November 10th, 2011 admin
If you take a look around the Bell Canada site, there is no longer any sign of Windows 7 Phones? In fact if you search for WP7 – you end up with a link to the HD7, however this results in the following message:
So what’s happening? There appears to be a general lack of interest between Canadian carriers to support the platform, who instead are focusing on iPhone, Android and RIM?
Take a look in retail stores and there are little or no signs of any Windows Phone 7 devices. The only units I’ve found have been mislabelled as running Android!
So are the carriers finally dropping support for Windows Phone 7, or simply clearing stock ready for the imminent arrival of Mango devices?
Nokia has stated that they’ll be bringing WP7 Mango devices to Canada in 2012, however there’s no confirmation on dates, carriers or models yet? How long will consumers be wiling to wait for WP7 before giving up and going with a different platform?
Are Microsoft and the device manufacturers going to miss their window of opportunity to establish a WP7 Mango presence in the Canadian mobile marketplace?
February 11th, 2011 admin
Following on from yesterdays announcement that Nokia and Microsoft are joining forces in the mobile arena – today they gave a joint press conference.
You can watch the full video here:
Nokia and Microsoft Press Conference
February 11th, 2011 admin
Nokia Microsoft Partnership Announcement
As previously rumoured, Nokia and Microsoft announced yesterday that they’re forming a partnership to develop and promote Windows 7 phones.
Nokia has been suffering from loss of market share due to the rapid take up of both iOS and Android devices. The recent change to Stephen Elop (@selop) as CEO of Nokia signalled that Nokia realised they needed to make wide reaching changes the their core company focus.
The fact that Stephen came from an influential role within Microsoft gave rise to the speculation that Nokia might be about to join forces with Microsoft.
The alliance brings Nokia’s popular hardware designs and also their influence in the GSM market to the Windows Phone 7 push. Lately the Nokia Symbian OS platform has been criticized for not keeping up with market trends, so using Windows Phone 7 should help fast forward them to 2011,
The partnership announced that Bing would become the default Search engine for Nokia devices (not really surprising given its deep integration within WP7). More surprising was that Nokia Maps would be the default mapping service. I’ve not personally used Nokia Maps, however it must be good for MS to agree to replace Bing Maps?
It’ll be interesting to see how soon Nokia can use the partnership to announce new phones, and also what the market feedback will be. Nokia users tend to be faithful to the Nokia platform so the move to WP7 is a brave however also necessary to remain competitive.