Samsung has sent out invitations to a media event taking place on June 20th, according to AppleInsider. Samsung is expected to launch new products in the Galaxy and ATIV lineups. The new Android devices will be under the Galaxy brand and the Windows Phone devices will be under the ATIV brand.
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The Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 928 has been confirmed as it was outed in an ad placed in the recent issue of Vanity Fair. Although details about the phone are vague, we know that the Lumia 928 is coming to Verizon. Nokia is promoting the Nokia PureView camera technology, the Carl Zeiss optics, and the device’s ability to capture images in “low light” within the ad. There are rumors floating around that the Lumia 928 will have a full-metal body, a 4.5-inch touchscreen, and an 8-megapixel camera.
Market research company IDC has revealed that Microsoft’s Windows Phone powered devices have outsold the iPhone in seven and the BlackBerry in twenty-six different markets during Q4 2012. Microsoft Windows Phone outsold the iPhone in Argentina, India, Poland, South Africa, Russia, and the Ukraine. The seventh market includes several countries including Croatia and the “rest of central and eastern Europe.” These are markets where Nokia has been traditionally strong.
If you have been wanting to get your hands on a Windows Phone device this holiday season, you are in luck because AT&T is selling the Nokia Lumia 920 for a great price according to UberGizmo. It will be selling for $49.99 with a 2 year contract on Black Friday. This deal will be running from November 23rd to November 25th as long as suppliers are available.
According to IDC, the Google Android operating system has a massive market share of 75% as of the third quarter. Around 136 million Android handsets were shipped during that timeframe, which is a new record for a single quarter. Apple has a 14.9% market share according to the IDC chart. BlackBerry and Symbian are holding on at 3rd and 4th place respectively (6.6% of total shipments). Windows-based phones fell to 2%, which means that they are at 5th place.
In New York, Nokia and Microsoft has announced a new set of new Lumia devices that run on the Windows Phone 8 operating system. The Nokia 920 has PureView technology, wireless charging, and Nokia exclusive features and apps like the Nokia City Lens. The 820 is a mid-range device that is smaller and does not have PureView. The 820 requires an optional changeable back to enable wireless charging features. Nokia did not announce availability or pricing yet.
Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa has conducted an interview where he revealed that the company has a “contingency plan” in case Windows Phone 8 fails. Siilasmaa is still optimistic about Microsoft’s mobile operating system though. Siilasmaa is also the founder and former CEO of F-Secure Corporation, an anti-virus company based in Finland. Siilasmaa joined Nokia’s board of directors in May 2008.