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Local Smartphone Vendors Are The Key To Windows Phone Ecosystem’s Growth

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Today, IDC released their preliminary data from the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The smartphone shipments growth was fueled by abundance of low-cost smartphones and the total shipments crossed 300 million units for the first time ever in a single quarter in 3Q14. The most interesting part of the report was the top smartphone vendors. Even though Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and LG were on top of the list, more than a dozen vendors that are capable of landing in the top 5 next quarter. Most of those vendors are now operating in one or two countries.

Emerging markets supported by local vendors are continuing to act as the main catalyst for smartphone growth. Among the top vendors in the market, a wide range of Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the market in 2Q14

In the case of Windows Phone eco-system, it is all about Nokia(now owned by Microsoft) for shipment volumes. In fact, Microsoft ships about 95% of the Windows Phone devices. This trend clearly needs to change. Microsoft needs more local vendors to step up their Windows Phone game to grow the ecosystem further.

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Another Report Claims That Selfie Focused Mid-range Lumia WP8.1 Device Is Coming Soon

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Back in April, we reported that Microsoft is working on a selfie focused Windows Phone 8.1 device that will be released later this year. The device which is being developed under the codename ‘Superman’ will feature a 5MP front cam will be a 4.7-inch mid-range Windows Phone device that will be released during the release of second update for Windows Phone 8.1 in later part of 2014.

Today, NokiaPowerUser reported that this device will be Lumia 720′s successor with product codes RM-983, RM-984 and RM-985. The device is expected to be revealed at the end of August and will be initially coming to Verizon and AT&T in the US followed by global roll-out.

NPU claims that this device may have 5-inch, 720p display, Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 8 MP Carl-Zeiss rear camera with low-light improvements, a “big selfie cam” in front and it will run Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 out of the box.

Source: NPU

Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker Now Available For Order From Microsoft Store

Nokia-Portable-Wireless-Speaker MD12Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker is now available for order from Microsoft Store. It is available in yellow, green, orange and white colors and priced at $49.

Product Description:

Don’t let its size fool you—this little guy packs a punch. Engineered with the latest technology, the MD-12 has an actuator built in, creating a big bass effect when you set on nearly any surface.

With NFC (Near Field Communication) included, just tap your NFC-enabled phone to the speaker and the music starts flowing. Or use Bluetooth and stream your tunes wirelessly and dance the night away with a guaranteed 15 hours of music play on the rechargeable battery. All this in a speaker that’s just 1.5 inches high and weighs only 6.3 ounces.

Order it here from Microsoft Store today.

Thanks Mahil for the heads up.

Microsoft Compares Lumia 530 With Other Competing Sub-€100 Smartphones(Video)

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Microsoft today posted a video to promote Lumia 530 Windows Phone 8.1 device. In the video, Microsoft directly compared Lumia 530 with several other competing sub-€100 smartphones in the market.

Microsoft compared the Qualcomm Snapdragon Quadcore chip, internal memory, RAM, built-in Office, MixRadio, ability to run latest OS, etc, to claim that Lumia 530 is the best of its class. What do you think of this ad?

Watch the comparison video after the break.
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Official Lumia shipment numbers confirms a disastrous Q2 2014

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Microsoft has (unexpectedly) released their Q2 2014 Lumia shipment numbers, confirming only 5.8 million Windows Phones were sold, less than 2 million per month, leading to a $692 million loss for the division.

That’s even worse than the $452 million loss of Q1 2014, and given that Nadella has not been stingy with the knife it make us wonder if Windows Phone is next for the cutting board.

A loss of nearly $120 per handset makes us wonder if Microsoft would not have more success simply giving away Windows Phones for free, and actually save money in the process.

Now of course the poor performance in the quarter was predictable – Microsoft/Nokia’s product line was stale, and not very relevant or exciting to the market.

However the release of the NL 630, a terribly underspecced and uncompetitive handset, is hardly going to help, and the Lumia 930 is too little too late.

With the Nokia McLaren being cancelled, and the Surface Mini confirmed also, and Nokia’s ASHA, X and feature phone business also heading to the recycling bin, we have to wonder what’s next.

Update: According to the Verge the period of sales were just for 65, not 90 days, from April 25 to June 30th, meaning sales would be closer to 8 million per quarter, not just 5.8 million.

Not amazing, but at least not as disastrous as it first appeared.

MixRadio to become standalone Music Service

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Due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices & services business, we have seen many changes take place around the Windows Phone world. Many of those changes have affected Nokia MixRadio, which recently dropped the Nokia Branding.

The recent layoffs at Microsoft have also affected MixRadio for better or for worse. Jyrki Rosenberg, Vice President of Entertainment at Nokia has announced plans of “spinning off” MixRadio to other platforms. This means that you may see more iOS and Android friends using this service on their phones mixradioQRas well. It will continue to come preloaded to Lumia devices, as it has since the first Nokia Windows Phone device as “Nokia Music”.

You can download MixRadio here.

What do our readers think about MixRadio becoming a standalone service?

Microsoft Removes Nokia Lumia 930 Product Page On Its Indian Website

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Nokia India’s website listed Nokia Lumia 930 product as coming soon few months back. But recently, this product page was completely removed from the website. Even after so many years, Nokia is struggling to bring the devices on time to the market. In India where the smartphone market is booming these days, you expect a company like Nokia to release new devices regularly to address various parts of the market. But, Microsoft along with its OEM partners have failed to do so. Even when they launch Lumia 930 next month or so, the device will find it very difficult to compete in the market where Samsung Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, LG G3(announced today), Xiaomi Mi3(it has almost similar specs as Lumia 930 for 1/3rd of the price) and many others are already available in retail with huge marketing effort from each of their owners.

I hope Microsoft Mobile will move fast with their product launches in the future. We have reached out to Microsoft regarding this and will update you accordingly.

Microsoft To End Nokia X, Asha And Series 40 Phone Development, Might Spin Off MixRadio And Xpress Browser

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We have got some good and bad news for you from Jo Harlow’s internal memo to former Nokia employees, that is Microsoft Mobile division. First, Microsoft is completely stopping the development of Nokia X, Nokia Asha and Nokia S40 device development. All these projects will be in maintenance mode before reaching the end of life in 2016. The good news is that Microsoft will be laser focused on Windows Phone development from now on. Second, our beloved Nokia MixRadio and mildly popular Xpress browser teams might become a spin-off of Microsoft or they might be sold to other companies. Currently, even though there is no solid plans, Microsoft is evaluating them.

For now, just keep in mind that Microsoft’s flagship engineering efforts are now towards new flagship products timed with the next release of Windows and Windows Phone.
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Great Value: EE UK Selling Nokia Lumia 930 For £349.99 Without Contract

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EE UK is now selling the Microsoft flagship device Lumia 930 for £349.99 without any contract. However, you need to top up for £10 to start using the device. Nokia Lumia 930 comes with a 5″ full HD curved screen, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, 20MP PureView camera with four high performance microphones and Dolby 5.1 surround support and more. I think £349.99 for a new flagship device will offer great value for customers. Hopefully, this aggressive pricing will result in more sales!

Check out the listing here.

Stephen Elop Details The Upcoming Changes In The Microsoft Devices Group After Layoffs

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Microsoft today announced their plans to reduce their workforce by 18,000 employees as part of their on going integration from the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services unit. Microsoft Devices group is the major division that will be affected by this announcement. Microsoft Devices head Stephen Elop today detailed the upcoming changes in his group. Stephen Elop said that the role of phones within Microsoft is different than it was within Nokia. While the hardware business of phones within Nokia was an end unto itself, within Microsoft, these devices are intended to embody the finest of Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences, while accruing value to Microsoft’s overall strategy.

Here is the summary of the changes,

  • Microsoft will focus on Windows Phone devices. In the near term, they are planning to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments.
  • Planning to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices
  • In the high end, Microsoft will focus on delivering great breakthrough products in alignment with major milestones ahead from both the Windows team and the Applications and Services Group.

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Microsoft Is Planning To Shift Select Nokia X Devices To Become Lumia Windows Phone Devices

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Microsoft today revealed their plans to reduce their workforce by over 18,000 by next year. Speaking about the Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment, Satya Nadella spoke about Microsoft’s strategic direction in the mobile division.

Microsoft will continue to focus on the higher price tiers, with focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences. In addition to that, Satya revealed that Microsoft is planning to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. Satya said, “This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.”

It is not clear how Microsoft is going to do execute this plan. May be a Lumia X device that can run both universal Windows apps and Android (AOSP) apps?

via: MS-news

New Redesgined Nokia Creative Studio 6.0 Now Available For Download From Windows Phone Store

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Microsoft today updated their Nokia Creative Studio app for Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices. This v6.0 app is major redesign of the app with new features and new user experiences.

New in Nokia Creative Studio 6.0:Nokia Lumia creative studio
- Redesigned for ease of use and flexibility
- High resolution Reframe from Lumia Camera
- Save a copy
- New professional filters
- Auto-fix your photos
- Edit freely without losing your original photos

Download it here from the Windows Phone Store for free.

AT&T Officially Announces GoPhone Nokia Lumia 635 For $99, Goes On Sale From July 25

Lumia 635 UK OrderAT&T today officially announced the Lumia 635 Windows Phone for its users. On July 25, you can purchase a  GoPhone Nokia Lumia 635 from AT&T at a launch price of $99.99.  And starting August 8, you can also get the Nokia Lumia 635 online or in AT&T stores with black and orange back covers in the box for $139.99 at no annual commitment pricing. The device is available with AT&T Next 18 for as little as $5.84 per month or only $7 per month with Next 12.

Features:

  • Windows Phone 8.1:  Features such as Action Center, shows you new activities and notifications at-a-glance and Sense makes managing data use, storage and battery life easier.
  • Cortana Voice Assistant: Now you can have your very own personal assistant, Cortana, with the latest generation of Windows Phone 8.1 pre-loaded on the Nokia Lumia 635. Set reminders by time, location and people.

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