The deal, which was first announced in September, is worth €5.44bn EUR ($7.35bn USD / £4.57bn GBP), and also includes provisions for Microsoft to license patents from the Finnish company. 78% of those eligible to vote had already voted before the EGM. Of those early votes, a staggering 99% had voted in favour of the sale to Microsoft.
Strategy Analytics has released a new survey of more than 1,600 mobile app developers that shows 32% of them plan to support Windows Phone next year. While this is still far below the percentages of developers who say they’ll support iOS (68%) and Android (84%) next year, it’s a marked improvement from the 16% of developers who supported Windows Phone in 2013. Additionally, the windows platform has been slowly capturing a greater percentage of the smartphone market over the past year.
See the full story here: http://bgr.com/2013/11/21/windows-phone-developer-interest-2/
Microsoft will soon take over Nokia’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. The $7.3 billion deal would nab Microsoft the phone (and now tablet) business of Nokia, while the networks business would remain independent. With Nokia, Microsoft will have its own in-house devices division to build Windows Phone and Windows 8 products.
AMDmight be joining the tablet market by launching the a gaming tablet codenamed Project Discovery. AMD, a well-known chipmaker, would be joining an already well developed field with many competitors. AMD’s gaming tablet would come equipped with a game controller and a docking station and with Windows 8.1. Right now, they are stating that they aren’t entering the tablet market at this time.
Instagram has been on Android and iOS phones for a couple of years now and it is just now being released onto Window’s phones. The popular social media app is centered all around photos and videos and being able to share them easily and yet, even though Windows now has Instagram, it is anything but easy to share content. The app does not allow for users to take photos or videos in the app directly, users have to upload the pictures and videos from their camera roll to upload them to Instagram. This is a perfect example of how apps can sometimes cause additional steps instead of improving something. Both the iOS and Android Instagram apps allow for users to open up their app and take photos directly from there without having to go into their camera roll even though they also provide the option of going into the camera roll and getting a photo or video. Instagram has said this is in beta but they need to add more features to it to make it practical.
It’s official: Nokia’s shareholders have signed off on the $7.2 billion acquisition of the company’s handset division by Microsoft. The Financial Times reports that 99.7% of the investors at a general meeting in Helsinki voted in favor of the deal. The investors who approved the deal hold nearly four-fifths of Nokia’s total shares. The meeting is expected to continue for quite some time, however, “as various small Finnish shareholders vent their anger over the deal” and Stephen Elop’s hefty payday. Ever since the deal was announced, Nokia has been on something of a rebound, surpassing Motorola to become the fourth-largest smartphone vendor in the U.S. and moving a record number of Lumia smartphones. Once the venting has ended and the meeting adjourns, Nokia will be one step closer to becoming a subsidiary of Microsoft.
Nokia will roll out an update that will outfit all Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 with the latest low-energy version of Bluetooth. Bluetooth LE, Built into Bluetooth 4.0, the low-energy technology lets you pair your phone with special accessories designed for health and fitness, among other areas. With Bluetooth LE, the accessory’s battery charge also lasts considerable longer than it would using an older version of Bluetooth. This should come as no surprise since a majority of mobile phones offer some form of Bluetooth, it was only a matter of time before a better version of it was released.
Twitter is joining the likes of Facebook and Google when it comes to selling more personalized advertising. The company is allowing advertisers to target ads by mobile device, WiFi connectivity, and the version of what OS they are using. Twitter already allows targeting by other demographics; however this more specialized advertising will allow companies to dedicate resources more efficiently.
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Microsoft has finally allowed Facebook login capacity on Windows 8 devices, including applications. This will greatly benefit developers and consumers as it makes registering new accounts and logging in much simpler. Foursquare and Adobe are among the first companies to make use of this new feature for Windows phones.
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Earlier this year, Panasonic came up with brand new device at CES : a 20-inch, 4K tablet. But now, that device is going on sale—for a price.
Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company. This money, says Sherlund, helps Microsoft hide the fact that its mobile and Xbox groups are burning serious cash. Sherlund says that if you back out the Android profits, Microsoft is probably losing $2.5 billion on Skype, Xbox, and Windows Phone. Of that, $2 billion in losses are attributable to the Xbox platform.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-earns-2-billion-per-year-from-android-patent-royalties-2013-11#ixzz2jueGSIJn
The latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel show that Windows Phone has actually surpassed iOS in market share in Italy, a significant victory for Microsoft that Kantar says is mostly due to strong sales of Nokia Lumia handsets. Overall, Kantar found that Windows Phone handsets now have a 13.7% market share in Italy while Apple’s Italian market share has fallen to just 10.2%.
Android’s market share has jumped up to 81.3 percent, from 75 percent last year — and up from last quarter — while Apple’s slid from 15.6 percent in Q3 2012 to 13.4 percent this year. BlackBerry, on the other hand, lost over 75 percent of its market share, dropping to a single digit: 1 percent. Unsurprisingly, the Windows phone is now the fastest growing smartphone, increasing its shipments annually by 178% in Q3.
This article states that Android carries 81% of the global market share of smartphone users, obtained by global phone shipment data during the third quarter. The article states that Apple had around 13% of global market share and attributes that to the lack of a cheaper option and the wait for the iPhone 5s. People were simply waiting which deflated the numbers. The article also states Windows phone had the most growth over the quarter, which is interesting because of the usability and interface issues we have talked about in class.
After Motorola surprised the tech world a bit last night with the introduction of their new modular hardware smartphone concept called Project Ara, we were sort of wondering when we’d hear from Phonebloks. After all, Phonebloks was the first to put modular phone design on our radar, and Motorola name-dropped them in their announcement. Today, in a video press release, Phonebloks founder Dave Hakkens talks about his trip to meet Motorola, the sit downs with other companies, early goals for the Phonebloks community, and more.
Thanks to the video, you’ll see a Motorola Ara prototype (non-working) in the clip to give you an idea of just how “bloks” can fit into a modular smartphone. Remember, the goal is to create an open hardware platform similar to an open software platform. And speaking of open, Motorola has said that it plans to develop this platform in the open, unlike normal products which are held behind closed doors until they are ready for the world. If anything, it should be a blast seeing how far Motorola can take the modular phone idea.
Read more here.
All eyes are on Stephen Elop. Just hours ago, he introduced Nokia’s first Windows tablet; he’s also overseeing his division’s integration into Microsoft; and Redmond is even considering him as its next CEO. During our interview today, Elop understandably couldn’t comment on the prospect of taking Steve Ballmer’s place, but he did say he’s ready to take up the challenge of bringing the two giants together, no matter what. In the case of Nokia’s tablet, Elop believes it will appeal to an audience that both overlaps Microsoft’s and complements it. He emphasized that Nokia took a slightly different approach, focusing on mobility with the integrated LTE modem and outdoor-friendly display on the Lumia 2520. For the same reason, Nokia went with the more efficient, yet much-ridiculed, Windows RT over Windows 8.
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A second version of Lenovo’s Miix tablet will be released this month; the Miix2 runs Windows 8.1 on an 8″ screen using Intel’s latest quad-core processor. The mobile device will cost approximately $299 USD, and for an extra $20 you can include a protective cover and stylus.
Here’s Lenovo on the Miix2: http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1726
Article with images: http://www.gizmag.com/lenovo-miix2/29434/
The Windows 8.1 update has reportedly meant some of the touchscreen devices will not start up properly. Soon after the update’s global release, on 17 October, Microsoft started to receive reports that once it had been applied to RT tablets and laptops, the gadgets had frozen during the boot-up process. Microsoft has removed the update from its website while it looks into what has caused the problems.
Windows Phone 8 is launching its third update plus a new developer preview program. Windows Phone 8 Update 3 includes a bigger Start screen, a new customizable Driving Mode and better accessibility options. There is a new preview program to help developers keep their apps running smoothly on the software update, also a Driving Mode which allows users to send automatic replies to people who call or text whilst they are driving. The updates pave the way for future Windows Phone devices with 5- and 6-inch touch screens. Windows Phone reinforced its position as a top three smartphone operating system in the second quarter of this year and was the fastest-growing platform among the leading operating systems with 77.6 per cent year-over-year gain, according to IDC.
For the first time since HTC became a public company, they have reported a quarterly loss of $101 million. HTC was initially focusing on a partnership with Microsoft, although they have now begun to shift towards Nokia’s smartphone market. This signals a shift in the smartphone market, as Microsoft is becoming increasingly at risk of being the only supplier of the Windows based smartphone.
See the full story here: http://www.geekwire.com/2013/samsung-signals-record-profit-htc-posts-quarterly-loss/
Nokia Care US (1, 2) announced today that AT&T has released new software updates for the carrier’s Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets. Nokia’s so-called “Amber” update introduces Glance, a new feature that displays a clock on the lockscreen, while allowing the device to be awakened with a double tap, as well as Flip to Silence, which mutes incoming calls. This article goes into great detail about that update.
Microsoft has just announced that it will release its Remote Desktop app not just on Windows, Windows RT and OS X, but also iOS and Android later this month.
Microsoft is reportedly planning for the compact version of Surface tablet, which will feature a 7.5in screen according to a report by CNET. This piece of information comes from analyst firms NDP DisplaySearch and IHS iSuppli. The Surface family tablets, including the new Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro, feature 10.6in screen. If the aforementioned rumor turns true then there would be about 3in difference between the current Surface tablets and Surface Mini. Earlier this year, Microsoft updated its developer tools for Windows 8.1 and reportedly included references to 7.5in tablets featuring screen resolution at 1440 x 1080 pixels with a 4.3 aspect ratio. This again hints that the 7.5in Surface Mini could have similar screen resolution. Microsoft is expected to launch the Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 GDR, Windows Phone Blue and the Surface Mini around the same time, in spring next year.
On Monday (9/23), Microsoft released new iterations of their tablet line; the Surface 2 and the Surface 2 Pro. Microsoft also released a new version of their Touch Cover keyboard to go with the Surface devices, which is equipped with more sensors and is thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
Here’s a look at the new devices on TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/23/meet-microsofts-surface-2-surface-pro-2-new-touch-type-covers-and-more/
Blackberry agreed on a $4.7 billion deal that would take it private, continuing its shift away from the consumer smartphone market. With BlackBerry out of the way, that frees up Windows Phone to take that No. 3 spot on US smartphone market share.
Microsoft just released the Surface 2 tablet, but something other than the hardware has been making headlines. Alongside the new Surface 2 tablet, Microsoft announced that their SkyDrive service has been expanded to 200GB of space a year for just $100. Microsoft reports that 200GB is enough space to “hold a photo taken of a person every hour from the moment of birth to college graduation.” While Microsoft already offered a number of less expensive storage plans, this latest increase shows why SkyDrive and other cloud storage services are disruptive technology. For those who have used a cloud based storage service, we know how convenient and easy it is to just save your file to the cloud and access it wherever and whenever you want. As cloud storage becomes more popular, it will change the way we interact with, storage and access information. This changes the field of mobile technology because the adaptation of cloud storage decreases our reliance on physical storage on our mobile devices. This could, in turn, have an effect on how mobile phones are designed and with what technology in them. For example, if Microsoft decided to release a Windows phone with very little hard drive space on the device, but a sizeable amount of cloud storage space. Finally, this changes the economic state of mobile technology because the price point of $100 a year for 200GB is a very competitive price. Dropbox, another large cloud storage service, offers only 100GB at $99 per user, per year. Because of this, I would not be surprised to see some users and even some businesses transition over from a service such as Dropbox, to the more affordable SkyDrive.
A new eye-tracking technology is in development. “Tobii,” a Swedish technology company that develops both the hardware and software for eye-tracking, recently gave the world a peek at their new product “EyeMobile,” a small device which connects to a Windows 8 tablet via USB input. Although Tobii unveiled their eye tracking technology several years ago using a Windows laptop, users still needed their hands to click the mouse. The “EyeMobile” technology allows users to have complete tablet functionality using only their eyes, paving the way for a future where most devices will be embedded with this type of technology. One unit costs roughly $3900, but when they become cheaper in the future, eye-tracking technology will become much more common.
See the full article here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/tobii-eyemobile-hands-on/
A new “console” made by Valve Corp is being fully revealed on Monday. It is said that it will be able to run most of the Windows OS games past and present. This could shake the PC gaming industry. Imagine not having to buy a PC in order to play most PC games.
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In an interview, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admits that Microsoft really screwed up with mobile phones. He talks in detail about how far behind Microsoft is, and how difficult it is for them to make products directly for consumers rather than for enterprise. Will his replacement be able to salvage their mistakes? Unlikely, but time will tell. In the mean time, don’t bet your career on making Windows 8 apps.
Windows developers are feeling the demand for mobile apps, but they say their current tools and skills are preventing them from delivering those apps.
Dimensional Research found that while Windows developers are experiencing great demand for mobile applications-85 percent of respondents said they’d received requests for mobile apps-they lack confidence in their ability to meet that demand.
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Dell may be losing in the laptop and phone world, but they are trying a new avenue with their new 8-inch tablet that runs Windows 8.1 . They are looking to renovate a washed out name, Venue, that failed in the smartphone avenue. The Venue tabet by Dell however comes with a few punches though.
In a market where tablets seem to be taking over, Dell is trying to hit this market right and put the company in the converstation for the first time in a while. The first tablet that will run Windows 8.1, its different, clean, and fast with many great features.
Hewlett-Packard’s first Windows 8.1 tablet will be coming out in November and they will have smaller screens and powerful graphics. The Omni 10 will have Windows 8.1 and run on Intel’s Atom Z3000 processor code-named Bay Trail. The tablet, with a 10-inch screen, will offer nine hours of battery life, according to the company. Specifications and pricing were not immediately available, but Intel has said that starting prices for Windows 8.1 tablets with Bay Trail chips could range from $350 to $500.
Read the entire article here: http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/hps-first-windows-81-tablet-hit-stores-in-november-227172
The voice assistant, codenamed Cortana after the AI construct from the popular video game Halo, will be included in the Windows 8.1 update. Cortana will be one of the most full featured voice assistants to date. Bing’s Satori engine—a massive knowledge database, named after the first step on the Buddhist path to enlightenment—is said to be the brains behind Cortana.
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At Microsoft’s invitation-only unveiling in New York on September 23, Microsoft plans to show off the new Surface 2, running NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor. Also making a debut is the Surface Pro 2, running on Intel’s Haswell processor (think i5). The Pro is expected to release with a whopping 8GB of RAM, which for a tablet is something to brag about. It should also be expected for Microsoft to wait until the full release of Windows 8.1 until the new line of Surface tablets go up for sale.
From the outside the ASUS Transformer Book Trio looks like a tablet that connects to a keyboard. This idea isn’t new in the tech world, but this isn’t what makes this device stand out. What actually makes this device interesting is what happens while it’s connected to the keyboard. The tablet portion of the device has a built-in processor, and so does the keyboard… Once it is connected, the processor within the keyboard takes over, along with Windows 8. Likewise, once it is disconnected it switches back over to the Android platform. The operating systems can be switched between with the switch of a button on the keyboard as well, making the Trio stand out above other hybrids.
The Z3000 series is based on a redesigned Atom processor that promises better performance than the pokey chips that powered Windows 7 Netbooks of the past. This brings HD graphics and has faster memory which ranges up to 17 gigabytes per second.
AT&T has dropped the price of the Nokia Lumia 1020 from $299 to $199. That is $100 the new Nokia Lumia users will be saving on their purchase.
Let’s face it. We all love us some NFL football. We throw our money on tickets, jerseys, and cable subscriptions every September with the idea that our sport will last forever. Unfortunately with the spike of concussions and player lawsuits, our sport is in danger and any method we can use to protect our athletes and consequently, the livelihood of our sport should be sought out.
While some see potential in Microsoft’s Surface tablet, most industry watchers appear to have written off the device at this point. Orders were reportedly cut in half following a slow launch, and Microsoft’s debut slate has been hammered time and time again by reviewers and analysts. The latest to pile on is Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton, which estimates that when all is said and done, Microsoft will have sold fewer than 1 million Surface tablets in the slate’s debut quarter.
Read more: http://bgr.com/2012/12/05/microsoft-surface-sales-q4-2012-est/
Typing a password into your smartphone might be a reasonable way to access the sensitive information it holds, but a startup called EyeVerify thinks it would be easier—and more secure—to just look into the phone’s camera lens and move your eyes to the side.
EyeVerify’s software identifies you by your “eyeprints,” the pattern of veins in the whites of your eyes. Everybody has four eyeprints, two in each eye on either side of the iris. The company claims that its method is as accurate as a fingerprint or iris scan, without requiring any special hardware.
Today, Dell announced support for several new platforms that makes PocketCloud Explore even more flexible and compelling than before. Every single Dell Inspiron and Dell XPS sold after November 15th has already started shipping with the PocketCloud Companion PC client preinstalled. Even better, you’ll be able to connect to those computers (or any PC with PocketCloud Companion installed) from most major mobile platforms, as Dell also announced availability of PocketCloud Explore apps for the iPad and Windows 8/RT.
Windows is hoping that events like this will not only have a positive academic affect, but also a positive affect on the amount and quality of the Windows apps.
Microsoft just announced that it has managed to attract over 17,000 developers – many of them students – who are currently working on their Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Azure apps with the help of mentors from Microsoft. The event is scheduled to run until November 11.
A version of Microsoft Office is being developed for mobile use on iOS. The application will include the popular programs Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Powerpoint. Microsoft’s Office Mobile app will be released on iPhone and iPad free of charge, however users without a Microsoft Office subscription will only be able to view documents, not edit them.
With its newly released Windows Phone SDK 8.0, Microsoft is offering a better story for smartphone software developers, but the SDK itself may force some developers to undergo system upgrades. Windows Phone 8 could at long last give Microsoft the smartphone it needs to make up for lost ground in the mobile space, which is now dominated by Google’s Android smartphones and Apple’s iPhone. But software architect and blogger Tad Anderson has given the SDK itself a thumbs-down, calling it a “big-time flop” in a blog entry. Still, he likes Microsoft’s overall prospects in the smartphone realm.
Microsoft has been slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit over its use of dynamic “live” tile icons in Windows, including in the newly launched Windows 8 OS for PCs and tablets and in the Windows Phone 8 OS for smartphones. SurfCast takes issue with Windows’ use of live tiles, which are rectangular or square icons in the Start screen of new Windows versions that provide links to applications, websites, contacts and other elements. SurfCast describes itself on its website as a designer of OS technology. It claims to have developed the live tile technology in the 1990s. Live tiles are a key user interface feature in a variety of new Windows versions, including Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT, which is a Windows 8 version for devices that use ARM chips. Microsoft first used live tiles in Windows Phone 7.
After 10 months of work, including winning a Microsoft app contest, developer says he’s still unable to get the app past the Windows Store approval process.
After 10 months of work it was finally time for this Professional App developer to submit his app to the new Windows App store. This took 2 months of errors and failures on Microsofts end, and none of the experienced personell that were asked for assistance submitting the app (including many higher ranking Microsoft employees) had no clue what the problem was either. He lost out on many opportunities to create and run a great app, and has yet to be able to publish it.
Read the developer’s own blog post about the issue here
Microsoft released their new Microsoft Surface Tablet to compete with others in the tablet market. With this release came their brand new Windows App Market.
Unfortunately the market does not have anywhere near as many apps as the android or apple app markets, and is a major let down for consumers and producers alike.
Due to this, the surface is
“not entertaining enough to replace a wildly popular tablet, nor work-friendly enough to replace a laptop.” – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
A great read by a seasoned developer who had significant troubles submitting his app to the new Windows 8 Marketplace. The Missing Bit: Windows 8 Doesn’t Want Your App. Try Again Later.