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Windows Phone shipments soar by 133%

Windows Phone shipments soar by 133%.

Microsoft and Nokia are on a roll with Windows Phone. New research figures show that shipments of phones using the Windows Phone Operating System rose 133% in the 12 months from January 2012. This resulted in Windows Phone moving up a position above Blackberry in the IDC performance table seen above.

Windows Phone is now only less popular than Android and Apple’s iOS . As a result, market share has now shifted with Android claiming a year over year change of +79.5%, Apple’s iOS +6.6%, Windows Phone +133% whilst BlackBerry fell by -35.1%.

IDC stated in its research findings about the improved shipments of Windows Phone devices “Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year gain among the leading operating systems, more than doubling its size from a year ago. Nokia was largely responsible for driving these volumes higher, accounting for 79.0% of all Windows Phone shipments during the quarter”.

3G can only see the fortunes of Microsoft and Nokia’s Windows Phone OS moving onwards and upwards and we note that the above shipments for Windows Phone do not include other shipments made by Nokia for the Nokia Asha series of smartphones ( Series 40 OS ) and Symbian based smartphones.

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Nokia Smartphone Fall Bigtime – Samsung Dominates.

The latest smartphone market share rankings from analyst firms make grim reading for one-time giant Nokia; a statement from Strategy Analytics today notes that Nokia has slipped outside the top three global smartphone rankings for the first time in history, while IDC goes a step further and claims the firm has exited the top five.

Data from Strategy Analytics states Samsung shipped 56.9 million smartphones worldwide in the third quarter of 2012, the largest number of units ever shipped by a smartphone vendor in a single quarter. Apple grew a healthy 57 percent annually and shipped 26.9 million smartphones worldwide for 17 percent market share, up from 14 percent recorded a year earlier. Samsung and Apple combined now account for over half of all smartphones shipped worldwide, up from around one-third a year ago.

Strategy Analytics says Nokia shipped 6.3 million smartphones worldwide for a 4 percent marketshare in Q3 2012, dipping from 16.8 million units and 14 percent share in Q3 2011. “Nokia will need to ramp up sharply its Windows Phone volumes if it wants to recapture a top-three smartphone position in the next one to two quarters,” commented Neil Shah, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics.

The news from IDC is even worse for Nokia. “Nokia’s exit from the Top 5, where it had resided since the inception of IDC’s Mobile Phone Tracker in 2004, was precipitated by the rise of Samsung and Apple globally and high-growth vendors like Huawei in China, where Nokia was the dominant player as recently as the third quarter of 2011,” notes a statement.

Both analyst firms differ slightly in their calculations for overall global smartphone shipments. IDC claims the total vendor market shipped 179.7 million units in Q3 2012 compared to 123.7 million units in Q3 2011, a 45.3 percent year-over-year growth rate. Strategy Analytics estimated that global smartphone shipments grew 35 percent annually from 120.0 million units in Q3 2011 to 161.7 million in Q3 2012.

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Samsung Pushes ‘Bendy’ Screens Back To 2013

Samsung evidently pushes flexible AMOLED display release to 2013
Need to meet existing display demand

Reports point to delay for Samsung flexible AMOLED displays. Samsung is in no hurry to bring out its first commercial flexible AMOLED displays, thanks largely to the fact traditional displays are doing just fine.
Reports from Korean website ETNews indicate that Samsung has placed the bendy AMOLED screens on the back burner until next year.
Instead, the company apparently wants to focus on increasing flat display production.
Samsung is seeking to increase its AMOLED production from 56,000 units per month to a 64,000 unit per month yield to keep up with demand for current smartphones like Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
To meet that increase in production, some of the pilot lines manufacturing flexible AMOLED displays have been converted to glass AMOLED lines, slowing bendy AMOLED progress.
Reports from earlier this year indicated that Samsung decided to delay flexible AMOLED screen production due to issues with the yield and production schedule problems.
At the time it was thought that if the flexible AMOLED issues were solved by the end of the year, consumers could expect to see the first devices using the technology by mid-2013.
Whether that 2013 marker will be affected by Samsung’s take-it-slow attitude remains to be seen.
Samsung’s bendable, twistable displays were last seen in December 2011 when the company released a concept video of the technology in action.
Unlike traditional glass AMOLED displays, the flexible screens are plastic-based, requiring a different production method but making them nearly indestructible.
A practical application for the curvy screens on a smartphone or tablet is still anyone’s guess, but the technology has an undeniable cool factor that has everyone eager to see what form the malleable displays ultimately take.
By Scott Nichols

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Choose The Nokia Lumia 920 Over The iPhone 5..Here’s Why

Nokia are due to launch their Lumia 920 smartphone shortly, here are some of the reasons you should choose Nokia’s smartphone over Apple’s iPhone 5.

Firstly, the Nokia Lumia 920 supports wireless charging which we hope is a real sign of things to come. A number of accessories are available which enable you to charge your smartphone without having to physically plug it in.

Another reason to get the Lumia 920 over the iPhone 5 is the stunning 8.7 mega-pixel Pureview Camera featured on Nokia’s smartphone. The Pureview camera, which has Carl Zeiss optics, uses floating-lens technology which lets in 5-10 times more light than other smartphones. This ensures your photos are always clear, crisp and bright.

Thirdly, the Nokia Lumia 920 features a super-sensitive Puremotion HD display which you can use even when wearing gloves. This’ll be a huge advantage on cold winter mornings and is something that’s not possible on the iPhone 5.

Those who love vibrant smartphones have little choice but to go with Nokia’s Lumia range as documented by a recent advert criticising Apple’s iPhone , which is only available in White or Black. When the Nokia Lumia 920 launches it’ll be available in a choice of Yellow,  Red , White, Black and Grey.

There’s very little else to choose between both smartphones because they both have an amazing touch-screen display, more than enough power and a great operating system. Both will also support 4G LTE.

 

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HTC Q3 Figures Dismay

Smartphone pioneer HTC announced weak results for the third quarter of 2012, as the company has struggled to make headway in the competitive market against rivals including Samsung.

According to Bloomberg, the Taiwanese company posted a “record profit decline”, failing to meet already muted analyst expectations.

For the third quarter of 2012, HTC announced an unaudited net income of TWD3.9 billion (US$133.1 million), on total revenue of TWD70.2 billion. This compares with a profit of TWD18.68 billion on revenue of TWD135.82 billion in the same period last year.

The company had previously warned that Q3 would be tough, guiding that revenue would be in the TWD70 billion to TWD80 billion range – meaning the figures announced today have come in at the low-end.

It noted at the time that that it “continues to optimise organisational structure and resources to increase efficiency and competitiveness, focusing on key growth areas”.

While HTC revamped its smartphone range with the launch of its One smartphone family at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in February this year, this was swiftly overshadowed by the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy SIII – which has become the de facto Android flagship.

Kevin Chang, an analyst with Citigroup in Taiwan, told Bloomberg that HTC is facing further losses in Europe and the US during the fourth quarter, while increased competition is also evident in the Chinese market.

The company has recently looked to broaden its portfolio by announcing a pair of smartphones powered by Microsoft’s next-generation Windows Phone 8 platform.

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Visa: Mobile Money Services Ready To Roll

LIVE FROM CTIA WIRELESS 2012: John Partridge, president of payments giant Visa, today said that the time is right for mobile payments to move into the mainstream in developed markets, following the previous success of mobile money services offered in emerging countries.

Speaking in a keynote session, the executive said: “When will mobile money be a reality in the developed world? 2012 promises to be the year when it finally makes its stake here, in developed countries like America, the United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and across Europe.”

Driving adoption will be the arrival of important enabling technologies, such as NFC, claimed Partridge.

“After some false starts, NFC technology has been adopted as the global technology standard for transforming mobile phones into payment devices, and allows consumers to wave their smartphones over a payment terminal in order to make a purchase. NFC is aligned and interoperable with the global payment industry standard for chip payment cards. This is a critical step,” Partridge said.

Unsurprisingly, it was acknowledged that security will be a critical issue in supporting take-up. “If we are going to take this next step forward, and create a future in which mobile payments are part of everyday life, then we must address the fundamental requirements of security. When you pull out your card, or in future your phone, you expect your transaction to be secure, and your account to be protected from fraud. Frankly, you should expect nothing less,” he said.

The executive also highlighted the success of mobile money services in emerging territories, where they have been successful in extending banking to previously under-served consumers.

Partridge noted: “Today, more than 100 mobile money services are in operation in developing markets. This is an incredible achievement. And we applaud mobile network operators as pioneers in mobile money, for reaching so many people so quickly.”

“This opportunity in developing economies is not just a business opportunity. It is an opportunity to change people’s lives,” he continued.

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Apple Has Opposition To “Nano SIM” Card

 

Smartphone vendors are uniting against Apple as the iPhone-maker attempts to make its miniature “nano-SIM” card technology the industry standard for the next generation of handsets, reports the Financial Times.

Apple is reportedly backed by most of the operators in Europe and has submitted its proposal to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Nano-SIM technology is seen as an important step in the miniaturisation of smartphones but Motorola Mobility, Nokia and BlackBerry-maker RIM are opposing Apple’s attempts to make its own technology the industry standard.

The approach would mean all handset makers could use the design under licence – but there are fears that Apple may eventually own the patents on the technology. According to an FT source, the Apple design would also require a drawer-style design to protect it, forcing phone makers to re-engineer their devices.

Apple’s iPhone 4S and Nokia’s Lumia 800 already use micro-SIM cards but the nano-SIM technology will be a third smaller, leaving more space for other functions.

ETSI will make a decision on Apple’s proposals next week although the FT reports that the voting process in the independent committee has come under scrutiny following an attempt by Apple to increase its number of votes on the committee. Apple registered six European subsidiaries to become full members earlier this week with a decision on their membership due to take place today. Subsidiaries with revenue of more than EUR8 billion have up to 45 votes on the ETSI committee.

Nokia, which has the largest number of votes with 92, has questioned whether Apple should be able to obtain additional votes in this way.

 

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