The marketing research company Comscore has released the numbers from a July 2010 survey that breaks down smartphone OS usage in the U.S. and European markets. The numbers have Windows Mobile holding it's own and in some cases, well ahead of Android, iPhone and Blackberry devices.
Nokia still dominates the European market representing more than half of the smartphones in use. However, Nokia share of the European market has slid 14.4% since last year likely due to the increase shares of Android and iPhone.
Windows Phones did the best in Spain and Italy, taking second place behind Nokia with 11.9% and 11.4% of those markets respectively. The worst came with the U.K. market with Windows Phones coming in last at 7.1%.
Comparatively, in the U.S., Blackberry remains on top with 39.3% of the market with Windows Mobile coming in behind the iPhone (23.8%) and Android (17%) at 11.8% of the market.
It will be interesting to see how Windows Phone 7 will impact this survey when it is conducted next year. Will Microsoft see market gains with the new Windows Phones? Shortening the gaps between competing Operating Systems or increasing the lead?
While the rest of the world is focused on Windows Phone 7, our pals in Norway haven't forgotten about Windows Mobile.
Today, Opera released an updated version of Opera Mini, bringing the version up to 5.1 and adding some new features including:
The ability to set Opera Mini as the default browser
Support for devices with high-resolution (high DPI)
Improved page layout and font rendering
Support for auto-rotation/accelerometer support
Advanced configuration support for power users
While its big brother, Opera Mobile, gets a lot of attention, Opera Mini has gone a long way since its days of needing a separate Java client, making the differences between the two less obvious. Having said that, we've always liked Mini a bit more than Mobile just for its sheer speed. And no, Opera has not said anything about Windows Phone 7 support, though we know native browsers are a no-go for at least v1.0 of the new OS.
Anyways, you should be able to grab version 5.1 today by navigating to m.opera.com on your phone. Check out some of the screen shots below and the full press release after the break. Sound off in comments on your thoughts after you tried it!
The S280 Side Case from HTC is being offered over at the WMExperts.com Accessory Store for $19.95. The unique design makes the case stand out amongst the other side cases the Store offers.
The S280 is cut to fit a wide range of HTC devices including the Tilt2/Touch Pro 2, Imagio, Snap, Pure and any other similarly sized Windows Phones. Curious how design meets functionality, we took the S280 out for a test drive with the AT&T Tilt2.
Ease on past the break to see what type of impression this HTC Case left with us.
File this under:unconfirmed rumor but very plausible
We just got word of some limitations for the Windows Phone 7 platform for so-called non-EFIGS countries, an abbreviation for non-English, French, Italian, German and Spanish language markets, which are also the initial launch languages for WP7.
Reportedly, these limitations are the following:
Marketplace functionality will be limited
No Xbox Live service
No Zune support
Only web and e-mail content could be displayed on native language without localized phone menus
Just default keyboards for starters, no local characters
No copy/paste -- global limitation
Some of this isn't too surprising as this comes down to infrastructure support and roll-out i.e. currently there is no Zune support outside of the U.S. due to Microsoft not investing in localized servers/structure. We know of course that there will be Zune and Xbox LIVE services for non-U.S. countries at the Windows Phone 7 launch, namely those EFIGS countries--this is something Microsoft has been doing behind the scenes for months in preparation for WP7.
But, due to the sheer size, cost and logistics, it makes sense that Microsoft won't have that same level of functionality for non-EFIGS countries, at least not initially. There is no reason to believe that Microsoft won't eventually offer the same level of service offerings as EFIGS counties, as it is in their financial interest to do so, but unfortunately, those countries may have to wait a bit longer.
The WP7 app will give you the option of having a live tile for Weatherbug on your home page that will display current conditions of any of your city locations. The live tile is updated with push notifications that includes alerts/badges for serious weather events. Tap the tile and you launch the full application.
The Windows Phone 7 Weatherbug app utilizes BING maps with layers to show animated weather patterns. Weatherbug also lets you tap into local weather cams. All in all, Weatherbug for Windows Phone 7 looks really good.
While it's too early to tell if Microsoft will regain market share, we think that Windows Phone 7 certainly goes the distance in amping up the competition. For a such a turnaround in 20 months, Microsoft seems to have their mojo back and we're pretty psyched.
The U.K. based Clove Blog got their hands on the final build of Windows Phone 7. This is the RTM build that was unleashed on the device manufacturers and carriers a few weeks ago.
The author admits being skeptical about Windows Phone 7, having jumped shipped from Windows Mobile to Android. But after 15 minutes of tinkering with the new OS, he left with a more positive frame of mind and reported "that Microsoft might just have done enough to stop being walked on completely by the competition."
A few more observations during the fifteen minutes with Windows Phone 7 included:
With regards to the speed of Windows Phone 7, "It is fast, I mean really fast. There was no lag, screen and icon transitions were smooth and as good as if not better than any competing OS."
The keyboard may have left the biggest impression with Clove. They found that the on screen keyboard worked hassle free in both landscape and portrait mode adding, "Windows Mobile on screen keyboard has traditionally been shocking and the OS now accommodates the capacitive touch screen which allows the fat finger and thumb prodding of the QWERTY keypad."
On the heals of reviewing the Wavetooth waterproof Bluetooth headset, we thought we would turn our sights towards waterproof cases for your Windows Phone. Overboard offers a waterproof case over at the WMExperts.com Store that fits a wide assortment of Windows Phones.
We decided to take a look at the Overboard Case with the HTC Tilt2. As customary, just follow the break to see if the Overboard left us high and dry or sopping wet.
We've heard rumors and seen signs that the Shubert is headed to T-Mobile and it's nice to see a release date being projected. Now we just need to figure out if the Shubert, the HD3 and the HD7 are one in the same.
The video was recorded at Gnomedex 10 and features Larry Lieberman (LinkedIn profile), project manager for the application platform of Windows Phone 7, who proceeds to take us through the usual WP7 tour of features.
In that sense, not too much is revealed. The usual "by Christmas time" release date is mentioned as well as the infamous "reboot" of the whole mobile OS program when Microsoft switched from 'Photon' and the old model to 'Metro' and the Zune paradigm. What's impressive about that is Microsoft has done all we have see so far in just 20 months, which isn't too shabby for the lumbering giant, especially when compared to the "evolution" of Windows Mobile.
Courtesy of Gizmodo, we give you the Samsung GT-i8700 Windows Phone 7. Samsung dropped the chrome trim we've seen on the developer's unit which gives is a cleaner, sleaker look. Beyond what little information is displayed on the screen shot, we don't know much about the specs of the GT-i8700.
The matte black backside adds to the clean look and the curved backing likely takes away any boxy feel the phone might have. But I'm wondering what the two notches are in the upper left corner? Microphone? A place to attach a carry strap?
Another observation is that the GT-i8700 looks a lot like the Samsung prototype we ran across last month. If the GT-i8700 and the prototype are one in the same, how the heck does the Cetus SGH-i917 fit into the picture?
Verizon has released a software upgrade for the Samsung Omnia II (SCH-i920). The upgrade contains a handful of enhancements including Windows Mobile AKU Update to 5.0.93, Qualcomm updates, Widgetplus updates, and Facebook app updates.
You can find the Upgrade Too here with step by step instructions. Remember, upgrading your Omnia II will erase any data you have on your Windows Phone. It is important to backup your data before upgrading.