iPhone still most popular device
Apple grew its share among US smartphone owners during the last quarter to 41.6 percent, according to new comScore data. Data polled between October and January shows that Apple advanced 1 percentage point. The company's main rival, Samsung, grew ownership by 1.3 points, but remained firmly in second place at 26.7 percent. LG's share rose just 0.3 points to 6.9 percent, presumably on the back of the G2 and the Google-branded Nexus 5.
Vudu adding support for Google Chromecast to mobile apps, website
Vudu has revealed it will be adding support for the Google Chromecast to the streaming service in the future. Both the mobile apps for iOS and Android will gain the extra ability, including offering remote control through the app itself, with casting through the Chrome browser for Mac and PC also touted as part of the release. Though Vudu has yet to reveal a date, it is accepting registrations for beta testing.
Karbonn Mobiles could be first to market with Windows Phone, Android smartphone
The first smartphones running both Android and Windows Phone will be launching this year, according to one manufacturer. Karbonn Mobiles of India plans to release a smartphone supporting both mobile operating systems in the next six months, with the company revealing it has recently signed a license agreement with Microsoft for producing Windows Phone devices.
First rumored details of next Lumia device surface
Details of Nokia's next smartphone may have started leaking, just one week after the company launched its long-rumored Nokia X Android device range. A device claimed to be codenamed "Martini" may be the next major Lumia release from the company, though there is currently little in the way of information for what the device will be capable of, aside from the name and operating system.
New release supports all features as other mobile implementations
The BlackBerry Messenger cross-platform communications suite will be available for Windows Phone sometime this summer. The upcoming release was noted on the official BlackBerry blog earlier today, with confirmation that the app for Windows Phone will retain the same functionality as it has on Android, BlackBerry 10, and Apple's iOS. No specific release date was noted, but the app will continue to be free.
OEM program, cheaper parts to attract more developers and markets
With the announcement of the next Windows Phone update coming later this year, Microsoft has teamed with Qualcomm in order to expand access to phone creation during a session at Mobile World Congress. The company is pushing to bring the cost of their phones down to appeal to lower-priced markets in hopes of attracting more partners.
Virtual assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 to offer aspects of Siri, Google Now
The virtual assistant in Windows Phone 8.1 will be a mix between Apple's Siri and Google Now, according to a report. The assistant, thought to be called "Cortana" after the AI character in the Halo video game series, will apparently replace the Bing search functionality in Windows Phone, and will use data from services such as Foursquare and Bing to give it Google Now-style contextual awareness.
Slides claim 80 percent of XAML code usable for Windows desktop, mobile apps
More evidence of Microsoft's merging of the Windows and Windows Phone lines has allegedly surfaced. Leaked images claimed to be from a Microsoft slideshow about the project appears to show it is working towards "Universal Store" apps, namely apps that use the same basic code base, but can be produced to work on both the mobile and desktop versions of Windows.
Five-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor in Nokia Lumia Icon
Nokia has launched its Lumia Icon, a Windows Phone 8 device that is exclusive to Verizon. Surfacing in earlier rumors, the Lumia Icon takes most of the specifications of the Lumia 1520 and squeezes it down into a much smaller device, and is fronted by a 5-inch Full HD display with Nokia ClearBlack technology for viewing the screen in direct sunlight.
Changes to multitasking, signs of merge with Windows RT spotted
Microsoft has started to provide developers with an SDK for the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update, according to reports. At the same time, a developer has allegedly started to list the updates found in the SDK itself, with the update apparently including signs that Microsoft is working towards merging Windows Phone and Windows RT into a single platform.
Video hints at Windows Phone release, offers few clues
Nokia has started to tease what it could be showing at Mobile World Congress this month, with the release of a short but mysterious video clip. The YouTube video arrives alongside some claimed specifications for the rumored Android-powered Nokia X, a device which is also set to be revealed at the conference by the company, and suggestions the video could relate to the Lumia 929 or the Treasure Tag accessory.
Windows Phone virtual assistant could offer suggestions from Foursquare
Microsoft will use data from Foursquare in its rumored virtual assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, thanks to a $15 million investment in the company, according to a report. The location data gleaned from Foursquare will apparently be put to use in "Cortana," a virtual assistant named after the artificial intelligence character from the Halo series of games.
Windows Phone 8.1 device from Samsung could launch this month
The Samsung SM-W750V, codenamed "Huron," will be heading to Verizon in the future, according to a leak. A new image of the rumored Windows Phone 8.1 device has surfaced along with the Verizon Wireless claim, with the timing of the leak at the same time as media invitations were sent out to the Samsung Unpacked event suggesting a launch at Mobile World Congress later this month.
Over 75 percent of market in some countries
As a platform, Android phones retook the top position in US smartphone sales during the last quarter, climbing to 50.6 percent of the market, according to new Kantar research data. iOS took 43.9 percent; Windows Phone devices were a distant third at 4.3 percent. In Europe, Android held a 68.6 percent share across the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, leaving iOS at 18.5 percent, and Windows Phone at 10.3 percent. The numbers skewed on country-to-country basis, however; in Italy, for instance, Windows Phone grabbed 17.1 percent over iOS' 12.8 percent.
Leaked user agent profile shows resolution, Internet Explorer usage
Samsung could be creating a large-screened smartphone running Windows Phone, and may be close to launching it, according to recently-surfaced information. A filing for the SM-W750V shows it as being approved by the Bluetooth SIG, with an accompanying User Agent profile suggesting it to be a device with a 1920x1080-resolution, 5-inch display.
Windows Phone update will work on current Windows Phones
Microsoft has confirmed that the next major update for its Windows Phone operating system, believed to be called Windows Phone 8.1, will in fact be compatible with all smartphones running Windows Phone 8.0. The software giant told Computerworld last week that the forthcoming update will run on current WP8 devices, assuaging fears among some consumers that the phones that they've bought over the past year would be left behind, as was the case with devices running Windows Phone 7 when Windows Phone 8 launched in October of 2012. Current Windows Phone 8 devices, though, will run the update, and Microsoft has pledged ongoing support for those handsets through the next year or more.
Sony lends more weight to VAIO Windows Phone rumors
Sony has confirmed that it is looking into branching out from its current Android-exclusive smartphone offerings and launching a device running on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. Speaking with TechRadar, Sony Mobile Europe's Pierre Perron said that the company is talking with the software giant and keeping its options open. Sony's consideration of the Windows Phone platform is due in part, Perron said, to concerns about the manufacturer's standing in a shifting mobile marketplace.
Garmin HUD+ is made to enhance safety, minimize driver distraction
Garmin has revealed a couple of upcoming in-car products at this year's edition of the CES. They included the HUD+ and two flavors of a dashboard camera, the Dash Cam 10 and Dash Cam 20.
Motorola, LG, HTC suffer setbacks
Apple and Samsung increased their shares of the US smartphone market based on unverified shipment data in the September-November period versus June-August, new ComScore data shows. Apple advanced 0.5 points to 41.2 percent, maintaining overall control; Samsung, though, gained 1.7 points to hit 26 percent, narrowing the gap. In distant third was Motorola, down 0.2 points to 6.7 percent. LG dropped the same amount to 6.5 percent, but swapped places with HTC, which dipped a full point to 6.4 percent.
Sony considering 2014 Windows Phone launch
Sony may join HTC and Samsung among the major manufacturers of devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile platform. The Information reports that Sony "has considered launching a Windows Phone as soon as mid-2014," meaning that the Japanese electronics maker would have devices running both Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone. Reportedly, Sony has warmed to the idea of building for Windows Phone following Microsoft's lowering of licensing fees for the platform, a move Microsoft has made in order to help it more effectively compete with Android.
Microsoft adds classic Windows desktop games to Windows Phone 8
Owners of Windows Phone 8 devices can now download updated versions of classic Windows desktop games, according to the company blog. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper, and Mahjong are all listed in the Windows Phone Store, and introduce features such as Xbox Live integration, stat tracking, and the option to start a game on one device then completing it at a later time on another.
Nokia's Lumia 1520 sells out of initial Indian run
Nokia's Lumia 1520 handset appears to have seen initial success following its launch in India. The six-inch, Windows Phone 8-powered phablet has sold through all color options in that country, WinBeta notes, just days after its debut. The quick sell-through is surprising, given the Indian market's typical preference for lower cost handsets.
Low end Lumia Windows Phones now 30 percent of devices in use
Low-end Lumia devices are among the best selling in the entire Windows Phone lineup, according to new figures from AdDuplex. PhoneArena on Saturday pointed to new figures from the industry analysis firm showing that the Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 account for 30 percent of the Windows Phone devices in use around the world. In the United States, the Lumia 520 has usurped the Lumia 920 as the second-most used Windows Phone handset, and the 520 and 521 account for more than 30 percent of the U.S. Windows Phone market.
Microsoft rewards WP users with free storage
Owners of Windows Phone devices should check their connected email accounts today, as Microsoft has revealed that it is giving away free SkyDrive storage. The software giant emailed users on Friday, alerting them to an extra 20GB of free storage on its cloud service, this in addition to the 7GB of free storage Microsoft already provides for users. The free storage is available for one year, and users must take advantage of the offer by January 31, 2014.
Verizon upgrades Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini to Android KitKat
Verizon is rolling out Android KitKat to its current range of Droid smartphones. Owners of the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will receive the update from today onwards, with version 4.4 of the operating system bringing a full-screen mode, camera improvements, an updated Droid Zap app, an update for Motorola Assist, and support for the Fitbit, among other items.
Microsoft tries to buy additional Samsung support
Microsoft is rumored to have made an offer of $1 billion to Samsung, with the goal of getting the South Korean tech giant to produce more and better devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system. This according to Mobile Review's Eldar Murtazin, who tweeted the rumor last week. The move would be aimed at growing support for the third-place mobile OS beyond Nokia, which accounts for nearly nine out of 10 Windows Phone devices in the hands of consumers.
Microsoft looking to grow Windows share in mobile
Microsoft is considering releasing both Windows Phone and Windows RT for free in future versions as a way of pushing back against the dominance of Google's Android platform in the mobile segment. This according to The Verge, which cites unnamed sources within the company saying that the move to push the two platforms on a license-free model could happen when the software giant pushes its next revision of the Windows platform, Windows Threshold. The move would mark a considerable change for Microsoft, which has for decades relied on the licensing of its Windows operating system for a large portion of its revenue.
Microsoft-created social network gets its own mobile apps
Microsoft's own work-in-progress social network now has its own mobile apps, something the other large social networking sites have already implemented. Apps for Socl, the site opened for testing by Microsoft's Future Social Experiences Labs (FuSE Labs) this time last year, are now available to download on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Windows Phone to get Mega cloud storage service in 2014
Windows Phone 8 users won't be left out of access to the Mega cloud storage service, the Kim Dotcom-helmed company revealed last week. A Reddit user posted confirmation from Mega, with the company saying it plans to build an app for Microsoft's smartphone platform. The company was not very specific regarding a launch date for the Windows Phone 8 Mega app, but it did point to early 2014 as a launch window.
One year on, most Windows Phone devices are WP8
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform is by far the predominant install among owners of Windows Phone devices, with three-quarters of Windows Phone devices worldwide running Windows Phone 8. This according to figures from AdDuplex, which earlier pointed to Nokia's dominance among Windows Phone manufacturers. The new figures seem to indicate that at least some Windows Phone users were upgrading within the ecosystem after it was revealed last year that devices running Windows Phone 7.X would not be receiving an update to the latest Windows Phone version.
Microsoft soon to hold three-quarters of own mobile destiny
Nokia's Lumia line of smartphones now accounts for more than three out of four total Windows Phone devices in the hands of consumers, according to Ad Duplex. ZDNet reported this week on Nokia's increasing dominance over the Windows Phone environment, revealing numbers indicating that the soon-to-be Microsoft-owned line of devices has only grown its share as the platform has gradually expanded. Most of Nokia's growth, though, has come in the low-end handset market, an arena where competition is increasing rapidly.
Line reaches 300M users, aims for 500M within 2014
Mobile messaging app Line has passed the 300 million user milestone, increasing from 200 million in just four months, with CEO Akira Morikawa aiming for the company to reach 500 million users in total within 2014. While the company has previously tried to drum up interest in the United States, Line states that the largest growth areas are in fact regions such as Spain and Mexico, with future expansion plans targeting India, Turkey, and Western Europe.
Windows Phone app updated with new name, new look
Nokia has rebranded its music streaming service for Lumia smartphones, and has updated its Windows Phone app at the same time. Nokia MixRadio operates in a similar manner to the advertisement-free Nokia Music service it is replacing, this time with a greater emphasis on the downloadable mixes, as well as introducing a personalized mix.
ZTE to continue making Windows Phones, launch smartwatch
Chinese mobile device maker ZTE says it will launch a smartwatch device in the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report. He Shiyou, executive vice president and head of ZTE's handset business, told The Financial Times on Sunday that the firm will enter the burgeoning wearable technology market next quarter with a smartwatch, and he hinted that ZTE is also looking into connected eyewear like Google's Glass device. The ZTE exec also reaffirmed his company's commitment to making phones running Windows Phone 8 operating system, despite the fact that Microsoft has entered the phone hardware market with its purchase of Nokia's mobile operations.
Popular picture sharing app to arrive on Microsoft's platform
Windows Phone users will soon be able to check off one more popular app as an inclusion on their platform, as Facebook's Instagram app is thought to be nearing a release. The popular image-sharing app has been sorely missing from the platform since Windows Phone 8's launch last year, but Nokia Power User claims that the URL http://instagram.com/download/windows/ now redirects to page in Microsoft's Windows Phone Store, indicating that the app has been submitted and will likely launch soon. The page in question, though, still shows a 404 error message when accessed.
Off-the-glass interactions via hardware sensors
Nokia is reportedly preparing to introduce a new form of gesture interaction with its upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 handsets. Known internally as "3D Touch," the technology is said to use hardware sensors to detect gestures without requiring any physical contact with the phone display, similar to Samsung's Air Gestures system, unnamed sources have told The Verge.
BitTorrent Sync hits version 1.2.29
The BitTorrent Sync app for iOS has hit version 1.2.29, bringing new capabilities, as well as an iPad version. BitTorrent Sync users will now be able to access their files from iPads, as well as iPhones. The app has also been updated with a new design to reflect its iOS 7 compatibility. Users will see improved connection speed, and they can also save pictures and video from synced folders to the Camera Roll on an iOS device.
Android still clearly in lead
Apple and the iPhone's share of the US smartphone market increased sequentially from 39.9 percent to 40.6 percent in the September quarter, according to new comScore figures. The growth is believed to have been spurred by the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c on September 20th; although the devices would've been on sale for just 10 days in the quarter, Apple typically sees a surge of early adopters during any iPhone launch.
Windows Phone climbs to four percent as Android dominates
Google's Android platform continues to dominate the worldwide smartphone market, according to new figures from Strategy Analytics that put Android at 81.3 percent of the global smartphone market. Android and Apple's iOS platform together account for nearly 95 percent of smartphones shipped worldwide, though Apple's share has declined year over year. One beneficiary of Apple's slippage may have been Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, which has seen a year-over-year increase.
Twitter profile image redownloads fault in Windows Phone
A feature in Windows Phone is causing device owners to unexpectedly use high amounts of data, which could be potentially expensive for some phone users. An issue in the operating system's Twitter integration has devices frequently redownloading profile images from the service, an issue that Microsoft has been quick to confirm exists.
Southwest complains over lack of approval for Microsoft-made app
A move by Microsoft to repackage popular mobile websites as apps for Windows Phone devices has hit some turbulence. A number of the Microsoft Web Apps under the initiative have been pulled from the service, with at least one company complaining about their web content being republished by Microsoft without its permission.
Refocus app allows for Lytro-style post-shot refocusing of image
A number of software updates for Windows Phone and Lumia devices have been announced at Nokia's media event earlier today. Apps such as Vine and Flipboard for Windows Phone were demonstrated running on Windows Phone, while a number of photography related updates for PureView devices were also revealed.
Six-inch Nokia phablets include premium, mid-range offerings
Nokia has revealed a pair of Lumia phablets, a first for the manufacturer. Both the Lumia 1520 and the Lumia 1320 sport six-inch displays and Windows Phone 8, and though the two are superficially similar, the Lumia 1520 is a premium offering, while the 1320 is meant to be a more affordable, lower-specification model.
Nokia's Lumia sales continue to creep up
Sales of Nokia's Lumia line of Windows Phone-powered devices continue to creep upward, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Finnish phone maker, whose mobile division was recently bought by Microsoft, is said to have sold more than eight million Lumia devices in the third quarter of this year, up from 7.4 million in the previous quarter. Should the new figures bear out in Nokia's forthcoming earnings statement, that would mark the fourth straight quarter of increasing smartphone sales for the firm.
Windows Phone devices to get Remote Desktop feature
Microsoft has confirmed that owners of Windows Phone devices will get access to a Remote Desktop feature in the future. The app will allow Windows Phone users to access a computer remotely and control it, according to The Next Web, but Microsoft has yet to detail when the feature will become available for users of its smartphone operating system. Microsoft has already announced the feature for Android, and a version for iOS landed on Thursday.
Nokia World event set to introduce first phablet, tablet
Nokia has issued an unusual teaser for its forthcoming Nokia World event scheduled for October 22 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Pictured appears to be to the previously leaked Nokia Lumia 2520 6-inch Windows Phone phablet and the similarly leaked Windows RT 8.1 tablet codenames known as the Sirius. Also pictured, intriguingly, is a notebook – it could be a literal representation of the ad copy, which reads ‘Watch the action on your screen of choice,’ or a reference to Nokia’s upcoming acquisition by Microsoft and an acknowledgement of the close integration of its devices and Microsoft’s Windows empire.
Windows Phone 8, Nokia firmware adds new camera app, FM radio
AT&T will be rolling out updates to some Windows Phone 8 devices used on its network later today, according to a post on the carrier's forum. The General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) update for Windows Phone 8, along with the Amber firmware for the Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, will start to appear as a notification on subscriber devices later today, with the updates downloadable over a Wi-Fi connection.
Possible cut, elimination of license fee could make Windows Phone more attractive
Microsoft is still seeking to expand the reach of its Windows Phone operating system, at the possible expense of Android. A report claims that Microsoft asked HTC to add Windows Phone to its smartphones as an alternative mobile OS choice, giving users the ability to select which software they want to use on their device.
Verizon extends smartphone dominance
Verizon has reportedly established a solid lead in US smartphone sales over the previous three months, while Windows Phone devices are nearing 10-percent market share in European markets, according to data collected by research firm Kantar. AT&T smartphone sales between June and August last year were said to be close to Verizon, however the latter company reportedly fetched 37 percent of shipments in the same quarter this year as the former slid to 22 percent.
New software under Gemeni codename
Microsoft is reportedly working on a new series of Office utilities for Windows 8 and the Windows Phone mobile platform. Office division VP Kirk Koenigsbauer reportedly demonstrated one of the new apps, Office Reader for Windows 8, at an internal meeting yesterday, unnamed sources have told The Verge. The software is said to serve as a universal reader with support for Office documents, PDFs, e-books, textbooks and web pages.