And now it has Sprint on side as well
As we all know, there are lies; damned lies;and statistics. And Microsoft has been pumping itself up to the Windows Phone developer opportunity with some stats that look pretty good onscreen. For example, it says that shipments of Windows Phone grew six times faster than the rest of the smartphone market over the last 12 months. Crucially, Microsoft has also had a bit of a boost in its home market – the USA, from leading mobile network operator [MNO], Sprint Nextel. The USA’s third largest operator has decided to range a couple of Windows Phone 8 handsets.
Apparently Sprint will be expanding its range of 4G/LTE handsets shortly with the addition of the HTC 8XT and the Samsung ATIV S Neo. Both running WP8.
HTC, of course, has always been closely associated with Windows based handsets long before Nokia ever came on the scene.
Nokia, of course, managed to overcome its long disassociation with cdmaOne based networks by launching the Lumia 920 for Verizon Wireless.
With the release of Windows Phone 8, Micosoft claims that customers are now downloading more than 200 million apps per month and generating more than twice the daily app revenue.
Sadly, Microsoft fails to mention exactly how much that revenue is worth.
Having given Windows Phone app developers severe headaches by changing the tools they need to create WP8 apps, the Redmond based company has some good news.
The next release of Windows Phone (is that WP9, we wonder?) will be designed to run the same apps that developers are building today. Hooray!
Plus WP9 should support the same familiar development tools. And for good measure, for a limited time, developers can register with Windows Phone Dev Center for just $19.
There are also rumours of a new brand name for Nokia handsets. Apparently, rather than calling its forthcoming handset the Lumia 1020, it will call it the Nokia EOC.
Here at GoMo News we have absolutely no idea why.