Microsoft finally revealed (sort of) how many Lumia phones it sold in Q2 2016
A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has finally offered a way to figure out how many Lumia smartphones Microsoft sold in its last fiscal quarter, from April to June 2016.
For the past couple of years, Microsoft mentioned just how many Lumia devices it had sold during its regular quarterly financial results. However, it did not offer any specifics on that part of its business when it reported its fourth quarter 2016 fiscal year results last week.
Today's filing with the SEC did give a clue to that number, however:
We know from past reports that Microsoft sold 5.8 million Lumia phones in the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, followed by 4.5 million in the second quarter and just 2.3 million in the third quarter. Through simple subtraction, it appears Microsoft sold approximately 1.2 million Lumia phones in its final quarter of its 2016 fiscal year (which is the second quarter of the regular calendar year).
Obviously, that's the lowest quarterly number we have seen yet from that division but it's also not much of a surprise as Microsoft has done little to promote its latest Lumia smartphones with Windows 10 Mobile. That number will likely continue to drop while the company retrenches on the mobile hardware side.
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That being said, BB's software is excellent and security updates are instant. Plus there's hardware keyboard for those who like it. One thing you'll definitely love on Android is how stable the Windows Central app is. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
Of course some "issues" are hardware independent. I think the browser now is way better, I haven't a single issue with word recognition, lag on a 808/810? well, I don't see it on my good old S4 running redstone. Speed, the most important thing in a camera, really? Do you need to do a quick shot of a landscape for example? and is it that slow?
But the 950 so much better.
And u gotta give MSFT credit they did something no ones ever done before, one OS for all devices, that's not an easy task.
And as far as the UWP those Apps keep coming all the time more & more which I didn't think would happen, I was wrong. But I think there are some Apps we'll never see, because the developer hates MSFT.
GIVE IT TIME IT WILL BE BETTER THAN 8.1.
Windows 10 for mobile though is a failure overall. Cognitive dissonance is what leads people to say otherwise.
Sales aren't getting better.
Did you read the article?
And further proof of that is that Microsoft sold more than 3 times the number of Lumias in dumbphones carrying the Nokia brand. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
The Lumia 635 could also be had for as low as £9.95, and the 640 for as low as £19.95 at one point.
Isn't that part of retrenching?
Other than that, the live tiles offer enough customization for the user, and the user is the only one who matters in this case.
And why would any OEM use W10M instead of lagdroid? Just ask HP for example. They wanted droid on the Elite x3 first, but they found out, that it lacks many features their customers need, that W10M already had.
But if all you want to do with your phone is catching virtual Pokémons and posting it on Snapchat, lagdroid is perfect. :D
And at last but not least, I have a question for you. Where are you, and all the other trolls, when WC reports about new app releases, major updates, new features coming to the OS, or new phones being announced? Why are you only here, when an article is about something negative? I guess you enjoy this... Coming here just to troll... Have you ever seen me trolling on droidcentral or imore? I guess not, because I never read news about things I don't like. So I guess you're strange... :D
Btw, Windows licenses are free for screens smaller than 7" :D And for your "this is not how android works" argument: Why? It would be much better if it worked so, and google weren't just a bunch of pricks, who don't even care about their parents... The whole do it yourself thing stinks. Why should any OEM be good at making software, if they're a hardware company? HP found most of those features already in place in W10M, and MS helped them develop the few others. Isn't it a much better environment, than what google"offers" with it's "do what you want, we don't even give a single f*ck about you, as long as you don't remove our spyware, and no google play for you if you do so"... With an analogy, why would you want to climb a 5 meters tall tree for a delicious fruit, if you already had one that's easily reachable with your hands? :D This is not because HP is bad at software. It's because google couldn't help them, because they're all lame picks. :D
But I already wasted too much time on you, so this is more than enough...
One of the large issues with sites like WinCentral, (as well as Thurrott, and MJF; but they are waking up to this) is that they are stuck on the idea that MS is a consumer focused company that is dedicated to bringing new experiences to its customers. The truth of the matter is that there is only one small and shrinking part of the company that does this... and they do want WinMo to succeed just as much as they want Xbox and Windows to do well. But they are only one small part of a much larger organization, and they only have so much say in what they can and cannot do.
The far larger, and far more profitable, part of Microsoft is in providing business solutions and cloud services. Any time MS has focused on this they have done very well, and Balmer was wanting to move in a more consumer oriented direction so the board replaced him with someone who would bring things back to a more business oriented company. Look at it from an investor or board member perspective and everything makes much more sense: They support win10 because it is a huge gateway to keep business relationships open. If windows does well then it is much easier to push those businesses into other software subscriptions which are relatively easy money. Then compare that to Xbox or Windows Phone, both of which are consumer devices with far more individuals, who are often more finicky, who all have 100 different opinions about things, and who want things at rock-bottom prices, and who need far more customer support and infrastructure.
Why be in those markets directly at all? Windows Phone makes them plenty of money as a patent producing machine, and so the board keeps putting WP back in a R&D role that has as few direct customers to support as possible while making patents it can charge other companies to use. The OS itself is good, but if they can scale back to 1-2 example models and then push 3rd party manufacturers to do the bulk of device support and infrastructure then it makes things much simpler for MS.
Same with Xbox. The board does not like Xbox as a physical hardware device and want xbox to become more of a cloud based service platform that can exists across several first and 3rd party devices. They want xbox on phones and PCs and to get out of the dedicated console market, so they are transitioning the xbox console to be more PC like with every generation, and they are merging the store with Win10 as fast as they possibly can. But in this case the xbox team is dedicated to their hardware offering and the community around it, so they are fighting with everything they can to stay relevant in the console device market. When you realize that MS is a large company made up of several large departments that each have their own differing opinions on what their part of the company should be doing then all of their seemingly crazy actions start to make a weird sort of sense. It isn't that Windows Phone is a bad product (because it is awesome!); the issue is that the people in MS who want it to do well as a consumer product are a small minority. Xbox and other groups are similarly small minorities in the company, but they are either profitable or have a road to profitability, and as long as they keep that up they will be able to justify their existence. Unless WP gains some clear and easy path to profitability then they will be put in a very small box.
That said, they're not bad at software updates in what longevity of support is concerned.
I'm currently using an S7 and while it gets Android's monthly security updates, the Z3C and the LG G4 (which I've used after the Z3C) doesn't. But they all got the latest Android version.
And while I think in 2 years Samsung will likely not update the S7, Sony provides updates for at least 2 years. The Z3C came out with KitKat, got updated to Lollipop, Marshmallow and is expected to receive Nutella. So I think that's good support. However, as always, note all of these are flagship phones. Update support for non- flagship devices is never this good.
In that sense, no current Android OEM is as good as Nokia. If you can wait a few more months, I'd do it and just get Nokia's upcoming Android flagships. Otherwise I'd recommend you the Galaxy S7. It's definitely the best Android phone you can currently get. And this is coming from someone who still really dislikes Samsung as a company. ;) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
Fans just need to realize its over. There is no saviour coming next year. Your heralded Surface Phone will be an iPhone looking device running Windows 10. Over priced and will probably be marketed as being for the fans once more. Looks like the Lumia 950XL is the last purchase I've made when it comes to Windows phone. There is no recovering from this shitfest that was 2015-2016. Microsoft made it clear that they are a software company first and foremost.
We know the app gap story AND not all existing apps are comparable to other two OSes
"As anticipated, our change in phone strategy resulted in a reduction in units sold and associated expenses in fiscal year 2016, and this trend is expected to continue in fiscal year 2017."
and I am a happy camper so far and do not expect that to change. MS is a company that has the ability
to unbelievably srcew up a certain thing for a long time
till everybody is ready to tear their hair out.
And then suddenly start to stop messing around and get serious. MS just recently stopped screwing up Windows for Mobiles
and they are getting their act together. Finally. W10M is here to stay. .