Last time we checked, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7’s market share was way down at the bottom along with webOS with Android leading the way and iOS maintaining a steady control and at the same time seeing RIM taking a nose dive. However all that is looking to change, at least according to Millennial Media’s latest report on the smartphone industry in the US whereby Windows Phone 7 has seen some significant growth in the past month, although its market share still pales in comparison to iOS and Android, very possibly due to the announcement of the Mango update which brought about renewed hope for current users and Windows Phone 7 users-to-be.
The growth is also thought to be attributed to the release of the HTC Trophy which would be Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 device. Recent news has suggested that carriers usually tend of push their customers more towards Android and iOS devices at their stores, even when the customer has said that they would prefer a Windows Phone 7 device.
Either way we can only wait and see if Microsoft will manage to play catch-up with iOS and Android when Mango is released along with the slew of new Windows Phone 7 devices that is expected to hit the markets later this year and next year.
Ellipsis 10 Tablet From Verizon Announced
It looks like the folks over at Verizon have stepped up to the plate by offering a brand new tablet for the masses which will follow up from their 2013 offering, which was the 7” Ellipsis. This time around, the tablet on offering would be known as the Ellipsis 10, and based on the name alone, it is rather obvious that this is a 10” device.
It will run on Android 5.1 Lollipop however, so forget about Marshmallow at the moment. It will also be accompanied by the likes of 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, where it sports a 5MP camera at the back, with a 2MP front-facing shooter, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, “angular firing stereo speakers”, 16GB of internal memory, 4G LTE connectivity and a beefy 9,100 mAh battery. It will retail for $199.99 a pop with a new two-year contract, or you can pick it up or $299.99 all-in. [Press Release]
AT&T Offers ZTE Zmax 2
Now here is a handset from the folks over at ZTE which intends to provide a sense of continuity, although this time around you will not be able to pick up the Zmax 2 from T-Mobile, as ZTE has decided on AT&T to be their US partner and mobile carrier for their latest phone. In fact, this device falls under the mid-range segment of things, where it will just cost $149.99 unlocked, now how about that for affordability?
That kind of pricing would see you end up with a 5.5” 720p touchscreen display, an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a 2MP front-facing shooter, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G LTE connectivity, Dolby Digital Plus Audio, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop as the mobile operating system of choice. [Press Release]
T-Mobile HTC One M9 To Receive Android 5.1 Lollipop Update
Patience is a virtue, or so it seems. If you have been rocking with T-Mobile all this while, and are in possession of the HTC One M9, then you would be pleased to know that this particular handset is starting to receive the Android 5.1 Lollipop update. Better late than never, especially when you take into consideration how the unlocked HTC One M9, its developer edition, and the AT&T model has already picked up this update.
The update will come in the form of build 2.7.531.6 via Over The Air (OTA), and it will be a rather hefty 833MB download, which means you would be better off connected to a fast Wi-Fi network to get the job done as opposed to relying on your data. If you haven’t yet received Android 5.1 Lollipop, just head on to the About > Software updates menu from time to time until you pick up the download prompt.