Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Oct 2013 21:47 UTC
Windows

Paul Thurrot has a number of rumours up about Windows Phone 8.1. Two stand out to me.

Where GDR3 is widely expected to support 5- to 6-inch screens, 8.1 will supposedly support 7- to 10-inch screens as well. This obviously infringes on Windows RT/8.x tablets, so it's not clear what the thinking is there.

So, Windows RT will become even more pointless than it already is.

Aping the iPhone navigation model, Microsoft will apparently remove the Back button from the Windows Phone hardware specification with 8.1. The Back button just doesn't make sense, I was told: Users navigate away from an app by pressing the Start button and then open a new app, just like they do on iPhone. And the "back stack" is ill-understood by users: Most don't realize what they're doing when they repeatedly hit the Back button.

This I am not happy with. The back button is my main navigational input in both Android and Windows Phone, and I miss it dearly in iOS.

I'm just hoping on performance improvements, still my biggest issue with Windows Phone. I used my HTC 8X for a few hours today, and I was stunned by just how slow everything is compared to Android 4.3. Of course, application quality is another huge issue, but there's little Microsoft can do to convince developers that their Windows Phone applications are more than just side projects done between serious work on Android and iOS.

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_cynic_
Member since:
2012-04-18

...because of marketing, features, or customer satisfaction.
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Windows Phone is about to get kicked into overdrive
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They're a tenacious competitor who are playing a long game.
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WTF! Not even MS's PR people and executives speak like that.

Lumias have an ASP of 225 dollars, the international market is around 400 dollars. That is way bellow market average. Add to that the 250mi per quarter MS gift, which is something like 40-80USD per Lumia sold.

In a nut shell, WPs are one of the cheapest smartphones and don't even f**king sell.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Uh, that entire comment is moot. Microsoft has purchased Nokia's handset division. The platform support payments won't have to be repaid.

And Lumia phones do sell, in fact, they have been consistently increasing their volumes by double digits every quarter for the past year. That's exponential growth.

What happens when they increase in Q3? Then again in Q4? This is getting harder and harder for your types to deny.

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hamster Member since:
2006-10-06


And Lumia phones do sell, in fact, they have been consistently increasing their volumes by double digits every quarter for the past year. That's exponential growth.


And yet again claims about growth numbers without context. It's not so impressive when one starts to think about the markedshare. It's not hard to get double digets grownumbers when you start from scratch...

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