According to figures out Monday from researchers Kantar WorldPanel ComTech, Android featured on just over 70 percent of smartphones sold in the three months up to August across Europe's five biggest markets: Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Equally unsurprisingly, iOS is in second position with 16 percent of the smartphone market in Europe -- a year over year rise of around two percentage points for both operating … Read more
Nokia's upcoming Lumia 929 smartphone could reach Verizon subscribers in early November.
Citing "sources familiar with the matter," blog site Windows Phone Central said Monday that an inventory date of November 6 is listed for the Lumia 929. The device will reportedly sell for $500 off contract.
Little is known about the 929 so far. A couple of alleged photos of the phone leaked last week by @evleaks display the Verizon logo and the 4G LTE designation. Based on FCC documents, the 929 could sport a 5-inch display. The phone will also offer a color choice of black or white, … Read more
Microsoft officials have been cagey about exactly when and whether the company would have a single app store for its Windows and Windows Phone devices.
But it sounds like that scenario is closer than many actually believed.
As Tom Warren reported on The Verge, Microsoft demonstrated a single app store for Windows and Windows Phone during its annual company meeting in Seattle on September 26. I've heard the same from my own sources.
I've heard a few additional details about what was supposedly shown Thursday from my sources.
The new unified store is supposedly going to be part … Read more
Nokia will launch at least six new devices at its Nokia World event on October 22, according to The Verge.
Citing "sources familiar with Nokia's road map," The Verge said on Wednesday that at least two of the devices will be new Lumias. Reports have already surfaced claiming that Nokia will kick off the Lumia 1520, a new 6-inch device due to be the largest-screened Windows Phone handset to date.
Microsoft will try to lure iPhone users to Windows Phone by throwing in a financial incentive, says Forbes.
Citing information from an "inside source at Microsoft," Forbes reported Wednesday that customers who trade in an iPhone 4S or 5 will receive a minimum of $200 of in-store credit at a Microsoft Store. The trade-in program will launch Friday at select Microsoft stores in the US and Canada, Forbes added.
Microsoft confirmed the iPhone trade-in deal in the following statement sent to CNET on behalf of Jonathan Adashek, general manager of communications strategy for the sales and marketing services … Read more
Nokia will hold its next Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi on October 22 where it's likely to take the wraps off a new big-screen Lumia.
An image touting the event portrays a boat with the Nokia logo sailing toward the shores of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. The image doesn't offer any details beyond the date and location. But Nokia is expected to unveil its new Lumia 1520 smartphone at the event.
Just a few weeks ago, we got a peek at Nokia's rumored new Windows phone, the Lumia 1520. Now we're getting a first glimpse of another addition to the Lumia line, the Lumia 929, thanks to a leaked press photo.
Two photos from @evleaks, who frequently leaks out images on his Twitter account of gadgets before they're real, show the front and back of the Lumia 929. The photos show the Verizon logo, hinting that the phone will launch with that carrier and support LTE.
Nokia will host a launch event on Tuesday, October 22, in which it's likely to unveil its big-screen Lumia 1520.
The company announced the news on Tuesday via a tweet that says: "At Nokia, we never stop innovating. More to share on October 22." An image touting the event includes the hashtags #blazing, #stories, and #innovationreinvented.
A tweet from known leaker @evleaks … Read more
Back in June, screen shots of an early Windows Phone operating system build leaked (via a Lumia phone allegedly purchased on eBay). At that time, next to no attention was paid to an app, listed as "zCortana," that was on the phone.
But that Cortana app (with the "z" indicating it was a test build) is central to what Microsoft is doing to compete with Apple's Siri and Google Now. And Cortana is back in the news this week with passing mentions by those tracking what's happening with Windows Phone as it moves toward the "Blue" release … Read more
Nokia will unwrap its Lumia 1520 smartphone on September 26. At least that's the latest intel from known leaker @evleaks in a tweet posted Wednesday evening.
Though @evleaks didn't say where it got the scoop, the account has been on the money in the past at revealing such information. Other pieces of the puzzle also point to an upcoming launch of the Lumia 1520.
The 6-inch Windows Phone has popped up in various photos leaked online, one via Windows Phone Central and another from @evleaks. Nokia had already been expected to unveil the 1520 at a New York … Read more