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.
Gartner Report: Apple and Samsung Control Smartphones, Andriod Leads, but iOS Will Narrow the Gap Soon
Nokia announced today that it’s launching the HERE mapping service/brand/app that aims to challenge Apple and Google as the mapping solution on devices. Citing 20 years of mapping experience Nokia feels now is the time to open up its core mapping technology to others.
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.
Over the past few months, phone manufacturers and carriers have been working with standard governing bodies to draft the design of the Nano-SIM card, the successor to the currently used micro-SIM cards in iPhones and iPads.
During the designing process, there was a stand off amongst Apple and a joint group of Nokia, Motorola and RIM over the design of the SIM. Apple even offered to license the patents involved in its design royalty free to reduce the opposition to the design.
Although Nokia’s Lumia 900 seems to be selling well in the U.S., the company is having a tough time convincing European carriers to carry the phone on their networks.
With just a few days to go for the launch of Nokia’s Lumia 900, we’ve started seeing some of the well-known tech writers and critics publishing reviews of the Windows Phone based smartphone.