Windows Phone is already well recognized as the 3rd mobile OS, but after disposing of Blackberry iOS’s market share is next on the radar.
A while back Microsoft announced that they outsold the iPhone in 7 markets around the world. The list was later revealed to include Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and few other countries in central and eastern Europe.
We can now add the Baltic country of Estonia, population 1.3 million, to the list.
According to EMT, a subsidiary of Swedish company TeliaSonera, while Android makes up the vast majority of the market, Windows Phone held 10% vs Apple’s iPhone with 9%.
More than 70% of phones sold in the country are smartphones, meaning the numbers translate into respectable sales.
With the range of both high end and low-end Windows Phones in the market only growing, Windows Phone will likely continue to erode iOS’s market share lead worldwide, with the biggest challenge to this scenario being Apple’s rumoured low-cost iPhone. If however things play out as it had with the iPad mini, instead of growing Apple’s market share the cheaper iPhone may simply cannibalize high-end iPhone sales, leaving other operating systems to continue their growth unabated.
Read more about the Estonian market at ZDNet here.
Some rather smart hackers have managed to figure out the dictionary that the iPhone uses to generate its default password for internet sharing.
In their paper, "Usability vs. Security: The Everlasting Trade-Off in the Context of Apple iOS Mobile Hotspots" by Andreas Kurtz, Felix Freiling, and Daniel Metz, the authors explained that they honed the process so that it took a single AMD Radeon HD 6990 GPU only 52 seconds to crack the password, and custom built box with 4 AMD Radeon HD 7970 only 24 seconds.
Once cracked, the encryption key could be used to piggyback on the phone’s hotspot’s bandwidth, stage a man-in-the-middle attack for eavesdropping, and get access to files stored on the device.
The iPhone uses a combination of a dictionary word and number by default, but interestingly Windows Phone, which only uses an 8 digit number, may be even more vulnerable.
The authors conclude:
"The results of our analysis have shown that the mobile hotspot feature of smart devices increases the attack surface in several ways," the team concludes. "As the default password of an arbitrary iOS hotspot user can be revealed within seconds, attacks on mobile hotspots might have been underestimated in the past and might be an attractive target in the future."
Windows Phone users who want to mitigate against this attack in the future should not use the default 8 digit password but go to Setup on the internet sharing page and change the password there to a strong password which is not a dictionary word.
Read more detail at the Register here.
Microsoft has announced Office for the iPhone. The app, as demoed in the video above, seems about on par with the windows phone version, though it does appear somewhat more cloud integrated, allowing users for example to see documents they recently viewed on the desktop on their phone, ideal for continuing work you started in the office on the move, and also allowing keeping track of the position you last read a document so you can seamlessly switch from one device to another.
The app is only available to those who subscribe to Office365, which costs about $8 per month and has a bit more than 1 million users. It therefore seems a rather good move for Microsoft to serve the diversity of their paying users.
Read more about the app at Microsoft-news.com here.
Are our readers worried the move will hurt Windows Phone adoption? Let us know below.
While many pundits have been suggesting Nokia switch to Android it appears that the Finnish company is actually switching to iOS! Before you start to panic, of course I’m just kidding and this post is just for fun. A recent article published by the New York Times on “FEMA Promotes Its Wireless Emergency Alert System” shows a picture of a iPhone lock screen on a Nokia Windows Phone. This seems like a bad photoshop job from an editor who thought the Nokia phone clearly looked better than the iPhone.
via Long Zheng
While we know there a large number of things iPhones can do that Windows Phones cant, mainly due to the applications not having been written yet for Windows Phone, Windows Phone users are often challenged about what is unique about their operating system, with the implication that there is no reason at all why you would chose a Windows Phone over an iPhone.
Business Insider however have an interesting article up listing 9 things Windows Phones can be that iPhones can now.
The list include:
The operating supports phones with bigger screens. The biggest iPhone only has a 4-inch screen. Windows Phones can be 4.5 inches or larger.
They can run Microsoft Office apps like PowerPoint and Word. Microsoft has refused to make Office apps for the iPhone (so far), so you’re stuck using alternatives like Apple’s own iWork suite of software.
You can customize your home screen’s Live Tiles by resizing them. Apple doesn’t let you customize what apps show up on your iPhone’s home screen.
It can display real-time updates on the home screen using the operating system’s Live Tiles. iPhone apps can only display how many notifications you have with a tiny number.
You can charge Windows Phones with a standard USB plug. Apple has its own "Lightning" plug that isn’t as easy to find.
They have a mobile wallet app that lets you make payments with your phone. It doesn’t work on all carriers yet, but more support is coming soon.
They have near field communication (NFC) chips that let you swap content by tapping two phones together.
Some devices like Nokia’s Lumia phones and HTC’s Windows Phone 8x have wireless charging. That means you just place the phone on a special pad to charge it up.
You can switch them to "Kids Corner" mode which can block certain apps and other features. This is good for people who let their children use their phone to play games. You can also customize what your kids can access and keep them locked out of the rest of your phone with a password.
While the list is a good start, I can think of several other reasons why a Windows Phone is more convenient than an iPhone.
- Being able to send and receive music via Bluetooth.
- Create and install my own ring tones without having to pay anyone.
- Being able to pin parts of an app to the home screen e.g. just the Funny Reddit Channel.
- Camera Lenses is another convenient and unique Windows Phone feature.
- Being able to chose my phone ranging from super-cheap to high end depending on the money in my pocket.
- Being able to earn Xbox points on the go.
- Drag and Drop file management
- Better social integration (LinkedIn, Yahoo, Facebook Messenger)
- Expandable storage
- FM radio (GDR2 or WP7)
- Trial version in paid app.
I am sure our readers can think of even more. Let us know in the comments below and we will update the article with the best features.
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We sometimes forget how much better a good Windows Phone app looks compared to apps on other platforms.
We may not be getting an official Instagram app very soon, but the Itsdagram app is a very polished effort to get Windows Phone users access to the network, and frankly to my eyes looks a lot better than the official iPhone client, which looks like a bad flickr page and certainly does not showcase the content very well.
The developer Daniel Gary has just tweeted that the app has been submitted for certification, and will hopefully hit the market Friday as a paid version, and next week as a free, ad-supported app. The app will initially be WP8 only, but will eventually also come to Windows Phone 7.
With good, free third party apps available, would our readers still be demanding an official app? Let us know below.
(Article updated to add paid/free clarification)
Use the share charm in Windows 8 to quickly share to any device.
Share from your phone (or Windows 8 device) to any other device that supports a QR code reader and a browser. This unique tool lets you share files, contacts, URIs and more from your Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8 device to any other device that can read QR codes and open a browser. It’s quick, it’s “ad-hoc” in the sense that there’s no upload taking place (the files are only available while the sharing opration is up).
- Pick files or contacts to share.
- Get a QR code on your screen which, when scanned another device, will open up a simple web-page with your content.
- On Windows 8, you can use the Share charm to share directly to the app
- Works for free on files of up to 1mb (try before you get premium)
- Premium users get up to 10mb per file to transfer and thumbnails when sharing.
iPhone S FX Sound Engine
If sitting back and enjoying a good laugh sounds good to you than this is your new favorite app. iPhone S FX is a simple easy to use iPhone sound Engine that lets you pump out the common iPhone noises into your surroundings. The fun comes in when all the iSheep surrounding you check their pockets, over and over.
- New Email
- SMS Recieved
- Mail Sent
- and many more
If you have a hard time controlling your laughter in public this may not be good for you!
Trader Media Group (TMG), which owns Auto Trader, told Computing.co.uk that they are considering moving from iPhones to Windows Phones for their enterprise mobile platform.
"We are currently evaluating our mobile platform. I don’t think we’d go down the Android route because they have a couple of security issues but we would go down more of the Windows Phone 8 route because they are more tightly integrated with what we want to do in the enterprise as we are very much a Microsoft shop," said TMG CIO Tim Jones.
The company has been using iPhones for the last 4-5 years.
"We’ve been an iPhone user up until now because comparable devices were not mature enough. We have a lot of people wanting to access their emails but we don’t just need email functionality so we took BlackBerrys out because if you are building mobile experiences for consumers, then you want [your staff] to be consuming a lot of other mobile and application experiences – and that offset the challenges that you have with managing things like iPhones in the enterprise estate," he added.
TMG considered itself a technology company, with a large web presence and a smaller publishing arm, Jones said, adding that with about 300 technical staff in an organisation of 1,100, technology was a "core part of the DNA of Trader Media".
Windows Phone has been celebrating some significant enterprise wins recently, with companies ranging from Foxtons to Coca-Cola adopting the handset as a business solution. Being able to convert companies from expensive iPhones to cheap Windows Phones, which make up the vast majority of the current business market, would be a major win for the OS and open up a very large growth area.
A phone insurer have posted the result of an interesting poll which found that 23% of 2,471 iPhone owners polled said their screen cracked and unrepaired.
Some owners said they did not have time to have their phones fixed, while a similar amount did not have the the money to have it fixed, or simply didnâ€™t mind at all. 31% of the owners with broken displays said they probably wouldnâ€™t bother having it fixed.
The numbers seemed quite high to me, but appears to ring true for iPhone owners.
I suspect a similar epidemic would have created quite an uproar amongst Windows Phone users.
Are you currently walking around with a Windows Phone with a cracked display? Let us know in the poll below.
Reports are rolling in that Apple has messed up once again, and that their latest iOS 6.1 update is causing iPhones and iPads to overloads 2007 and 2010 Exchange Servers by constantly logging in to the server.
This is of course affecting the other users of the same server, leading to IT admins asking iOS users not to upgrade to the latest OS or face being blocked from the service.
We were forwarded an email from Mark from his IT describing exactly this scenario.
Over the recent days weâ€™ve been experiencing sporadic occurrences of Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iTouch) that stop communicating with our email system Exchange. Working with Microsoft and Apple, they have identified an issue in IOS 6.1 that if a user updates, deletes, modifies, accepts any calendar entry from their i-device it causes problems with the Exchange server that impacts all or many other users with a multitude of different problems. There is at this time no resolution from Apple/Microsoft. This is occurring globally.
Do our readers sense the same perception amongst their friends and relatives? Let us know below.
Thanks Jay for the tip.
At a Google presentation in Moscow, Google produced the above graph, showing the market share of the various operating systems in Russia.
Of note for us Windows Phone fans is that between 2011 and 2012, Windows Phone grew from 2 to 5% of the market, for 150% growth, closing in on Apple, which had 6% market share, growing only for 20% YoY.
While Android took the lionâ€™s share of the market, hitting an estimated 59%, that is in the end only 100% growth.
Given Windows Phoneâ€™s growth rate, and the lack of real low-cost iPhone options, it seems likely Windows Phone will soon overtake the iPhone in market share, and hopefully head towards the 10% market share range.
Bloomberg reports that Appleâ€™s focus on US has left it at a disadvantage in Europe when it came to LTE support.
While the iPhone supports LTE in USA, it does not connect to as many European LTE networks as the penta-band Nokia Lumia 920.
Nokiaâ€™s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 allow users to access the about two dozen LTE mobile networks in western Europe, according to Strategy Analytics. The iPhone 5 only works on the LTE network of two carriers — Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) in Germany and EE, a U.K. venture of Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom SA. (FTE)
â€œThe Lumiaâ€™s LTE connectability is going to help Nokia stand out to holiday shoppers,â€ said Johan Eidhagen, general manager of Nokia in Scandinavia.
â€œThereâ€™s more skepticism around Apple now since their new phone doesnâ€™t work with LTE,â€ said Filip Ljuboje, a salesman at a mobile-phone store in Stockholm. â€œThe 3G net is congested from so many users, so moving to LTE is a priority.â€
â€œA fast Internet connection is a must so I knew I wanted a 4G phone,â€ said Johansson, 41-year-old software developer in Stockholm. Nokiaâ€™s top-of-the-line Lumia 920 â€œwas the one.â€
â€œThere is clearly strong demand among European consumers for 4G phones,â€ said Neil Mawston, an analyst at Strategy Analytics in London. He predicts Nokia will sell 5 million Lumias in the fourth quarter, up from 2.9 million in the previous three months.
Unfortunately Nokia does not have the market all to themselves, with Samsung also strongly committed to supporting LTE in Europe.
â€œThere is definitely the possibility of a boost for us,â€ said Martin Cullberg, director of Samsungâ€™s telecom business for the Nordic region. â€œThe focus right now is to show the benefit you get by using LTE that supports all available frequencies.â€
Read more at Bloomberg here.
The iPhone 4S is pretty famous for its cracking front and back plate, and Nokia has decided to parody the device in their latest commercial for the Nokia Lumia 820 in Germany.
Writing in the video description, Nokia writes:
Have to pack their smartphone in your cotton and protect against all odds, so that the touch screen is not going to break? Well, we have something for you … looks at what the Nokia Lumia 820 in the”laboratory test” endure so everything!
The Nokia Lumia 920 has been subjected to an impressive list of torture tests, and it seems Nokia wants the 820 to also inherit the reputation.
Do our readers think Nokia is being fair to the iPhone? Let us know below.
ThanksÂ Tommie for the tip.
Perlego Systems Announces the Release of SaveIt! iPhone and Android to Windows Phone Migration tool, free for a limited period
Perlego Systems, Inc has announced the release of SaveIt! for Windows Phones . Designed to streamline the process of moving personal information such as contacts, calendars, pictures and videos from old iPhones, Androids and Blackberries to the latest Windows Phones, SaveIt! for Windows Phones was released just in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season.
SaveIt! enables users to easily and securely backup contacts, calendars, pictures and videos to the SaveIt! Cloud from any smartphone device. Access to the SaveIt! Cloud is free of charge, giving users the peace of mind that their critical data is readily available; even if there smartphone is lost or stolen. The most significant differentiator between SaveIt! and similar smartphone applications is a seamless, wireless data transfer from any Android, iPhone or Blackberry to Windows Phone 8 and 7.5. SaveIt! typically costs $2.99 but in celebration of the Windows Phone launch, any user who wants to transfer their personal information from an old Android, iPhone or Blackberry to a new Windows Phone can currently use SaveIt! for Windows Phone free of charge.
â€œWe are very excited to bring SaveIt! to Windows Phones just in time for the holiday shopping season,â€ said Jeff Bartee, Vice President of Marketing, Perlego. â€œThis simple and innovative application makes it fast and easy for consumers to transfer their data to the latest Windows Phones. There are several other solutions out there, but they require the user to download software to their PC, transfer their information from their old phone to the PC with a cable, and then transfer the information from the PC to their new phone with a cable.â€
To learn more about Perlego Systems visit www.perlego.com.