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Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled changes in the version of Windows Phone codenamed Mango that will crack open the operating system so devs can finally work with smart-phones’ camera data, compass and gyro, pivot and panorama, geo-location, ringtones and users’ contacts, and TCP/IP sockets
Looking at the smartphone market today, it is hard to believe that Microsoft’s still-brand-new smartphone platform will become the second largest within four years. But that’s exactly the story IDC is selling.
This year, Android will own the market, with 39.5%. Second is Symbian at 20.9%. Third is iOS at 15.7%. Fourth is BlackBerry with 14.9%. Fifth is Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile with 5.5%. “Others” bring up the rear, with about 3.5%. (“Others” most likely consists of HP’s webOS, Linux, et al.)
Microsoft Begins Rolling Out WP7 NoDo Update
Odd name for a release that primarily provides cut/paste.
On the one hand, you have Apple, which quietly rolled out iOS 4.3 with the precision of a Swiss watch. The update came a day earlier than expected, in fact. Clearly, Apple has its mobile act together. It has its partners in lockstep. And it has seemingly maintained its typical shroud of silence and censorship to perpetuate illusion of perfection.
Then there’s Microsoft, which is handling the latest update to Windows Phone 7 with the precision of a digital watch you might purchase with a few cereal-box tops. The company has belatedly managed to push out an alleged February update to just some users and has further delayed a March update. But one thing you don’t get from Microsoft is silence, just lots of excuses.
Smartphone maker ZTE has publicly dissed Microsoft, saying the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system is not popular enough, nor has Microsoft done enough to make it so, and that ZTE sees no reason for it to develop a smartphone running WP7. This is not the kind of news Microsoft likes to hear as it struggles to gain traction for its well regarded but not well received OS.