Tuesday 17 July 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 Now $50: But Do You Want It ?

AT&T recently dropped the price of Nokia's flagship phone, the Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 900, to $50 with a new two-year contract. It's a great deal for a high end phone that was already pretty cheap at the original price of $100, when most popular phones sell for $200. But is Nokia's phone worth it, even at $50?

The problem with the Lumia 900 is that it's essentially a dead end from a technology perspective. In the fall, Microsoft is rolling out Windows Phone 8, the next generation version of its new mobile platform. And all current Windows Phone devices can't upgrade to the new OS. Sure, Microsoft will be upgrading current Windows Phone 7.5 devices to Windows 7.8, but is that enough to convince you to live with the Lumia 900 for the length of a two-year contract with AT&T?

Here are a few things to consider.

Camera Extras

Nokia in late June added some great new features to its camera app including a self-timer, action shot function, a new panorama mode, and smart group shot that creates a composite photo from several snaps taken in quick succession. The new app is available now for Lumia phones in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Other Apps
Nokia is also offering a new Nokia Play To app for streaming content on your phone to a PC, Blu-ray player, HDTV, or other DLNA-compatible device. A new app called Nokia Counter can track your cell phone usage including data, voice, and messaging. There are also updated versions of Nokia Music, Maps, Transit, and Drive.

Windows Phone 7.8
The biggest feature Lumia 900 users have to look forward to is the Windows Phone 7.8 update expected after the Windows Phone 8 launch this fall. Windows Phone 7.8 will give current Windows Phone 7.5 users the new Start Screen that is one of the centerpiece features of Windows Phone 8.

The new Start Screen removes the thin black strip on the right side of current devices and lets Windows Phone live tiles fill up the entire screen. You can also resize Windows Phone live tiles to cram as much or as little as you'd like into your Start Screen.

It will have three live tile sizes: a small square, medium-sized square, and a large rectangle. Current Windows Phone devices have two different, non-customizable live tile sizes. Live tiles are the square colored icons in the Windows Phone interface. The tiles are capable of displaying real-time information at a glance such as new e-mail messages, calendar appointments, social networking updates, and weather.

No Windows Phone 8
The biggest downside for the Lumia 900, and all Windows Phone 7 devices for that matter, is that Windows Phone 7.8 is no replacement for Windows Phone 8. The new features coming to the new mobile OS include an improved Web browser with Internet Explorer 10, removable SD card storage, and a digital wallet hub. Windows Phone 8 is also supporting wider hardware functionality such as multicore processor support, two new screen resolutions (1280-by-768 and 1280-by-720), and Near-Field Communication for mobile payments, social networking check-ins and other tap-and-go services.

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Sunday 15 July 2012

Indian mobile handset revenues witness 5 per cent decline

MUMBAI: The Indian mobile handset market has witnessed drop of five per cent in its revenues to Rs 312.15 billion from Rs 330. 31 billion during FY 2011-12, according to an annual survey by CyberMedia group’s telecom journal Voice&Data.

The drop in revenues is attributed to feature phone sales decline and lower average selling values (ASVs). Six of the top 10 brands including Nokia, Micromax, Blackberry, Spice, LG and G’Five saw a negative growth in revenues. The entry level smartphones of companies like Samsung, HTC, Huawei and Karbonn witnessed a marginal rise in the revenue.

Voice&Data group editor Ibrahim Ahmad said, “Indian mobile phone brands that had hoped to make a mark by sourcing Chinese handsets and selling them only on the price plank were in for a big surprise. These players will have to quickly rethink their product, marketing and service strategy afresh to put their house in order.”

Nokia positioned itself as the leader amongst players with revenue of Rs 119.25 bn, despite an eight per cent drop over Rs 129.29 bn revenues posted in FY 2010-11. The Finnish company lost market share in the smartphone and multi-media segment in comparison to Samsung, HTC and Apple due to its absence in the android market. However, it made headway in the dual-sim handset category and ended the year with a market share of 38.2 per cent.

Samsung attained the second position displaying a growth in revenues by 38 per cent to Rs 78.91 bn. The company posted a market share of 25.3 per cent owing its success to products based on windows, android and bada operating systems. The Samsung Galaxy Note sold around 40,000 units each month since its launch in 2011.

“As consumers look for applications beyond voice and SMS, the market will see a fight for high end feature phones and smartphones intensify further. Consumers can also look forward to steeper price drops and more features in the same price,” Ahmad added.

The 17th annual survey was based on around 30 multi-national and Indian mobile handset firms selling feature, multimedia, enterprise handsets and smartphones in the country.

Micromax witnessed a drop of 13 per cent posting revenue of Rs 19.78 bn and market share of 6.3 per cent ranking third on the list. Blackberry emerged fourth with a significant drop of 25 percent to post revenues of Rs 14.60 bn and market share of 4.7 per 

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