Well, that's one way to bolster Windows Phone 8 market share
Traveling around the country and enjoying free flights aren't the only perks of working for Delta Air Lines. In an effort to "push for technological innovation," Delta today equipped 19,000 flight attendants with Windows Phone 8 devices that are intended to streamline on-board purchasing. It's part of a broader effort to improve the customer experience by investing in technology, Delta says.
Android's open platform inevitably leads to a wealth of designs, which is one of the reasons for its success. With Android, you can go big or small, fast or modest, and so forth. Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is almost the exact opposite, and certainly there are far fewer options for users to choose from. However, would-be Windows Phone shoppers hoping for a large size display may soon get their wish.
Let's be clear about something right off the bat. Highfalutin digital SLR cameras are very much relevant and will be for a long, long time to come. DSLRs have nothing to worry about from smartphones, not now, not tomorrow, and maybe not ever. But compact cameras and consumer point-n-shoots in general? Well, they're already feeling the squeeze from increasingly capable smartphones, and if Nokia's Lumia 1020 lives up to the hype, it could be the beginning of the end for budget digicams.
Thinking about picking up Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone? Before you do, Microsoft wants you to consider the price. Off contract, a Galaxy S4 will set you back "a cool $750," compared to Nokia's Lumia 521, a Windows Phone 8 device that costs $150 off-contract. Oh yes, Microsoft went there, and then shot a YouTube video showing all the things you could purchase at a Microsoft Store with the money you saved.
It does seem at times as though Apple and Samsung almost enjoy fighting with each other, doesn't it? A new ad promoting Nokia's Lumia 920 smartphone and the Windows Phone platform it runs on comes right out and says it, and then implores viewers, "Don't fight. Switch." The 1-minute ad spot does little to promote the Lumia 920's features or Windows Phone software, but you have to hand it to Microsoft for at least trying to get into the thick of things.
Nokia's Windows RT tablet will sport a built-in battery.
Move over Surface, and make room for Nokia's own version of what an ARM-based Windows RT tablet should be like. According to The Verge, Microsoft's BFF in the mobile space is planning to launch a Windows RT tablet sometime in early 2013. It will have a 10.1-inch display similar to the Surface RT's panel, HDMI output, USB ports, and a built-in cellular radio that AT&T will be the first to take advantage of.
Nokia's long-rumored Windows RT tablet is now rumored to be coming in early 2013
We began the year wondering if a Nokia tablet could finally be in the offing and in March heard rumors that the struggling Finnish company was prepping a 10-inch Windows tablet for launch in the final quarter of 2012. The year is almost out and, while the rumors have continued unabated right throughout, there is still no sign of such a tablet. Now, according to a new report, the mythical device could finally see the light of day at next year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
For the first time in 14 years, Nokia doesn't lead the cell phone market.
Given Samsung's fanatical following and the widespread popularity of the company's Galaxy S III device in particular, it's hardly shocking that Samsung would sit on top of the cell phone market. Nevertheless, Samsung's ascent to the top, in terms of market share, is pretty remarkable, considering Nokia has held the No. 1 spot for the past 14 years. Samsung is set to seize the crown by the end of the year.
Showfloor snapshots of San Francisco's annual gadget event
Maximum PC had the opportunity to attend this year's GDGT, San Francisco's annual gadget event for consumers. As usual, the event took place at the city's famous Metreon Mall and was full of companies eager to raffle off prizes and show off their latest doodads. If you weren't able to attend and were curious as to what the event was like, check out our show floor images and impressions in the gallery section below.
Much to the chagrin of Acer, Microsoft is making a run at hardware with its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, and those might be only the first of many more products to come. Microsoft's dancing a fine line with hardware in trying to set the bar for Windows 8 devices without completely ticking off its OEM partners, but it's also taken a big step towards an Apple-like business model. If Microsoft decides to go further, a major acquisition starts to make sense, and two names that have been thrown out there are Nokia and Nvidia.