Lenovo May Soon Release A Windows Phone 8 Smartphone
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Lenovo May Soon Release a Windows Phone 8 Smartphone
Worse, even that meager increase was attributable to just one region, the Asia/Pacific, which grew sales by 6.4 per cent. Sales in all other regions were down, particularly in areas where the smartphone market is mature.
Mobile phone sales in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region were down 3.6 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2012, Latin American sales were down 3.8 per cent, and sales in Japan decreased by 7.3 per cent. And in North America, which embraced smartphones in a big way early on, overall handset sales were down a troubling 9.5 per cent.
"Feature phones users across the world are either finding their existing phones good enough or are waiting for smartphones prices to drop further," Gupta said. "Either way the prospect of longer replacement cycles is certainly not a good news for both vendors and carriers looking to move users forward."
Nokia probably has it worst of all. Unlike Apple and BlackBerry, for example, which are focusing exclusively on smartphones, feature phone shipments still make up a sizeable portion of Nokia's overall handset business. And yet Gartner's figures show that global feature phone sales shrunk a whopping 21.8 per cent, year-on-year, in the first quarter of 2013.
Gartner estimates that 53.1 per cent of global mobile phones are now owned by customers in the Asia/Pacific region, and nearly half of those are in China. Furthermore, Chinese manufacturers held a 29 per cent share of global smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2013, up from 13.2 per cent in the year-ago quarter.
"The Chinese and local manufacturers have been exemplary at addressing the demands of buyers by offering affordable devices with optimum features such as 2.5G (EDGE) instead of 3G in a smartphone," Gupta explained.
The internet has become a core part of how we work and play, to the point where some internet-connected devices can share their connection with other gadgets. Apart from your smartphone, your Windows 10 device can also be a mobile hotspot and share its internet connection to other computers.
Surface branded Windows Phone 8 devices?While China Times does not report anything on the branding on these upcoming smartphones, but we can speculate that Microsoft may continue the Surface brand with its Windows Phone 8 devices.
Another Kin in making?This is not Microsoft's first crack at developing self-branded phones; company had earlier released Kin series of phones in US, which turned out to be a major flop. Verizon Wireless, which was marketing the devices in United States, stopped the sales within two months of launch.