Microsoft announced a huge upgrade to Windows Phone at a developer conference early this morning New Zealand time. The changes in Windows Phone 8.1 are dramatic, easily as big as the leap from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8. Continue reading
Mobile broadband downloads and uploads are now faster on Vodafone’s 3 network than on Telecom or 2degrees. That’s the verdict of the latest testing by Truenet which compared speeds at a series of locations in central Auckland and Wellington.
The tests show that Vodafone’s 3G network was lagging its competitors at the end of 2012. By the last quarter of 2013 it was significantly ahead with average mobile download speeds running at almost 4Mbps in Wellington and 4.5Mbps in Auckland.
People, understandably, get hung up on Android’s huge share of the total smartphone market. On raw unit numbers alone it often looks as if Google’s phone software is eating Apple’s lunch. Some commentators extrapolate from this point to say daft things like Apple is doomed.
In December Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows published Windows Phone Turned the Corner in 2013. Thurrott is an influential US blogger and his story was picked up by other media.
Thurrott’s story looks at what went to make 2013 a turnaround year for Microsoft’s smartphone operating system.
However 2013 wasn’t all good news for Windows Phone. In January GigaOm’s Kevin C. Tofel reported a murkier picture in Nokia finishes 2013 with 30M Lumias sold, ending on a falling note. That’s significant as it was the last quarter before Microsoft is expected to take control of the business. Continue reading