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Chris Weber  (Source: bloomberg.com)
Launching major apps helps, too

Nokia doesn't have any tricks up its sleeve when it comes to attempts at grabbing market share in the mobile sector -- just a great portfolio.

According to Nokia EVP of Sales and Marketing Chris Weber, Nokia is taking all the necessary steps to build a firm foundation instead of using a "silver bullet" product to launch the company into good mobile standings.

"I don't think there's a silver bullet," said Weber. "It's the portfolio, it's great marketing to make sure people are aware of the capabilities, and it's making sure that the apps are there. The apps that we have, we have to make sure that they're as good as -- and in many cases better than -- what you get on the competitive platform. So you know, improving things like Facebook, bringing the next release of Skype, WhatsApp, et cetera."

Weber said that the addition of these major apps is just one aspect that will secure Windows Phone's future. Nokia's wide variety of products in its device portfolio is another big win for the company because it ranges from budget phones to high-end devices. This ensures that there's a product -- whether it be smartphone or tablet -- that can fit anyone's needs and price points. 

For instance, Nokia introduced both the budget Lumia 1320 and high-end Lumia 1520 smartphones earlier this week. The massive 1520 sits at 6 inches in display size and packs a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor that runs at 2.2GHz and is coupled with 2GB of RAM. The low-end 1320 features a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The 1520 will run you an unsubsidized price of $750 while the 1320 is only $339 (unsubsidized). 

On the tablet side of things, Nokia announced the 10.1-inch Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet. It features a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor running at 2.2 GHz and will ship in Q4 starting at $499 before taxes and subsidies.

Source: Engadget



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Success in the eye of the beholder?
By Nortel on 10/24/2013 12:42:51 PM , Rating: -1
Not once have I ever met a soul using a Lumia Windows phone, nor have I ever seen one 'in the wild'.

Pulling the wool over ones eyes and claiming success, doesn't change reality.




RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By p05esto on 10/24/2013 12:50:02 PM , Rating: 4
Most people are sheep and by Android or it's iOS clone. My family all uses Lumina 928 phones on Verizon and LOVE the os (hate it on desktop, refuse to use there). You should play with one for a day, the interface feels fresh every day and I've had mine phone for 6 months now. The live tiles alone make the OS by far the best. All im MY humble opinion of course.


RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By fic2 on 10/24/2013 1:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
My gf has a Lumia 521 and likes it well enough. The frustrating thing seems to be that to do an update you have to do a hard reset. Doing a hard reset makes everything go away. So, you have to do a backup before you do a hard reset. Fair enough. Except the backup doesn't backup everything only somethings. So, she has to redo a lot of crap every time there is an update for it (twice so far with GDR3 coming out and rumored 8.1 after that).


By testbug00 on 10/24/2013 1:37:54 PM , Rating: 3
You should not have to do a hard reset unless you don't have enough space on the phone to hold the update... get a SD card and stick it in :)


By datdamonfoo on 10/24/2013 6:03:47 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not sure what you're talking about. I've updated both my Windows phones and after the hard reset, everything is still there.


RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By Ammohunt on 10/24/2013 1:34:42 PM , Rating: 3
I agree i love my windows phone. Irecently got a work phone with android and man doe it feel dated after using Windows Phone OS.


RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By Reclaimer77 on 10/24/13, Rating: 0
RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By Reclaimer77 on 10/24/13, Rating: 0
By Reclaimer77 on 10/25/2013 3:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
Can you give an example?

Live tiles are just giant (ugly) widgets. So besides the UI, what exactly was 'dated' about Android?


By Reclaimer77 on 10/24/2013 4:47:06 PM , Rating: 2
You just called people sheep yet stated your entirely family all uses the same exact phone, the Lumia 928. Ummm..is that irony or what?


By melgross on 10/24/2013 8:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
I truly do feel sorry for you. I hope that someday, you too can afford a real phone.


By Abeauvais on 10/25/2013 8:27:03 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, I made the switch not to long ago to a HTC 8x (windows Phone 8) And I couldn't be any more happier with my Phone. That being said my next phone will either be a Nokia 1020 or 1520 not sure yet.


RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By jimbojimbo on 10/24/2013 12:59:15 PM , Rating: 3
You've never seen one so they must not have sold any.


By StevoLincolnite on 10/24/2013 7:17:10 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen them in plenty of TV shows like "Arrow" and even Agent's of Shield and a couple of soap opera's here called "Home and Away" and "Neighbors".

You don't really notice the phones in everyday life until you actually buy one and use it every day.


By hughlle on 10/24/2013 12:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
And failure in the eye of the beholder as well. I've only ever seen one S4 outside of a phone shop.


RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By testbug00 on 10/24/2013 1:40:55 PM , Rating: 2
Great, where do you live? A lot of WP success has been in Mexico, South America, Europe, India, Vietnam and I think (not 100% sure) China.

I live in the Bay Area, I have seen a total of 6 WP in the last 3 months (outside of stores) 2 of which I own (920, 1020)


RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By Da W on 10/24/2013 2:39:04 PM , Rating: 2
I've been the only one with a Windows phone in eartern Canada, but i don't care i still loved it and i regret my passage to android.


RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By GulWestfale on 10/24/2013 5:07:07 PM , Rating: 1
my uncle in germany has one... his three kids have sony xperias.
someone else here recently said that HTC by itself outsold all windows handsets combined so far this year, and i think he might be right. without microsoft's money to artificially prop up this OS that few people want (and prop up nokia at the same time), WP would have died years ago.

but it makes sense that it is more accepted in developing markets; after all, nokia's low-end hardware means they can price their phones more aggressively in africa/south america.


RE: Success in the eye of the beholder?
By Reclaimer77 on 10/24/2013 5:09:45 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
someone else here recently said that HTC by itself outsold all windows handsets combined so far this year, and i think he might be right.


That was me, and of course I was right :)

Some Windows Phone chump tried to contest it, but the numbers are very easy to look up and they paint a different picture.


By nikon133 on 10/24/2013 8:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
Considering their late switch to modern OS (for both MS and Nokia), Lumia isn't doing too bad. Couple of interesting results here, some good, some not so.

But they still maintain positive trend, and new releases should not hurt.

http://wmpoweruser.com/tag/sales/

HTC seems to continue spiralling down, but I could not find any hard numbers for shipped units. If you have any, please share.


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