New numbers from Microsoft and Instagram and Vine hit Windows Phone

WMPoweruser reports the latest figures from Microsoft on the Windows Phone store.

Currently, according to Microsoft figures, there have been 3 billion downloads from the store so far since it was launched. Each day they get 10 million transactions which is a step up from the 9 million in September and 6.6 million in June.

These numbers are only around 5% of the iOS store however it shows strong growth for the platform that is quickly cementing it’s place as the third platform in the smartphone market.

Since Windows Phone 8 was released Microsoft have seen an increase of 181% in app revenue and downloads have increased by 209%.

With the release of the long anticipated Instagram and Vine, these figures are bound to grow and bring the gap between Android and iOS much closer.

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Have you considered coding for Windows 8.1? Well this may help!

In the Appreneur Challenge Microsoft are giving away some amazing prizes simply for making some apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

Prizes include 25 Xbox One console and a major prize of a Surface Pro and “Money-can’t-buy experiences”.

With higher conversion rates and some awesome hardware and these awesome prizes, there really is no excuse for not having a go at making some awesome apps for the Windows platform.

Optus rolls out 4G Plus TD-LTE

This is a little old but it links to a new trial of Optus 4G for fixed wireless service. Telstra announce a little while back that they are looking to this new extended LTE but once again Optus have beat them to it.

The technology allows very high transfer speeds and is the full LTE rather than the cut down LTE rolled out an inoperation by Telstra and now Vodafone.

This should prove for some very fast transfer speeds on phones that can support the technology as well as use for wireless hotspot and fixed wireless services where some may not have the option of installing fixed lines.

The service is on in 4 capital cities and has 55 sites in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra as of September 2013.

 

Gizmodo Small tablet test

Gizmodo have tested three top contenders in the ~7 inch tablet market. Apple fans will be surprised to hear that the iPad mini comes in a distant last, with the Kindle Fire HDX coming in at one and closely matched by the Nexus 7.

See below for details:

The Best Small Tablet Display (Hint: It’s Not The iPad Mini) | Gizmodo Australia.