IPhone activations at AT&T (T) grew by just 3% in the second quarter this year, and many industry watchers pointed to the flood of next-generation iPhone rumors as a likely culprit for the slowed growth. BGR has exclusively learned that this is not entirely the case, however, and the stalled iPhone sales at the nation’s No.2 wireless carrier may in fact be by design.
Regional retail sales managers at AT&T have been instructing store managers to pump the [...]
MSFT Sliding With Tech
Stocks were up in early trading but started sliding about an hour after the open on chips stocks losses. Shares of MSFT are also in the red with the rest of tech. Microsoft will report earnings on Thursday, July 19. Catalysts for the stock include Windows 8, Windows Server 8, Office 15 and Windows Phone 8; expansion in the smartphone market with primary hardware partner Nokia as well as tablet market with Surface; strides in cloud computing; [...]
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Windows Phone has finally stopped shedding market share in the U.S. For the first time in years, Microsoft’s smartphone platform gained market share over a three month period, according to the latest comScore numbers.
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Microsoft Corp is looking at making its own smartphone to kickstart sales of its Windows mobile software, according to a Wall Street analyst who has followed the company for many years.
The talk – unconfirmed by Microsoft [MSFT 30.2801 0.1451 (+0.48%) ]— comes a day after the company unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 software, and the same week it announced an own-brand tablet, signaling a break with 37 years of focusing on software and leaving [...]
He may have co-founded the company that became Microsoft’s largest competitor, but former Apple boss Steve Wozniak has glittering things to say about his former rival’s mobile OS.
Mr Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs in 1976, has given a shocking endorsement of Windows’ 7.5 Mango interface.
The 61-year-old, who no longer works full-time for Apple, says of the four phones he travels with (including two iPhones), the Nokia [...]
Tablet showing off Microsoft’s new OS freezes
Echoes of previous Windows failures in stage shows
Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system might have a new look – but it certainly has something in common with previous versions of the operating system.
During a demonstration of the new ‘Metro’ tablet control system, a demonstration unit ‘froze’.
Despite frantic efforts by Microsoft staff, it could not be resuscitated.
The incident recalled previous Microsoft launches where Windows devices [...]
by Ellis Hamburger
Windows Phone will surpass iPhone in market share in 2015, according to research firm iSuppli.
iSuppli attributes the giant increase in market share over the next few years “largely” to the introduction of the Nokia Lumia 900, which Nokia launched at CES last week in Las Vegas.
In 2015, Android will lead the two runners up by a very hefty margin with 58.1% market share.
iSuppli joins Gartner and IDC, which made the same prediction last year (in April, andin [...]
by Julie Bort, BI
In a blow to Windows Phone 7, Microsoftwill soon build apps that let iOS andAndroid users play its wildly popular Xbox Live games, a developer familiar with Microsoft’s plans confirmed today.
“Xbox is a client of ours. There’s no way they’ll be ignoring those other mobile platforms,” the developer told Business Insider.
Microsoft’s Xbox plans were first reported by LiveSide who spotted a job posting on the Microsoft careers site.
The job is for developers with iOS and Android experience. [...]
by Business Insider
Today Samsung announced that its line of Galaxy S phones, one of the most popular Android phone models of 2010, will not get Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.
That means ~10 million people who bought the phone are going to be stuck on the outdated version 2.3 Gingerbread (or 2.2 Froyo in many cases) until they decide to drop more cash on a new phone.
It also means Samsung is basically throwing its pledge to the Android “Alliance” that [...]
Mobile ad network Millennial Media, is releasing its monthly report which gives a view into how each OS, device and manufacturer is performing on one of the largest remaining independent ad networks in the world. In August, Millennial actually combined connected devices and smartphones when breaking out the OS impression share. That’s significant because iOS and Android share can include tablets into [...]
Windows 8 for desktop computers and tablets will ship in 2012, and an upcoming Windows Phone 7 update will include 500 new features, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Monday at a developers conference in Japan.
Ballmer made the announcement in a speech, shortly after expressing his condolences to Japan about the earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation in March.
“It’s been 18 months since [...]
And may release some of the first devices carrying payment technology this year. Mobile payments may be used in $245B in transactions in 2014, from $32B in 2010, according to Gartner.
March 30 (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 [...]