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  • Steve Wozniak Says Windows Phone Is More Beautiful Than iPhone Or Android

    04/28/2012 6:02:50 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    Businessinsider ^ | April 28, 2012 | Steve Kovach
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is known for playing around with all kinds of mobile tech, even if it competes with iOS devices. Wozniak recently bought Nokia's new Lumia 900 Windows Phone, and shared some of his thoughts on Microsoft's Mobile platform in a podcast interview with The Report. (The Verge first picked up the interview). Overall, Wozniak says he prefers the look and feel of Windows Phone apps over Android and iPhone apps. He also likes Windows Phone better overall than Android. We had similar feelings towards Windows Phone apps when we reviewed the Lumia 900. Many apps such as...
  • Carriers Desperately Seeking Windows Phone

    04/28/2012 7:34:50 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 32 replies
    PCWORLD ^ | Apr 27, 2012 8:20 pm | Matt Hamblen
    AT&T and Verizon Wireless want Windows Phone smartphones to succeed in the U.S., partly to provide leverage against Apple's demands for subsidies and other concessions required for selling the popular iPhone. AT&T recently began selling the Nokia Lumia 900 with the Windows Phone 7 operating system for a competitive $99.99 price. Meanwhile, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo recently told Reuters that Verizon is "really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that's a differentiator." Both carriers need a strong competitor -- like Windows Phone -- to go up against the iPhone and Android phones, analysts said. The wireless...
  • Nokia Windows Phone sales may explode this summer: ~4 million new Lumia models, China Mobile deal

    03/12/2012 11:18:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Unwired View ^ | 03/12/2012 | By Vlad Bobleanta
    Sales of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones haven’t been stellar so far. Perhaps that’s to be expected when a company switches its main smartphone platform seemingly overnight. Perhaps that’s to be expected because the operating system powering these devices is quite young. Though for a company of Nokia’s former size and prowess, the 500-700K Lumias sold in the fourth quarter of 2011 are nothing to write home about. While the first quarter of 2012 will surely improve on those numbers, it appears that Q2 of this year is when Nokia’s Windows Phone sales will really start picking up. That’s when Compal expects...
  • iPhone 4S vs. The Competition: Spec Showdown Chart

    10/05/2011 2:53:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    PC World ^ | 10/05/2011
    The iPhone 4S may look identical to the iPhone 4, but that's where the comparisons stop. Under the hood, the iPhone 4S is full of hardware and software innovations that help Apple catch up with its rivals. Here’s how Apple’s iPhone 4S stacks up against its Android, Windows Phone 7, and BlackBerry competitors when it comes to specs.
  • Windows Phone Gains, Makes Up One-Third of HTC Sales

    10/05/2011 6:44:35 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/30/2011 | Forbes
    HTC said Windows Phone devices make up 30 percent of its sales, as Microsoft begins gaining ground in the mobile market. The Taiwanese phone maker is betting Microsoft’s platform will be a big part of its future plans and expect the number of Windows phones sold to go up. “We believe that Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money,” said HTC’s manager in Singapore, Melvin Chua. Microsoft believes its platform has made good progress since its launch last year, and the Mango update builds on that success. Mango...
  • Here's Why Microsoft Should Kill The Windows Phone Brand (Rename it to something fun, like Mango)

    09/18/2011 8:41:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 09/17/2011 | Matt Rosoff
    Yesterday, I had an experience that shows why Microsoft should kill the Windows Phone brand and name its new phones something fun like Mango. I went to Radio Shack to buy a cheap audio cable. The clerk was excited because it had just become an official Verizon outlet as well -- the front of the store had a special Verizon awning, and there was Verizon advertising all over the place. As I paid, the clerk and I began talking about phones. He said he used to work at the Apple Store, and was well-informed about the upcoming iPhone 5 and...
  • Microsoft 'intentionally designed software for phones to track customers without their consent'

    Microsoft allegedly tracks the location of its mobile customers even after users request that tracking software be turned off, according to a new lawsuit. The proposed class action, filed in a Seattle federal court on Wednesday, says Microsoft intentionally designed camera software on the Windows Phone 7 operating system to ignore customer requests that they not be tracked. A Microsoft representative could not immediately be reached for comment The lawsuit comes after concerns surfaced earlier this year that Apple's iPhones collected location data and stored it for up to a year, even when location software was supposedly turned off. Apple...
  • Microsoft: $100 Windows Phone 7 smartphones a reality in 2012

    07/13/2011 9:18:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Geek.com ^ | 07/13/2011 | Matthew Humphries
    Look down a list of Windows Phone 7 smartphones being offered without a contract and you’ll notice the price hovers around the $300-$400. There are some $200 models, but they are few and far between and make a few feature compromises to achieve the lower price point. The price of buying a smartphone outright is clearly high, but Microsoft has stated that is about to change, and come 2012 you will be able to pick up a Windows Phone 7 smartphone for around $100. That revelation was announced to a crowd of people attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011...
  • IDC Moble Phone Tracker Report: Windows Phones to Overtake iPhone iOS by 2015

    06/12/2011 9:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    PC World ^ | 06/11/2011 | By Keir Thomas
    The Windows operating system for smartphones is expected to gain market share in the next few years thanks to Nokia, eventually leapfrogging the iOS system used on Apple's iPhone. But Google Android will remain atop the field. That's according to International Data Corporation's latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report. IDC predicts Android will have 43.8 percent of the market in 2015, followed by Windows Phone at 20.3 percent. Apple's iOS will trail at 16.9 percent. The future projections would be a significant improvement for Windows Phone, which will account for just 3.8 percent of the market by the end...
  • Windows Phone At Bottom Of Global Smartphone Rankings. Android and Apple's iOS still dominate.

    05/19/2011 2:44:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 3+ views
    Information Week ^ | 05/19/2011 | Eric Zeman
    Microsoft has made little headway in reclaiming its lost smartphone market share in the six months since the debut of Windows Phone 7. According to Gartner's latest numbers, Microsoft sold only 1.6 million Windows Phone 7 devices during the first quarter of the year, leaving it just ahead of HP's anemic webOS numbers (categorized by Gartner as "other"), but behind every other major platform. Microsoft has fumbled through the early months of 2011 with Windows Phone 7, which has seen delayed system updates, software glitches, and problems arising from the long-delayed updates. Microsoft is prepared to make a major WP7-based...
  • Gartner Market Research Estimates Windows Phone 7 to be #2 in Market Share By 2015

    04/08/2011 8:16:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | 04/08/2011 | Jason Mick
    Gartner, Inc., one of the world's most respectable market research firms, has announced [press release] that its research supports our hypothesis that Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 smartphone OS will become the market's second largest player when the phase-out of Nokia Oyj.'s (NOK) Symbian OS is complete. In a research report released this week, it estimates that this year the platform will only rise modestly from 4.2 percent market share in 2010 to 5.6 percent in 2011 (still behind Symbian, in fifth place). But by 2012 it will jump to a 10.8 percent, switching places with Symbian. And three...
  • Windows Phone 7 Devices From Verizon, Sprint By Mid-2011

    02/14/2011 11:41:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Media Post ^ | 02/14/2011 | Mark Walsh
    At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Microsoft previewed a Wndows Phone 7 upgrade and continued to tout its new deal with Nokia. Among the new features coming to the mobile platform later this year will be a “dramatically enhanced” version of Internet Explorer 9, broader multitasking capability and the addition of Twitter to the “People” hub–one of the main areas of the WP7 interface, divided into subject-specific areas. The first significant update–copy-and past-functionality–will be added in the next month. The upgraded IE9 browser will arrive in the second half of 2011. In a keynote address, Microsoft CEO Steve...
  • MICROSOFT-NOKIA TIES THE KNOT: The Biggest Winners And Losers

    02/11/2011 7:42:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/11/2011 | Dan Frommer
    Microsoft and Nokia have tied the knot. At least for the near future, Nokia will use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software as the basis for its smartphones. How does this affect the industry? Well, it's good news for Microsoft, as it now has a major partner which actually has some skin in the game -- something it didn't really have yesterday. But it's probably bad news for Nokia, as it's unlikely to return the company to glory. CLICK HERE to flip through the biggest winners and losers from the Microsoft-Nokia deal
  • Nokia on verge of deal with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7

    02/10/2011 1:44:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Fierce Wireless ^ | 02/10/2011 | Phil Goldstein
    Nokia (NYSE:NOK) CEO Stephen Elop appears poised to announce an alliance with his former employer, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), to put Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform on Nokia phones, according to multiple reports. Elop reportedly will formally unveil the company's new strategy at an investor conference in London Friday. The reports--in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter--said Elop approached Microsoft and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) about an alliance. However, according to BusinessWeek, the talks with Google to put Android on Nokia phones likely won't result in a deal. Representatives from all of the companies involved...
  • Nokia: Buzz About Potential Windows Phone 7 Deal Rises

    02/02/2011 12:27:13 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb. 2 2011 - | Eric Savitz
    There increasing chatter on the Street that Nokia (NOK) next week will unveil a deal to adopt Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 as the operating system software for at least some of its smart phones. Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair weighed in the possibility this morning, asserting in a research note that such a move “would address the key concern we have had about Nokia for the last several years: terrible software.” He adds that a pairing of the two companies “could be a powerful combination in the smartphone war and put Nokia on solid footing for the first time...
  • Android captures more than 50 percent of U.S. smartphone market - NPD

    02/01/2011 10:38:04 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | February 1st, 2011 | Michael Santo
    On the heels of a Canalys report that said that Android had overtaken Symbian to become the top smart phone platform in the world, NPD reported later Monday that Android now owns over half (53 percent) of all U.S. consumer smartphone sales in Q4 2010. That's not just a leading market share, it's enough to prevent a runoff in some elections. What's good for Android is bad for Windows Phone however: that same report noted that Windows Phone was outsold by creaky, dying Windows Mobile in that quarter. Some of that might be attributable to the fact that Windows Phone...
  • Microsoft Shipped 2 Million Windows Phone 7 Handsets Last Quarter

    01/26/2011 12:32:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/26/2011 | Jay Yarrow
    Microsoft isn't ready to disclose how many Windows Phone 7 handsets are in the hands of customers, but it's happy to talk about how many it has shipped. Greg Sullivan, a senior product manager at Microsoft, says Microsoft shipped 2 million Windows Phone 7s last quarter, in an interview with Ina Fried at All Things D. Last we heard from Microsoft it had shipped 1.5 million in the first six weeks Windows Phone 7 was on the market, which suggests it shipped 500,000 handsets to close the quarter.
  • Microsoft: 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices sold (Says sales meet 'realistic' expectations)

    12/21/2010 2:13:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/21/2010 | Edwin Chan
    More than 1.5 million cell phones carrying Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating software have sold in the first six weeks of launch, meeting what the company called "realistic" expectations. Achim Berg, vice president of business and marketing for Windows phones, released sales numbers for the nascent platform for the first time in an internally conducted interview posted on Microsoft's website. (Msnbc.com is an NBC Universal-Microsoft joint venture.) Windows Phone 7 was unveiled in October and marked the software maker's expansion into a smart phone arena dominated by Apple and Google. Analysts say it could be Microsoft's last chance to establish...
  • Analyst: Windows Phone 7 won't hit double-digit market share in 2011 (Bad news for Microsoft)

    12/13/2010 10:53:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 1+ views
    HTC Pedia ^ | 12/13/2010 | Nigel Chiwaya
    Things always get bad when the analysts come out to play, and indeed, for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7, the gloom and doom has begun. Goldman Sachs analyst Sarah Friar wrote in a research note that Microsoft's market share will continue to go south next year, falling to 7 percent in 2011, down from 12 percent this year. The problem, Friar argues, is that despite a decent variety of phones (including the HTC Trophy, HTC Surround, and HTC HD7), Microsoft hasn't figured out a strategy for tablets. She writes: "A tablet response is still not forth-coming and our early read...
  • Windows Phone 7 Doomed? Actually, It’s Just Getting Started

    11/30/2010 1:16:38 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 22 replies
    GeekedAbout.com ^ | November 10, 2010 | Brian X. Chen
    Despite entering a crowded market, Microsoft’s brand-new Windows Phone operating system seems off to a healthy start. Nonetheless, the estimates aren’t impressing cynical tech journalists. “The anemic sales number does not include the 89,000 Microsoft employees that will be given free Windows 7 phones,” Moritz quips. CNET reporters added their bleak perspective based on the performance of a single AT&T store in San Francisco (where every hipster in sight is already fondling an iPhone), which sold fewer than 20 Windows devices by midday. “If Microsoft hopes to get back in the smartphone game, it had better hope that Windows Phone...
  • Android outselling Windows Phone 7 by 15:1, says retailer (in the UK)

    11/29/2010 9:22:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 11/29/2010
    More bad news for Windows Phone 7: One UK online retailer reports that it accounts for only 3% of smartphone sales, and that Android phones outsell Windows Phone 7 by a whopping 15:1 margin. Can Microsoft ever catch up? The UK phone retailer MobilesPlease reports on its blog: Windows Phone 7 has got off to a sluggish start as far as our customers are concerned, accounting for just 3% of smartphone sales and a little under 2% of overall sales through MobilesPlease.co.uk and our network of partner sites that share our data feed. The blog goes on to note: I...
  • Windows Phone 7 launch --- what went wrong? (an underwhelming launch)

    11/11/2010 7:54:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 11/11/2010 | Preston Gralla
    Microsoft needed its Windows Phone 7 launch to make as big an impact as possible to give it some momentum in order to catch up to the iPhone and Android phones. It's now clear that didn't happen. What went wrong? Initial reports say that on launch day, Microsoft sold only 40,000 phones. Given that the iPhone 4 had 600,000 pre-orders and Google activates 200,000 Android devices a day, this was an underwhelming launch. It's even more underwhelming when you consider the amount of marketing dollars Microsoft has been throwing at Windows Phone 7. Computerworld reports that the company is spending...
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7 sells out temporarily online

    11/10/2010 8:57:36 AM PST · by WebFocus · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/10/2010
    Smart phones running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system arrived in stores Monday. And at least one of the phones has been a sellout, for a few hours at least. The HTC HD7, sold by T-Mobile, was listed as being out of stock on T-Mobile's website Monday night, up until early Tuesday morning when the phone was listed again as being in stock. T-Mobile spokeswoman Patty Raz confirmed that the HTC HD7 was, in fact, temporarily out of stock on the carrier's website, but that the phone was now available again online. Raz declined to comment on specific sales...
  • Good news for Microsoft: Developers like Windows Phone 7

    11/03/2010 11:02:06 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 11 replies
    Fiercemobileit. ^ | November 3, 2010 — 8:17am ET | Lynnette Luna
    The Android platform has been steaming along, making pundits wonder whether Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Phone 7 has a chance. But if developers have anything to do with it, and they do, WP7 seems to represent an easier way to mobilize their applications. During an event in Hong Kong, Michael Dell reportedly said that developers have been telling him that it's easier to develop for WP7 than it is for Google's Android platform. Interestingly, those comments are no longer in the original article. Perhaps Dell got itself into hot water with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). Sign up for our FREE newsletter...
  • Shortages Could Hurt Windows Phone 7 Launch In U.S

    11/02/2010 10:23:42 AM PDT · by WebFocus
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/02/2010 | Matt Rosoff
    European mobile phone operator Orange is facing shortages of Windows Phone 7 handsets, and is offering vouchers to disappointed customers. The shortages could bode problems for the phone's U.S. launch later this month. According to a report in Mobile Today, Orange sent an e-mail to managers of its retail stores warning of shortages for both the HTC Mozart and Samsung Omnia, and is offering 20-pound vouchers for customers who can't get a phone they preordered. The shortage is most likely caused by scarce supplies of the components used in touch screens. Shortages of AMOLED screens affected both HTC and Samsung...
  • Reports: Nearly Twice As Many Androids Shipped Last Quarter As iPhones

    11/01/2010 9:45:07 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 29 replies · 1+ views
    TechCrunch ^ | November 1, 2010 | Erick Schonfeld
    In a report that is raising eyebrows this morning, UK-based market research firm Canalys estimates that total shipments of Android phones in the U.S. during the third quarter were nearly twice as large as iPhone shipments. Out of 20.9 million smartphones shipped in the U.S., about 44 percent, or 9.1 million, are running the Android OS. Apple, shipped an estimated 5.5 million phones, or 26 percent of the total. Apple ships only one phone, the iPhone. And it became the single largest smartphone in the U.S., surpassing all Blackberry phones combined (with RIM shipping an estimated 5.1 million phones, or...
  • Windows Phone 7: A groundbreaking interface ships on great new phones

    10/21/2010 8:51:50 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 8 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | October 21, 2010 06:00 AM ET | Dan Rosenbaum
    Good writers borrow, great writers steal, or so the saying goes. Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) operating system borrows heavily from Apple's iOS and Google's Android but then takes the interface and navigation in an intriguing new direction, offering a user experience that at least equals and in some ways surpasses them. Yet WP7 is very much a work in progress; adopting it out of the gate requires something of the same leap of faith that the first iPhone or Android buyers took. Certainly, there's no expectation at launch that the application marketplace for Windows Phone will be anything...
  • Windows Phone 7 Reviews are in: Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have Ourselves a Race

    10/21/2010 7:48:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/21/2010 | Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo
    Let's just get it out of the way: Windows Phone 7 is the most exciting thing to happen to phones in a long time. WHY IT MATTERS There's a million reasons why Windows Phone 7 matters. It's the most important PC company in the world, battered, bruised and badly lagging, coming back to the next generation of PCs, after crashing on a bunch of rocks and abandoning ship. It's potentially the most tectonic shift in mobile since the launch of iPhone and Android. It's Microsoft starting over and betting massively on its future. SNIP SNIP USING IT Windows Phone 7...
  • Windows Phone 7 already a contender (expect it to be a serious challenger in a year)

    10/20/2010 4:46:58 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 4 replies
    San Antonio Business -- Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/20/2010 | Dwight Silverman
    Before Apple's iPhone barged in and changed the game, Microsoft was one of the leaders in the smart phone arena. Its Windows Mobile phones were popular contenders, particularly among business users. But the iPhone took smart phones in a different direction. The clunky menus and awkward navigation on Microsoft phones paled in comparison to the intuitive, touch-screen-based competition. Microsoft couldn't respond fast enough, and Windows Mobile's market share imploded. Because smart phones are a rapidly growing and lucrative category, Microsoft isn't about to give up. Enter Windows Phone 7, a completely reworked version of the company's smart phone software and...
  • Windows Phone 7: The Genius of Tiles and Hubs

    10/18/2010 2:06:31 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 4 replies
    PCWorld ^ | October 18, 2010 10:19 AM | Tony Bradley
    If you line up an iPhone 4, Droid X, and BlackBerry Torch next to each other, and zoom in so you only see the display alone, the similarities between the platforms seems to outweigh the differences. Windows Phone 7, however, breaks the mold on the sea of app icons, and provides an innovative means of interacting with the information and functionality of the smartphone through tiles and hubs. Microsoft attempts to say as much in its commercials for Windows Phone 7. The commercials are clever and appealing--not something one can normally say about a Microsoft marketing campaign. But, at the...
  • How Windows Phone 7 Trumps Android and iOS

    10/15/2010 7:52:17 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 105 replies
    techtree ^ | Oct 15, 2010 1815 hrs IST | Rohan Naravane,
    Last week, we told you the things that work against Microsoft's new mobile operating system; Windows Phone 7. Today, we list the top 5 things that actually work in its favor. Actually there are six; but since the first one is obvious, we'd rather not discuss it at length. With Apple you just have two iPhones to choose from. Windows Phone 7 trumps it there with at least four major manufacturers for now - HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell. Different people have different needs; some want a hardware QWERTY, some don't. So, it gives people a wider choice than what...
  • Taiwan phone makers balking at Windows Phone 7?

    10/13/2010 11:18:42 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe
    electronista ^ | Wed October 13, 2010 | electronista
    Taiwan phone firms say Windows Phone 7 too costly Microsoft may have lost key Taiwan phone manufacturers after the costs and long delays for Windows Phone 7, companies based in the area reportedly said Wednesday. Most of them, including relative heavyweights such as Compal, Foxconn, Inventec and Pegatron, have committed to developing for Android over the next two to three years and aren't ready to switch. The Digitimes contacts further allege that they consider Microsoft's licensing fee too expensive when Google gives away Android for free. As such, only a handful of companies may get into WP7 when it arrives,...
  • You WILL buy Windows Phone 7

    10/13/2010 11:05:58 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 52 replies
    Betanews ^ | October 8, 2010 | Joe Wilcox
    Perhaps Windows Phone 7 won't come dead on arrival after all. Maybe the analysts and naysaying pundits don't give Microsoft the respect it deserves. Maybe there is enormous pent up demand for Windows Phone 7. Maybe the silent majority that loves Microsoft products has waited for this day -- ah Monday, when Windows Phone 7 officially launches. Three days ago, I asked: "Will you buy Windows Phone 7?" The response was immediate and overwhelming: More than 150 comments to the post and more than 3 times the usual number of e-mail responses I normally get to buying questions. Among the...
  • Five Reasons to Switch to Windows Phone 7

    10/08/2010 11:00:20 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 55 replies · 1+ views
    PCWorld ^ | October 08, 2010 | Tony Bradley
    It's not here yet, but next week Microsoft is hosting a media event where it is expected to unveil launch details for the highly-anticipated Windows Phone 7 platform. With Microsoft's virtual absence from the smartphone arena in recent years, and the rise of iPhone and Android, Windows Phone 7 may be too little, too late. However, there are a few compelling reasons to take a closer look and consider making a switch to Windows Phone 7. 1. Hubs. The hubs concept is one of the smartphone paradigm shifts imagined by Microsoft. Grouping apps and functions based on general categories is...
  • HTC holding press event in London on September 15th; Windows Phone 7, Android, and Tablets

    09/07/2010 8:51:58 AM PDT · by Wooly · 4 replies
    intomobile ^ | September 7th, 2010 | Stefan
    Various members of England’s technology press core have been invited to an event hosted by HTC scheduled to take place on the 15th of September at the Hyatt Hotel in London. Rumor has it that a successor to the highly praised HTC HD2 will be announced, and that it’ll be called the HD3, run Windows Phone 7, have a 4.5 inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800, dual core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of built in storage, 8 megapixel camera, HDMI port, 4G capabilities of some sort, and all in a 10...
  • Microsoft: Android Is More Expensive than Windows Phone

    09/01/2010 10:13:18 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 15 replies
    Windows It Pro ^ | September 01, 2010 | Paul Thurrott
    It was all touched off by a classic bit of know-nothing blogosphere silliness: A prominent Silicon Valley blogger claimed that Microsoft's mobile business was "fatally flawed" because—get this—the software giant actually charges handset makers a small per-unit fee for its Windows Phone software. "That game is over for good," he-who-shall-remain-nameless claimed. As proof, he cited Google giving away its Android software—one reason why Android is "rapidly taking over the smartphone world." Meanwhile, Microsoft is charging about $15 per unit. How in the world will Redmond ever compete? How, indeed. As is typical of such insular, one-sided arguments, it conveniently leaves...
  • Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 SDK downloads lag Android

    08/23/2010 5:49:13 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 24 replies
    Infoworld ^ | August 23, 2010 | Galen Gruman
    Microsoft is touting the fact that it's had about 300,000 downloads of its development tools for the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 mobile OS, which is expected to hit store shelves in the form of mobile devices in October. That's an impressive number -- until you compare it to the SDK downloads for the Android SDK over a comparable period. About three months after its November 2007 release, the original Android SDK had about 750,000 downloads. Of course, the number of SDK downloads doesn't necessarily correlate with the number of apps that actually become available. In its first three months after...
  • Setting the numbers straight on Windows Phone 7

    05/31/2010 9:16:19 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 4 replies · 411+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | May 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM | Sharon Pian Chan
    Numbers for Microsoft's new mobile phone sales projections are ricocheting around the echo chamber of the tech blogosphere Friday and research firm IDC wants to set them straight. Microsoft plans to start selling a new version of its mobile phone called Windows Phone 7 for the holidays. MobileTechWorld reported Microsoft expects to sell 30 million of the new phones by end of 2011, based on a slide shown at a ReMIX conference. The Thursday report cited IDC, the research firm in Framingham, Mass., as the source. ReMIX is a Microsoft Web developer conference where the company is courting developers to...
  • Windows Phone 7 Series imitates Apple's iPhone in the worst ways

    03/27/2010 9:20:24 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 37 replies · 1,270+ views
    Betanews ^ | 25, 2010, | Joe Wilcox
    For years, people have accused Microsoft of being an imitator, rather than innovator. Finally there is evidence: The ways Windows Phone 7 Series imitates the very worst of Apple's iPhone. Unless there is the strangest of coincidences -- like two students having the same wrong answers on a high school history test -- Microsoft is imitating Apple, using the same strategy to make the same mistakes. It's either imitation or incompetence, and out of fairness I assume the former. The first imitation is the most baffling: Limited multitasking. Like iPhone, Windows Phone 7 Series will allow multitasking for some of...