Windows Phone 10: Will It Resurrect Microsoft’s Smartphone Business?

Microsoft is very likely betting its impending mobile OS, Windows Phone 10, will spur consumer love for upcoming handsets and help Microsoft gain some much needed market share in the competitive smartphone market.

But industry watchers say it will not only take a creative and feature-rich OS, but some big strategy moves for Microsoft to get in the leadership pack. A big key step is getting innovative mobile apps in play, which may be tough given developers tend to build for the most popular smartphones where consumer love translates to profit.

“Microsoft Phones are renowned for its simplicity. While a simple and easy to use phone is great for newbies to the smartphone world or individuals looking for a phone with basic applications, it falls short of its competitors,” Ari Zoldan, CEO of Quantum Networks, told Tech Times. “The iPhone and Android have become big hits in the smartphone industry due to their completeness or availability of advanced and numerous applications.”

Research firm IDC reports Windows Phone had a worldwide market share of 2.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014, compared with Android’s 84.4 percent and iOS’ 11.7 percent.

The next IDC report may show a positive shift for Microsoft, though, as the company recently posted its fiscal second-quarter earnings, which boasted record sales for its Lumia smartphones.

Yet while Lumia grabbed attention, and consumer traction, there hasn’t been a lot of news relating to Microsoft’s mobile app strategy.

“What Microsoft needs to do to meet the smartphone standard is to improve their limited applications,” notes Zoldan. “Microsoft needs to up their game by improving and expanding their mediocre app and game selection. By Microsoft transforming their marketplace from a barren to a bountiful app store, they can meet and even surpass the smartphone standard.”

According to media reports, Windows Phone 10 will likely be similar to Windows Phone 8.1, and allow Windows 10 devices to integrate more easily with Windows 10 PCs. But such interoperability is just one small puzzle piece to put in place if Microsoft hopes to forge big inroads as a smartphone player going forward.

Source: techtimes.com

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What’s the most popular version of Android?

Google’s Android service has been growing in number and importance since its first public release in 2008.

Since then we’ve seen it grow from the underdog competitior to the most popular mobile OS around, powering over one billion devices and handling operations ranging from games consoles toset-top boxes, and smart TVs to mobile devices.

All told, Android is probably Google’s biggest technological contribution alongside its eponymous search engine, online map, and a platform to find amusing videos with.

However, it isn’t perfect, and from a developer point of view it’s too fragmented. It’s one reason why iOS tends to get apps first, or why some never reach Android at all.

But just how fragmented are things? And which version of Android is everybody actually using?

To answer those questions we’ve put together an infographic (click to see a far larger version) breaking down the versions of Android used most, and offering some thoughts on the matter too.

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As you can see from our infographic, both Honeycomb and Lollipop don’t make the cut, with device owners sticking with KitKat and Gingerbread – or upgrading away into Ice Cream Sandwich.

It also shows that, while most users are running on KitKat, more devices are running a variant of Jelly Bean instead – with the majority of them sticking to 4.2 instead of 4.3 or 4.1.

While this may seem somewhat unexpected on the surface, there are seemingly reasonable explanations for most points.

Many will paint this as a failiure for Lollipop, espeically due to its buggy nature. However, it’s worth noting that Lollipop only officially launched in the middle of November, and even then it only came to some Nexus devices.

By the end of Google’s survey, which closed on the 5th January, most other manufacturers hadn’t started rolling out the update to their devices. Samsung had only released an update for the Galaxy S5 in South Korea, and even now users are waiting for their region to recieve the update, and older devices still have no concrete rollout date.

Conversely, KitKat has such an obscene amount of users because it launched at the right time in October, arriving on many devices soon after and then was the default OS for all new Android phone releases in 2014. Phones released towards the tail end of 2014 all came with KitKat installed on them, waiting to recieve an update to Android Lollipop when available.

As for why there are so many devices still running older versions of Android, we can probably turn our attention to developing countries who have an install base of more basic feature phones running Android. However, it’s interesting to see that while Gingerbread has a large market share, most users who upgraded to Honeycomb have seemingly moved on to Ice Cream Sandwich too – leaving Honeycomb installed on less than 1 million devices.

Let’s hope Google makes our infographic-making efforts null and void by releasing some updated information once Lollipop has rolled out to the rest of the world.

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Download iOS 8.1.3 Right Here For Apple ID Password And Other Fixes

Apple has updated its mobile OS today, with the release of iOS 8.1.3. Over the last few update cycles, the company’s update schedule has begun to pick up the pace and we’re seeing updates to its framework sooner than we used to before. Looks like the company is intent to fix bugs and other problems in its operating system as soon as possible. With the release of iOs 8.1.2, Apple fixed a user ringtone issue affecting several users with purchased tunes.

iOS 8.1.3 Released With Minor Updates And Bug Fixes Under The Hood

Today’s iOS update comes with minor bug fixes and updates on board. Looking at the changelog for the update, we find that iOS 8.1.3 reduces the amount of storage space required for an iOS update, something which should be a relief for users with 16 GB variants of the iPhone, iPad or the iPod. In addition to this, issues with Apple ID for facetime and messages, multitasking for the iPad and new configuration options for education standardization have also been added.

iOS 8.1.3 update is for all the devices that were compatible with the original iOS 8 update last year and include:

  • iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3
  • iPod touch, fifth-generation.

So download the iOS 8.1.3 update for your Apple device as soon as possible to stay update with all the latest security and other offerings from Apple. However, today’s update also most likely means that Apple has fixed Pangu and TaiG exploits for its software, so if you like yur device nice and jailbroken, it would be wise to wait before we’re absolutely sure that either the tools still work with the update, or in the other case, untill new solutions become available. Whatever the case, stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated.

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