Mobile data usage has been rising for quite some time now. But, with the release of the latest Nielsen report on cell phones, there’s some interesting data. The fastest rise is Windows Phone 7, which has shot up 89% since it’s launch. As of the November launch (4th Quarter 2010) data usage was at 149 MB, but now, as of the first quarter 2011 (March 2011), data usage has climbed from to 317 MB.
While it is the fastest riser of this time period, WP7 still lags far behind iPhone and the industry-leading Android. iPhone has risen steadily to 492 MB, while Android has risen to 582 MB. By contrast, RIM’s Blackberry OS has flat-lined and Windows Mobile, which is now on life support, has slowly trailed off. Web OS unfortunately did not garner a mention in the report.
This seems to indicate that the field is narrowing to a 3 platform race between iOS, Android, and WP7. While Blackberry remains popular with corporate customers they are falling behind overall, despite their recent efforts.
So what are all of you using, and why? What do you like and dislike about your mobile OS? Which mobile OS do you think will come out on top in the future? Give us your thoughts in the comments.
Microsoft made some big announcements today at the E3 gaming show, most surrounding the Xbox, but a few involved Xbox Live in Windows Phone. However the bigger, or at least more interesting, Windows Phone news came from Microsoft Vice President of Windows Phone Joe Belfiore, via his Twitter account.
Today an Apple fan got excited about the fact the volume up button can be used to take a picture. Mr. Belfiore responded, good-naturedly, that Windows Phone can do a good bit more. It was a rare bit of humor from Redmond, which tends to stick to the policy of ignoring Apple completely (while sometimes borrowing an idea).
Perhaps the Windows Phone team has some reasons to be happy. After all, they are definitely on the rise, while Apple may be running a bit low on new ideas as they have slipped behind Android and are looking over their shoulder at Windows Phone. Today’s announcements didn’t break any new ground, but seemed more like playing catch-up.
Make no mistake though, Apple can never be counted out and may have something huge brewing that hasn’t yet made it into the rumor mill. But, at least for one day, it seems Microsoft may have a leg up.
It was a bit of a surprise when Microsoft didn’t have a problem with developer Chris Walsh’s ChevronWP7 to “fix” NoDo installs that weren’t working, even inviting him to visit their headquarters. It now comes as less of a surprise that Microsoft is endorsing Walsh’s latest tool, especially since it helps to get those “hacked” phones back on the official update path.
The new tool, called “Walshed Phone Support Tool” solves the issue behind the “80180048″ error code in the Zune app, and an equivalent one in the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac app, that has prevented the upgrade from even starting.
The ChevronWP7 tool was used by Windows Phone 7 users who wanted to receive the NoDo update before it became available. The patch was delayed several times due to a variety of issues. Unfortunately, ChevronWP7, while working flawlessly, rendered devices as “unofficial” and not eligible for future updates. The new “Walshed” tool will fix that and put those devices back on the right track. So, Microsoft’s endorsement of both has become a win-win for them.
Perhaps the next platform update, known currently as “Mango” will go much smoother. Given that this was their first update I can grant some slack, but if they want to make a real dent in the mobile market they will need to get it together.
Anand Iyer and Chris Bergstrom of Welldoc, Inc. (www.welldocinc.com) present Welldoc Coaching Software for phones that helps patients with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes report their ongoing self-monitoring statistics and other relevant data to their physicians, thus helping the patient remain in compliance to their medical treatment program with an eye towards better patient outcomes.
Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.
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Tomorrow the first Windows Phone 7 devices will hit the US market on AT&T and T-Mobile. And I am very curious to see the reception. Will there be lines? Will there be shortages of one or more of the devices? What will the general public think of it?
Windows Phone 7 ads blanketed today’s football coverage. They were running a couple of times per hour per game. That was when I got my first clue as to what may happen tomorrow. My 14 year old daughter looked at the ad and said “I want one of those.” And honestly the ad is catchy and amusing and the shots of the phone interface are compelling.
Will enough people feel the way my daughter did? I think they will. I think we may see lines tomorrow for a Windows product! When did that last happen? Windows 95? Okay, Xbox if you count all Microsoft products.
Will this help Zune? The platform will get a huge boost, but I don’t think it will help the Zune device itself much. At least not initially, but there may be a long term boost.
Which phone will be the early hit? From everything I am seeing and hearing that seems to be an easy question to answer. The Samsung Focus will be the big hit. The least popular? At the moment that seems to belong to the HTC Surround, which is a rather strange device with pop-out “surround sound” speakers that don’t entirely work as advertised.
From everything I see now I think this will be a hit, but with a few complaints along the way about some lacking capabilities. I also think the market is big enough, and still growing enough, to accommodate another OS. The bad news isn’t for Microsoft because they are late to the show, but for RIM and Nokia. This could put both of them into serious trouble. Nokia still has a commanding lead worldwide, but they have been slipping for awhile and show no signs of getting things together. Blackberry also seems lost in this new era of smartphones and Windows Phone 7 could really eat into RIM’s business market.
I tried to get a review unit, but Microsoft’s PR firm only took my name, phone number, and email address and never contacted me again so I am as anxious for tomorrow as everyone else. And, my contract is almost up so I am in the market…