Earlier this week, Microsoft capitalized on the Android malware issues of late by offering free Windows Phones to Android users that shared the virus "horror stories" they've experienced on Google's platform. The call to action via Twitter used the hashtag #droidrage and got quite a response, now with more than 3,200 respondents.
This week we're seeing Nokia's first drum hit in an incoming thunderstorm of devices for 2012, this the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device Lumia 710 as carried by T-Mobile, the first US-based carrier for the greater Nokia/Microsoft collaboration. This device is meant to tend to the smartphone user who wishes to simplify their experience and to the feature phone user looking to upgrade to a smartphone without what Nokia would have you believe is unfashionable or confusing in Android and iOS. While we're not so sure this is going to be a Google mobile OS or iPhone killer, it does seem like a pretty neat package, and a nice looking piece of hardware to boot!
The folks at Microsoft appear to be taking several opportunities to give away Windows Phone devices on Twitter with a clever usage of the hashtag term #droidrage - thus far the response has been a mixed bag of respondents having real problems and a gigantic collection of obvious user errors gone wild. Taking the opportunity to gather in those Android users who aren't able to fix problems on their own into the Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone Mango fold is Microsoft's latest tactic in showing off how simple the platform can be - what we'll be waiting for here is the response from the people who though they weren't able to figure out how to use an Android phone were then able to use a Windows Phone without a hitch. It's likely that the storyline ends here, on the other hand, tracking further likely impossible.
A new attack has been discovered that is focused on Windows Phone devices. The attack is an SMS message that forces the WinPo device to reboot and disables the messaging hub on the phone. Apparently, the entire range is susceptible to the SMS hack that only requires the attacked send an SMS message.
Nokia has announced that over the course of the next two weeks it will be rolling out a new software update for the Nokia Lumia 800 to fix the battery issue among other things. The update is starting that staggered 2-week roll out today in the countries where the phone is available. The update adds in things other than that battery fix too. Nokia says that the number of downloads at a time is fixed, which is why the update is staggered.
Next week there's an event going down that'll be a team-up between Nokia and T-Mobile, a mobile event to be sure, in New York for certain, the possibility that we'll see a Lumia device still a mystery. Last month we saw both the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710, Nokia devices the both of them, each working with Windows Phone Mango right out of the box. Both Nokia and T-Mobile are betting on wins here in the near future, both because the carrier's been shut out of the iPhone market and because the manufacturer has just recently started their partnership with Microsoft for Windows Phones shot out across the earth. We shall see what this event brings soon enough.
Lenovo confirmed today that it has plans to release a Windows Phone device during the second half of 2012. It's not too surprising since rumors had persisted about a Lenovo Windows Phone and an image had leaked last month purported to be of such a device. The authenticity of the leaked image was confirmed today by Lenovo's LePhone Product Manager, Yue Chen, during an interview with iMobile.
Google has another employee to add to their popular and ever-growing list as they've recently hired one of the head managers from the Microsoft Windows Phone crew -- Joe Marini. Joe was "retired" or resigned follwoing some troubled waters after tweeting information regarding the then unannounced Nokia Lumia 800 Mango handset.
A new promo video has turned up today that shows off a different smartphone that hasn't been announced yet. The phone in the video is thought to be the Nokia N900 otherwise known as the Ace. It appears to have a lot of Nokia 700 DNA in the design with the addition of a speaker grill on the bottom of the phone.
The Nokia Lumia 800 has gone up for sale in the UK, the Finnish company's new hope for smartphone relevance in a world obsessed with iPhone and Android. The black version of the Windows Phone is first to hit shelves, both Vodafone and Three confirming in-store sales begin today, with the cyan version up for pre-order.