Not everyone was all that happy to let Apple have its day in the spotlight and leave it at that. Of course, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that competing companies would take to Twitter to try to draw a bit of attention away from Apple and its iPhone announcements. Some worked well, some didn’t, and some were just odd, so let’s round up the most notable.
Ballmer’s goal is to gently position Windows right in between the twoto make a success of Microsoft’s mobile OS. Ballmer says that Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Surface have all been done right and unlike Apple and Android, Microsoft is talking closely with developers. Talking about Windows, he says, “It just works,” a comment usually directed at Apple’s smooth as silk iOS. Ballmer also got in a shot at the Apple Maps debacle.
The analytics company concludes that while overall phone sales dropped slightly, smartphone sales are growing rapidly rising by 46.9% in Q3 2012.
Samsung cemented its position as the most prolific phone manufacturer selling nearly 98 million devices in the quarter.
We’ve delved into just what we think of Windows Phone 8’s interface, but not what led Microsoft to the final layout. The company isn’t content to let us wonder — a pair of new company blog posts explain some (though not all) of what was involved in that birthing process. Ignore the marketing spin and you’ll learn that the wider, more densely packed home screen was chosen as much for balance as to stuff in more home tiles, and that it caused a momentary crisis for the app list as a result. The Redmond team goes on to justify choices behind the lock screen, such as why notifications are as customizable as they are, why the music controls fade and why there’s a failsafe for PIN attempts. Don’t expect to come out of the explanations suddenly craving a Lumia 920; just expect to make more sense of the OS inside.
Android has grown its share almost all over the globe and remains theworld’s most popular operating system, according to the latest report by UK-based analysts from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The Kantar report focuses on the state of the mobile market in the United States, the UK and Europe as a whole in the third quarter of 2012.
So what are the numbers? Android leads in the United States, but with less. Its commanding 66.4% share has shrunken down to 57.5%, cannibalized by the growth of the iPhone which now has a 35.7% share. Interestingly, RIM has now become less popular than Windows Phone, but both have a very marginal sub-3% representation in the States.
Nokia Music has been updated to version 3.5, and unusually on this occasion Nokia gave a changelog.
New in this version:
- Download all types of mixes to listen to offline
- ‘pin to start’ any mix, so you can quickly play your favourites
- See what mixes and songs you’ve previously listened to by tapping ‘recent
- Search for gigs by artist, venue and city
- Share details of the song you are playing to social networks, via email and
- Fixed disappearing menu options
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