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Thursday, July 8, 2010

HTC Blows Profit Expectations Out Of The Water

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 05:00 AM

HTC raked in a cool $1.8 billion in the second quarter of 2010, netting $268 million in profit. It attributes most of its success this year to Android. HTC is projecting it will move 20 million handsets versus 12 million last year. That is cranking out a handset every 1.57 seconds. In the time it took you read this post, 15 more phones got finished. You can read more details about this at the Wall Street Journal link below.

Tags: android, htc

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Smartphones – Is It The Total Experience That Makes The Difference?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 AM

I regularly get asked by friends and colleagues for technology advice, and smartphones are a frequent topic. A recent conversation with a colleague got me thinking about how the smartphone marketplace was evolving, and how people might be making purchasing decisions over the next year or so. Purchasing behaviour is of course a complex topic, one that requires unique analysis expertise within the personnel of any product vendor. I'm not a marketing guru by any stretch, but, like you, I do have some opinions on the factors that influence people one way or another in the smartphone world. Read more...

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Guardian on Android and Windows Phone 7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:00 PM

"Oh, and the company we haven't mentioned here at all, except in passing? Microsoft. If you look at what the Android and iPhone platforms are now doing, you have to ask how on earth Windows Phone - which will have a paid-for licence - is ever going to attract any handset makers. Schmidt's Android dog whistle might be loud for iPhone developers annoyed at the company's capricious treatment of their apps, but it must be loudest for developers considering whether the shrinking, forwards-incompatible pool of Windows Mobile phones is really worth bothering with."

I'm not at all sure I buy the analysis this article presents, at least in terms of what Eric Schmidt is saying (the article starts with a phone conference call with the Google Chairman/CEO). If you read through the whole interview transcript, Eric's basically responding to questions as they are asked, though I won't discount that there's some spin involved. But the quote above is I think spot on - WP7 starts with two disadvantages out of the box what with coming with a price tag for manufacturers, as well as incompatibility with applications developed for Windows Mobile. But have a read yourselves, and let us know if you agree with this.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Ownership of Windows Phones Holding Steady

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 PM

WM Experts is reporting that, according to a Nielson survey, ownership of Windows Phone is holding steady. Blackberry is leading with 35% of the smartphone market, Apple is in second place at 28%, and Windows Phone ownership is at 19%. Android, the platform with all the thunder right now, only has 9% of the market - but I'd say it has about 60% of the mindshare. Given the number of Android devices shipping though, I expect that 9% to climb and climb over the rest of this year. The question is, who will bleed market share? I remember hearing a Microsoft person say that they expected market share numbers to get worse before they got better leading up to the Windows Phone 7 launch - I think he was prognosticating about this very scenario.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

No WP7 Tablets!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:00 AM

"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in Singapore today to help promote the launch of Office 2010/Imagine Cup Awards Ceremony, nothing too surprising there.Evidently Steve took some questions from the audience and on Windows Phone 7, he reportedly had this to say: We're focused on putting Windows Phone 7 in phones, no plans for tablets."

So the source is a Twitter post (Through WMExperts), however this meshes with what I've heard about WP7 and tablets, namely that there won't be one (Since "what I've heard" is journalistic lingo for "I've heard nothing"). So we've got an iPhone OS tablet (the iPad), we've got Android tablets on the way, but we won't have a WP7 Tablet. And I don't think that's a bad thing, as WP7 is striving for something noble: A really great smartphone experience. Anyone going to miss a WP7 Tablet?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Phone Shipments In Q1 2010 - Motorola Drops Off

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:00 PM

The::Unwired recently reported on the latest marketshare numbers for phone manufacturers, and while not surprising, it does give pause. Motorola is no longer listed. It is just lumped in with "Other." Microsoft partner Samsung is ranked number 2, but they recently said they are focusing on Bada and Android, giving much less attention to Windows Mobile/Phone.

Keep in mind this list looks like phone shipments, not just smartphone shipments, so competing with Apple's iPhone or T-Mobile's HTC HD2 are the freebies from the likes of Nokia.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of HTC-Microsoft Licensing!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 11:30 AM Releases

"Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties from HTC. The agreement expands HTC's long-standing business relationship with Microsoft. "HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today's agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. "We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC."

Well here is an interesting story that I've been seeing everywhere this morning. Apparently HTC has inked a licensing deal with Microsoft for the Android phones they sell. Microsoft claims to hold several applicable patents to bits and pieces of the Linux operating system driving Android and thus is demanding royalties from HTC instead of going the Apple "Sue 'Em" route. While some doubt the validity of Microsoft's claim, none have challenged it yet in court. So from this point on, any Android HTC device you buy will see a small bit of $ going to Microsoft. And those of you who went straight from Windows Mobile to Android thought you'd stopped supporting Microsoft financially (With the probable exception of Windows, or Office!).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HTC Considers Its Own Smartphone Platform

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 01:00 PM

It seems HTC is considering its own mobile platform, because, well, you know, there aren't enough choices out there. I can just imagine the ideas flowing in a brainstorming session on how to grow the company:

Creative Guy #1: So, how can we get more market share? This whole Microsoft partnership hasn't panned out so well for us the last year or so.

Creative Guy #2: Let's buy Palm. I hear they are for sale. We can work with WebOS.

Creative Guy #3: No, WebOS is old news. I know, let's create a NEW PLATFORM! We'll be the exclusive providers and make a mint!

Group nods in assent, pats each other on the back and goes out for pizza.

Now it is possible it didn't' quite happen this way, Whatever really happened, it must have been equally strange. We have today six major smartphone platforms - iPhone, Android, WebOS, Windows Mobile/Phone, Blackberry, and though I hesitate to add them because almost no one ever installs a third party app on it, Symbian. Now, let's not forget that Samsung is doing their own OS called Bada, a name that has an extraneous vowel at the end of it in my opinion. There is also Moblin and Maemo which are merging into MeeGo.

Furthermore, while I like HTC hardware, their UI enhancements leave a lot to be desired. There are maddening inconsistencies in how TouchFlo 3D works, especially those that remove good features in Windows Mobile. HTC is not, in my opinion, the one that should be coming up with an all new OS and UI. This is yet another reason they should just buy Palm and be done with it.

On top of all of this, we have super powerful feature phones and devices like the Kin, which target very specific audiences. The market needs consolidation, not more "me too" operating systems. What do you think? Do you generally like the idea that smartphone makers are turning out operating systems faster than GM can design cars that buyers want, or do you think the market needs to consolidate on three or four major platforms?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Android-ers Come Forward!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 05:30 AM

If you promise not to tell anyone, I'll tell you a secret: I use an Android phone. If you're wondering why this is a secret, perhaps if I expand it out, you'll see why: I am a Windows Mobile MVP, who used the platform exclusively for 7 years. I have written for a website focusing on Windows Mobile devices for over 5 years, and I own multiple Windows Mobile Devices. Yet still, I use a Nexus One as my daily driver. See, that's why it's a bit of a secret. And I'm sure you're wondering why I'm telling you this.

Well, I'm not telling you this as a prelude to a "I'm leaving the site" post or a "I've used Android but it sucks compared to WinMo" fanboy post. I use an Android phone because the platform excites me, the same way that Windows Mobile and Windows Phone still excite me, and I believe that by using each platform I can write more informed posts on each side and contribute to both platforms (I also own an iPod Touch, for the same reason). In other words, Win Mo didn't "lose" me, we're just not "exclusive" anymore.

And I'm wondering how many other Thoughts readers may be seeing Android devices on the side (or full time)! If you've gone to the Android side, what do you like or dislike? What do you miss about Windows Mobile? And does Windows Phone 7 tempt you back (as it does me)? Don't be afraid to admit it, android-ers, stand up and be counted!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Android Nipping At iPhone's Heels

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:00 PM

Apple's iPhone peaked around 70% of market share in the summer of 2009 and has been steadily decreasing since, largely due to Android, which has come on strong. RIM has also seen a steady decrease from around 27% share in October 2008 to somewhere below 10% recently. And Windows Mobile? Embarrassing. As of February 2010, even WebOS had more share.

Engadget has the full chart showing just how fast the market has changed in the last 18 months. Do you think we will see a similar change in the next 18 as Windows Phone 7 ships?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Apple's Spat With Google Getting Ugly

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 11:30 AM

"In the last six months, Apple and Google have jousted over acquisitions, patents, directors, advisers and iPhone applications. Mr. Jobs and Mr. Schmidt have taken shots at each other's companies in the media and in private exchanges with employees."

The New York Times has a very interesting article on the head-butting going on between Apple and Google right now. Frankly, I think the whole thing is a bit silly and is too ego-driven, but on the other hand, the inevitable distraction this will cause both companies gives Microsoft an opportunity to launch a brand new OS that will need some time to grow.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Windows Mobile Hanging By A Fingernail

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:00 AM

The chart says it all - ChangeWave's report on its survey of smartphone users barely even mentions Windows Mobile, and even Palm's Web OS gets more love. The big news is the surge of interest in Android (now coming up to version 2.0) which is shaping up to be the new major competitor to Apple's iPhone. Where, oh where, is Windows Mobile 7?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Windows Mobile Losing Market Share

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:00 PM

"If our kindergarten skills haven't failed us, then this data shows iPhone usage surpassing the once mighty Windows Mobile OS for the very first time. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Google's Android OS is set to accelerate significantly by the time the February 2010 data rolls in as is WebOS just as soon as Palm can bring its fledgling OS to Verizon's subscriber base."

Well, it was on the cards and had to happen sooner or later - Windows Mobile is now third in terms of actual handsets in consumer hands in the US, with just 7.1 million units compared to Apple's 8.9 million and RIM's 14.9 million. I'll forbear to comment on the obvious implications for Microsoft. Read the original FierceDeveloper scoop here and the press release from comScore here (incidentally, comScore's actual tagline focused more on Android's gains rather than Apple's). The real kickers are some of the supplementary survey questions that were published in the press release - out of the thirteen specifically mentioned handsets most users were planning to purchase, only one was a Windows Mobile device (AT&T Tilt), at just 2% of respondents. The media consumption results are also pretty damning. Where, oh where, is WM7?

Monday, December 7, 2009

HTC's 1H 2010 Portfolio Floating Around the Net

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:30 AM

"If you live and die by HTC, you might be very excited to know that the company's portfolio for the first half of 2010 has been leaked online. HTC's portfolio was presented in Vienna back in October in a global meeting, and now it's available for us to see. The phones are broken down by category: Design, Performance, Social and Productivity (can't a phone be two or more?). Lined up are a number of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices and Android devices, so we hope you're sitting down for this one."

Boy Genius report has a number of tidbits about HTC's upcoming headsets (They and other sites like Gizmodo got it from Android and Me) and does a good job rounding all the information up. For those of us who make HTC our preferred phone vendor, it's nice to get a glimpse behind the curtain every so often.

Monday, November 23, 2009

JKOnTheRun Breaks Down WinMo Vs. Android

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:30 PM

"The hot platform of the two is definitely Android, but Windows Mobile still has a lot to offer. While criticized for being an aging platform that has been around seemingly forever, the evolution of the WinMo ecosystem is, in fact, an advantage. If only Microsoft would make that clear."

WinMo is not hot compared to Android, that's for sure, but James Kendrick offers some insightful thoughts on the pros and cons of both platforms. Personally, I'm a fan of both (Android currently living in my pocket, WinMo 6.5 currently living in my bag - however that switches periodically!). The choice is up to the user, but it certainly isn't an easy one by a long shot. Windows Mobile is far from being the featureless wasteland sometimes described by those in the Android and iPhone camps!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dell Officially In The Smartphone Game

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:00 PM

"In a confirmation for the ages, Dell spokesperson Andrew Bowins has clearly stated that the company is "developing mobile devices for China Mobile," giving the Round Rock powerhouse access to the biggest mobile subscriber base on the entire planet."

Scuttlebutt has it that the first Dell smartphone will run a version of Android, but given Dell's previous history with Windows Mobile there's always a chance that WM may fit in there somewhere. And even though China's the initial target market, I find it hard to believe that Dell would confine itself to marketing smartphone's there. I'd say there's more than an even chance we'll see Dell branded handsets elsewhere, and hopefully with Windows Mobile.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Is Android Killing Windows Mobile?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 01:30 PM

"Like upstart HTC, a long-time Windows Mobile loyalist, Motorola is focusing its development resources behind Google's Android OS. Both HTC and Motorola are developing their own user interfaces for Android, which indicates their seriousness about Google's mobile platform. I wonder if this is going to be a trend that's going to spread. From what I've heard, everyone from Lenovo and Huawei to Dell to Samsung are betting on Android. These companies would have been partners of Microsoft in the past."

I have a confession to make: I own two Android devices. Yes, it's true I still own more Windows Mobile devices than Android, but my daily drivers as of late have been a G1 and a MyTouch 3G. While I'd like to say my sole reason for doing this is to think of ways to help Windows Mobile developers, users, and enthusiasts get more from their devices (a.k.a. from snooping on the competition), that's not my sole reason. I also think they generally are more fun to use, and have a pretty interesting user community growing up around them. I'm not jumping ship, but from my perspective, I can see why articles like the one quoted above are published. Android, something I think many of us dismissed as a toy about a year ago, seems to be fast growing as a force in the mobile handset community. How bad is this for Windows Mobile?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

HTC: We'll Always Have More Flagship Windows Mobile Products

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 09:00 AM

"The CEO of HTC for France, Frederic Tassy, has been chatting mobiles recently, and released the interesting news that the company still rates Windows Mobile over Android...Tassy said to Mobinaute: "We will always have more flagship products on Windows Mobile," which clearly shows the company believes Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7 will fix the problems inherent in WinMo 6.1, especially on a touchscreen."

It seems that while HTC is dabbling in other platforms like Android, they are clearly focused on Windows Mobile, and like many of us, are hoping that WinMo 6.5 will return some luster to the platform that clearly is in the shadows of more consumer driven phones like the G1, iPhone and Pre.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

This is Why People Say Android is Half Baked

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Competition" @ 05:00 PM

Maybe it's because I am a geek that I just accept that things I want to work will not always do so. Maybe it's because I'm forgiving of this that I don't often rant about it. But here is one issue that I need to bring up to highlight why companies aren't flocking away from Windows Mobile to a platform such as Android.

One thing I really liked about my G1 when I got it was the fact I could use Google Reader to catch up on my headlines while on the go. The Webkit browser seemed to work much better than any other mobile browser I'd used, and I was happy with it. But recently, I've found that when I hit "Mark these items as read", they don't get marked. They just reload again when pulling the next 15 items (Which are just the same 15 items I've seen before). I thought this may just be me, until I found others reporting the same problem. Apparently big G changed something around mid-March that broke the web interface "mark all these items as read" button. The best I can tell, this issue has been around now for about 1 1/2 months, and Google's only response has been "We're working on it".

So a Google-driven OS is having problems with a Google product and the best users get is "We're working on it..." and effectively a mobile outage of what some would consider a mission critical application. This doesn't bode well for Google, cloud computing, or Android. And it's one reason people stay with Windows Mobile.

WinMo may not be the prettiest, but I'm having a really hard time remembering the last time it didn't work with a critical MS application because MS changed the application, but left the mobile users stranded.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Akihabara News Video Interview With Eric Lin Of HTC

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:00 PM

"HTC, a Taiwan based company, is by far one of the largest PDA and Smartphone manufacturers in the world. So when last year one of my friends, Eric Lin, became HTC Global PR and Online Community Manager for HTC, I had everything at hand to give you an exclusive 40 minute plus video interview with Eric about HTC's latest products, the Touch Diamond 2, Touch Pro 2, and the Snap and the Android based Smartphone the HTC Magic."

Akihabara News had a sit-down with Eric Lin and talks about HTC's branding, markets and latest products. Nothing earth-shattering, but these make good viewing and has some decent info on the devices talked about:

  • Part I (embedded above) - 6:54 mins long - covers who Eric is and the HTC brand;
  • Part II (17:48 mins) talks about the Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 and the improvements made to both (and in passing possible plans for sucessors to the HTC Advantage and HTC Shift); while
  • Part III (22:34 mins) shows off an early engineering sample of the HTC Magic (HTC's upcoming Android phone) and also covers the HTC Snap, along with a general discussion on upgrading possibilities to WM6.5 (bad news for Snap fans - no confirmation yet).

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