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The smartphone market is expected to see increased competition during the next several years, with major manufacturers leapfrogging each other for greater pieces of market share.
According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the smartphone market will grow by nearly 50 percent during 2011, as more companies adopt the devices for greater mobility management.
While multiple recent reports pronounce Android to be the king of the smartphone market for years to come, IDC’s analysis found that Windows Phone devices will see significant growth during the next several years.
During 2011, IDC predicts that the Android operating system will lead all OS with a 39.5 percent market share, with Nokia’s Symbian OS taking 20.9 percent. Apple’s iOS will be third with 15.7 percent, followed by Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS with 14.9 percent and Windows Mobile with 5.5 percent. However, Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft, using the Windows Phone, will fuel the manufacturer’s market from 2011 through 2015, achieving a compound annual growth rate of 67.1 percent during those years.
IDC predicts that by 2015, the Nokia-Microsoft partnership will produce the second largest market share at 20.9 percent, behind only Android, whose share will grow to 45.4 percent. Apple’s iOS will remain third with 15.3 percent, followed by the BlackBerry OS with 13.7 percent. With Nokia all but abandoning the Symbian OS, its CAGR between 2011 and 2015 will be a 65 percent loss, resulting in a 0.2 percent market share in 2015.
“Nokia’s recent announcement to shift from Symbian to Windows Phone will have significant implications for the smartphone market going forward,” said Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst in IDC’s mobile devices technology and trends team. “Up until the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Microsoft has steadily lost market share while other operating systems have brought forth new and appealing experiences. The new alliance brings together Nokia’s hardware capabilities and Windows Phone’s differentiated platform. We expect the first devices to launch in 2012. By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android.”
An intriguing variable in the projections is AT&T’s recent rumored acquisition of T-Mobile, which would combine the second- and fourth-largest providers in the U.S. The merger might have a possible affect on both providers’ users and the types of smartphones being sold.
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Microsoft bringing NFC to Windows phones this year?
By Christopher Brown | NearFieldCommunicationsWorld.com | 30 March 2011, 14:54
Software giant Microsoft could be introducing NFC capabilities to Windows mobile phones as soon as this year, according to Bloomberg:
Microsoft Corp. is working on a version of its Windows Phone software that will let users buy merchandise with a flick of the handset at a checkout counter, two people familiar with the plans said.
Microsoft plans to include mobile-payment technology in new versions of its operating system for smartphones as part of an effort to narrow Google Inc.’s lead in handset software, said the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the features aren’t public. The first devices boasting these features may be released this year, the people said.
“Having NFC features may be crucial to Microsoft’s efforts to boost shrinking market share,” Bloomberg adds. “Microsoft is expected to hold about 5.5 percent of the mobile operating system market this year, compared with 39.5 percent for Android, 15.7 percent for Apple’s IOS, and 14.9 percent for Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry.”
In February, Microsoft announced a partnership with mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, which is committed to including NFC in all its new smartphones. The deal between the two sponsor members of the NFC Forum, will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones.
Last week, Nokia told NFC World that buyers of the Nokia Astound smartphone, a T-Mobile USA version of the Nokia C7 that will go on sale in April, will be able to access the phone’s in-built NFC capabilities from day one.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform will have the second-biggest slice of the smartphone market by 2015, analyst firm IDC predicted, ahead of Apple’s iOS.
The prediction that Microsoft’s mobile platform will be second only to Android in the global smartphone market is based on Nokia’s announcement that it would abandon Symbian for Windows Phone 7.
“Up until the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Microsoft has steadily lost market share while other operating systems have brought forth new and appealing experiences,” said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team.
“The new alliance brings together Nokia’s hardware capabilities and Windows Phone’s differentiated platform. We expect the first devices to launch in 2012. By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android,” he continued.
In 2015, IDC expects Android to have a 45.5 percent share of the smartphone market, more than double Microsoft’s 20.9 percent. “For the vendors who made Android the cornerstone of their smartphone strategies, 2010 was the coming-out party. This year will see a coronation party as these same vendors broaden and deepen their portfolios to reach more customers, particularly first-time smartphone users,” Llamas said.
Apple’s iOS will be in third place with 15.3 percent by 2015 — slightly down on the 15.7 percent it can boast today – ahead of RIM’s BlackBerry on 13.7 percent.
Symbian will fall away to just 0.2 percent by 2015, IDC said, with other operating systems making up the remaining 4.6 percent.
According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors will ship more than 450 million smartphones in 2011 compared to the 303.4 million units shipped in 2010.
IDC also claimed that the smartphone market will grow more than four times faster than the overall mobile phone market in 2011.
Nowadays the options are endless when it comes to mobile phones. There are millions of different smart phones all offering the coolest apps or the most cutting-edge technology. While it seems like everyone either has an iPhone, Droid or Blackberry, there is a new operating system on the scene that will bring some fierce competition to the market.
Windows has updated its operating system to the new Windows Phone 7, which was launched in Australia in October 2010. This mobile OS is up-to-date on the latest technology and will bring some tough competition to existing operating systems such as the iOS and Android.
Windows Phone 7 offers many great features such as a customized and constantly updated Start screen, Internet Explorer Mobile, people hub and game hub, which features Xbox LIVE.
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Recently Nokia announced that it will be putting Windows Phone 7 in all its future smart phones. This partnership could mean big things for both Nokia and Windows Phone 7. According to the IDC forecast for the smart phone market, it is predicted that in 2015 Windows Phone 7 will be the second most popular mobile OS in the world, behind Android.
Also, it looks like the ever-popular iPhone might have lost its luster. According to recent market share data, Apple’s iOS has reached a plateau and popularity might remain stagnant.
With the every-changing market it is hard to predict who will really be the industry leader. Who knows, Steve Jobs may surprise us all and come out with a new iOS feature putting Apple back on top. But as of now, it looks like Android and Windows Phone 7 will soon be the top-dogs in the industry.
San Francisco – Global smartphone sales will soar 50 per cent this year compared to 2010, with Google’s Android set to extend its lead as the world’s most popular operating system for the devices, according to a study released Tuesday by research group IDC.
The study estimated that the number of smartphones in use this year will reach roughly 450 million, some 147 million more than in 2010.
Devices running Google’s Android OS will dominate with a 39.5-per- cent market share, rising to 45.4 per cent by 2015. Apple’s iOS devices will decline slightly from 15.7 per cent this year to 15.3 per cent in 2015.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 will gain the benefits of an alliance with Nokia to jump from a market share of just 5.5 per cent this year to 20.9 per cent in 2015, making it the number two mobile OS in the world after Android, the study predicted.
Most of that gain will come at the expense of Nokia’s Symbian OS, which is predicted to go from 20.9 per cent to just 0.2 per cent in 2015. Blackberry’s share will decline from 14.9 per cent in 2011 to 13.7 per cent by mid-decade.
‘Overall market growth in 2010 was exceptional,’ said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. ‘Last year’s high market growth was due in part to pent-up demand from a challenging 2009, when many buyers held off on mobile phone purchases. The expected market growth for 2011, while still notable, will taper off somewhat from what we saw in 2010.’
St.George Bank has made a move for some Windows Phone 7 action with a new banking application encompassing Australian app, Mobile Banking Lite, which enables customers to check their account balance and transaction history.
St.George Bank CIO, Dhiren Kulkharni, said the app would allow customers to securely view their account balance and transaction history quickly and conveniently, and was an Australian banking first.
“St.George Mobile Banking Lite has been designed for customers who just need to check their account balance when they’re out and about, without having to complete the full mobile banking log-in process,” the bank’s chief executive, Rob Chapman, said in a statement.
“It’s easy to use. Once a customer downloads the App from the Windows Market Place on their mobile phone, they enter all of their log-in details, including their Customer Number, Security Number and Password.
“From then on, subsequent logons only require customers to enter their Internet Password.”
The app also includes a branch and ATM locator, and will be made available through St.George’s Mobile Banking App for iPhone and Android smartphone users in April.
Earlier this month, the bank relaunched its website to include a range of online services for customers, including an improved branch and ATM locator, new product selectors, new comparison tables and access to real-time interest rate information.
As reported by Computerworld Australia, Telstra, HTC and Microsoft have teamed up to launch the first Windows Phone 7 smartphone onto the Australian market with the HD7 on the Next G network.
The handset will be available from March 29 for $768 outright or on a 24-month contract. Contract pricing has not yet been announced.
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Nokia R&D： 4 Windows Phone 7 Mobile Phones And 1 Win8 Tablet
Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop said, Nokia started to develop the first Windows Phone 7 mobile phone in a interview on last weekend.
Eldar Murtazin from Russia, revealed more news about Nokia Windows Phone 7 Plan, the “Chief Master of Exposure” of Nokia claimed that Nokia did not only start to develop one version of WP7 mobile phone, there were 4 versions of WP7 mobile phones and one version of Win8 tablet at least on their planning.
There are two new versions would meet the standards of Windows Phone 7 Chassis 1, which aimed at high-end market. The other two would meet the Nokia’s own standards of smart phone hardware, which aimed at midrange market.
According to the prior provisions of Microsoft, the minimum standards of hardware, including processors, memory, screen etc. ,for Windows Phone 7 system settings were strict,. But the limits would be broken after Nokia in cooperation with Microsoft, and cheaper WP7 mobile phones would be launched.
Windows 8 system of Microsoft would support ARM processor what give Nokia a new opportunity to launch a windows 8 tablet, making MeeGo system almost a tragedy.
Published: Monday, Mar 14, 2011, 18:04 IST | Updated: Monday, Mar 14, 2011, 18:23 IST
By Sreejiraj Eluvangal | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
Nokia will launch its first Windows Mobile phone in roughly 12 months from now, the Finnish firm’s India MD, D Shivakumar said. Shivakumar also defended the deal with PC operating system maker pointing to Microsoft’s strengths in areas such as socia networking, search and other software.
In a regulatory filing in the US on Friday, Nokia had said that it expected most of its smartphones to migrate to the Windows Mobile platform only in two years, setting off speculation that it will take two years to implement the strategy.
Nokia and Microsoft had announced a deal last month under which Nokia promised to build smartphones only on Windows platform, and to abandon other platforms like Android and Symbian.
According to Canalys, a global IT market research firm, the share of Windows in total smarphone sales had plummeted to just 3% during the last quarter of 2010 despite having been present on more than half of the smartphones in the early 2000s. In comparison, Symbian, which is being discarded by Nokia, had a marketshare of 31%.
Critics and consumers dismissed the last major version of Windows Mobile, called Windows Mobile 6, as being clunky and resource-hungry, though they have been kinder on the new version — Windows Mobile 7, unveiled earlier this year.
Shivakumar said Nokia’s bet is on the new version and its is much better than the earlier ones. “We took the decision after looking at that operating system [Windows Mobile 7]. It’s a good operating system,” he said, when asked about abandoning a popular product for a less popular one.
Nokia, which has around 35-40% of India’s cellphone market, is estimated to be maintaining its share in the smarphone market as well, despite teething troubles in bringing new models to market. The Finnish firm has been caught in a semi-paralysis for the last 2 years as rivals such as Samsung and LG raced ahead by introducing tens of new models in the smartphone category.
The flounder also cost Nokia’s four-year-old CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo his job late last year, and brought Stephen Elop, then head of Microsoft’s business division to Nokia’s head.
Shivakumar said the alliance between Nokia and Microsoft will give the latter a second shot at the mobile market, thanks to Nokia’s 33% global marketshare.
“Microsoft has been looking for a strong hardware partner, but they have been on phones [platforms] which has not given them that strength. With Nokia, suddenly the scales are huge.
“So, for the first time in many a markets, people will get used to a Windows Mobile phone thanks to the Nokia tie-up,” he pointed out.
For Nokia, the deal will help the company give a quiet burial to the ailing Symbian operating system while leveraging Microsoft’s influence as a shareholder at Facebook to bring nifty features to its future smartphones.
“Its [new] operating system has links to it [Facebook].. It has a range of services which complement Nokia services — they have Bing [search], Zune [music] and games,” the India MD said. Meanwhile, Nokia will launch around 40-50 new phone models in 2011, including around 20 smartphones built on Symbian, he added.
He also claimed that the Rs 23,000 ‘N8’ trebled the Indian smartphone market since its launch six months ago. Around 6 million out of the 155 million phones sold in India last year are expected to have been ‘smart’, according to research firm IDC India. They are expected to hit 39 million units by 2014, according to Canalys.
By Santosh Mishra
New Delhi: The photos of a prototype Sony Ericsson Windows Phone have emerged with the message that the mobile phone company is gearing ahead to launch a Windows Phone.
This handset has the look of a touchscreen phone and is equipped with features such as landscape slide-out QWERTY keyboard with the keys having ample space between them.
The menu, standard back and search buttons are placed at the bottom of the screen. The phone has a large screen, a micro-USB connection, and a front-mounted camera.
Nathan Vautier, UK MD of Sony Ericsson, stated “We’re not as tribal about ecosystems as some companies.”
He said further, “We believe that the Android environment is the best and most mature ecosystem for us at the moment; but we have a good working relationship with Microsoft.”
THOUGHT: Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2011 – Windows Phone and Tablet PC
Posted by Arne Hess – on Friday, 04.03.11 – 19:12:45 CET under 09 – Thoughts – Viewed 210x
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As you might have seen, I haven’t posted anything to the::unwired this week but if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen that I was travelling. As a matter of fact I was again in Seattle for this year’s Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Global Summit, the largest customer event each year on Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond. As every year, it was a jam-packed week and in addition to some open, non-NDA sessions like “Windows without Walls” where Microsoft showed how the Windows ecosystem from the desktop to the Xbox 360 to mobile devices to the services plays to each other, there was a keynote by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO and for sure 1.5 days of deep-dive sessions with the Windows Phone product team which were – as you can imagine – under NDA.
Since the meaning of a non discloser agreement is that nothing should be disclosed, I can’t talk about anything presented or discussed by Microsoft. However, I want to express some personal feelings.
I’m working with Microsoft since late 1999 in the mobile space, which was the time when the first Pocket PC PDAs were close to be released, and during these 11 years, I’ve visited Microsoft quite often – up to three times a year. However, since the early days of Pocket PCs, a lot has changed. While in the beginning, the PDA business was driven by a small group of people, today the mobile business is one of Microsoft’s main focuses since it connects and unwires the PC, the server and the services. Beside the cloud, the mobile business might be one of the hot topics for Microsoft and therefore it had to change its mind and behavior how it treats its mobile business. But one thing is for sure: Microsoft takes its mobile business as serious as never before and it better has to do so since it’s part of the company’s future.
So what does it mean for the customers? It means that they will see many enhancements during the upcoming weeks, months and years. Microsoft has a clear vision how to develop Windows Phone into a direction to lead the market. While the company is well aware that Windows Phone 7 is yet not perfect, it has developed a roadmap how to catch-up with the competition while at the same time leading and differentiating itself from the competition. In my humble opinion, the time is gone where a single system will dominate a whole technology space and the mobile space isn’t anything different. We have great other OS’s and ecosystems available, namely iOS, Android and webOS and Windows Phone is just another. Nevertheless, the market is huge enough for at least 3, maybe 4 systems but the companies behind the OS’s and ecosystems have to prove this every day again. Customers have so many great choices today, they will hardly tolerate faults and therefore every single step has to be well planned.
What I’ve seen this week in Redmond shows that Microsoft is clearly aware of it. Windows Phone is the latest OS to a party where other operating systems have already found their fans. However, the recent Nokia / Microsoft announcement also shows that Microsoft knows that it have to catch-up by working with strong partners. As I initially mentioned, I can’t go any further here as well as Microsoft is in some parts not able to wider open the doors to its MVPs since the market landscape has dramatically changed. Was it 5 MVPs in the early Pocket PC days only, we are now over 70 and while we hadn’t had blogs, Twitter and Facebook in the early days, today it’s technically even possible to stream NDA sessions to the Internet without carrying an equipment worth of several thousand US$ but by simply using a mobile phone. Nevertheless, Microsoft provided a sneak-peek in the future and this looks promising enough to make me thinking that Windows Phone will be surely one of the OS which survives and maybe even lead the mobile space – at least in some areas.
Quite useful were the discussions with the product teams about current features and upcoming enhancements. For instance the product teams explained why some decisions were made this way and not the other way around and while I not agree with all of them, I at least value and understand Microsoft’s point. However, Microsoft also admitted that the one or the other design decision was a bad or at least not perfect one and that it works on improving the user experience in several areas. The product team is far away from being self-satisfied but knows that last year’s Windows Phone 7 launch was just the beginning. And thanks to Windows Phone’s new update mechanism, Microsoft is able to roll-out firmware updates faster. However, what we shouldn’t expect to see is a kind of “monthly patch day” as users experience on Windows PCs but it’s also clear that updates as well as upgrades have to be released way faster and more often then ever before. New services appear, uses cases change and therefore Microsoft will take the benefit of being in the driver seat for updates. Was it perfect with the pre-Nodo release? Far from it and Microsoft knows it. Will it be better in the future? At least I got the word but we will see.
Another thing which was a hot topic on the Microsoft campus was the future of Tablet PCs. For sure, Steve Ballmer was asked during his keynote what the company plans are (as well as Microsoft was already asked the same question during the recent Mobile World Congress) but neither Microsoft nor Steve Ballmer has given an answer yet. As Achim Berg said during the Windows Phone 7 press conference in Hamburg last fall, Windows Phone 7 is yet not an option which makes me kind of clueless. I understand that Microsoft comes from the PC business and therefore it might want to feature its PC OS (whichever it will be in the future) but in my humble opinion Windows Phone 7 would be the perfect tablet OS for today. It’s light, fast, comes with a touch optimized user interface as well as it features a whole ecosystem of apps and services. The iPad is a great example that customers wants something between its mobile / smartphone and the PC. The Netbook already proved it before, while the UMPC concept unfortunately failed to prove it, but Microsoft hasn’t detailed any upcoming Tablet PC plans at all. Again, I would vote for Windows Phone 7 for Tablet but it’s not up to me anyway. However, in my humble opinion Microsoft misses another opportunity if it’s not jumping the tablet bandwagon today, or it has to come around the corner later with something much better which will attract the customer in a way tablets do today already. Also I wasn’t the only one on the campus who thought that Windows Phone 7 would be the perfect OS (but I’ve also heard different voices) for a tablet but hey – it’s Microsoft’s business and money and customers will be able to vote when the product hits the stores.
Ok, this was a fairly long blog posting without saying or disclosing anything but then again, I just wanted to express my feelings that I think Microsoft is on the right track with Windows Phone 7 and that I’m really confident that the whole product group is working hard in the background to make it an even better mobile OS.
Cheers ~ Arne
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