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Mobile News: Windows Phone does a great job in CES 2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012

IN CES 2012, Microsoft announced its newest Windows Phone 7.5 for smartphones.

HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900 were both nominated by CNET for the Best of CES award in the smartphone category. Both smartphones run Microsoft’s Windows Phone and supported with LTE 4G. The Nokia Lumia 900 took the prize.

Windows Phone failed on the previous years, and the recent CES showed Windows Phone rising with a new platform to make a difference in smartphone industry against Apple’s iOS.

Mobile press journalists and smartphone enthusiast appreciated the well designed, simple and unique interface of Windows phone but the hardware used on smartphone that runs the OS are quite not impressing. Software peculiarities like absence of landscape mode support, no multitasking, no copy and paste functions and a paddy supply of apps soured our taste for the new and the daring.

The new update of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango fixes bug issues such as the front-facing camera and pristine LTE 4G support. The Lumia 900 was the key player of Microsoft and Nokia from its entry on the US market to succeed this year and gain back what they have lost on the previous years. Nokia may possibly release 37 million Lumia 900 devices if the device will successfully hit the interest of the consumers.

On a CNET interview, Windows Phone senior product manager Greg Sullivan stated that, “2012 is going to be a big year for us,” they admit that before they will acquire success this year, it would require an extreme focus on how to play on the smartphone industry.

Microsoft will have to fix some issues such as reproducing language support, expanding and recuperating their cloud services and gradually stocking its app store with high-quality programs.

Having carrier partners will help Microsoft and Nokia to succeed as Lumia 900 was officially introduced by AT&T – not only the Lumia 900 but also some Windows Phone supported smartphones. HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900 will be the candidates to endorse the LTE 4G of AT&T.

T-Mobile was also introducing Windows Phone device while Sprint and Verizon introduce only one Windows Phone smartphone.

Sullivan also admitted Microsoft’s weakness in CES while sharing his story about her sister who bought Android phone as part of a sales representative request, “We know there’s a lot we have to do in stores,”

A report announced last week that AT&T will earn commissions in selling Windows Phone supported smartphones, AT&T remains mute.

The entry of Microsoft on the smartphone industry was a job-well done. Though, they have to face more trials or obstacles to succeed, Microsoft will not hesitate to conquer the market as it has already learned from the past years. With its unique, simple and originally designed, Microsoft believes that they will make a difference this year. It is just the beginning and by then, they will mark the history of smartphone industry.

eMobileNews.net (c) 2012

Learn to Counter Recent Security Flaws on Mobile Device

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Recent reports about security flaws on mobile devices worried users on the protection of their personal activities every time they use their phones. The following are the quick look of recent security concerns on mobile devices and tips to prevent hackers and thieves invade your privacy.

Security researcher Trevor Eckhart claimed that Carrier IQ’s diagnostic software, which allegedly installed on 140 million handsets worldwide, has been recording in secret the user data such as Web browsing history and keystrokes. Consumers, privacy advocates and Congress took part on the issue since then. Verizon Wireless claimed that their phones do not have any Carrier IQ’s software. However, Apple, Samsung, AT&T, HTC, Sprint and T-Mobile admit that some of their phones have software from Carrier IQ. Meanwhile, Research In Motion and Nokia said that they do not use the controversial software on their phones. However, some skeptics think that the issue may not progress further since no one has attempted to address the concern such as a peer review or anything like that.

TIP: Interested mobile device users may want to check out a free app that is capable to detect Carrie IQ app on this site http://www.pcworld.com/article/245371/carrier_iq_test_android_app_detects_controversial_software.html

North Carolina State University researchers found out that some pre-loaded apps on Android handsets have major security flaws that could be utilized for stealing data, wiping the handset and listening to calls. The threats were discovered on eight different smartphones from Samsung, Motorola, Google and HTC. According to ZDNet, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that over 150 private sector organizations in 25 countries are capable of tracing mobile devices, intercepting messages and listening to calls as well as accessing e-mail accounts and Internet browsing histories. The stolen information can be sold to private industry partners or even to governments.

TIP: To stay protected, it is necessary to always delete browsing history from mobile phones. If possible, never use mobile phones to make bank transactions or any other major transactions. Making use of laptop or desktop with anti-virus installed is much safer.

Polytechnic Institute of New York University researchers made an experiment by making calls to 10,000 random Skype users and learned that even when recipients did not take the incoming call, their IP addresses were vulnerable and could be used by hackers to locate them, to know what they download and who they chat with.
TIP: Do not turn on Skype if not expecting a call and do not use real name in the username.

eMobileNews.net (c) 2011