4 years ago
Windows Mobile U.S. market share drops below 10%; no one is shocked
File this under "duh" but for those who are wondering, Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.x has dipped below 10% in terms of market share in the U.S, according to NPD.
To put that in perspective, a year and half ago it was at 20%.
In a way, it is odd since devices like the ubiquitous HTC Touch Pro 2 and drool worthy HD2 had a lot of headlines and presumably market share, but alas it was not so as many more switched to Android.
Other numbers for those with morbid curiosity:
- RIM 28% (down from 32%)
- Android 33%
- iPhone 22%
- WebOS 4%
Like we said, not even Android ousting the aging (and increasingly boring) RIM was that shocking (didn't something like 6 gazillion Android devices come out in 2010 so far?). However, this does put into perspective the challenge Microsoft has in terms of branding and recouping consumer awareness.
Hey, at least we're not as bad as HP Palm.
4 years ago
T-Mobile releases Q2 numbers
T-Mobile has released its 2010 Second Quarter financial numbers and while revenues increased slightly, the customer base continued its decline.
Total revenues are being reported at $5.36 billion in the second quarter of 2010, up $5.34 billion from 2009's second quarter.
For the second quarter of 2010, total customers declined by 93,000. T-Mobile saw a net customer additions of 325,000 in the second quarter of 2009. The company reported a decline of 77,000 customers during the first quarter of 2010. In the end, T-Mobile is serving 33.6 million customers at the close of the 2010 second quarter.
As we saw with AT&T and Verizon's quarterly reports, T-Mobile experienced an 18% increase in data service revenues. During the 2010 second quarter the company earned $1.17 billion on data. Of the 33.6 million customers, 6.5 million were using 3G capable smartphones, an increase of 25% from the 2010 first quarter and dramatically up from the 2.1 million reported in the second quarter 2009.
“In the second quarter of 2010, customers embraced T-Mobile USA’s industry leading value which makes it simple and affordable for consumers to trade-up to next generation products and services,” said Robert Dotson, President and CEO, T-Mobile, USA. “The number of 3G smartphones in the hands of our customers year-over-year has tripled to 6.5 million supported by a network that offers the broadest reach of 4G speeds in the U.S. as our growth continues through data revenues.”
4 years ago
What's Microsoft teasing here? (Update: Arc Touch Mouse?)
Your guess is as good as ours as to what Microsoft's currently teasing on Twitter. So far, they've only said "Don’t be so touchy…flat is where it’s at." Maybe it's a new Zune HD. Or maybe it's a Windows Phone 7 device. (But with Microsoft branding!?!?) A tablet? An e-reader? Some sort of trackpad? Search us, but we'll be keeping an eye on it, for sure. [via @msfthardware]
Update: So Neowin is reporting that this lil' gizmo is the new Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse, which supposedly features a multi-touch track pad on top and acts as a mouse otherwise. This is reportedly to take advantage of the multi-touch features of Windows 7 without investing in an expensive screen. Sounds cool. It's supposed to be available in September. -Malatesta
4 years ago
Windows Phone 7 can't connect to hidden wireless networks? Yikes.
[This will make your blood boil for some of you. Please try to keep your rage in check in the comments, kthx!]
Paul Thurrott, who is now safely in Germany playing with his Windows Phone 7 developer device, has found yet another limitation (see the earlier write up on embedded calendars).
Evidently, Windows Phone 7 cannot see ergo connect to hidden wireless networks, the kind where you don't broadcast your SSID. Although not a lot of people go this extra step for security, we're sure a few of you do and in this case, it appears you are out of luck.
We'll just chalk this up to a v1.0 release but boy, we are sure looking forward to how frequently and how significant these planned Microsoft OS updates are going to be for the platform.
P.S. We should also note that the OS is not RTM/Gold yet, so this and other features could still easily be added before release
4 years ago
Microsoft boasts voice control for future of Windows Phone 7; Kinect gestures coming?
It's not really news when Microsoft says they think their technology can take on or beat Android or the iPhone--it's the same PR spin you'd expect from any company that is about to enter some heavy competition. So it's a bit odd that this story is getting so much clout, but he were go...
Microsoft bought TellMe a few years ago (2007), it first showed up on the Samsung Intrepid and will now finally get robust integration with Windows Phone 7, as was recently demonstrated here in video.
Overall it's quite nice, but dare we say in its current form, hardly revolutionary. In fact, Android's voice control is leaps and bounds beyond what WP7 will be able to do when finally launched e.g. 'Edwin' is pretty ridiculous (see a YouTube demonstration and witness the power of this completely free app). 'Edwin' is so far ahead right now, we're not sure how TellMe is going to catch up, but hey, we're all for a good race.
Recently, TellMe and Windows Phone 7 were demoed and discussed at the SpeechTEK conference. There, MS boasted how TellMe is the largest speech-based natural language processing system in use today. But really, the big news is that Microsoft is planning to really leverage TellMe in Windows Phone 7, expanding its capabilities significantly...over time. For at launch, it will only do some basic things (dial contacts, launch apps and search Bing), but it will go "global" on the phone in the future, allowing widespread control of just about everything.
It's nice to see Microsoft taking voice-control seriously--after all, they did buy a whole company for the tech.
Finally, the last bit of juicy info was talking about Xbox and Kinect, which you can interpret how you want (to us, it sounds like these ideas, remember that rumor?):
"Speech is the core of NUI," he said. Part of the demonstration showed how Microsoft's Kinnect XBox technology could interpret hand gestures to trigger actions on the computer. This technology will be used in Microsoft products beyond the XBox, Bukshteyn said in a subsequent interview with IDG.
Let's hope it means what we think it means.
4 years ago
Microsoft shows off some WP7 mini-apps; Bing translator on board!
On Microsoft's own Channel 9 yesterday, they showed off some of the free apps in the new Marketplace for Windows Phone 7.
Now these are hardly "killer" apps, in fact they are more demo apps with the source-code available for developers to build off of and incorporate into their own programs.
The programs demoed were pretty basic, much like the ones you find on Samsung phones:
- Bubble/Spirit Level
- Unit Converter
- Shopping list
- 2D game based on SilverLight: 'Unite'
The 2D game 'Unite' was kind of neat--it's just meant as brief time killer and is similar to 'Teeter' from HTC except instead of getting the ball in the hole, you need to combine two or more balls. Looks kind of fun actually.
But the real big thing was the demonstration of Bing Translator, which seems to be an expansion of this new service shown off back in May. Basically, you type in what you want to say and it will translate it for you in text; hit the speaker button and it will speak the phrase for you, even with an authentic accent.
The service is a hybrid one: it uses your data connection for new phrases, but stores old ones on the device. This will enable quick playback of phrases without having to constantly reach into the cloud (Android is 100% cloud based with translation, making Microsoft's solution more preferable). The app also already comes with an impressive list of canned phrases which you can quickly access and supports five-languages on launch:
What's neat is like the other apps, Microsoft is making the source-code of this program available to developers, meaning anyone can incorporate and expand upon what they've already offered. This combined with their emphasis on voice could potentially give Android a run for their money (and leave Apple far behind).
Check out the video after the break. It's only 18 minutes of your time.
4 years ago
Bing Desktop gets an upgrade; future features for mobile?
One thing that keeps surprising us is how good Microsoft's Bing service is and how much better it is becoming (Anyone notice how Google now has similar themes and even re-vamped their image search to look just like Bing?).
Evidently this week, Microsoft did some more upgrades, changing some of the fonts, making the colors "warmer", improving the layouts and even traffic color.
The other cool addition is the ability to calculate your cab fare based on the trip you enter. While not exactly useful for non-city folk on a daily basis, it sure could be useful for when you travel and need to know how to plan your trip. You can try it out by going right here (you need Silverlight installed, shocker).
Of course the not so great news is that none of these features are yet available on the mobile version, something which is not too unexpected unfortunately these days. Still, we can't help but think that things like the cab fare calculator would be awesome on Windows Phone 7--so lets just hope they figure out a way to do that before October.
4 years ago
Marketplace Spotlight: MPG Mileage Tracker
4 years ago
Verizon offering unlimited mobile plans in select locations
Verizon Wireless has announced a promotional offer for eligible Texas and Louisiana consumers that will provide unlimited calling to any mobile telephone number in the United States, regardless of the service provider. The "Unlimited Any Mobile" plans will be available for select cities in Louisiana with the 318 area code and select cities in Texas with area codes of 210, 214, 254, 325, 361, 430, 432, 439, 469, 512, 682, 806, 817, 830, 903, 915, 940, 956 and 972.
The new plans will be available from July 30th through October 31, 2010 and will include unlimited text message and Friends/Family options. Monthly rates for single line, Nationwide Unlimited Talk plans range from $59.99 to $79.99. Nationwide Family Share Plans with the unlimited option will range from $99.99 to $129.99 monthly. The plans are broken down as follows:
Single Line Plans:
- 450 minutes for $59.99
- 900 minutes for $79.99
Family Share Plans:
- 700 minutes for $99.99
- 1400 minutes for $119.99
- 2000 minutes for $129.99
To find out if you're eligible for these new plans, you can visit your local Verizon Wireless Store or contact Verizon's Customer Support at 1-888-800-6006.
read: Verizon Wireless
4 years ago
Windows Phone 7, HTML email and images: download later (uggh)
Sigh. We hate to bring this info, but for those who hate the "feature" in Windows Mobile HTML email, whereby images have placeholders until you "agree" to download won't be pleased.
Evidently Windows Phone 7 uses the same approach, requiring an extra step and unsightly image placeholders until you sync up again. For those curious, this unique method is not present on the iPhone nor Android (Edit: Actually, you do have to hit "Show Pictures" on Android), both of which automatically just show the images.
The reason Microsoft chooses this system is security: opening an HTML email with inline images that is potentially malicious can send back information to the originating servers, hence the extra step.
We get that and totally like this ability as we understand the needs of enterprise can run pretty high. But we want it as AN OPTION not a default/you have no choice in the matter feature. Fact is, Windows Phone 7 is a consumer phone at this point and should therefore make email as transparent as possible--why not just give a simple initial warning sigh and give the use choice?
4 years ago
WMExperts Podcast Episode 106
Mal and Phil are back for more Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Phone 7, and a bunch of your questions. Listen in!
4 years ago
Roaming with Windows Phone 7--the triangle exists
Nothing to shocking here, though still nice to see.
Paul Thurrott, besides having a WP7 developer device to play with, is traveling to Germany for a bit (some guys get all the breaks). He was curious as to how WP7 will handle both phone and data roaming, so he shares his experience.
In short, throwing in his AT&T SIM card along with a travel plan, the phone switched to roaming with no problem as evidenced by the traditional roam triangle. Even better, data roaming is off by default--you have to go into settings to enable. While that seems like a not a big deal, Thurrrott compares it to the older iPhone experience, which according to him was far from ideal (it's now fixed).
Now the interesting question is how much data does WP7 consume, especially with automatic syncing to the cloud for email, contacts, backups, photos and social networking?
4 years ago
Review: BlueAnt T1 Rugged Headset
4 years ago
Windows Phone 7 games montage shows potential of platform
We've been a little reluctant to post every since "demo" app that people are making for Windows Phone 7 for a few reasons, one of which is that there are almost too many to showcase (the other being we are still far from release and they are far from being complete).
But there have been quite a few games floating by lately and the folks at 1800PocketPC has compiled a nice montage video to serve as eye candy, to wet your appetite, if you will. It's a little brief, but hey, our OS is not even out yet!
We're still anxious to see what some of the traditional gaming studios have to offer (they have been pretty quiet so far), but independent developers seem to be having a blast.
4 years ago
Follow-up: AT&T Tilt2 leaked ROM update
A leaked ROM update for the AT&T Tilt2 surfaced the other day and we've had a few days to tinker with it. The ROM is based on the 21887 build of Windows Mobile 6.5 and runs HTC Sense 2.5. It also has an updated radio (18.104.22.168).
Compared to the original shipped ROM for the Tilt2, the updated ROM is noticeably more responsive. Sense 2.5 flows smoothly and apps are pulled up with little or no delay. ROM Chefs, such as NRGZ28, have already begun to incorporate parts of this build into their cooking. The ROM has potential but as is, still has a ways to go before it can be stamped "official" ROM.
As is, it's a nice building foundation but you will need to install or update a few items. Net CF is an older version (v2.1) and to run more current apps and modifiers, you'll need to install a more current version (v3.5). Neither BING nor Google Maps is preloaded. Office Mobile is an older release but the 2010 release is free over at the Marketplace. Nothing critical but you'll need to spend some time loading some additional apps or updated versions.
To address the bloatware, you can use Crud Scraper (requires .NET CF 3.5) to free up to 39mb of memory. I choose BSB Tweaks to help optimize the Tilt2 but other tweaks are available to help boost performance. I also installed Brian's Taskbar (requires SdkCerts installed) to help add some color to my notification icons.
Remember, a ROM update will wipe your device clean so a data back-up is highly encouraged. Also, read up on any modifiers you install. Check and make sure there aren't any required .cab files (e.g. .NET CF , SdkCerts, etc.) because without them you can crash your Windows Phone.
All in all, I like the direction AT&T has taken with this update. Just remember all is not lost if you update and don't like what you see. The original Tilt2 ROM is still available over at HTC's Support Site.
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