According to the latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (covering January – March 2014), Apple is performing strongly in the first quarter of the year, with sales bouncing back in Europe, Japan and Australia.
Across Europe, Android remains the top OS with 70.7% share, while Apple holds second position at 19.2%. Windows, at third, accounts for 8.1% of smartphone sales.
“Apple regained ground in the first quarter of 2014, primarily due to the strong performance of the iPhone 5S, growing its sales share in Europe, Japan and Australia,” says Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “By contrast, Windows had a tough start to the year as a result of its entry-level Nokia models facing fierce competition from low-end Motorola, LG and Samsung Android smartphones.”
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On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 and a slate of new features for Windows Phone.
The most notable of new features is Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-command personal assistant.
Named for a character from the hugely popular Halo video game, Cortana is powered by Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
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Founded nearly two decades ago, iPass Inc. – a provider of mobile services for enterprises and telecom service providers – continues to innovate in its field, which is obvious with their latest creation.
This week, the company launched iPass Open Mobile for Windows Phone 8.
iPass now enables Wi-Fi connectivity for users of Windows Phone 8, along with Android and iOS devices. This development is poised to help enterprises keep mobility costs down, and mobile worker productivity up in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) era.
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According to a new revelation on Windows Phone Developer Blog, games are responsible for driving a majority of Windows Phone Store app revenues today.
Windows Phone customers enjoy gaming with over one-third of all app downloads and 60% of Windows Phone Store revenue originating from games. In fact, almost half of the top 50 Windows Phone developers create games for the platform.
This week, the Windows crew is at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco showing developers “how fast and efficient” it is to port their existing games to Windows Phone.
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According to an announcement from United Airlines, the prominent airline is taking off with a new application for Windows Phone 8 devices.
United says the freshly launched app puts important travel information at the fingertips of Windows Phone users.
With the app, United customers can book reservations – including reward travel – check in for flights, access mobile boarding passes, monitor flight status details and view their MileagePlus frequent flyer accounts.
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Writing for the Windows Phone Blog this week, Michael Stroh – a technology writer and member of the engineering teams that created both Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 – conjured frightening memories that remain all too fresh in the minds of millions of people.
“When Hurricane Sandy mowed over the East Coast last year and the first devastating images appeared,” Stroh remembers, “two thoughts crossed my mind: Are the people I know there OK? and How can I help? I know I wasn’t alone.”
In response to the growing need for improved communication with friends and loves ones in times of emergency, Microsoft is unveiling an innovative new app called HelpBridge that makes it easier to address both of these concerns.
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2012 was a remarkable year in many ways for Microsoft in the mobile space. Although Android and iOS haven’t exactly been put out of business yet, the formal launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 has been met by a considerable amount of enthusiasm from the developer community.
On Wednesday, Todd Brix, Microsoft’s Senior Director for Windows Marketplace, publicly reflected on his company’s progress in mobile during the past year. And developer enthusiasm was corroborated with some pretty impressive data.
“Over the last year,” Brix admitted, “we’ve certified and published over 75,000 new apps and games (more than doubling the catalog size) and over 300,000 app updates. In addition, this year we added the capability for customers to tell us if they have a concern about an app.”
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