Windows Phone Winning Market Share Slowly But Steadily

2013 has already seen a lot of new mobile devices that have come out through Mobile World Congress 2013 and Consumer Electronics Show 2013. The biggest releases that we have seen this year till date in 2013 would be that of the Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G Pro, Asus Padfone Infinity, HTC One and the most awaited mobile of 2013- Samsung Galaxy SIV. All of these run the Android Operating System. One might wonder why Android is the largest selling OS in the market and yes it is because it is very user friendly, best platform for developers and lots of features. But the reason to this is because every other smartphone is powered by Android. iOS by Apple does carry a good competition to Android in countires like USA, Great Britain, but in this fight for the top, it is safe to say Windows Phone 8 would said to be 3rd best and is up and rising. This article tells you why.

Talking about the first quarter of 2013- Android holds 49.3% smartphone sales and iOS holds 43.7% behind the iOS. Windows Phone is placed at 3rd with 5.6% sales but the largest gain out of the three compared to the same time last year. Andriod has actually slipped in sales comparing same time last year and on the contrary Windows Phone has continued to rise. It is also shown that 52% of people who were switching from feature phone to smartphone chose Windows Phone 8 over iOS and Andriod. People who bought iOS and Andriod were previous users of smartphones. Even though Windows Phone 8 shows small percentage of sales, it has gained the most market sales compared to last year’s situation. Nokia has jumped from 4% sales on WP to 9%, this growth is mere compared to that of Andriod and iOS. In India, Windows Phone 8 has outsold iOS devices!

Why Windows Phone 8?

People who are bored of how the home screen works for both the iOS and the Andriod, the same listing of apps, the lock screen and everything else- Windows Phone 8 comes as a breath of fresh air. The interactive live tiles are certainly unique and you will enjoy to play with them. Change their sizes, see them role and give you a different story as the time goes by, social networking on the go and lots more.

In today’s world, social networking is a big part of our lives. Windows Phone 8 is deeply integrated with your social networking websites and your lives. The best part is, if you want to message someone via Facebook or via SMS or send something via Twitter, you can do all of this from your contacts. Its simple and its easy.

Windows Phone 8 really reflects the person you are. You can see the live tiles of the person and you know what they care about and what they really love. Multitasking with Windows Phone is also an easy affair. The Internet Explorer 10 is so far one of the fastest mobile internet browsers.

The main reason why you buy WP8- YOU HATE LAG.

Does it have all the applications?

We buy a smartphone for the apps they have, and Microsoft has made available some wonderful apps. I wont say it has “all” of them, but yes all the necessary apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, they are all available. Microsoft had opened the Windows Phone App store with just an iota compared to that of number in iOS and Android and that was 75,000 apps and now they have grown to 150,000+ apps within no time. People had complaints that the Instagram app was not available, but no worries now. It has been released. Previously the YouTube App opened a webpage of YouTube but now a dedicated app is up and running.

Games like Angry Birds, Asphalt 5, Temple Run, they are all there.

The unique feature of every app on Windows Phone is its accessibility. Take the Facebook app, it takes a little more time to load compared to that in iOS and Andriod but once its up, you don’t need to load anything again, swipe across and you go to different sections of Facebook, your timeline, your news feed, messages, photos, everything! It seems like magic.

Windows Phone 8 has some exclusive apps, when you buy a Nokia Lumia you enter the beneficial and the most precise world of HERE Maps, HERE Drive and Nokia Music. I was really blown away by Nokia Music, as the music goes on, a camera roll slide show is running on the background, swipe across and you will be shown info about the artist, latest photos, their latest tweets etc. This is music exploration to another level.

Windows Phone 8 is here to stay and its just going to get better with time. Everyone should try it out. If you are bored of Android and iOS, then this is your thing. You’re OS. You have to experience it to believe it. Being a little over the top I would even like to say maybe someday it will slip to number 1 ahead of iOS and Android.

Google Goggle gets Update-Faster, Smarter & Awesome

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One of the best mobile apps I have used till date is Google Goggles. It allows you to search about things just by taking their pic. It works great and has been able to recognize almost 95% of the books on which i have used it so far. Given the 5% were local language rare books, i can say it worked great.

Google today announced two major addition & one improvement over last version. It can now read barcode better, can return search results for print ads & can play Sudoku….yes, you read it right.

Both Android & iPhone version will have the updates for Print Ad recognition & Sudoku playing capability. Faster barcode reading ability was confirmed only for Android version.

Here is update from Google blog:

 

Barcodes
When shopping offline, it’s helpful to be able to learn more about a product by scanning its barcode. With the new Android version of Google Goggles, scanning barcodes is much faster. Open Goggles and hover over the barcode or QR code. Within a second the phone gently vibrates and presents results, without requiring a button press. Simply tap on the result to read product reviews, check in-store availability and compare prices.
Print ads in magazines and newspapers
We’re excited to take another step in our vision of connecting offline media to online media. The next time you’re flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine, try taking a picture of an ad with Goggles. Goggles will recognize print ad and return web search results about the product or brand. This new feature of Goggles is enabled for print ads appearing in major U.S. magazines and newspapers from August 2010 onwards.

 

This feature is different from the marketing experiment that we announced in November. We’re now recognizing a much broader range of ads than we initially included in our marketing experiment. And when we recognize a print ad, we return web search results. While in the experiment, we return a specific link to an external website.
Sudoku
Our favorite weekend distraction is a quiet 15 minutes spent solving a Sudoku puzzle. But even that can be an frustrating experience if (like us) you make a mistake and are unable to solve the puzzle. Now, Goggles on Android and iPhone can recognize puzzles and provide answers to help make you faster than a Sudoku champ. So if you ever get stuck, take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and we’ll tell you the correct solution. Check out this video to see how it works.

 

 

Google Goggles 1.3 with improved barcode scanning is available for download in Android Market. Recognition of print ads and Sudoku solver is now enabled for the Google Goggles app on Android, as well as the Goggles component of the Google Mobile App on iPhone.

What you think about the updated app ? Let us know

RockMelt Welcomes 2011 with a Bang-Chrome Web Store

RockMelt-The fastest growing browser amongst social website lovers. The browser which was amongst Top Ten Trending topics on Twitter for 2010(technology) has rolled out it’s first & big update for 2011.

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Version 0.8.40.147 contains over 40 bug fixes & a dozen features including:

  • Chromium 8 and the Chrome Web Store
  • Better, faster Feed
  • Reduced memory usage, improved performance of Feeds
  • New keyboard shortcuts
  • Other updates

Most noticeable change is update to Chrome Web Store which allows to use Chrome Apps within RockMelt.

Like always, your browser will download the update automatically within the next day or so. If you want it now, open the RockMelt menu, choose “About RockMelt” to download the update, and then restart to apply the update.

Details of Enhancements:

  • Upgrade to Chromium 8 – RockMelt now supports Chrome Web Store apps!
  • Updated New Tab page to allow for management of Chrome Web Store apps
  • Faster, more reliable feeds – Feeds are twice as fast and perform better than ever
  • Preference for viewing Favorites / All friends in Friend Edge is now synced across all your RockMelt browsers
  • Updated keyboard shortcuts
  • (Mac)Upgraded chat experience – Incoming chats do not steal focus and the RockMelt dock icon displays profile pics, as well as the number of unread chats
  • (Mac)Reduced memory usage of feed windows, especially when left open for a long time
  • (Mac) Improved performance of opening and scrolling through feeds
  • (Windows) Spell checking in chat, Facebook messages, status updates, sharing, comments, and tweets

42 Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed issue with empty Facebook Feed and Facebook Profile affecting certain browsers
  • Fixed several issues causing crashes
  • (Mac) Fixed issues preventing unfollowing of Twitter users
  • (Mac) Fixed issues with opening search results in new tabs
  • (Windows) Fixed layout issues with chat messages
  • (Windows) Fixed drag and drop removal of Facebook Profile and Facebook Feed
  • (Windows) Fixed Windows 7 issue with having multiple RockMelt icons in the taskbar

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[News] Apple’s Mac App Store to Open on January 6

overview-callout-main.pngApple® today announced that the Mac® App Store? will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.

“The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.”

The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately. Purchased apps can run on all of your personal Macs and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard® users as a free download through Software Update.

Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit developer.apple.com/programs/mac.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Google releases Nexus S-Android 2.3 “Gingerbird”

Google today released Google Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung, with the new Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” operating system. This is a phone that was designed with direct input from the Google Android team. And like its predecessor, the Nexus One, which was released in January 2010, it has a “clean” install of Android. That means there is no additional software layer from third party OEMs or carriers to interfere with the user experience. Like the Nexus One, this will become the reference phone for this generation of Android.

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Nexus S is the lead device for the Gingerbread/Android 2.3 release; it’s the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform. Google co-developed this product with Samsung—ensuring tight integration of hardware and software to highlight the latest advancements of the Android platform. As part of the Nexus brand, Nexus S delivers a “pure Google” experience: unlocked, unfiltered access to the best Google mobile services and the latest and greatest Android releases and updates.

Take a look at backstory video for more on the vision behind this product and to understand why we think “a thousand heads are better than one”:

Nexus S is the first smartphone to feature a 4” Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face. It also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from NFC tags. NFC is a fast, versatile short-range wireless technology that can be embedded in all kinds of everyday objects like movie posters, stickers and t-shirts.

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Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support.

Here’s a glimpse of the “magic” of Google on Nexus S:

Facebook Redesign Profile Pages

Facebook has redesigned profile pages. A lot of changes have been made. Mainly, there are a lot more of photos and photos.

There are two big themes to the revamped design: a bigger emphasis on keeping things visually interesting, and streamlining the design to make it easier to find information people actually care about. Facebook Product Manager Peter Deng explains that on the old profiles, some of the most popular features and information has been a pain to find — the ‘View more photos’ link, for example, is immensely popular, but it’s been nestled between far less important links for years.

So it makes sense that first things you’ll notice on the new profile pages involve major layout changes. Your vital stats — birthday, employer, current city, and the all-important relationship status — are now featured at the top of the page. A photo stream appears just below it, showcasing a handful of the photographs you’ve most recently been tagged in (you can choose to ‘hide’ a photo that you don’t want to have in your stream, so there’s some flexibility with what shows up here).

Tab navigation is now taking place directly below the profile photo, which makes profiles look more similar to Place pages. Most of these tabs are self-explanatory: clicking ‘Questions’ will bring up that application, the photos tab brings up your photo albums and albums you’ve been tagged in (now with infinite scroll!) and so on.

The biggest change to these tab apps involves ‘Info’. This now looks totally different — the dozens of text links representing your Interests have been converted to images whenever possible, giving you a more visual overview of the person.

New Design:

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You can activate the new design on http://www.facebook.com/about/profile/

Old Design:

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