Good news for Microsoft (MSFT): Launching Windows Phone 8 seems to be helping the company create a real mobile app ecosystem. Todd Brix, the senior director of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Apps Team, announced on Twitter over the weekend that his company had seen a “100%+ increase in WP developer app revenues & downloads since WP8 launch in November.” Needless to say, this claim doesn’t mean too much without actual numbers to go with it since Windows Phone had such a low adoption rate before Microsoft’s grand Windows Phone 8 launch this fall. All the same, Microsoft must be happy that its efforts are leading to an increase in revenues for its developers, which could certainly lead to increased interest in developing for the platform.
Trying to decide whether RIM (RIMM) or Nokia (NOK) gets the title of “most troubled mobile device manufacturer” is a daunting exercise in a lot of ways, much like trying to decide whether someone is better off losing their kidneys or their liver. Looking at both companies’ latest financials and their overall business strategies, though, and you can make a pretty persuasive case that Nokia is in even tougher shape than its Canadian counterpart.
AT&T (T) has the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 820 and T-Mobile announced on Monday it will offer the Lumia 810. But what Windows Phone 8 devices will Verizon Wireless (VZ) carry? If leaks on evleaks‘ Twitter account can be trusted, Verizon will get its own variant of the new Lumia series called the Lumia 822, code-named “Atlas.” If it’s truly a variant of the Lumia 820, it should have a 4.3-inch display (800 x 480), front-facing HD camera, 8-megapixel rear camera and wireless charging support. The leaked phone image also suggests the Atlas will run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In terms of appearance, it looks like the only difference between the Atlas and the Lumia 820 is that the Atlas has more rounded edges.
Haven’t you heard? Apple’s (AAPL) latest and greatest smartphone is now available nationwide. Anticipation for the iPhone 5 had reached an all-time high, with launch-day preorder stock selling out in less than an hour at Apple and total sales during the first 24 hours of availability topping 2 million units. Despite the bad press surrounding Apple’s new Maps app, the company is expected to sell as many as 10 million units during the iPhone 5′s first weekend. While the new iPhone has its perks, not everyone is interested in iOS, the iPhone or even Apple in general. If you decided to pass on the iPhone 5, or if you are just sick and tired of all the Apple news, you have come to the right place. Read on for the best iPhone 5 alternatives that will be available this holiday season.
Marc and Rene talk about the Amazon Kindle and Nokia Lumia events, 4Cast.me, and Retinizer, and interview M.Saleh Esmaeili of Carbon for webOS, Windows Phone, and Android fame. This is Iterate!
Microsoft (MSFT) previously announced that its third major Windows Phone release would be coming this fall, though the Redmond-based company did not give specific dates. According to a source speaking to ZDNet, however, the software giant will release the RTM build of Windows Phone 8 in September and new devices will launch this November, just in time for the holiday season. The publication also notes that Microsoft’s Office 2013 productivity suite is scheduled to be available in February of 2013. Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that its Windows 8 operating system, which is designed for both personal computers and tablets, is scheduled to launch on October 26th.
Nokia (NOK) and Microsoft (MSFT) went all-out with the Lumia 900 when it launched earlier this year. For weeks it seemed impossible to go even one day without seeing a Lumia 900 commercial or a print advertisement, and early sales of the sleek smartphone looked promising. According to a new study from market research firm Strategy Analytics, however, Windows Phone sales will barely make a dent in the U.S. smartphone market this year.
Just what Nokia needed: another group of analysts slashing its revenue estimates! In this case, Bloomberg reports that Nomura analysts this morning sent out a research note saying that Microsoft’s decision to upgrade Windows Phone 8 in such a way that the current line of Nokia Lumia devices can’t be updated has further impeded Nokia’s ability to get back on its feet. Nomura now estimates that Nokia will sell 34 million Windows Phone devices in 2013, a whopping 41% cut from the its previous estimates. “We had hoped that Q3 would represent the low point in Nokia’s competitive cycle,” the analysts wrote. “An abandoned strategy in feature phones combined with an apparent increase in competitive pressures in Windows Phone lead us to cut revenue estimates that the recent restructuring announcement does not fully offset.” To make matters worse, Moody’s also downgraded Nokia to “junk” status this week.
Analysts repeatedly harp on how important China is for Apple’s iPhone. The Cupertino, California-based consumer electronics giant’s iPhone 4S launched in China earlier this year but despite reports of continuing negotiations, China Mobile — the world’s largest telecom carrier — still does not offer Apple’s iPhone to its massive subscriber base. But as Apple continues its efforts to make headway in the world’s largest smartphone market, an underdog has reportedly taken an early lead.
Images of Microsoft’s product roadmap for partners have leaked onto the web. The documents were posted on Twitter by Maartin Visser, who discovered the them on the Microsoft Partner Network. The purported roadmap reveals new details regarding the next versions of upcoming products, including Office 15, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Phone. Microsoft’s IE 10 could be out by mid-year according to the roadmap, possibly around around the same time as the Windows 8 Release Candidate. Office 15 is expected to enter its beta-testing phase midway through 2012 and become available in the early part of 2013. Window Phone will see “future investments” somewhere around the third quarter of this year, possibly indicating an Apollo launch. A second image can found after the break.
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