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From: zax4/26/2012 3:19:54 PM
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Latest Rumor Flip-Flops On Windows Phone 8 Update Situation
By: Stephen Schenck |2:20 PM 26-Apr-12

Paul Thurrott is pretty darn plugged-in when it comes to Microsoft, and when he comments on current rumors, speaking with authority, it's likely because he's been privy to some insider information. Recently, we heard him discuss the possibility for currently-available Windows Phone handsets to receive software updates in the future which would upgrade them to Windows Phone 8. There had been rumors on both sides of the issue, but according to Thurrott, it just wasn't going to happen. Now, a rumor out of Russia attempts to second-guess Thurrott, claiming that Mango phones very much will be receiving Apollo updates.

This news comes, where the site reports getting its information from a trusted source with close ties to Windows Phone. It's heard that OEMs will get access to WP8 sometime this July, both for configuring on new devices and working on preparing updates to existing models. While the site admits that the information it's heard may change, it seems very confident that it's currently accurate.

We'd very much like to believe this news is true, and it well could be, but the fact that the rumors have been going on for as long as they have without Microsoft stepping up to formally deny them has us thinking that WP8 really could be for new hardware only. After all, rumors about a lack of an update are going to start having an effect on WP7 sales, if they haven't already, as consumers put off their purchases until the new OS is available. It's starting to seem like the only reason for Microsoft to stay quiet is if the bad news is true.

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To: zax who wrote (180)4/26/2012 6:07:26 PM
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Received my Lumia 710 today. Microsoft nailed the UI for Windows Phone. Hope Metro is as user friendly...

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To: FUBHO who wrote (181)4/26/2012 6:18:53 PM
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From: zax4/26/2012 8:05:02 PM
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Kantar: No longer 1%ter – Windows Phone now 2.5% of European market, outselling Symbian
March 20, 2012 | By Surur

Kantar Worldpanel’s latest 12 week survey ending 19 February revealed steadily improving market share of Windows Phone in UK, related to the launch of Nokia’s Lumia handsets.

The survey shows Windows Phones increased its share fivefold from 0.5% last year to 2.5% in Europe in 2012, unfortunately for Nokia in part at the expense of Symbian, which dropped from 12.4% in 2011 to 2.4% in 2012.

Germany remains the strongest market for WP7, with share now up to 3.1%.

The Nokia Lumia 800 took 87% of Windows Phone sales in the UK, which should be good news for Nokia who’s Average Selling Price for their handsets were only 140 Euro last year, meaning the company has take a clear step into the higher end of the market, which should compensate for reduced market share.

Apple’s share of the UK smartphone market rose from 22.7% in 2011 to 28.7% and Android also increased its share from 37.8% to 48.5%.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo said: ‘There are strong signs that WP7 Nokia handsets are starting to make an impact on the European smartphone market though US sales, where the Nokia brand is weaker, remain underwhelming.”

“The fact that WP7 sales have overtaken Symbian based on one handset is encouraging; however, Nokia will need to expand the range quickly in order to keep up with the slew of next generation competitor products being launched in quarter two."

At present USA is awaiting the launch of the high end Nokia Lumia 900, which will be selling an LTE handset at an unprecedented low price on the AT&T network.


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To: zax who wrote (183)4/27/2012 2:11:48 AM
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Having spent some time with my Lumia 710, I think it is better than my iPhone 3Gs or Samsung Galaxy S. The GPS, camera and user interface are the strong points. The Nokia apps are very good. Some of the other apps I downloaded are pretty similar to their iOS and Android versions, but simpler to use.

Major drawback is the 6GB of storage. Will definitely have to be selective about apps and make sure I upload pictures to SkyDrive.

For Nokia's lower-end phone, I am pretty impressed. Wish I knew if it is getting Metro in the future...

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To: zax who wrote (183)4/27/2012 11:59:49 AM
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Carriers desperately seeking Windows Phone

Alternatives to iPhone seen as giving AT&T and Verizon leverage with Apple

By Matt Hamblen
April 27, 2012 06:00 AM ET

Computerworld - 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 carriers could then tell Apple that they can sell quality smartphones that don't cost the carriers as much as the iPhone to subsidize. The iPhone sells well but also eats into carrier profits because of the subsidy and related costs.

"Mobile operators are sick of taking orders from Apple, [which is one] reason why carriers like AT&T and Verizon are backing Windows Phone," said Yankee Group analyst Katie Lewis in a blog posted Wednesday. "IPhones are occupying an increasingly dangerous share of operators' smartphone sales," she wrote.


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To: FUBHO who wrote (184)4/27/2012 2:24:17 PM
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Oh yeah, my Lumia has an LED flash too. My first smartphone that has one. What do those cost to add to a phone? $2?

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From: FUBHO4/27/2012 2:32:40 PM
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Why Microsoft’s Metro UI could slowly kill Android

By Kevin C. Tofel Apr. 27, 2012, 8:56am PT 14 Comments
Microsoft’s effort to merge the Windows Phone look and feel with Windows 8 will pay off in the form of causing Google Android to “fade away.” So says Ville Aho, a European follower of the mobile industry, on his blog. There’s merit in Aho’s perspective as I’ve noted that while Apple and Microsoft are moving towards a user interface merger between desktop and mobile systems. Google, by comparison either isn’t or is taking its time in doing so.

Aho explains it this way in his thought piece, which if I found by way of the All About Windows Phone enthusiast site:

“Apple is approaching this challenge by adding elements from iOS to OS X, whereas Microsoft has boldly decided to revamp Windows in its entirety. Like it or not, but the new Metro UI with its colourful tiles is what you will be using in the future. This is the way 90% of people will be using their computers from now on. If you are a PC or an Xbox user there will be no escaping the tiles. Microsoft will tile up your life for good.”

Having used all of the systems Aho points out, I’m in general agreement with him. I found that using the Windows 8 preview edition on netbook is very intuitive and simple for me, as I’ve also used a number of Windows Phone handsets in the past 1.5 years. There’s little to no learning curve for Microsoft’s Metro UI on a desktop if you’ve experienced it on a smartphone, or even on an Xbox 360. The device you’re using isn’t in the way of the experience when the user interface is the same from desktop to mobile to home entertainment console.

I’ve seen the same on OS X as I’ve been running the 10.8 developer preview of Mountain Lion. The overall experience between iOS and OS X isn’t completely the same, but common elements and apps — such as Messages — abound while iCloud pulls together important data (think Reminders and Notifications) between Apple’s mobile devices and its desktops. In February I noted this commonality could help blunt Android’s momentum because it’s an effective value-add for end-users.

On a related note, I suggested just yesterday that PC makers should be concerned that 1-in-4 new iPad owners made the tablet their first Apple purchase: The positive, intuitive experience from iOS can help convert more OS X hardware sales. That could happen with Windows Phone smartphone or Windows 8 tablet purchases as well, due to the similar experience and UI, but we won’t know for sure until the final Windows 8 computers hit the market.

Unfortunately for Google, it doesn’t have the same luxury as Apple and Microsoft to work with: Yes, Android is heavily adopted mobile platform, but on the desktop, ChromeOS doesn’t have nearly the same following. I hit upon this point recently when pondering what Google might yet do with Motorola Mobility if its acquisition goes through. Motorola offers a LapDock that runs a custom version of Linux, but the hardware is actually powered by an Android handset. Google can attack two problems at once by using the LapDock concept with its ChromeOS, helping to boost its user base, while also bringing a merger of sorts between its mobile and desktop environments.

While I agree with Aho in general, I think there’s still time for Google to react; either through my LapDock suggestion or some other method. The thought that Android will “fade away” is only likely if Google can’t find an answer to the mobile / desktop integration that Apple and Microsoft are bringing to the table. And even if Google fails to find that solution, Android won’t disappear overnight, mainly due to the mobile broadband contracts tied to Android handsets and tablets.

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From: zax4/27/2012 9:02:19 PM
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Rumor: Samsung's Windows Phone 8 device revealed?
John Callaham

Windows Phone 8 still hasn't been officially announced but more and more we are hearing that smartphone makers are currently designing phones that will use Microsoft's next mobile OS. The latest rumor comes from which claims it has learned the first details about Samsung's plans for a Windows Phone 8 product via an unnamed source.

The story claims that the design of the Windows Phone 8 device will actually be based on the Samsung Galaxy S III, which the company is likely to officially announce on Thursday. It also claims that the smartphone will be given the Samsung Focus S II name when it is launched later this year.

It adds that inside the phone, Samsung could put in a dual or even a quad-core processor, along with a 12 megapixel rear camera, a two megapixel front-facing camera, support for LTE wireless networks, and more. It's also supposed to have a dedicated camera button, support for NFC features and the upcoming Samsung Cloud service and an improved Photo Studio.

Samsung has been one of the biggest supporters of Windows Phone, releasing the Focus S and the cheaper Focus Flash in 2011 in time with the Windows Phone 7.5 launch. It will be interesting to see if Samsung will also launch a cheaper Windows Phone 8 device alongside this rather high end product.

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From: zax4/27/2012 10:16:57 PM
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In Depth Technical Analysis, and Comparison: Nokia Lumia 900 vs Android Phones.

Really puts Anandtech to shame, if you ask me.

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