How much of an impact will Windows mobile have on Android and iPhones?
This allows them to push out updates instantly to every phone out there at the same time, barring any hardware shortcomings of the device. With Android? I have a Motorola Photon with dual-core processor and 1G RAM purchased in August and Motorola still hasn't pushed out an update. Nor are we the only ones with powerful devices without Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
I am thinking that many users switched to Android solely because Windows phones were basically underpowered at the time when Android came out and was the only real alternative to an iPhone. This year, when Windows 8 arrives, that changes things. People will be able to have Windows 8 on their: desktop, laptop and tablet - the same user interface across all 3 platforms. Now if only they could have a windows phone to better communicate with that OS? Of course - Windows Mobile Phones.
See where I'm heading? With so much frustration with the fragmentation coming out of Mountain View, and apparently Seattle has finally come around to getting a phone right... this could finally be a 3-man race. My question is, "Who will it hurt more? Android or the iPhone?" Will iPhone users go to Windows Mobile phones because they aren't Android? Will Android users go to Windows? Time will tell.
- Their relationship with Nokia
- Restrictive hardware requirements
- The OS is not open source and therefor fragmentation can be minimized
- Late entry into the mobile OS arena with a credible product
- No significant eco-system.
- Limited number of apps. They will have to attract media and developers
- Limited media. They will need movies, books, etc.
I have a Photon (Android) phone right now and am very happy with it - would be happier if there was a more cohesive timeline as to when everyone's phone would be updated however. I will definitely not rule out a Windows phone when my contract runs out in a little over a year. By then I should have a good idea of where they MS Mobile is headed.
Will they be hitting the marketplace like a storm, or will they come in with a trickle and leave with a whimper like my old ZuneHD (sore subject).
Apple has already got strong supporters around the world. It won't be affected like Android because of its many many apps.
if you are in the google ecosystem you ran book in iOS device and i belive windows also, Google Music works just about every where I am not sure about their movie service though so other than apps you won't loose a lot moving to another platform. that can't be said when leaving apple and i think thats why fewer people leave once they have really gotten invested in the apple machine.
Finally, there are many companies that want Blackberry devices on their network. Blackberrys that actually do more than email and make calls. RIM has turned their back on customers and Microsoft should do all they can to fill that void. Of course, with so many employers now allowing iOS and Android phones to replace Blackberrys on their networks, employees have come to expect more. That is why if Windows Phone can deliver even 70% of the experience of Android, but still provide a more appealing business focus (with Office alone), companies will adopt Windows Phones and employees will not feel quite so slighted.
In the end, I see Android being the phone OS of the "hacker enthusiast" and the "cheap phone connoisseur". iOS will hold on to the "Apple Elitests," the "my phone is a fashion statement," and the "I just want an easy smartphone that works well" crowds. Windows Phone will take the people who do not want iOS and the businesses that think they can integrate this OS better into their corporate needs.