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.
This may not come as a big surprise to you. According to new data shared by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), the average monthly carrier bill of an iPhone user is the highest in the smartphone market.
Yesterday Steve Ballmer sat down with LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman to talk about Windows, technology, and the state of things. From the audio (and video) posted by TechCrunch, there were the typical Ballmer moments, but more interestingly Ballmer is trying to position Microsoft as a middle ground between the wild west of Android and the tight control of Apple. Maybe he’s onto something.
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.
Over the past couple of years, there has been a consensus amongst even the most ardent Apple fans that iOS hasn’t changed as much as Android. That is, of course, for a good reason – Apple got the iPhone UI right from day one, while Google had to iterate over and over, until it hired Matias Duarte from Palm and introduced the “Holo” design language.
Microsoft has just announced the launch of its own music streaming service called XBox Music, which will be initially available on Windows based devices after the launch of Windows 8 towards the end of the month and Xbox.
Microsoft also plans to launch apps for iOS and Android, though it is not clear when they will be released.
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.