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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Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

This is f--king ridiculous, how members of the Always Wrong Club have the audacity to imply that evidence does not matter to me.


And yet, my prediction - Nokia cannot sustain itself and will have to sell itself or its phone division off - has come to fruition, while your prediction - Nokia is on the up and will become strong - has not.

YOU have been consistently wrong, I (and many with me) have been consistently right, and the evidence is here for all to see. Windows Phone was the wrong choice from day one; if it had been the right choice, they would not have had to sell their phone division off.

Edited 2013-10-10 13:55 UTC

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


And yet, my prediction - Nokia cannot sustain itself and will have to sell itself or its phone division off - has come to fruition, while your prediction - Nokia is on the up and will become strong - has not.


Oh, really? You made a prediction? You actually predicted a Nokia D&S sale? Where? Because I just did a brief search through the Nokia articles since 2011 and saw no such thing.


YOU have been consistently wrong, I (and many with me) have been consistently right, and the evidence is here for all to see. Windows Phone was the wrong choice from day one; if it had been the right choice, they would not have had to sell their phone division off.


Ah, the evidence word again. Let's take a look.

YOU have been fearmongering about Nokia's eventual death for a long time.

Sept 2012 where they had until "early 2013"
http://www.osnews.com/story/26386/Elop_running_out_of_time_to_turn_...

Meanwhile in that very post I mention that sequential growth would continue, and indeed it did, and in fact accelerated into Q4, Q1, and Q2.

Oct 2012 when you posted about Q3 sales drop
http://www.osnews.com/comments/26478

In that post I called for caution and mentioned that it was a result of sunsetted carrier commitments and impending devices. Everyone else was fearmongering the imminent death (I believe you called for them to go back to Rubber Boots)

January 2013 about Q4 2012 results
http://www.osnews.com/story/26686/Nokia_sold_4_4_million_Lumias_in_...

By the way, you're running out of time for Microsoft to release a Surface Phone. You called that, remember?

Oh, and by the way, in that very post here's me on a Microsoft acquisition:


I'd be quite happy if Nokia got folded into Microsoft and they started making a Surface Phone.

I'm trying to figure out how Nokia being acquired by a multibillion dollar corporation who's goals align closely with theirs is by any stretch of imagination a situation to feel sorry for.

..... (in a further comment)

but I'd imagine Microsoft would take what they deem to be compatible with Microsoft, and leave the rest.

Like we discussed in the other comment thread, it'd be bad for some Nokia employees that are laid off. Certainly. But I still think in that even that you should feel sorry for them, they had nothing to do with executive decisions.

Nokia the entity though, the shareholders, the executives, and the technology within Nokia that makes Lumia's compelling would benefit greatly.


So yeah, I already had accounted for the possibility and wasn't really disturbed by it. It would make sense to put Nokia on some firm ground, but it doesn't itself prove that Nokia couldn't have gone it alone.

Oh, and lets not forget that moron cdude who hasn't gotten anything right these past few years added his own bit:


Microsoft has Surface Phone. Lumia? Unneeded and old already anyways. It wasn't a success and Microsoft needs a success,


Lumia? So unneeded that Microsoft just bought the division.

and in that same post I also say


Either way, this shows an alternative narrative to what many on OSNews would wish was happening. Nokia is rebounding. Slowly, but they're rebounding. The company is out of the critical part of the transition and has moved onto a path of upward growth.


Which is exactly what they did in Q1 and Q2 of 2013.

I won't go further only because dredging up the past and trying to find where you actually stake a position (rather than just trolling with a lead in and letting everyone else comment) is time consuming. I've made my point though. I've been right, you've been wrong (the very few times you've had the guts to actually say what you believe).

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

YOU have been consistently wrong, I (and many with me) have been consistently right, and the evidence is here for all to see. Windows Phone was the wrong choice from day one; if it had been the right choice, they would not have had to sell their phone division off.

Ah, the evidence word again. Let's take a look.

YOU have been fearmongering about Nokia's eventual death for a long time.

Sept 2012 where they had until "early 2013"
http://www.osnews.com/story/26386/Elop_running_out_of_time_to_turn_...


Uhm, as usual, you fail at reading. That's a *link* to *another* article. I have made no such timetable.

Still, that prediction wasn't far off the mark - when did Microsoft buy Nokia's handset business, again? What year? Huh!

Oct 2012 when you posted about Q3 sales drop
http://www.osnews.com/comments/26478

In that post I called for caution and mentioned that it was a result of sunsetted carrier commitments and impending devices. Everyone else was fearmongering the imminent death (I believe you called for them to go back to Rubber Boots)


Exactly - a joke about their past. A refocus on a different product category. Which is... Exactly what they have done: sold off the losing, crippled division (handsets) and refocus on something good (the backend equipment). Hey, I was right.

January 2013 about Q4 2012 results
http://www.osnews.com/story/26686/Nokia_sold_4_4_million_Lumias_in_...

By the way, you're running out of time for Microsoft to release a Surface Phone. You called that, remember?


Yup. This is what I said in that link:

So yeah, I'm calling it: we're going to get a Surface phone this year. Samsung doesn't take Windows Phone 8 seriously, HTC is a deer caught in the headlights, and Nokia's 4.4 million devices aren't going to turn things around either. People simply aren't buying Windows Phone 8 devices right now, no matter how many millions of dollars of marketing HTC and Nokia are throwing around. It's probably time Microsoft took matters into its own hands.


Turns out, I'm right again! They did take matters into their own hands - they bought Nokia's handset division, did they not? - and the Surface phone is coming - the first true Micronokia product (their Moto X, if you will). It might not make it this year, since that's a little too soon - but again, I'm pretty close on the mark.

You, on the other hand, have continuously stated that Nokia is doing just fine, it's on the way up, it will make it, etc. etc. Yet, their modest growth in smartphone sales was below industry average, their feature phone business was falling apart, and in the end - they did NOT make it. DEspite your predictions to the contrary, Nokia was forced to sell of its failing handset business - which they did.

So, I ask you again: who was right all along here?

Edited 2013-10-10 14:31 UTC

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