Anyway, in order to show that Nokia is really serious in developing Windows Phone OS as a real contender in cell phone industry, recently, Nokia willingly has been deploying almost 17.000 WP handsets to developers since October, the month when Nokia also promised to give away no less than 25.000 WP handsets to developers.
The reason why Nokia is so kind and generous like this is because Nokia really wants to stimulate developers’ passion in producing more apps, quality ones, to Windwos Phone Marketplace, because many of those app developers are more interested to port their apps on App Store, Google Play and even on Amazon App Store where the revenues are ready to grab on those platforms.
Anyway, up until now, there are almost 80.000 available apps that can be downloaded through Windows Phone Marketplace. But compared to thousands of apps that spread out on App Store and Google Play, then the numbers above seem not looking really impressive. That’s why, Nokia plans to gather all developers in 600 events all around the world from July 2012. So they can learn the potential that Lumia series can offer to them and the end users.
It’s actually interesting to see how Nokia is really eager to promote Windows Phone OS in mobile industry and stimulate sales in the market by implementing various kinds of strategies, incentives and it even willing to give away that huge amount of WP handsets to developers for FREE. Hopefully, it eventually works and Nokia can get back on track to compete Apple and other Android manufacturers of course with its Windows Phone identity.
source: FierceDeveloper via PhoneArena
WP Handsets' Market Share Rises to 3-6%, While Android Share Keeps Increasing Wildly
Few days ago, we’ve just heard that Apple right now is in the preparation to build the next generation of its small tablet ever, iPad mini. In that report, it was rumored that the next iPad mini would sport a much improved screen with much better screen specs, possibly nears the iPad 4th generation. And now, we’ve just got more updates about that rumor.
According to the most recent news, the production of iPad mini’s sequel will likely be moved much sooner than it’s been expected before. The real cause of why Apple wants to speed up the making process of iPad mini 2 is because the current iPad mini, which is equipped with a mediocre quality screen, is not making a huge impact that Apple would have hoped for in tablet market, especially in mini tablet market.
Therefore, in the near future, Apple will start giving orders to its suppliers and assemblers to begin making the next generation of iPad mini in order to prepare the first units batch that will be launched not really long from now.
Reportedly, Apple will use the equipment supply mostly from Texas Instruments. This can be interesting to see because the main screen suppliers for the current iPad mini are LG and Au Optronics. So the question is – Will Apple use their service for the new iPad mini?
This remains to be seen.
However, given the fact that LG and AU Optronics are 2 manufacturers that have already been ordered by Apple to handle the screen supply for iPad mini, then it’s really obvious that Apple will still use their screens for sure. So maybe Texas Instruments will handle other equipments needed in the next-gen iPad mini, not the screens. Besides, LG and Au Optronics don’t have any patent disputes against Apple (for now) just like Samsung, right? So I don’t think Apple will have a problem working with them.
But what about Samsung? Will Texas Instruments snatch the entire chip orders from Samsung in the making of iPad mini 2? This is also still vague for public consumption especially since Samsung is still the main chip supplier for Apple’s latest devices, followed by TSMC.
If you're interested to get the newest updates about this rumor, then be sure to stay tuned to this blog in the near future.