Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 23:49 UTC, submitted by bowkota
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Ballmer's visit takes place shortly after LG Electronics' executive said during an earnings conference session last week that the company is planning to focus on smartphones running on Google's Android mobile operating system. The executive also said LG is taking a step back from Windows phones powered by Microsoft's platform, adding that it will 'continue research and development efforts' on Windows Phones." Anyone surprised by this should have their peepers checked.
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by WorknMan on Tue 1st May 2012 01:23 UTC
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Windows Phone is going nowhere fast. The only chance they have is if the next major version can run Windows 8 metro apps. Even still, if current WP7 owners can't upgrade to it, that's likely to piss off a lot of current customers.

Edited 2012-05-01 01:24 UTC

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RE: Yup
by cdude on Tue 1st May 2012 06:57 in reply to "Yup"
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You assume that the reason Windows Phone performed so bad are the applications. Then why did Android succeed even when it was born from scratch completely out of nowhere whereas the ancestor of Windows Phone 7, that is Windows Mobile/CE, was a pure success-story and long time the only alternate to Symbian and from a technical pov even miles ahead?

Windows Phone has a bad stand cause it is Windows without the freedom to run everything and the backward-compatibility till MSDos. Bringing the huge Windows Vista/Seven code onto phones and removing all those advantages while adding all the problems rather then understanding the reason for success of CE, Android and iPhone isn't going to improve the situation.

Edited 2012-05-01 07:00 UTC

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RE[2]: Yup
by bert64 on Tue 1st May 2012 08:12 in reply to "RE: Yup"
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It's partly the (lack of) apps...

Windows Mobile was quite widely derided, and only tolerated because the alternatives were worse or nonexistent... The interface was extremely clunky to use (trying to put a start bar on a phone..), and the os would crash and need rebooting regularly..
Also although it had apps, actually finding them was a pain in the ass.. There was no central repository, no centralised updating etc. Trying to hunt around websites looking for an installer is bad enough, but doing so on a small screen with the crude browser provided on windows mobile was just terrible.

Windows phone shouldn't be called windows, the association with windows gives people false impressions....
Some people assume that because its "windows", it will have the same problems associated with the desktop version, namely crashing and malware.
Others remember windows mobile, didn't like it so have no reason to think this new version will be any better. Others who remember windows mobile don't like the fact that their existing apps won't run.
The association with windows also makes people think they are the same product, and thus able to run the same apps, cue disappointment when they realise this isn't the case.

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