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.
Apple continued to benefit from the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the three months to the end of November 2014, with the iOS operating system increasing its market share in Europe as well as in all other markets except for Japan as surveyed by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
It isn't easy competing with Apple and Google for developer attention, even when you're a software company like Microsoft.
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.
Sprint is making good on its promise to support Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, and today announced it will sell the mid-range Lumia 635.
At a Jan. 21 event Microsoft will be showing off the mobile version of its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system, according to a ZDNet report.
Sprint is still committed to supporting Microsoft's Windows Phone platform despite the fact that its website does not show any Windows Phones for sale.
Research firm IDC expects total smartphone shipments of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, which would indicate a 26.3 percent increase over 2013. However, IDC thinks growth will slow in 2015 down to 1.4 billion units, or a 12.2 percent year-over-year growth rate.
Huawei has reiterated that it does not plan on producing any phones running Microsoft's Windows Phones software.
Microsoft released its first Lumia-branded smartphone without the Nokia name on it, the Lumia 535, and is clearly pushing the entry-level phone toward emerging markets. The Lumia 535, which will debut for $137 (€110) before taxes and subsidies, is not the cheapest Lumia phone Microsoft has introduced but it is among them. It also boasts improved specifications compared with similarly priced Windows Phones.