LAS VEGAS--Microsoft thinks it's very important to bring its Windows Phone 8 platform to tier 1 U.S. carriers, a strategy that helped Google's Android platform gain significant market share, according to a Windows Phone executive.
LAS VEGAS--Sprint Nextel confirmed that it will launch LTE smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 by the summer. Sprint said it will launch devices made by HTC and Samsung Electronics, though it did not mention specific models. Sprint said in mid-November that it would launch Windows Phones this year.
HTC CEO Peter Chou laid much of the blame for the smartphone maker's woes in 2012 on the back of weak and poorly executed marketing. He said the company will revive its fortunes in 2013 by being more innovative, nimble and focused in its marketing efforts.
Next week in Las Vegas tens of thousands of technology and mobile executives, professionals and enthusiasts will gather for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. As in recent years, the wireless industry will have a significant presence at the show, but from what I'm hearing from analysts and insiders there may be less of a bang at this show than in years past.
Samsung Electronics and Apple thoroughly dominated the smartphone market in 2012, so much so that, according to analysts, they ended 2012 as the only two companies with double-digit global market share.
France Telecom Orange has placed some of its eggs firmly in the Microsoft basket by declaring that the Windows 8 operating system will be extremely important for its multi-screen development plans.
HTC dropped plans for a large-screen smartphone using Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software because its resolution would not have been comparable to those from top-flight competitors, according to a Bloomberg report.
Google's Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, is expanding to two high-profile smartphones: Verizon Wireless is updating Samsung Electronics' flagship Galaxy S III, while Sprint Nextel is upgrading its exclusive HTC Evo 4G LTE.
The market for cheap smartphones costing under $150 will explode over the next few years, according to a new study from Informa Telecoms & Media, with low-end smartphones making up 52 percent of all smartphones sales in 2017.
Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile brands will launch the carrier's first prepaid LTE smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, according to various blog and Twitter postings.