News – Nokia and Windows global momentum continues – Kantar Worldpanel

… A couple of days old…

Nokia and Windows global momentum continues 04/11/2013 The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to September 2013, shows Windows Phone now makes up one in 10 smartphone sales across the five major European markets, has overtaken iOS in Italy, and is gaining momentum in emerging markets.

via News – Nokia and Windows global momentum continues – Kantar Worldpanel.

News – Windows Phone nears double digit share across Europe – Kantar Worldpanel

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to August 2013, shows Windows Phone has posted its highest ever sales share of 9.2% across the five major European markets and is now within one percentage point of iOS in Germany. Android remains the top operating system across Europe with a 70.1% market share, but its dominant position is increasingly threatened as growth trails behind both Windows and iOS.

Windows Phone has hit double digit sales share figures in France and Great Britain with 10.8% and 12% respectively – the first time it has recorded double digits in two major markets.

via News – Windows Phone nears double digit share across Europe – Kantar Worldpanel.

Could Windows Phone ever squeeze past iOS in the smartphone stakes? | ZDNet

Some interesting figures (IDC & Kantar)…

Western Europe: Windows Phone has 11 percent sales share in France in Kantar’s figures for the three months ending July 2013 (so not quite comparable to IDC’s Q2 figures) — up from 9 percent in Q2 and up from just 2 percent in May 2012, thanks to the Lumia 520 and HTC 8S selling well there. iOS has the lead at 17 percent, but not as large a lead as in stronger markets.

In Germany, Kantar said Windows Phone sales share had dropped from seven percent to six percent in Q2; that seems to have been a problem shipping units into stores as it’s now back to 8.8 percent.

The economic problems in Spain mean that both Windows Phone and iOS have very low market share (1.8 percent for Windows Phone, compared to more than 90 percent for Android).

In Italy, Kantar says Windows Phone has dropped from 14 percent to 10 percent in Q2, but then IDC says Nokia is the number two phone seller in Italy in Q2, behind Samsung and ahead of iPhone.

Android’s combined sales share for Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK is 67 percent for Q2 according to Kantar, up to 69 percent for the three months to July; Windows Phone share across those countries has gone from seven percent to 8.2 percent. IDC calls Nokia the fifth largest smartphone vendor in Western Europe…

via Could Windows Phone ever squeeze past iOS in the smartphone stakes? | ZDNet.

Nokia Lumia 925: our latest innovations in imaging and design

Nokia Lumia 925: our latest innovations in imaging and design

Published by Ian Delaney on May 14, 2013

Today we announce the Nokia Lumia 925, bringing together the best in low light imaging, a smarter camera and a beautiful new look.

The Nokia Lumia 925 comes with a sleek, metal-finished design, a new AMOLED display to make it possible to view the content from more angles, and new features and advances in our PureView imaging technology for capturing even clearer, sharper pictures.

The design is quite clearly stunning, and in a first for the Lumia range, features metal. The metal frame on the Lumia 925 not only draws attention to the phone’s slim-line good looks, but also lends robustness and functions as an antenna. The polycarbonate body and metal frame are fused together to create a perfect whole.

Tech Specs

Networks: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900, WCDMA, 2100, 1900, 850, 900, LTE 2100, 1800, 2600, 900, 800

Memory: 1GB RAM, 16 GB user memory

Display: 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280×768)

Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon

Camera: PureView 8.7-megapixel with OIS, Autofocus, dual LED flash. 2nd camera: HD 1.2MP wi

via Nokia Lumia 925: our latest innovations in imaging and design – Nokia Conversations : the official Nokia blog.

Multilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012

OverviewMultilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012 is an extension that enables translation support through tools and guides by focusing on the following areas:With Integration with Visual Studio IDE, you can add and manage translation files to a project solution and manage them using standard Visual Studio menus and dialogs.

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Announcing BUILD 2012 – October 30th until November 2nd

Tim O’Brien on Channel 9:

“In January we shared some thoughts on our approach to developer events, including a commitment to come back with more on our plans for an event this coming fall. Well, here it is: our next developer conference will be this fall, and it’s (again) called BUILD. It will be held on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington, from October 30th until November 2nd. Yes, that’s right … it’s the week after Windows 8 becomes generally available worldwide. And in addition to Windows 8, we will have lots of other stuff to talk about, too: Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, and much more.

BUILD 2012 will be on the Microsoft campus, and I know what you’re thinking … if it’s not in some cavernous convention hall, then it must be a dialed-down version of last year’s event, etc. … but don’t be confused: this will be unlike anything we’ve held on our corporate campus in a long time. More details to come . And, as we talked about in the January post, if you’ve gone to a Microsoft developer event, you know that most of the speakers and participants are from our engineering teams, so a campus event puts you in the thick of things along with the engineers directly responsible for our products and the platform opportunities they represent.

This one’s not to be missed. So what happens next? Well, at 8AM Pacific time on 8.8 (see what we just did there?), we will open registration for BUILD 2012 at www.buildwindows.com.  At that point, we’ll start sharing details over time about keynoters, sessions, content, and more, but for the time being, set a reminder for August 8th.

That’s it for now. Because my thesaurus was unable to suggest a decent synonym for “super excited”, let’s just say we’re stoked about BUILD 2012, and we hope to see you there.”

via Announcing BUILD 2012 | Vector | Channel 9