We all know how worked up people can get when it comes to defending their mobile platform of choice, be it iPhone, Android or even Windows Phone. The sheer number of Android and iPhone users, however, make iPhone vs. Android flame wars much more common than ones that involve Windows Phone or Nokia.
Gartner Report: Apple and Samsung Control Smartphones, Andriod Leads, but iOS Will Narrow the Gap Soon
Gartner’s quarterly report on the mobile phone market are out and unsurprisingly it’s a battle between Apple and Samsung, iOS and Android. Apple and Samsung together control almost half of the smartphone market—46.5%— and while Android controls over 50% of smartphone sales by OS, iOS is expected to narrow the gap in Q4. Really, the smartphone market is like an opera. We have two main players (Apple and Samsung) battling for our hearts and minds, while the rest of the field have their own parts to play.
Nokia Announces Lumia 920 And Lumia 820; Pushes Mobile Imaging Tech By Bringing PureView To Windows Phone
September’s the season of new mobile handset launches, as you might have noticed by now, and Nokia just got over with its press event focused on its Lumia range of phones.
The Finnish company announced two Windows Phone 8 handsets, the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820, targeted at the high and mid end smartphone audience respectively.
But as it happens every year, Apple’s rivals are in a rush to announce new products before the ‘iPhone 5′ event. Samsung, Nokia, Microsoft, Google’s Motorola and Amazon have announced plans to launch new products just few days before Apple’s rumored media event on September 12.
Microsoft unveiled their next generation mobile operating system – Windows Phone 8 codenamed “Apollo” at the Windows Phone Developer Summit in San Francisco.
The update addresses a number of shortcomings that were present in Windows Phone 7, like the lack of support for multi-core processors and high resolution displays. It also introduces a number of new features like a redesigned start screen, NFC support, external storage support and built in Nokia maps.
Nokia’s flagship smartphone, the Lumia 900, is almost $200 cheaper than Apple’s iPhone 4S. Despite that, Nokia ends up paying more for Lumia’s components than Apple does for the iPhone.
The specifics: It costs Nokia $209 to acquire components for the Lumia 900, which is currently sold for a retail price of $450. The $649 16GB iPhone 4S on the other hand uses components which cost Apple just $190.