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Ballmer makes the pitch for Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone barely registers in the minds of customers looking to purchase smartphones. Most of the general populous walking into a mobile store these days has already predetermined that they will select an iPhone or one of the members from the growing Android Army. RIM's Blackberry OS and Windows Phone are continuing to take a backseat in the lucrative smartphone market.
With this is mind, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is still confident that things will change with Windows Phone 8. The recently launched smartphone operating system definitely looks slick, but is it compelling enough to attract not only new customers, but also legions of developers to make the platform thrive?

In a recent launch event in Israel, Ballmer seemed to disregard RIM and said that Microsoft is working with a number of OEM partners to make Windows Phone 8 a "really strong third participant" in the market.
Ballmer also went on to say that Windows Phone is "still relatively small", but that he "Expect[s] the volumes on Windows Phone to really ramp quickly."
When it comes to enthusiasm for the platform, we know that Ballmer is all in. The boisterous CEO recently narrated a commercial that showcases the highlights of Windows Phone 8.

Source: Reuters

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By MartyLK on 11/5/2012 3:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
As far as getting abandoned in a dead system is concerned, most Android phones don't seem to get updated to the latest and greatest, but rather are left behind. iOS was better about this, but they still cut features on older devices.

This isn't the case with Google branded phones. Google's older Nexus phones, like the Nexus S which is several years old, are still being officially updated to the latest software, including currently Android 4.1.2 and will receive Android 4.2.

Any OEM Android phone is subject to the OEM's choices. Samsung tends to update 1 to 2 year old phones with current software. HTC tends to do about the same. But there are some OEMs, like Motorola, for instance, who usually (note: not always) won't even update brand new devices. With them, what you get when you buy it is all it will ever have.

But as far as Google goes, their phones and devices receive updates as soon as new software is released. However, having said that, if any of Google's devices happen to be carrier branded - like the Nexus S, any proposed software updates require the carrier's approval and testing phase before it will be released to the device.

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