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3 years ago

Windows Phone to overtake iOS in 2015?

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IHS iSuppli Mobile & Wireless Communications Service is inclined to believe that Windows Phone will overtake Apple's share of the smartphone market by 2015.  Their projections show Microsoft's market share taking a huge leap from 2011's 1.9% to 9% by the end of this year.  From there, they predict another jump in 2013, where things will level off to slow and steady growth, eventually overtaking Apple's iOS by one tenth of one percent.

IHS gives credit for this rise almost entirely to Nokia, who garnered huge praise for their Lumia 900 at CES and announced their line of 4G phones for the US. 

“One of the hottest new products unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show was the Lumia 900, a Windows Phone-based smartphone sporting a flashy set of features that makes it competitive with the best alternatives offered by the Android camp,” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst for wireless communications at IHS. “This hot product represents Nokia’s first step to reclaim its market share. Combined with Nokia’s efforts to drive the development of the Windows Phone ecosystem, the Lumia 900 and its successors will help Microsoft to reclaim its No. 2 ranking in smartphone operating system market share in 2015.”

We've heard this kind of prediction before and remain skeptical, as always.  While it looks like Windows Phone will indeed catch on and become a force in the smartphone market, claims like this should always be taken with a grain of salt.

Source: iSuppli; Thanks, damthman, for the tip yesterday

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3 years ago

Entertainment Weekly shows off TITAN II, mention Lumia 900

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Entertainment Weekly, one of the most popular pop-culture mags here in the States had a nice but prominent mention of the HTC TITAN II and the Nokia Lumia 900 in their January 27th edition (page 25). The magazine praises the TITAN II as being "zippy and smooth", "brilliant 4.7" screen" and of course positive mention of its 16MP camera (see samples).

Just another example of how Windows Phone is steadily leeching into the mainstream media and being featured with other big tech stories.

Thanks, Darrell D., for the photo!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 900 headed to Portugal, elsewhere?

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Even though officially Nokia is suppose to be mum on the issue, that hasn't stopped Nokia Portugal via their Facebook page from speaking about the 900 availability there.

In a comment on their wall they explicitly state that the Lumia 900 will be launching there at some point:

"Por fim, respondendo à questão do Daniel, sim, vamos também lançar o Nokia 900 em Portugal." / "Finally, answering the question Daniel, yes, we will also launch the Nokia 900 in Portugal. "

And no, they don't seem to be confusing it with the Lumia 800 which is what the original discussion was about. The Lumia 900 was announced as an AT&T "exclusive" but many believe that deal to only last from anywhere from 45 days to 3 months, with world-wide launches coming by mid 2012. Next month, Mobile World Congress is occurring in Barcelona and it may be a good time for Nokia to start announcing when that device will launch for the rest of the world. At any rate, we're seeing more and more of these smaller Nokia channels mentioning the device, which is a good sign.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, João and Francisco F, for the tips!

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3 years ago

NASA ringtones for WP7 free until the end of February

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In space, no one can hear you scream...but thanks to Help Software, they can at least hear your phone ring.  Their NASA ringtones, which will normally run you $.99 are now free until the end of February.  The set includes sounds from Apollo and Mercury missions, Sputnik’s beeping, shuttle launches and more. 

“NASA has been making historic sounds for over 50 years,” said Jerry Colen, NASA App project manager at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.  "Now we’re making some of these memorable sounds easy to find and use.”

The app contains 24 different ringtones that you can preview and save to your phone. 

Get them here before they fly away.

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3 years ago

Square sharing app released to the Windows Phone Marketplace

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We previously took a sneak peek at the app Square (with a quick video demo), developed by Lawrence Gripper (the developer behind the BBC News Mobile app), Chris Sienkiewicz and Dave Crawford. Square is a photo and contact sharing app which uses QR codes allowing for seamless transfers to be carried out between platforms.  

One can download Square from the Marketplace for free. Check out (and "like") the Facebook page for more information and updates.

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3 years ago

Torchbear for Windows Phone updated to version 1.4

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Torchbear, the popular social location based game for your Windows Phone, has been updated. Version 1.4 allows users to exchange with at least three of the nearest torches with no distance limitations. For those not familiar with Torchbear, you create a torch that is passed around from player to player to see who's torch travels the furthest. A torch is a message with a mission and purpose. For example, your favorite dessert is chocolate cream pie and you want to have others share what their favorite dessert is.

Other changes that come along with version 1.4 include:

  • Total Distance now displayed in the player summary screen
  • Players receive one point for unique torch exchanges greater than 10 miles
  • Maps now autozoom to show all torch positions
  • A menu option has been added to "Tell a Friend" about torchbear

You also have the customary minor bug fixes and game flow changes to improve the experience. Torchbear is a free application and does require member registration (free) to participate in the game.

You can grab your copy of Torchbear here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

BoxShot updated, bringing 'pinnable' folder functionality to your Windows Phone

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BoxShot, a light Dropbox app for Windows Phone, has been updated to 2.2. In this update we now have pinnable folder functionality, allowing users to pin individual folders from their Dropbox account to the home screen for more convenient access. The app will also now be displayed in the Pictures Hub under the "Applications" pivot, and a few fixes were thrown into the mix.

You can download Boxshot from the Marketplace for just $.99 (79p), with a free (ad-supported) version available. Be sure to check out our full review of the app too.

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3 years ago

Puzzle Quest 2: Xbox Windows Phone Review

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Puzzles games often feature enjoyable gameplay, but they rarely give users a reason to keep on playing beyond chasing high scores (or Achievements). That’s what made the original Puzzle Quest so special. Australian developer Infinite Interactive (later bought out by Firemint) had the revolutionary idea of combining the core gameplay of a puzzle game with a sizable RPG adventure. Naturally a slightly less-inspired sequel followed, this time branching out to even more platforms. Namco handled the Windows Phone port of Puzzle Quest 2, squeezing the lengthy console game into a tiny mobile package.

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3 years ago

Grooveshark support for Windows Phone hangs on IE bug fix

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James Hartig has published a blog article that outlines the reasoning behind the Grooveshark music streaming service not working on Windows Phone (via HTML5). It's all down to... hold your breath... a bug in Internet Explorer. Who would have thought, eh? According to Hartig, once he looked into the problem (after a number of Windows Phone owners complained that streaming could not be achieved) he came up with the following conclusion.

"It seems that the AJAX calls we were making to our API were failing when they were requested over HTTPS. The Microsoft team states that it is a bug with IE8 that you cannot do AJAX calls through XDomainRequest to HTTPS pages from HTTP pages. They never bothered to fix it for IE9. The simple solution would be to just load the site in HTTPS and make all calls in HTTPS, however that is not possible right now.

We only have 1 call to HTTPS on the site right now, but in the future, users will need to login and perform actions that require HTTPS, so this issue is quite the show-stopper."

So it seems we will not be seeing support for Grooveshark anytime soon, and with the issues they're having with apps on iOS and Android (pressure from record labels), we doubt we'll be seeing an official Windows Phone app anytime soon. We did have Music Shark for a while, but this app doesn't appear to be available.

Source: James Hartig, via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

HTC Ultimate (aka TITAN) getting 8107 update in Brazil

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Seems like everyone is getting the 8107 update today, well everyone except us in the States. Now we're getting word from a few readers that those down in Brazil who have the HTC TITAN, which goes by the name of HTC Ultimate down there, is getting two updates: 7740 followed by 8107.

No other goodies on board but why would you need anything else when you're getting two solid OS updates in a row? (For the record, if you get 8107 you always get 7740 before hand if you don't already have it). That's one more country/device down though for that nasty keyboard bug!

Thanks, Jonathan S. & Ricardo T., for the tips!

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy users now getting radio update

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We're getting a lot of reports in from readers that Verizon is now pushing out their radio firmware update for the HTC Trophy. We reported on this a few days ago, noting that it would fix the GSM roaming issue that many faced when returning to the US.  The update brings users to the following:

  • OS version: 7.10.7720.68 (same)
  • Firmware revision number: 2305.13.20110.605
  • Radio software version: 1.53.00.12.01_23.17w.05.13U

Note, some users are reporting that this brings the 8107 OS update. As far as we can tell, it does not nor should users expect that update to happen anytime soon (though who knows what Verizon's plans are).

For users though who "forced" their Trophy's to 8107, you probably just blocked your radio update as the server's won't recognize your device as matching those needing this fix. We have a few reports from our forums of just a scenario and for you, we have no answer how to "force" this update. Of course, we did warn users on our Podcast that forcing the 8107 update may have unintended consequences and that's what we are seeing now.

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Unlocked Samsung Focus I917 for $215 at Buy.com

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Buy.com has the unlocked Samsung Focus on sale for $215 with free shipping.  This is down 38% from its regular $349.99, a pretty sweet deal for one of the great first-generation Windows phones.  The Focus sports a generous 4" super-AMOLED screen in a thin form factor.  It has 8GB of storage, but is open for expansion up to 32GB with certain MicroSD cards.  While it's not the newest of the new, the Focus is still a solid pick, especially at this price.

Source: Buy.com; WPCentral Forums; Thanks, petersun21, for the tip!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile 'My First Smartphone' Windows Phone sweepstakes

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T-Mobile U.S. is hosting a "My First Smartphone" sweepstake on their Facebook page. What are the grand prizes? Nokia Lumia 710 handsets and a free year of service, for four lucky winners. All that's required from entrants are personal details (as is the case with any Facebook promotion) as well as describing what smartphone feature(s) would change your life in 100 words or less.

The competition is perfect for those who are yet to upgrade to a smartphone with the Lumia 710 being a superb low-end Windows Phone. Competition ends on February 17th. Be sure to check out the sweepstake rules.

Source: T-Mobile US Facebook, thanks Kyle for the tip!

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3 years ago

More images of 2010 Sony Ericsson Windows Phone prototype appear

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A few days ago we saw some new images of a Sony Ericsson Windows Phone prototype. At the time, it looked to be a device code-named "Julie", a 4" QWERTY slider that was believed to have been canceled in 2010 after SE pulled out from Windows Phone development.

NokiaWP commented that this newly imaged prototype was running Mango though we could not verify that at the time. If it were Mango or later, it could very well signify a new attempt at Sony to embrace Windows Phone.  Looking at these new images, we are confident in saying that this is the old prototype and it is not Mango. Evidence comes from the Windows Phone boot screen, which is clearly the pre-Mango era logo as well as the old Xbox LIVE and Internet Explore tiles on the Start screen.

In other words, while this would certainly be a killer device to add to our collection, we do not believe that these images reveal any new strategy by Sony to re-enter the Windows Phone market. Perhaps they still do have plans either now or in the future, but this device is clearly a 2010-era relic.

Interesting though for what might have been, eh?

Source: NokiaWP; Thanks, Juddy, for the tip

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3 years ago

Microsoft records a record quarterly revenue of $20.9 Billion

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The Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012 was very good to Microsoft. The company announced today a quarterly revenue of $20.89 billion which represents a 5% increase from the prior year period. Operating Income is reported at $7.99 billion with Net Income rising to $6.62 billion.

Commenting on the financial report, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer states,

“We delivered solid financial results, even as we prepare for a launch year that will accelerate many of our key products and services. Coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, we’re seeing very positive reviews for our new phones and PCs, and a strong response to our new Metro style design that will unify consumer experiences across our phones, PCs, tablets, and television in 2012.”

With Windows 8 on the horizon and new Windows Phones just around the corner, 2012 could be very successful for Microsoft. You catch the full Quarterly Release past the break.

Source: Microsoft

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