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Mobile News: Google Improved Google Calendar and Gmail on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Update

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Mobile news presents… Google improved Google Calendar and Google Mail features on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update. In the new update, user can now pack up to 25 different calendars into the Metro OS’s built-in calendar app. The new feature is not quite flawless, with the new update; you have to manually locate your Windows Phone to Google Sync page then log on to your account and check the boxes that appear on the UI.

On the Google Sync page, you can now use the “send email as” feature that allows you to send email on different email addresses. You can also reply on emails received and delete unwanted emails rather than storing it on archive.

Nevertheless, the app works well but doesn’t compete with the Gmail application on Android devices.

Mobile News | Microsoft Will Soon Shut Down App Store for Windows Mobile

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Microsoft already made announcement to shut down the app store for its phone platform that it phase out. Owners of Windows Mobile phones can no longer browse the Marketplace starting May 9, 2012.

Owners of the new mobile OS of Microsoft, however, are not affected by the move. They can still enjoy the services of Windows Phone Marketplace.

Microsoft mentioned that users of old Windows Mobile phones who downloaded apps from Marketplace need not to worry because old apps will continue to work after the shutdown.

Additionally, the company reminded the affected users that if they make hard reset and delete apps to their Windows Mobile, they will no longer able to download them again from the Marketplace.

Mobile News sources indicate that the decision made by Microsoft is connected to its business plan reacting to the decline of its Windows Mobile’s share of the smartphone market, from 37% in 2006 to just only 3% in 2011.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone, the latest mobile operating system, is yet to pick up the fast phase of mobile world. According to mobile news sources, the company only has 3% of the smartphone market as of October 2011.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Interesting Things in Mobile World Congress 2012

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Mobile news presents… Before and after the “Mobile World Congress 2012” a lot of news came out. There were many rumours on what companies would have the most compelling mobile news. Here are some companies that did interesting things at the congress.

Microsoft
This year is the crucial year for efforts of Microsoft in mobile industry. Most interesting mobile news on Microsoft did happen in MWC 2012. Windows 8 and the Nokia Windows Phone deal is expected to mature more in the coming months. Windows Phone has been left behind by iOS and Android and has struggled to gain momentum in both smartphone and tablet markets. But things are expected to change for Microsoft.
Reception to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been getting positive feedbacks. Measured and praised for its bold and appealing look, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview suggests that Microsoft is catching up in computing industry. The company is surely has a long way to go but the Windows 8 is a good indication for better future.

HTC
The most interesting mobile news on HTC is that it shows sign to focus on quality rather than quantity. Their business strategy is working well so far. Its new “One” flagship line is doing well. The appealing device One X features 4.7- inch HD display with Beats Audio.

Google
Android was all over the place at MWC. It is everywhere both on tablets and smartphones on different company. But the most interesting mobile news on Google was its own mobile version of its Chrome browser. While Google is known for its Android OS, it has also a lot to say outside Android realm.

Nokia
The biggest winner at the event was Nokia. It won the “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or tablet at Mobile World Congress 2012” award from the GSMA. Nokia boasted its 808 PureView and embedded 41 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera.
The device’s features surprised many people. Nokia just offered something that no other device was able to match. Many question on the company’s decision to put the camera to a Symbian device but the company intends to bring the same functionality to Windows Phone devices in the future.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Mobile News Update: Windows 8 Kernel for Windows Phone 8 Will Never Happen?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Mobile news presents… After a leak revealing that the next version of Windows Phone will run on the NT Windows 8 Kernel, mobile industry experts seems so certain that it will happen soon.

However, insiders from Microsoft revealed that the leak idea may not happen at all. According to sources from Microsoft, the leak is true but there is no certain decision yet whether to base the mobile platform on the Windows 8 Kernel or not. Insiders note that the leaked information was real but it was only a sort of a blueprint than a detailed plan.

On the other hand, Windows Phone 7 group is working brilliantly with Mango, according to various mobile industry experts. Despite of numerous mobile industry experts who expected that the OS will be delayed in 2012, Microsoft able to materialize its plan without any delay. Many industry experts hope that Windows Phone can maintain the same momentum this 2012.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Nokia to hit Australia for Lumia 710 release |Mobile News

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Mobile news – Nokia is heading to sell out their cheapest smartphone Lumia 710 in Australia that runs Windows Phone OS. Nokia’s director manager for Australia and New Zealand, Chris Carr, announced that the company is set to release Lumia 710 for $379 this coming March together with its ancestor Lumia 800 on a discounted price.

Lumia 800 and 710 are the key players of Nokia to earn more of the market shares this year.

It is not deniable that the company has dropped down in both smartphone and feature phones in competing against companies that have marked the mobile industry – Apple and Samsung.

After Nokia abandoned Symbian OS and associated with Microsoft, the Lumia series are the first smartphones the run Windows Phone OS that Nokia ever produced.

Compared to Lumia 800, the 710 is not as elegant as Lumia 800. The Lumia 800 is more expensive than the 710 and looks more elegant – it also resembles to Nokia N9 that runs Meego Operating System. Nokia will sell out Nokia 800 for $699 in retails.

Lumia 710 is equipped with 1.4 GHz single core processor with 3.7 inch screen size that similar to Lumia 800. It has 8GB of internal storage but does not have SD card slot.

Nokia confirmed that both Lumia 710 and 800 can access to 25 GB of cloud storage through the use of SkyDrive by Microsoft.

The Lumia 710 has only 5 mega pixels back-facing camera but the Windows Phone OS made a great job that makes the phone compete to other smartphones.

Apple will also sell out its iPhone 3G – the same with Lumia 710 that has 8GB of memory – for $499 unlocked.

Nokia announced that Lumia 710 will be released by Optus and Virgin Mobile and also to retail outlets in Australia while the Lumia 800 will be available in all carries over Australia.

60, 000 apps are now available in Windows Phone Marketplace according to the Microsoft director consumer channels group David McLean.

Nokia features newest apps such as Nokia music, Nokia mix radio, Nokia drive and Nokia maps. The Nokia mix radio features caching up to 4 playlist for offline listening especially on airplane mode.

Moreover, Nokia stayed mute regarding the LTE – 4G capable Lumia 900 in Australia.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Windows Phone: the OEM Challenge

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Mobile news presents… Who would have ever expected that all eyes would be on the masterpiece, the Nokia Smartphone Lumia 900. At the Consumer Electronics Show held at Las Vegas just last month, Lumia 900 won several awards and gained lots of attention at the twitter world. This wouldn’t be made possible if Nokia didn’t conclude the idea giving confidence on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 rather than its Symbian platform that is outmoded.

The two powerful companies have this unique relationship with one another. Unique in the sense of being similar to relationship between relatives. Microsoft needing the assistance of Nokia and Nokia needing the help of Microsoft, this vice versa relationship certainly is beneficial to both companies. Because of this collaboration, some assume that there will be a rapid growth in the operating system.

There were different assumptions heard. From the IHS iSuppli and Gartner and IDC saying that Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will rank no. 2 in the worldwide handsets, and that WP7 would outrun iOS by the year 2015 with an average of 20 percent on the market.

But before those overwhelming expectation to come vibrant, there are still some impediments that needs to be solved.

In order for the second place to be achieved, Microsoft and its colleagues need to invent an assortment of healthy and interesting apps and introduce smartphones that will be a worldwide hit.

With its apps front, Microsoft is presenting dynamic growth. But its huge trial is to convince other companies aside from Nokia to create Windows Phone Smartphones. In the face of having to lose billions of dollars into Nokia which includes $250 million for the support system, they still must have to make ways in order for the other companies to be convinced to be on their ship.

“In spite of Nokia being a remarkable channel, they will still be the one to tell you that they’re just a part of a third ecosystem”. This is what Casey Mcgee said – the senior marketing manager for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division. There will be a helping hand for Nokia and Microsoft coming from the original equipment manufacturers (OEM). And in return, Microsoft and Nokia will also help these OEMs. This is not just about summing up all the parts but designing a much superior ecosystem than just combining all the parts together.

Manufacturers will not only pay for the benefit of utilizing the platform. Apart from the licensing fees, Microsoft has set boundaries on what the manufacturers are only permitted to do. This is what made Michael Morgan, an ABI Research analyst, to be more bearish than bullish on WPs. He said that manufacturers do really pay for licensing fees and in return, they get to have the liberty to leverage their main proficiencies.

Nowadays, several manufacturers are having a hard time regarding the maintenance of their bottom line. Motorola, LG, HTC, and Sony Ericson have their own share of crises. For companies like these, going to the less profitable solutions is not the answer. Even if Microsoft allowed it, Morgan doesn’t think that the company is giving them sufficient space locate other ways to distinguish. They still are not convinced enough that Microsoft is giving them options on how to go out of their different company problems. However, Morgan’s view was not that popular. A Microsoft-enforced limitation assures the level of user-friendly homogeneity and its strength that is described as consistency in its platform.

Compared to other devices like those if HTC and Samsung’s, Nokia’s Lumia 900 obviously have a different look and also applications and services.

Nokia did a very great job on near-field communications and wireless charging. This clued the rumors that the next WP devices of Nokia will now include cord-free powering and NFC.

Windows Phone proposes unfailing experiences which is not only limited to the people having to know what to expect from the devices, but also for developers to form new apps that can surely be constant in changing and improving the extent of what technology can offer.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Who would have ever expected that all eyes would be on the masterpiece, the Nokia Smartphone Lumia 900. At the Consumer Electronics Show held at Las Vegas just last month, Lumia 900 won several awards and gained lots of attention at the twitter world. This wouldn’t be made possible if Nokia didn’t conclude the idea giving confidence on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 rather than its Symbian platform that is outmoded.

The two powerful companies have this unique relationship with one another. Unique in the sense of being similar to relationship between relatives. Microsoft needing the assistance of Nokia and Nokia needing the help of Microsoft, this vice versa relationship certainly is beneficial to both companies. Because of this collaboration, some assume that there will be a rapid growth in the operating system.

There were different assumptions heard. From the IHS iSuppli and Gartner and IDC saying that Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will rank no. 2 in the worldwide handsets, and that WP7 would outrun iOS by the year 2015 with an average of 20 percent on the market.

But before those overwhelming expectation to come vibrant, there are still some impediments that needs to be solved.

In order for the second place to be achieved, Microsoft and its colleagues need to invent an assortment of healthy and interesting apps and introduce smartphones that will be a worldwide hit.

With its apps front, Microsoft is presenting dynamic growth. But its huge trial is to convince other companies aside from Nokia to create Windows Phone Smartphones. In the face of having to lose billions of dollars into Nokia which includes $250 million for the support system, they still must have to make ways in order for the other companies to be convinced to be on their ship.

“In spite of Nokia being a remarkable channel, they will still be the one to tell you that they’re just a part of a third ecosystem”. This is what Casey Mcgee said – the senior marketing manager for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division.  There will be a helping hand for Nokia and Microsoft coming from the original equipment manufacturers (OEM). And in return, Microsoft and Nokia will also help these OEMs. This is not just about summing up all the parts but designing a much superior ecosystem than just combining all the parts together.

Manufacturers will not only pay for the benefit of utilizing the platform. Apart from the licensing fees, Microsoft has set boundaries on what the manufacturers are only permitted to do. This is what made Michael Morgan, an ABI Research analyst, to be more bearish than bullish on WPs. He said that manufacturers do really pay for licensing fees and in return, they get to have the liberty to leverage their main proficiencies.

Nowadays, several manufacturers are having a hard time regarding the maintenance of their bottom line. Motorola, LG, HTC, and Sony Ericson have their own share of crises. For companies like these, going to the less profitable solutions is not the answer. Even if Microsoft allowed it, Morgan doesn’t think that the company is giving them sufficient space locate other ways to distinguish. They still are not convinced enough that Microsoft is giving them options on how to go out of their different company problems. However, Morgan’s view was not that popular. A Microsoft-enforced limitation assures the level of user-friendly homogeneity and its strength that is described as consistency in its platform.

Compared to other devices like those if HTC and Samsung’s, Nokia’s Lumia 900 obviously have a different look and also applications and services.

Nokia did a very great job on near-field communications and wireless charging. This clued the rumors that the next WP devices of Nokia will now include cord-free powering and NFC.

Windows Phone proposes unfailing experiences which is not only limited to the people having to know what to expect from the devices, but also for developers to form new apps that can surely be constant in changing and improving the extent of what technology can offer.