Windows phone will be a serious contender by 2015

Windows phone is in the smartphone market for quite some time now but has not been able to get a significant market share until now.

The low end windows phone have shown silver linings but the high end phones are just not selling.

But that is not the end of the story. Windows and especially Nokia have been taking the phone quite seriously. Nokia has been constantly looking to improve the hardware and Microsoft is working on the software and apps.

Recently, some great apps including Vine, Instagram, FIFA 14 have arrived on the windows phone platform. Windows phone store now has more than 200,000 apps.

Microsoft is rumoured to be working on an iOS style notification centre and a virtual voice assistant code named Cortana.

Nokia’a take over by Microsoft will help integrating hardware and software in a way like never before. This blend will only boost the Windows phone ecosystem.

All Microsoft has to do now is improve the OS continuously and make developers improve their apps.
Windows phone has all the popular apps but these apps are of poor quality when compared with their android or iOS counterparts.

For now Windows phone is NO for me but I believe it could be the phone I want to own in 2016.

Microsoft releases new online tool that lets you try Windows Phone Mango OS on your iPhone / Android [NO DOWNLOAD REQUIRED]

Hola me! Always late to the party, Microsoft does come up with such sweet tricks every now and then to attract customers back to their platform again. The latest trick to come out of their bag is to give iPhone and Android users more than a glimpse of their new OS – Windows Phone 7.5 Mango – without asking them to go through any tedious process.

The Redmond giant has released a new online tool – an HTML5 website – that allows iPhone and Android users to experience Windows Phone Mango first-hand and get to know what Microsoft is up to. Thankfully, your Mango experience is free from any downloads, installations or registrations and only requires you to go to a webpage from your smartphone to enjoy the Mango experience – http://aka.ms/wpdemo.

 

Microsoft is not interested in any of your sensitive data like your contacts or messages and uses a not-so-small blue dot to guide you around the operating system, giving you a pretty comprehensive look at all of Mango’s features.

Not sure if many people will actually make the big switch to Windows Phone based on this but a nice try nevertheless from Microsoft. And as far as you are concerned, this ought to be your best opportunity to find out why some people are going gaga over WP Mango – at the comfort of your own smartphone and OS.

Do tell us whether you like Microsoft’s scheme in our comments section below.

Nokia Lumia 900 developers-only promo leaks (exclusive video)

Following the warm welcoming of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 Nokia devices running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango operating system, the companies are enthusiastically working on the third such phone to emerge from their banner called Lumia 900 aka Nokia Ace.

The device, though pretty much still under wraps, is rumored to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, invariably sporting a 1.4 GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of flash memory and an 8 mega-pixel camera with the usual Carl Zeiss optics.

Also, design-wise, the Lumia 900 is expected to be thinner and larger than the Lumia 800, improvising from the latter’s 3.7inch screen to a 4.3inch touch display. Unfortunately, that’s all we know about the Lumia 900 at present. Perhaps this dev-only exclusive video churns out something..

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone gets official, looks cute

As expected, Nokia followed the “first real Windows Phone” with the unveiling of a cute second, the Lumia 710, which is a lower-end device compared to the higher-end Lumia 800. Powered by the same 1.4GHz CPU found in the Lumia 800, the Lumia 710 sports a 3.7 inch ClearBlack display and comes in “stealthy black” and “crisp white,” with replaceable back covers. It is priced at around €270 ($375) and is expected to hit France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November and Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the close of 2011. Any additional markets can forget about it till the first part of 2012.

Press Release

Signals new dawn with the launch of Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710, the first Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone

Introduces a range of stylish, smart mobile phones, superior Nokia Maps, partnership for co-branded accessories with Monster, and more

London, UK – At Nokia World, the company’s annual event for customers, partners and developers, Nokia demonstrated clear progress on its strategy by unveiling a bold portfolio of innovative phones, services and accessories, including the first smartphones in its Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia range. The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 brings content to life with head-turning design, Nokia’s best social and Internet experience, familiar Nokia elements, such as leading imaging capabilities and new signature experiences. The colorful and affordable Nokia Lumia 710 is a no-nonsense smartphone that brings the Lumia experience to more people around the world.

Nokia also launched four new mobile phones which feature stylish design, a rich social experience and location-aware technology. The Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 201 blur the line between smartphones and feature phones, offering QWERTY and touch screen experiences, combined with fast and easy access to the Internet, integrated social networking, messaging and world-class applications from the Nokia Store.

“Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We’re driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. “From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I’m incredibly proud of these new devices – and the people of Nokia who have made this happen.”

“Since Nokia’s major strategic shift only eight months ago, the company has found a new energy. It has provided substantial improvements to Symbian, managed to differentiate on Windows Phone and it continues to build on its strong portfolio in mobile phones,” says Pete Cunningham, Principal Analyst, Canalys. “Nokia is delivering on its pledges, and is clearly demonstrating its path to future success.”

The first Nokia Lumia smartphones
First two smartphones based on Windows Phone introduce a range of new experiences designed to make everyday moments more amazing.

Nokia Lumia 710
The purposely built, no-nonsense Nokia Lumia 710 can be personalized with exchangeable back covers and thousands of apps to bring the Lumia experience to more people around the world. The Nokia Lumia 710 is designed for instant social & image sharing, and the best browsing experience with IE9. It is available in black and white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers. With the same 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 710 delivers high performance at an affordable price. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 710 will be approximately 270 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies.

Both smartphones include signature Nokia experiences optimized for Windows Phone, including Nokia Drive, which delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface; and Nokia Music introducing MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music. In an update delivered later this year, Nokia Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks. Also integrated in Nokia Music is Gigfinder, providing the ability to search for live local music for a complete end-to-end music experience, as well as the ability to share discoveries on social networks and buy concert tickets also coming in the Nokia Music software update delivered later this year.

Completing the ultimate mobile audio offering, Nokia also introduced the on-ear Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster and the in-ear Nokia Purity Stereo Headset by Monster, co-designed and co-developed by Monster, a recognized leader in high performance audio. Both products provide a fresh listening experience and are the first output of the exclusive long-term partnership between Nokia and Monster, intended to introduce a range of premium audio accessories to reflect the outstanding quality and bold style of the Lumia range.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is scheduled to be available first in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan toward the end of the year alongside the Nokia Lumia 800, before becoming available in further markets in early 2012.

Nokia also announced its plans to introduce a portfolio of products into the US in early 2012 and into mainland China in the first half of 2012. In addition to the existing products, which include coverage for WCDMA and HSPA, Nokia also plans LTE and CDMA products to address specific local market requirements.

For more info visit the product page at Nokia. For a hands-on video visit Engadget.

OFFICIAL: Lumia 800 — The ‘first real Windows Phone’ (video)

The curtains are up and we finally have our first real Nokia Windows Phone device named Lumia 800, unveiled at Nokia World few hours ago. A Nokia N9 look-alike, the 800 is a pretty impressive device powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU and is sculpted from the same 12.1mm (0.48-inch) thick piece of durable polycarbonate plastic, with tapered edges on the top and bottom to give it that industrial look and make it feel thinner than it really is. Towards the center it sports a curved ClearBlack AMOLED (800 x 480) display, with a Carl Zeiss optics-enhanced lens around the back.

On the inside it comes loaded with 16GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and 25GB of free SkyDrive space, and features Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and ESPN Sports Hub — all built into the OS. As for the OS itself, well, its the magical Windows Phone Mango, as you’d have already expected.

Other features include an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture, designed specifically for low-light environments, and quad-band GSM support, with HSDPA download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.

Priced at €420 ($585), the Lumia 800 is already available for pre-order in the U.S. and will roll out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK beginning next month, and will make its way to Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, with “further markets” on the horizon for a launch sometime next year.

Press Release

Signals new dawn with the launch of Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710, the first Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone

Introduces a range of stylish, smart mobile phones, superior Nokia Maps, partnership for co-branded accessories with Monster, and more

London, UK – At Nokia World, the company’s annual event for customers, partners and developers, Nokia demonstrated clear progress on its strategy by unveiling a bold portfolio of innovative phones, services and accessories, including the first smartphones in its Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia range. The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 brings content to life with head-turning design, Nokia’s best social and Internet experience, familiar Nokia elements, such as leading imaging capabilities and new signature experiences. The colorful and affordable Nokia Lumia 710 is a no-nonsense smartphone that brings the Lumia experience to more people around the world.

Nokia also launched four new mobile phones which feature stylish design, a rich social experience and location-aware technology. The Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 201 blur the line between smartphones and feature phones, offering QWERTY and touch screen experiences, combined with fast and easy access to the Internet, integrated social networking, messaging and world-class applications from the Nokia Store.

“Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We’re driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. “From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I’m incredibly proud of these new devices – and the people of Nokia who have made this happen.”

“Since Nokia’s major strategic shift only eight months ago, the company has found a new energy. It has provided substantial improvements to Symbian, managed to differentiate on Windows Phone and it continues to build on its strong portfolio in mobile phones,” says Pete Cunningham, Principal Analyst, Canalys. “Nokia is delivering on its pledges, and is clearly demonstrating its path to future success.”

The first Nokia Lumia smartphones
First two smartphones based on Windows Phone introduce a range of new experiences designed to make everyday moments more amazing.

Nokia Lumia 800
The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, vivid colors (cyan, magenta and black) and the best social and Internet performance, with one-touch social network access, easy grouping of contacts, integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9. It features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display blending seamlessly into the reduced body design, and a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor. The Nokia Lumia 800 contains an instant-share camera experience based on leading Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately 420 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies.

Both smartphones include signature Nokia experiences optimized for Windows Phone, including Nokia Drive, which delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface; and Nokia Music introducing MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music. In an update delivered later this year, Nokia Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks. Also integrated in Nokia Music is Gigfinder, providing the ability to search for live local music for a complete end-to-end music experience, as well as the ability to share discoveries on social networks and buy concert tickets also coming in the Nokia Music software update delivered later this year.

Completing the ultimate mobile audio offering, Nokia also introduced the on-ear Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster and the in-ear Nokia Purity Stereo Headset by Monster, co-designed and co-developed by Monster, a recognized leader in high performance audio. Both products provide a fresh listening experience and are the first output of the exclusive long-term partnership between Nokia and Monster, intended to introduce a range of premium audio accessories to reflect the outstanding quality and bold style of the Lumia range.

The new Nokia Lumia 800 is now available in select countries for pre-order on www.nokia.com and is scheduled to roll-out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November, with 31 leading operators and retailers providing unprecedented marketing support in those first six countries. It is scheduled to be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and in further markets in early 2012.

Nokia also announced its plans to introduce a portfolio of products into the US in early 2012 and into mainland China in the first half of 2012. In addition to the existing products, which include coverage for WCDMA and HSPA, Nokia also plans LTE and CDMA products to address specific local market requirements.

For more info visit the product page at Nokia. For a hands-on video visit Engadget.

Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phones leak ahead of tomorrow’s announcement at Nokia World

With just hours to go for Nokia World to kick off, two new Nokia Windows Phone devices have made their way out a little too early before they are dashed out officially tomorrow. The two devices in question are the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 — both, of course, running Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS donning the Nokia hardware. Unfortunately there isn’t much information available about the said devices as yet but we’re sure to find out more over a cup of coffee tomorrow morning at Nokia World at these times:

10:00PM – Hawaii (October 25th)
01:00AM – Pacific (October 26th)
02:00AM – Mountain (October 26th)
03:00AM – Central (October 26th)
04:00AM – Eastern (October 26th)
09:00AM – London (October 26th)
10:00AM – Paris (October 26th)
12:00PM – Moscow (October 26th)
05:00PM – Tokyo (October 26th)

As always, we’ll keep you updated with the latest. Enjoy these close-ups of the 800 and 710 till then:

Image via WinRumors

Head-to-head: iOS 5 vs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich vs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

So there we are, looking at three newly reformed OSes, two of which have already had some playing time while one of them is yet to enter the field. Its a battle between Apple, Google and Microsoft. Who’s is the best?

iOS 5

Apple launched the final version of iOS 5 earlier this month on October 12, packing a host of new features in it which further epitomizes the iPhone’s classiness. With over 200 new features, iOS 5 enables you to do more with your iGadget than you previously could have. And as Apple once said: iOS is the most advanced operating system available in the market and it, combined with the iPhone, was 5 years ahead of anything else available out there.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Yet to enter the field as of yet, Android 4.0 ICS, officially unveiled just last week, is quite an improvement over its predecessors. Previously criticized for not being user-friendly to match its exceptional features, the ICS overcomes this criticism in some style with a vastly improved UI (Google claims that design and UX was a primary focus during development). This takes it on par with Apple’s OS (Apple, of course, is known for the overwhelming user friendliness of its software).

Oh, and, just like iOS, ICS too is now compatible with both smartphones and tablets, unlike previously where smartphones used Android 2.3 Gingerbread and tablets ran on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. This gives the Android fanbois definitely something to cheer about.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Launched only weeks ago, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango has already been touted the best mobile OS to come out from Redmond after Microsoft’s previous attempt (WP 7) was regarded as a big failure according to many. Mango, as sweet as it can get, has brought many new features that Windows Phone lovers were craving for, and add to it hardware as good as Nokia’s, one of the best in the industry, Windows Phone 7.5 is sure give a good fight to Apple and Google as far as mobile OS is concerned.

So now the question arises – Which of the three operating systems is the best?

Each OS has its own advantages and disadvantages and each individual has his/her own preferences with regards to OS used on his/her device. So picking a winner out of the three wouldn’t be fair in my opinion. But if you ask me, personally, i’d prefer iOS 5 to the other two simply because of the smooth and very friendly user interface Apple has made us accustomed to which i couldn’t find in Windows Phone or Android devices (though i must add that i’m yet to use ICS and Mango).

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Both the articles are guest posts written for Firstain by industry recognized authors having over 10 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in their respective fields.

Image Credit: Redmond Pie

Microsoft launches HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro Windows Phone ‘Mango’ devices in India, wants some love

Microsoft has, now, officially released its first Windows Phone devices in India and the first three to arrive will all run on the company’s new Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango‘ OS. The three devices in question are HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro, and the company believes the trio is good enough to eat into Android’s growing market share in the sub-continent, especially in India, and make Windows Phone devices the number one choice for consumers in this part of the world.

Among the three, the HTC Radar will be the first one to be available from as early as next week for a rumored price of around Rs. 23,000 (Approx. $490), while the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro are all set to arrive sometime in November.

Some rumors also suggest that the Acer Allegro will be the cheapest of the lot and will retail for something around Rs. 18,000 (Approx. $400).

Microsoft has also launched Windows Phone Marketplace and voice recognition support in India officially in order to win over some hearts.

Via Engadget

Windows Phone ‘Mango’ coming as early as this Thursday (September 15)?

We’ve all been waiting for Microsoft to launch their next-gen OS, Windows Phone 7.1/7.5 Mango ever since we first heard about it back in May. Since then, the operating system has been progressing really well, being released to manufacturing (RTM) some time back. And now, some reports are suggesting that Mango could be within our reach as early as this Thursday, September 15th.

The rumored release date was first revealed on the Windows Phone Dev Podcast, a date that was allegedly backed up by numerous sources:

Next week is going to be a big week for Windows Phone.  We have been told by various sources that Mango will be dropping and the final tools will be dropping for developers, so that would be interesting and something to look forward to.

While its not yet confirmed, 15 September is surely booked on our calendar in Microsoft’s favor. The reports also suggest that Microsoft will roll out the Mango update to existing devices, though not all devices should expect an update as it is usually the carriers and OEMs who have the last word on when each device is updated.

So, what are your expectations from Mango?

First Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ commercial goes viral (video)

The first Windows Phone 7.1 (it’s NOT 7.5) aka ‘Mango’ commercials have hit the web and, though not from Microsoft themselves, give a good indication of where the new OS’ marketing is heading towards.

The new commercial, put together by Japanese carrier KDDI, showcases several mysterious Windows Phone devices and outlines the main features of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS, including Xbox Live integration and a mobile version of Office. That said, the advert still fails to convince us properly. Probably they’ve left it for Microsoft to do that (?).

Anyway, here’s the Mango advert we’re talking about:

Microsoft to unveil Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in special ‘VIP Preview’ tonight

Microsoft is all set to deliver some juicy Mango-flavored updates tonight at a special “VIP Preview” at 10:00am Eastern time. Yesterday, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer promised over 500 new features in the next major release of the Windows Phone OS so we’ll be keenly waiting to hear all of them. One by one. In excruciating detail. Here are the times you need to be switched on:

04:00 – Hawaii
07:00 – Pacific
08:00 – Mountain
09:00 – Central
10:00 – Eastern
15:00 – London
16:00 – Paris
18:00 – Moscow
22:00 – Perth
22:00 – Shenzhen
23:00 – Tokyo
00:00 – Sydney (May 25th)

Top blog Engadget will covering the event Live! We at Firstain will try our best to get into the act ourselves. Stay tuned!

Video: A closer look at Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’

Microsoft demos Windows Phone 7.5 Mango business features (video)As you know, Microsoft has named the next major update to strike Windows Phones as ‘Mango’, which will change the OS from 7.0 to 7.5 thus making it Windows Phone 7.5.

The announcement came at Microsoft’s TechEd 2011 event where they also demoed the awesomeness of the ‘Mango’. The update will just revolutionize your Windows Phone and bring in a host of updated functionality, including major improvements in its business features and synchronization with its desktop services through Office 365 and Microsoft Lync. Below are some of its benefits:

  • Pinnable e-mail folders, which – straightforward as it sounds – will allow you to pin a folder to the start screen for quick access. RSS feeds or emails from a specific person are just one example for the possible use.
  • Conversation view in e-mail, which is your typically useful threaded e-mail view.
  • Server search, which grants you access to those long forgotten emails, which are still stored in the depths of an Exchange server.
  • Lync, which lets you stay in touch with co-workers and have access to company-specific services.
  • Complex password, which gives you the option to type in an alphanumeric password.
  • Information Rights Management, which translates into better protection for documents.
  • Support for Hidden SSID or access to hidden Wi-Fi networks.
  • Office 365 and Windows Live SkyDrive documents save, share and sync.

Microsoft demos Windows Phone 7.5 Mango business features (video)

Microsoft will unveil more of ‘Mango’ in a specific event hosted for the platform on May 24th (next Tuesday).

In the meantime, catch this video below which our friends at WinRumors recorded Live from Microsoft’s TechEd event: