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January 29, 2015

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Catriona

This is interesting. Apparently some images of Galaxy S6 components have leaked, and they look a lot like the iPhone 6.

http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-galaxy-s6-leaked-photos-specs-2015-2

John Gruber suggests that perhaps Samsung is going to go back to copying Apple designs more closely, though he uses stronger language than that. This makes sense. If Samsung can increase Galaxy S6/Note 5 sales by just 15 million more than the S5/Note 4, they'd likely earn as much in profits on those sales as they take in gross revenue on 30 million lower-end phones that compete with Xiaomi and Huawei. So perhaps when forecasting 2015 we should take into account that Samsung may be stepping back from a unit volume growth strategy to a more premium strategy.

John A

Windows Phone have problem yes. But its not dead yet. Microsoft offer new very cheap models of the Lumia, so I suppose there are a market for this. I guess we see some result for the Microsoft Lumia 432, 532 and so on later.
For the flagship it seem there will be a new model with Snapdragon 810 in autumn with Windows 10.

I dont know if Windows 10 will make a different in marketshare. But I think maybe we will see some Samsung (Microsoft made a deal with Samsung about some patent disputes) models with Windows Phone with it and some other brands to. And who knows maybe the marketshare will rise some.

Tester

Hope dies last, doesn't it?

No, sorry. Windows Phone won't magically rise from the ashes as long as the majority of every group in mobile is biased against it:

- the carriers because they fear a misbehaving monopolist like MSFT did on desktop.
- the manufacturers because they listen to their customers.
- the customers because the entire look and feel of WP remains as repulsive and unaesthetic as it is with Microsoft stubbornly sticking to their hideous tiles. (Fun thing, both iOS and Android did some visual overhauls in their lifetime but Windows 10 is just the same ugly mess as WP7!)
- the app developers because there's no money to be made here - not even in the countries where WP has a somewhat better market share!

All things combined this is so highly toxic that any effort will be wasted. If Microsoft wants this to succeed they'll have to make some changes to the core design philosophy, and if they don't, nothing will help.

Cycnus

"Even Sony's Vaio unit which was supposed to launch Windows smartphones alongslide the Vaio laptops that run on Windows, no, they are now launching on Android instead. This when Vaio is an independent company now, not part of Sony. They examined Windows - even as its 'synergies' with the Vaio laptops - and they will launch Android instead."

And - as odd as it is - they are now also launching a Windows Phone:

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/3/10911594/vaio-windows-phone-biz-announced

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