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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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.

 

 

The iSheeple culture Is In Your Mind – Applism in Development

The term Sheeple is one i use to describe people who display herd mentality; many times products and marketing are successful simply because one feels like they wish to be one of “those people” that have “that device”.

Apples products survive solely on this mentality, non of their products are technically very different from any other and quite often they bring a higher price; they are rarely better quality and in some cases are less reliable than their counterparts.  Some will say the design of Apple products is amazing, well, if you like white then yeah i guess you would like Apple products. Personally I grew up with beige and white computers and after many years computers finally got a nice black and metal finish, this was lost in Applism design.

Now to the point of the story, like no other platform, Apple iOS has picked up the lions share of development, even with a far from high market share it got much attention and we found apps being developed for a minority platform. This of course has helped with the growth of the iPhone and iPad and has created an app culture.

The problem is, iOS lacks integration with social networks and email and states that “there is an app for that” rather than innovating and providing built in functionality.  Android does the same, however, believe it or not there are platforms paying attention to how consumers use phones. Windows Phone 7, by Microsoft for example, integrates, Facebook, Linkedin, Windows Live, Twitter, Exchange email, Gmail, Hotmail and the list goes on, all without having to even open the marketplace to get an app.

It has been apparent to me for a long time that there is a strange focus on iOS; my theory is that Apple are secretly paying large software houses to develop for the 0platform then having them sign NDA’s to hide it. This is pure speculation of course, however I have watched the mobile landscape for over 15 years now develop and never before have developers, small or large, developed with such vigor for a platform with very low market share. (this of course has changed over the years but the ratio of market share to developers and app by those developers for the platform has been extremely high in iOS like never before).

Now add on top of this many analysis of the Windows Phone Marketplace demonstrating being the most profitable for developers, and the ability to code across platform (XBOX, Windows Phone and Games for Windows all use the XNA studio and make it very easy for game developers to release across platforms).

Now Peter-Paul Koch, better known as PPK in the web developer community, adds his input on the focus on webkit and iPhone development:

“What we have here is an iPhone monoculture; not in the stats, but in web developers’ minds,” writes Koch. “This is the fundamental problem we must address.”

He goes on to suggest the change needed and I must agree whole heartedly in his comments and find it refreshing for someone with a bit of clout behind them to be stating such:

“Start talking about testing in mobile non-WebKit browsers (i.e. Opera),” he writes. “Start talking about other platforms besides iPhone (and Android). Start talking about mobile diversity, instead of showing the iPhone over and over and over again.”

It’s about time developers start delivering cross platform applications and allow the consumer the choice they deserve, even the sheeple.

via The iPhone Monoculture Is In Your Mind | Webmonkey | Wired.com.

Windows 7 marches on, Mac slowly catching up to Vista

This is a very interesting article, it shows stats of Windows users moving from XP to Windows 7 and Vista fading away. It also, interestingly enough shows MAC usage at a rate that may meet Vista’s drop by around 2012.
Windows 7 has grown to over 40% market share and shows no signs of slowing, arguably the best operating system ever release (by Microsoft anyway), these stats show overwhealming use of the operating system.

 

Windows 7 continues to roll as XP fades away | ZDNet.

Windows Phone 7.5 Codenamed “Mango”

Giz have given a pretty good rundown here so I won’t really add much except to say to the haters…remember when Android and iOS first started?? WP7 is already great, even with some missing features and it’s only getting better.

Personally I can choose form any one of 5 operating systems on my HTC HD2 and I love to tweak and add new apps, I have stuck with WP7 since the day I flashed it and am very happy with it. Not much more to say really…

Windows Phone 7 Update Even Better Than We Expected | Gizmodo Australia.

Where are my smartphone apps?!

So it seems every man and his dog is making an iPhone app for anything from how to scratch your butt to actual usefull stuff like transport timetables etc.
My question is, why is everyone making iPhone apps for what is literally one of not the youngest smartphone operating systems, not even close to majority market share at my last count.
Nokia’s Symbion OS, Microsoft Windows Mobile, and WebOS from Palm have been out for many many years longer then the iOS on iPhone yet it seems that it is absolutely ok to just ignore these other smartphones that have at least up until recently dominated the smartphone market share.
Are Apple paying developers to make these apps? Where is my windows mobile app for each iPhone app that is made? Where are the Nokia apps?
Quite frankly i am sick of waiting for app developers to provide apps for my windows mobile phone and i am unsure of just who to blame. Is it the sheeple blindly buying and downloading iPhone’s and apps or is it the developers for being lazy, or is it Apples fault for driving out other platforms by either paying or incentising the development of apps for thier platforms?
Is it just me or are there other smartphone users just as frustrated at the lack of support for thier much more established platforms?
Is it Dominos or Cityrail’s fault for just ignoring us as smartphone users with the same needs as iPhone users?

Please comment below and let me know what you think and if you find the same frustrations as i….