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New Samsung CEO says company must focus on “software, user experience, design”

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Samsung is one of the most important companies in the smartphone and mobile business, but the South Korean giant is apparently not happy with its current status. Samsung managed to become the largest smartphone vendor in the world in the first quarter of the year, and it controlled 90% of smartphone profits together with Apple in the same period. But the company wants to further improve certain aspects of its global business, many of them directly related to its mobile business. A new Wall Street Journal report sheds light on a speech given today by Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung’s new CEO,…

Android will reach its peak this year, research claims

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The guys over at the International Data Corporation (IDC) issued a new press release yesterday to announce that Android is expected to “reach its peak this year as mobile phone shipments slow.” Sure, analysts have access to lots of data which they can track and aggregate to conduct such studies, but the truth is that they have no way of actually knowing what will happen four years from now. According to IDC, Android will reach 61% market share in 2012, and drop to 52.9% in 2016. But will that really be a drop? When you look solely at percentages that’s what…

Xbox SmartGlass app connects mobile devices with Xbox 360, Android support included

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Microsoft unveiled at E3 this year a new, and very interesting, Xbox-related mobile app called Xbox SmartGlass that’s meant to work on Windows-powered devices but also on other mobile platforms. The company is clearly interested in transforming its Xbox 360 and future Xbox 720 in an even more advanced entertainment portal ready to offer access to console gaming, movies, TV shows and music. Xbox SmartGlass will connect various mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and PCs to the console and the best part is that Microsoft will support not only its desktop and mobile operating systems – Windows 8 and Windows…

ChromeOS tablet not planned, Android and Chrome to converge in the future: Google VP

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Google is expected to launch its first ever Nexus-branded tablet at its annual Google I/O developers conference this summer, but the search giant will not create a similar device running the company’s desktop operating system, Chrome OS. According to Linus Upson, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, the two ecosystems will coexist although they are expected to converge at some point in the future. While introducing the new Samsung Chrome OS machines, Upson told TechRadar: We are not working on a Chrome OS tablet. We have our hands full in delivering a wonderful experience on dektop and laptop and the Android…

Microsoft developing service transfer Android apps to WP

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has been released for more than a year and a half, but it has struggled to become a worthy competitor to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. The small number of devices running WP, as well as the relatively poor ecosystem have led to sales of just 2.7 million Windows Phone gadgets in Q1 2012. The mobile operating system powered only 2.6 percent of the smartphones sold worldwide in the first three months of 2012, which is disappointing for a product developed by a company that is so used to dominating markets. While the poor sales will probably go on…

LG bids Windows Phone adieu, plans to focus on Android [Update: Denied]

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Bloomberg With Windows Phone failing to make a dent in the smartphone market, at least in its pre-Nokia Lumia 900 days, some phone manufacturers are getting uncomfortable with the special relationship between Microsoft and Nokia. One supporter of the platform is even going so far as to stop releasing Windows Phone altogether. LG Electronics, South Korea’s second largest phone manufacturer and a loyal supporter of Microsoft’s Windows Phone from the beginning, told Korea Herald that they are not going to release any Windows Phone in the near future. Claiming that the company hasn’t reaped any financial benefits from partnering with Microsoft, the…

Steve Wozniak loves Windows Phone, thinks it’s better than Android

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For people who consider the words of Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and geek extraordinaire, as law, you might want to know what “the Woz” thinks of Windows Phone devices in comparison to Android phones and the iPhones. Upon announcing to the world via his Twitter account that he has picked up the flagship Nokia Lumia 900 phone, Wozniak apparently had nice things to say about the $99.99 device. Talking to A New Domain, Wozniak professed his love for the Windows phone and how he’d prefer it over Android phones “just for looks and beauty”. He said it was shocking to see…

Windows Phone Marketing GM quits after 5 months, got “smoked by Windows Phone”

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When Gavin Kim joined Microsoft to become the GM of Marketing for Windows Phone, big expectations were set from the get go. Fresh from Kim’s successful stint in Samsung, Microsoft had hopes that the former Samsung executive could help bring Windows Phone to the top of mind of customers, so the pressure was on. Fast forward to today, and Kim has decided to call it quits after just five months on the job. Uh oh. A spokesperson for Microsoft confirmed the news to ZDNet, saying that “Gavin Kim has made a personal decision to leave Microsoft.”  The official statement also…

If Windows Phone takes off, who will lose market share?

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I’ve been writing about Android since the release of the first smartphone to run the OS, the HTC Dream (those of you from the US might know it as the T-Mobile G1), back in October 2009. At the time, I must have read about a hundred articles by authors of all calibers, all arguing why Android didn’t stand a chance to become what it is today: the largest smartphone OS in the world by market share. But despite the fact that I’m a big Android fan who honestly believes that Android is the best mobile OS out there, I’m not…

Is Nokia’s $99 Lumia 900 a threat to Android?

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Nokia’s flagship device, the Lumia 900 smartphone, is set to hit AT&T stores on April 8. After being out of the limelight for so long, does the Lumia 900 offer enough incentives for buyers to put Nokia – and to a certain extent, Microsoft – back on the smartphone map in the US and the rest of the world? It’s quite telling how both companies are craving to have a bonafide hit on their hands as the Nokia Lumia 900 is positioned at a competitive $100 price point with a two-year contract. Despite its dominant global presence – and ever…