Nokia reported higher profit than expected in the fourth quarter, and grew its sales as well thanks in large part to a surge in revenue from its Network business, particularly in North America.
Microsoft sold a record 10.5 million Lumia-branded Windows Phones in the fourth quarter, but is still dealing with the hangover of integrating Nokia's devices and services business.
Windows Phone hasn't managed to achieve the kind of developer mindshare of Apple's iOS or Google Play, but if the early Twitter reaction is any indication, Microsoft may have much better success with its new Windows Holographic effort.
Microsoft demonstrated how its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system will work on phones and tablets as well as PCs and other devices, and previewed several key features on devices powered by the next generation of the company's main software platform. The software giant is creating a unified operating system that will let developers write universal apps for multiple device sizes, in a bid to jumpstart Microsoft's weak market position in mobile.
App developers love giving more to their customers--more features, more levels in a mobile game, more titles to choose from--but it's unlikely any of them wanted to increase the amount they tax them for their purchases. On Jan. 1, however, the European Union introduced a value-added tax (VAT) aimed specifically at sellers of "digital goods," including app developers.
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It isn't easy competing with Apple and Google for developer attention, even when you're a software company like Microsoft.
After its petition to the FCC asking for clarification on Wi-Fi management rules triggered a slew of opposition from the likes of Google, Microsoft and others, Marriott International released a statement designed to clarify its position.
As independent theaters queued up to commit to screening North Korea's current least favorite movie ever, The Interview, Sony announced that the movie will also be available to stream online via several streaming outlets including YouTube, Google Play, and Microsoft Xbox Video, beginning Christmas Eve. What's more, Netflix is reportedly interested in making the movie available to its subscribers soon.
In the next few weeks Google and its partners will expand the search giant's Android One phone initiative beyond India to the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The world's first Android One phone was unveiled in September for around $105, and the wider program represents Google's most intensive effort yet to not only expand Android to entry-level phones in emerging markets also to control the user experience.