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.


Update: Gartner market share results for Q3 2013

This is an update to my previous posts here and here with Gartner now chiming on with thier results.

Essentially they are saying that smartphone sales accounted for 55% of overall mobile phone sales in Q3 of 2013.

Worldwide phone sales totaled 455.6 million which is an increase of 5.7% on the same time last year.

By vendor, Samsung rule the roost even though growth was flat for them with Apple trailing behind with a less than expected growth and small decline due to late shipments. Lenovo rank in third with a large market in China and LG, Huawei trail respectively behind them.

By operating system, Android rules with iOS second, Windows Phone third and Blackberry, Bada and Symbian trailing respectively behind them.

In maobile phone sales by vendor (smart and dumb phones), Samsung rule with Nokia coming up next followed by Apple, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo, TCL, Sony, Yulong and others following respectively.



Windows Phone grows by 156% in Q3 2013

I posted previously about mobile market share and the growth of Windows Phone. A new IDC report has shown the platform has experienced high growth and is the fastest growing operating system.

The IDC data suggests that Windows Phone increased shipments of 156% year on year for the third quarter. 3.7 million handsets were moved in Q3 2012 and this year 9.5 million.

That may look small compared to Android’s 211.6 million and 33.8 million Apple handset but shows impressive growth for the platform when compared to Blackberry’s 4.5 million handsets especially.

Nokia was responsible for 93.2% of those Windows handsets sold.

More details from IDC via wpcentral:

IDC: Windows Phone experiences 156% jump in handsets shipped for Q3 2013 | Windows Phone Central.

Android rules the roost, Apple looses ground, Windows Phone grows and poor Blackberry

I spoke about market share in my post last week about Apple and the latest stats have been released for Q3 of 2013. As you can see below the market share of Android has grown to 81.3% up from 75% in Q3 of 2012, Apple has lost ground down to 13.4% from 15.6% same time last year. Microsoft have made ground up to 4.1% from 2.1% this time last year which is amazing growth of 200%. Poor old Blackberry just can’t do anything right with a drop from 4.3% last year to only 1% this year.

Source Strategy Analytics via Android tops 81 percent of smartphone market share in Q3.

The Nexus 5 hots Australia at $399

I posted earlier in the week about the new Google Nexus 5 phone. ne of the hottest Android phones hotly anticipated right now.

Google have now officially announced the Nexus 5 and by all accounts it looks quite good and at a great price of only $399 in Australia, it’s certainly good value.

The phone features 2Gb of Ram and a 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor sporting 4 cores. The camera is 8Mpixel and a 1.2Mp opn the front. The device also supports 4G LTE plus dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and Qi wireless charging.

Gizmodo bring us some more details here: Nexus 5: A Pure Google Dream Phone For $399 In Australia | Gizmodo Australia.

and Engadget have a hands on review here:

​Android Kitkat leak

Google’s next Andropid flavour is KitKat and a new leak from Engadget has some cool new features:

  • Memory management optimises memory
  • new low level device support for devices with 512Mb of memory or less
  • Three new sensors are supported – geomagnetic rotation, step detection and setp counters. Possibly to be linked with smartwatches and Google Glass
  • Improvements in NFC and Bluetooth are also reported to be coming

More over at Engadget:

Android Kitkat leak suggests big improvements for cheap phones and wearables.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview – It’s here, the next step in your PC, Tablet and Phone Experiences

“It’s Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It’s an all-new touch interface. It’s a new Windows for new devices. And it’s your opportunity to be one of the first to try it out.”

This is a game changer, a unified platform across mobile and desktop devices, an operating systems with you as the focus. Interact with your devices like never before with the Consumer Preview (Beta) of Windows 8.

This is the desktop Consumer Preview, initial reports are that it’s quite stable. A review from me coming shortly.

Download here

via Windows 8 Consumer Preview.