Nokia is reportedly planning to unveil its upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices ahead of Apple’s new iPhone unveiling, reports Bloomberg.
Nokia plans to announce Windows Phone 8-based handsets as early as next month at its Nokia World event — ahead of an expected Sept. 12 unveiling of the next version of the iPhone — and have them for sale before the year-end holiday shopping season, said a person with knowledge of the matter, asking not to be identified because the plan isn’t public.
Nokia has been struggling with U.S. sales of its Lumia devices having only sold 600,000 handsets in North America last quarter. Current Lumia devices will not run the next major version of Windows Phone and as such are now seen as a dead end buy for customers.
If the company is able to put forward a flagship phone with better specs than the Lumia 900 they could see improved results from Microsoft’s huge Windows 8 marketing push.
“What’s key for Nokia is to not give up too early,” Alex Spektor, an analyst at Strategy Analytics said. “Most are eager to buy an iPhone or an Android, but this is a long-term play for Nokia. They just have to hang on.”
Alongside its new Galaxy S III smartphone, Samsung today unveiled its Siri clone called ‘S Voice’.
S Voice allows you to search for information but also offers other useful commands. For example, S Voice can snooze your alarm, play your favorite songs, turn up or down the volume, send texts and emails, organize schedules, or automatically launch the camera and capture a photo.
A new survey by PCMag found that Windows Phone 7 has tied Apple’s iOS in customer satisfaction.
Overall both Apple and Microsoft’s operating systems scored an impressive 8.7 out of 10. Android scored 7.9 and BlackBerry scored a low of 6.8.
While Apple and Microsoft rated the same for overall satisfaction, Windows Phone actually received slightly higher satisfaction ratings than iOS in several key areas, including reliability, text messaging, Web browsing, and gaming. Apple’s iOS, however, rates substantially better than Windows Phone for satisfaction with the quality and availability of apps and its music player.
When smartphone owners were asked how likely they were to recommend their phone to others, iOS received a rating of 9.2, Android scored 8.2, and Windows Phone scored 8.8.
While Windows Phone 7 has failed to gain popularity despite its excellent reviews, Microsoft, Nokia, and AT&T are about to launch a big marketing campaign for the new Nokia Lumia 900.