Mobile phone tracker firm IDC has released the latest numbers of worldwide smartphone shipment for the first quarter of the year. This period has all but confirmed the dominance of two particular mobile platforms, Android and iOS. The dynamic duo secured a combined 82% share of the 152.3 million smartphones shipped in Q1 2012 and made it tougher for other mobile platforms, such as Symbian, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7/ Windows Mobile, to stop falling further down the chart.
Smartphones running Android OS were at the top of the heap, with more than 59% market share. Samsung emerged as the dominant player in the Android universe, and was the biggest contributor to the [...]
How many of us first started with Nokia? I’m willing to bet that for most of you, a Nokia device was your first mobile phone. Having ‘grown up’ with Nokia phones, I’ve since made the graceful hop to Android, and it’s never been better. That being said, I still think back fondly, almost like an adolescent love relationship that all of us have had – and still cherish in my heart the time we spent together. However, this broken love is just a remnant from the past, and I, and the market, have affirmed their love for Android. Not everyone has plunged into the ever growing world of Android though, as we are still hearing cases [...]
Although the features, the UI, and the general experience matter a lot when it comes to choosing the “right” smartphone operating system, for many people the choice boils down to the number and quality of apps available for each OS. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 has recently surpassed RIM’s BlackBerry store when it comes to the total number of available apps, although the comparison with RIM’s Blackberry OS (with its major downfall over the past few years) is not something to make WP7 users particularly proud. Although the number of apps available for Windows Phone 7 recently went north of 70k, that’s no match for roughly the half of million apps available for [...]
In a market dominated by iOS and Android devices, it’s difficult for a new, or in the case of Windows Phone 7, improved OS, to accumulate any solid following. Just ask Microsoft and Nokia. In spite of all their marketing efforts, the two companies have found it hard to convince significant numbers of customers that Windows Phone is the way to go. But that doesn’t prevent them for trying.
Microsoft has gone as far as to launch the “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge, a $100 challenge first seen at CES 2012, where they invited owners of iOS and Android devices to take part in random speed tests, such as taking a picture and posting it to Facebook, [...]
In a couple of gray-hat marketing moves dating back to the end of January, Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, first bashed the Android ecosystem, decrying its fragmentation, then went on to claim that quad-core smartphones are uncalled for, as they drastically reduce battery life.
In a Pocket-lint interview published back in mid-January, Elop was quick to point out that Nokia has a strong desire to differentiate their future smartphones as an alternative to both the iPhone and Android smartphones. He also left the impression that Nokia aims to further strengthen its association with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS. Moving on to pick on their biggest competitor, Android, Nokia’s [...]