During a Q&A session at D11 last night, Tim Cook was asked whether Apple would ever port any of its apps to rival platforms like Android or Windows Phone. His response was somewhat surprising; Cook said that Apple wasn’t against porting apps and services to other platforms — if it made sense.
The only problem is, Cook doesn’t believe that it does make sense.
The Galaxy S 4 Mini will be unveiled at Samsung’s June 20 event in London, according to “a person with knowledge of the matter” who’s been speaking to The Wall Street Journal. It will appear alongside “several” new devices running Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.
Samsung may have already launched its flagship Galaxy S4 worldwide, but it clearly has more treats up its sleeve. The Korean company has begun issuing invitations for a June 20 “Premiere” event in London, where it will announce new products under the Galaxy and Ativ brands.
Android and iOS managed to grab a whopping 92.3% of all smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2013, with a total of 199.5 million units sold worldwide. There are no prizes for guessing which of the two platforms grabbed the most market share.
Nearly three in every four smartphones sold during the first quarter of 2013 were running Android, according to the latest statistics from the analysts at Gartner. Google’s operating system grabbed a whopping 74% of the market share during the three-month period, while Apple’s iOS came in second with 18.2%.
Companies choosing to build Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Symbian powered devices might want to look away now.
Nokia has today announced the Lumia 925, a new Windows Phone flagship that will be hoping to steal market share away from Apple and Samsung in 2013. The device boasts an aluminum frame and offers an 8.7-megapixel rear-facing PureView camera — both of which are firsts for Nokia’s Windows Phone devices.
Android doesn’t look like it’s about to lose any of its market share to competing platforms any time soon. During the first quarter of 2013, Google’s platform powered a whipping 59.9% of all smart mobile devices sold as total shipments hit 308.7 million units.
Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, was installed on just 19.3% of devices — despite the success of its iPhones and iPads.
Although Nokia has built up a pretty strong relationship with Microsoft in recent years, there have always been questions over whether the company might one day try its luck with Android. But despite seeing lackluster success with Windows Phone, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has ruled out any switch to a competing platform.
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Microsoft is desperately trying to persuade Android users to switch to Windows Phone. After airing a new commercial that bashes Samsung Galaxy users earlier this week, the software giant has built a new Android app that wants to make the switch away from Google’s platform a whole lot easier.
Called Switch to Windows Phone, the app scans your Android smartphone to find all the apps you have installed, then makes it super simple to install those apps on your new Windows Phone device — if they’re available there, of course.