Desperate times call for desperate measures, or at least for some outside the box thinking. Microsoft, for example, is struggling to promote its Windows Phone platform as a viable alternative to Android and iOS, but so far its market share (3.7 percent) is barely a blip on the radar (though Windows Phone did surpass BlackBerry for third place). Meanwhile, HTC just posted its first quarterly loss and there's little reason to think it will reverse course. Maybe the two can help each other out.
Tired of your iPhone? Not digging the direction Apple is going with its recent iOS 7 update? If so, Microsoft has at least 200 reasons why you might want to consider ditching your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 in favor of a Windows Phone. Starting this Friday, Microsoft Stores will begin offering a minimum $200 in-store credit for recent iPhone models, and while you can spend the gift card on anything you want in the store, it's Microsoft's hope that you'll grab a Windows Phone.
In some ways, it's like the wild west all over again when prospecting for gold hit a fever pitch. Apple recently discovered gold by announcing it as one of three color choices on its flagship iPhone 5S, and not to be outdone, Samsung apparently has plans to offer a couple of gold colored Galaxy S4 devices, too. Is gold the new white (or black or whatever color is trending is electronics these days)?
All things considered, Google's Nexus 4 turned out to be a winning product for the Mountainview company. There were hiccups along the along way, many of them associated with LG's inability to manufacture Nexus 4 devices at a fast enough clip to satisfy demand, and during the time, both companies were pointing the finger at one another. Nevertheless, it worked out in the end, and it appears LG will be the one building the Nexus 5.
The trouble with being a mega-company like Apple is that the bar is eventually too high. It certainly seemed that way when Apple unveiled the iPhone 5, a modest upgrade to the iPhone 4S, though at least it introduced a much needed bump in screen size. Yesterday, however, rumors of an even larger size iPhone were debunked when Apple trotted out a pair of new iPhone models still featuring a 4-inch display. A day later, the company's stock is taking a beating.
Could Amazon's smartphone be given away for "free?"
Rumors are circulating via TechSpot that Amazon's elusive smartphone could eventually hit the scene as a freebie. Amazon is supposedly considering giving out their as-yet-unnamed smartphone away to consumers, according to reports from Wall Street Journal reporters Jessica E. Lessin and Amir Efrati.
Android's lead over iOS is diminishing in the U.S.
No matter where you pull your data from, it all points to Google's Android platform being the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, and usually by a wide margin. However, things get a little more interesting when you zone in on specific territories, including the United States where iOS appears to be quickly gaining ground on Android. The gap between the two is now less than 8 percent on smartphone devices, according to data derived from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA.
Power users will find it a little late in the game to consider a Nexus 4, but if you're still interested in Google's last generation smartphone with stock Android installed, today's a good day to pull the trigger. That's because Google just chopped $100 off the price through the Google Play Store, knocking the Nexus 4 8GB down to $199 and the 16GB model to $249.
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.