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Who will win the smartphone OS war?

Here at Mobile Industry Review, we like to keep on top of the latest facts and figures in terms of smartphone and mobile operating system adoption. The industry today is dominated by two major platforms: Google’s Android, and Apple’s iOS. But will there ever be a clear winner, or is is the story more complicated and uncertain? […]

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The outlook for Windows Phone in 2015

Windows Phone is entering a critical stage once more in 2015. Last year, Microsoft acquired Nokia’s hardware division and launched a preview of the next version of Windows. So as we anticipate Windows 10 and new Lumia devices in the near future, can Microsoft grow its market share and attract more customers to its smartphones and tablets? Windows Phone […]

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The best smartphones of the past decade

Back in 2004, Android and iOS didn’t exist, Nokia was at the pinnacle of its stranglehold on the industry and the 3G network revolution had only just begun. In the past ten years we’ve witnessed the birth of the truly modern smartphone, with features that seemed like flights of fancy at the time. But today, every phone worth its salt can play videos and […]

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Does the “app gap” matter?

What is the app gap? Many people with a smartphone will have heard the words “app gap” when talking about the app stores from each of the major smartphone platforms. App stores have become the de facto channel to obtain apps for our smartphones and tablets, eschewing the traditional side-loading (i.e. memory card or computer) method of getting apps […]

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Microsoft Lumia ditches the Nokia brand

Nokia Smartphones are dead, long live Microsoft Lumia It makes a refreshing change to write about Microsoft, Lumia and Windows Phone because it gives us an excuse to scrutinise the latest developments in Redmond’s smartphone business. Understandably, the media pays more attention to Apple and Android these days, while Microsoft plays the underdog with its smartphones inherited from the Nokia acquisition earlier this year. With the Nokia […]

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Android is far too unpredictable for my business critical use

The latest version of Android is still driving me round the bend. You’d have thought they’d have fixed all this nonsense after many iterations. As it stands today I’m still getting emails from Android apologists telling me that ‘these things should be resolved with the next version,’. Yeah. Not useful to me when I’ve spunked […]

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News Operators

It’s official! I’ve got my own @O2 Brian Blessed voicemail recording

Only last night I was writing about @O2’s smart marketing campaign for HTC’s Windows Phone 8 devices featuring voicemails recorded personally by acting legend, Brian Blessed. Today I got a tweet from the O2 team pointing me to the above SoundCloud archive of my own personal Brian Blessed voicemail recording. I am truly honoured! Seriously […]

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Absolutely unbelievable: Google pulls out of mobile; Sells Android to Microsoft & Nokia consortium for $88.2 billion! [April Fools!]

[That’s it just gone midday here in the UK so it’s time to be clear: If you hadn’t already guessed, this was our April Fools story!] Silicon Valley is in shock this morning with the news that Google has quit the mobile industry. The dramatic move comes at a time when questions have been asked […]

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Is Nokia’s rehabilitation in the Western Media complete?

Was it this time last year that Nokia was burning? I had to check through the Mobile Industry Review archives just to be sure! What a difference a year makes in the mobile industry, eh? This time last year the market was reacting to the news that Nokia had dumped it’s “burning platform” and moved […]

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Chevron for WP7 should get geek heads turning

Microsoft smartly jumped straight into bed with the team of developers who got together to try and make it easy to hack (or, to install unsigned applications on) their Windows Phone devices. Instead of making it a total flipping nightmare for users, it’s actually going to be rather simple. Here’s the Chevron team with more […]

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Nokia World: I haven’t seen this much excitement for a long time

I’ve been in and out of meetings today and I’ve been taking the temperature of the UK tech marketplace at each one. I’m surprised at the level of excitement brewing. Expectations are running high. Nokia has done a super job of setting expectations with the odd reveal now-and-again across the last few months. The tech […]

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By 2015, Windows Phone will lead iOS — Gartner, IDC

I don’t agree with all the text in this piece from TechCrunch — not least because of the focus on HTC and hardly any mention of Nokia. HTC is a relative minnow compared to what Nokia could *possibly* do with Windows Phone. This, after all, is a company that’s consistently proved that it has the […]