The Taiwanese government has demanded that Nokia not raise its licensing fees for patents so as to force OEMs to choose Windows Phone over Android, and also that Nokia continues to license its standard-essential patents under FRAND conditions.
The Taiwanese FTC took input from Samsung and Google in February prior to making the decision, and I think we can see where the extra provisos came from.
At present the only hold out appears to be India, where the deal may go ahead without the transfer of Nokia’s Indian factories to Microsoft. Nokia has continued to fight the Indian tax revenue service regarding their claims of tax evasion since 2006, but appears to be making little progress.
See the full (machine-translated) FTC statement after the break.
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.
Besides launching in India today, the HTC Titan and HTC Radar was also launched in HTC’s local market, Taiwan.
The HTC Titan, which will be released late in October, will costÂ Tw$18,900 ($619.67), while the HTC Radar, which will hit the market next month, will cost Â Tw$13,900 ($455.74).
HTC recently became Taiwan’s most valuable brand, and will overtake Nokia in Taiwan in terms of value of shipments by December this year. It has recently been rumoured that Windows Phone forms 30% of HTC’s sales, with HTC expecting this proportion to increase in the future.
Taiwanese Windows Phone 7 users managed to get an early swing at mango last week, but the price they had to pay was having to have the phones upgraded in person â€“ OTA upgrades were not available due to lack of Chinese Language support in Zune. This will however be rectified by the next update.
ILoveWP have uploaded images from one such event at an HTC store in Taiwan, and it appears despite the long queues there was quite the party atmosphere, with free drinks and donuts and other entertainment to keep people occupied.
I must say its rather pleasant to see queues of Windows Phone 7 fans. Hopefully we will be joining them in the next few hours.
ILoveWPÂ has been able to confirm that HTC will be making Windows Phone 7 Mango updates available to users at their stores in Taiwan on the 16th.
The update will be available at 60 stores and include Traditional Chinese support.
It appears that the day will be organized as a very social event, with users encouraged to bring friends along and prizes being given away.
The update is expected to take 20 min per phone, but users are expected to make a NoDo backup at home before coming to the store, and also to back up their photos and videos.
WeLoveWP.hk also reports some users have been successful getting the update even today, after being invited by SMS, so it seems, even if today is not Mango day for everyone, it will be at least for some.
From the current generation of Windows Phone 7 handsets the Fujitsu IS12T is certainly the most interesting, given its unique features like a being water and dust proof and its 13.2 megapixel camera.
Up till now however we believed the handset was destined to remain Japan-only, but Sogi.com.tw reports that this will in fact not be the case, with the smartphone coming to Taiwan in October.
The phone is both CDMA and GSM, and Sogi reports it is 3G capable with both technologies.
Who knows, maybe the phone will rock up on western shores also.
Sogi also solves one of the mysteries of the handset – how it could have a 13.2 megapixel camera when the Qualcomm chipset only supports a maximum of 12. Â It revealed the phone uses Fujitsu’s own Milbeaut Mobile graphics chip can in fact manage up to 20 megapixel stills and 1080p video.
Asus is an example of a Taiwanese ODM which has not clearly committed to WP7 yet.
One way of getting a handset on the market quickly is by asking some-one else to make it.Â That strategy worked well enough for Sony Ericsson and Palm, and Taiwanese ODMs are hoping that this may just be the route Nokia takes to get its Windows phone 7 handset on the market as soon as possible.
Digitimes reports that OEMs there have stepped up their development of Windows Phone 7-enabled phones eyeing possible orders from telecom carriers and Nokia.
There also appear to be increasing demand from OEMs to join the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon, frustrated however by Microsoft not planning to increase substantially its WP7 partners. Digitimes notes that WP7 handsets has potential in areas in markets like Central and South America and Southeast Asia where iPhone and Android is not already embedded.
With the arrival of the HTC HD2 its easy to forget about the 1 Ghz trailblazer, to Toshiba TG01. Despite its low profile the device, which was one of the first to be demoed with Windows Mobile 6.5, is apparently not doing too poorly.
According to Yasahiro Yamada, general manager for overseas sales and marketing, Toshiba Mobile Communications, sales of the smartphone have been strong in a number of markets in Europe, including the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Italy.
The smartphone has just been announced for some more carriers in Japan, is rumoured for Verizon in USA, and has now been announced for release in Taiwan for around $647.
Digitimes reports the sleek Gugabyte S1200 Windows Mobile Professional smartphone has now gone on sae in Taiwan. The WVGA device will be available on Chunghwa Telecom for NT$12,900 (US$392) on select packages.