Microsoft, Mozilla, the Tizen Association and others are moving to lower-cost hardware in an effort to gain share in emerging markets. However, Google's Android One software and hardware reference design program could undercut those efforts by enhancing the Android experience on cheap devices in the developing world.
Microsoft's Nokia took the wraps off the new Nokia X2, a device that runs Android and will sell for around $135. The device appears to indicate Microsoft's intention, at least for the time being, to maintain Nokia's plans to sell Android phones as a low-cost alternative to Nokia's wider line of Lumia Windows Phone devices.
Microsoft is planning to add 3D gestures and motion tracking technology to its smartphones that mimics some of the functionality of its Kinect devices used for its Xbox platform, according to a report from The Verge.
Microsoft's Windows Phone hardware partners will produce devices this year that cost less than $200, according to a Microsoft executive, a shift that could lead to an increase in market share for the platform.
Microsoft's vice president of OEM partners, Nick Parker, said the retail price of Windows Phone smartphones and tablets will become more competitive during 2014, as company initiatives to boost the operating system (OS) begin to bear fruit.
It's not always easy to condense an event into a few words, but in the case of tthis year's TM Forum Live, key buzzwords immediately spring to mind: NFV--the much-discussed Network Functions Virtualisation--big data analytics and the digital enterprise.
A Microsoft executive indicated that HTC may soon be producing new smartphones running the software giant's Windows Phone operating system--but he declined to give any details.
Online video provider Netflix is accelerating its transition to HTML5-based streaming, a move that should improve load times for viewers and make 4K video streaming easier to deliver.
NICE, France--Telecoms and media companies are sitting on what Microsoft describes as a potential "data dividend" worth $235 billion over a four-year period, if such companies were to make better and smarter use of the data they gather from and about customers on a daily basis.
Microsoft could soon jump into the wearable device market with a smart watch that is loaded with sensors and works with Apple iPhones, Google's Android phones and Microsoft's own Windows Phones, according to a report from Forbes.