take a sizable chunk of the market. Microsoft’s mobile platform still has just 3.6% of the world market, but in Europe’s five biggest economies (Britain, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany), its share is more than 10%. If that growth continues to accelerate, it could begin to attract more developer support.
But the real opportunity for Windows Phone is in emerging markets, where billions of customers remain unserved. Worldwide, more than 75% of consumers still haven’t made the jump to a smartphone, giving Microsoft a great opportunity.
ABI Research have published a report on smartphones in the enterprise titled "iOS 7 and Windows Phone 8 for Enterprise."
In the report they note the consumerization of IT and the BYOD market has forced smartphone OEMs to incorporate security and advanced enterprise features into mobile device hardware and software, and that Apple has been slow to respond.
Senior analyst Jason McNicol comments, "There was a lot of excitement with the release of iOS 7, especially in the enterprise where Apple included features enterprises were longing for. Some of those features, however, were not terribly innovative when compared to the services offered by the EMM/MDM market, while other enhancements have relatively limited functionality. Despite the positive market buzz, iOS7 enterprise features are unlikely to increase its enterprise presence. Plenty of market opportunity remains, especially for a company like Microsoft."
Nokia Lumia 1520 will feature 6-inch, Full HD (1920 x 1080) ClearBlack IPS LCD display. It will have high brightness mode, refresh rate 60 Hz, covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 2, Wide viewing angle, Sunlight readability enhancements and Super sensitive touch support. Apart from all these, it is also based on Apica’s Assertive Display technology that makes the display stand out even in the bright sunlight.
Nokia Lumia 1520′s display was compared against iPhone 5 with its IPS-LCD Retina Display, Xperia Z Ultra with its Triluminous display, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a Full HD Super AMOLED panel. As you can see from the image above, Lumia 1520′s display crushes the competition.
There is a comparison video after the break. Check it out.
Microsoft Retail Stores started their buyback promotion in partnership with Clover Wireless that will allow users to trade in a number of competitor’s devices including: iPads, iPhones, Samsung, and Blackberry devices. Consumers can receive a gift card worth up to $350 by doing so.
Forbes today reported that, Microsoft is planning to offer iPhone trade-in program specifically to focus on Windows Phone promotion. The program will offer consumers a minimum of $200 for an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 in select Microsoft retail stores in the US and Canada starting Friday as part of its “#timetoswitch” campaign. The main difference between the existing program and this one is that it is not limited to Microsoft retail stores. It is a online campaign and its open to “anyone that’s ready to trade up to an amazing new Microsoft device.”
Read more about the existing trade-in program here.
The IDC has released some more data from the Asia-Pacific region in Q2, this time for Taiwan.
They note as is common in the region Google is overwhelmingly dominant, owning 97% of the 2.1 million handset market.
For the rest, Windows Phone managed to beat the iPhone into second place, taking 2%, presumable leaving the iPhone with less than 1% of the market.
The reason for the poor performance by both operating systems may be a peculiarity of the Taiwanese market. 37% of all handsets sold in Q2 had screens bigger than 5 inches, a trend worldwide, but a 13% increase over Q1, showing extremely strong adoption of this form factor. 93% of handsets sold had screens more than 4 inches. Worldwide only 18% of smartphones had screen size bigger than 5 inches.
The trend may explain Nokia’s move itself to larger screen handsets, even for their low-end devices.
While the numbers in Taiwan is nothing to shout about, it is still of note than Windows Phone is much more responsive to the market trends than Apple, suggesting Apple, except for their dominant home market, Apple may soon find itself worldwide in the 3rd spot.
Apple touts the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S as “convenient and highly secure” but it seems they will soon have to shorten that description to simply “convenient”, after the venerable German Chaos Computer Club has proven that the sensor can be hacked with something as simple as wood glue, a laser printer and a 5 megapixel camera.
The full procedure is:
First, the fingerprint of the enroled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone.
The CCC notes:
Apple had released the new iPhone with a fingerprint sensor that was supposedly much more secure than previous fingerprint technology. A lot of bogus speculation about the marvels of the new technology and how hard to defeat it supposedly is had dominated the international technology press for days.
"In reality, Apple’s sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake", said the hacker with the nickname Starbug, who performed the critical experiments that led to the successful circumvention of the fingerprint locking. "As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints."
While a device with a fingerprint scanner is certainly more secure than one without, the hack shows the fingerprint scanner has not made the device any more secure than one with simple a passcode, a fact to bear in mind next time an iPhone fan lists it as a reason to buy one.
Via the Verge.com
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
Its been a standing joke that iPhone users do not know the difference between the old and new versions of Apple’s new iPhones, but that they will still buy it in any case because its new.
Now Jimmy Kimmel has taken it to the next level, and asked passers-by if they liked the new iPhone 5S, while showing them an iPad Mini.
The comments were universally positive, which makes we wonder if any iPhone buyers will be picking up a Nokia Lumia 620 by accident instead.
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.
It seems Apple discovered the wonders of polycarbonate, but unfortunately declined to give a nod to Nokia, who unlike Apple who adopted it, was born to it, and moulded by it.
Nokia still however saw the obvious reference, and tweeted the above picture, indicating how flattered they were.
Given how iconic these colours are, and how derivative the designs of these phones, I suspect we will soon hear “Is that the new Nokia? No, its just my iPhone 5C.”
As the readers of this site know, the Lumia 920 was released around November and the Lumia 925 was a mid-life refresh for the phone; same internals while fixing the biggest complaints. In a few months, Nokia will be unveiling a next generation flagship phone that will compete directly with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the next generation iPhone. This list of features is entirely speculative, so don’t take this as a rumor. This list is accounting for what the competition has and what is to come for Windows Phones. The name was chosen because of a leaked prototype that was very bare-bones…
Microsoft Releases Where’s my app? To Find Popular Apps For Android And iPhone In Windows Phone Store
Microsoft has released a new app called “Where’s my app?” in Windows Phone Store which lets you find alternatives and equivalents of apps found in Apple Store and Google Play Store. This app will be helpful for people who jump from other platforms.
This utility makes it easy for you to find the Apps you are looking for. It provides App availability status and highly-rated alternatives if the App you are looking for is not available. You can also send requests to app developers, encouraging them to develop for Windows Phone, if your App is not listed as ‘coming soon’ and even notify you if one of top requested Apps become available in the Windows Phone Platform.
This App does not replace the Store and does not represent the full store catalogue, but instead, it focuses on searching within the most popular Apps for Android and iPhone and looking for availability or alternatives within the Windows Phone platform. Please tell your
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
We posted recently on the largest Russian carrier MTS dropping the iPhone in favour of promoting Windows Phone, and now it has emerged that the other two, MegaFon and VimpelCom, have also stopped promoting phones from the Cupertino company.
The decision is blamed on “harsh” marketing requirements by Apple which often meant carriers lost money on selling the handset.
Vimpelcom’s Beeline is rumoured to have made a deal with Samsung to promote their handsets instead, but the carrier does still sell a range of Windows Phones which will likely equally benefit from the absence of the iPhone.
In Russia Windows Phone is poised to overtake the iPhone in market share, rising from 5.1% last year to 8.2%, according to the IDC, while Apple dropped from 9% to 8.3%. Around 80% of handsets are sold through Russian carrier stores.
Around 4.5% of MTS Ukraine’s smartphone subscribers already use Windows Phones, up 119% from a year ago, and with all phones being sold unsubsidized in the region I expect the good value for money Windows Phones offer will only lead to more growth there.
Via Rethink-wireless.com, thanks Jobo and JamesSB for the tip.