Still not many sales?
Microsoft is doing a hell of a lot right with the Windows Phone 7 roll-out. In fairness, they've screwed up in the mobile space more than often enough to be due a success. Maybe that's why they've been so good at avoiding the pitfalls of their predecessors. Aside from a mad devotion to developers and healthy if very young app Marketplace, WP7 also has a solid update schedule going for it. The January WP7 update is said to be huge. One commenter even tweeted that "MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years." Another: "Let's just say, they could have called it Windows Phone 8."
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So what can we expect from the update? Will your smartphones finally gain the ability to mix drinks and cook pancakes? Not quite. But turn-by-turn directions, copy/paste functionality, "some form" of multitasking and custom ringer support are all set to hit in January. One of the creators behind ChevronWP7 promised to post up some screenshots of the new update in action later today. If you have trouble waiting, you may just want to go home and start hibernating now. We're close enough to launch that two or three bottles of Nyquil ought to get you through.
This mega-patch isn't the only WP7 news of the day. WMPowerUserr got tired of waiting for Microsoft to release sales stats and instead took to Facebook. They charted the number of WP7 users accessing Facebook through their phone app...and came back with roughly 120,000 users. Obviously, that can't be taken as an accurate depiction of the number of WP7 users. But it does give us a rough idea.
There were roughly 44 million iOS app users in August. A little earlier, in June, the 100 millionth iOS device sold. By these numbers, WP7 could easily be over a quarter-million sold. Which still isn't very good. In fact, I'm fairly certain the Galaxy S sold way more models in its first month on the market. This isn't enough to condemn Windows Phone 7 to an early grave by any means. Android had a slow start too, and there is plenty to be excited about in WP7. Redmond's beloved developers will continue to push out more and more apps, while that $100 million ad campaign has to earn its keep eventually, right?
Acer doesn't seem to smell death in the water. Recent online reports point towards the manufacturer launching a WP7 handset at some point in the near future. Acer's CEO is even on record as saying,
"If we look at Windows Phone 7, today, I think we see the same opportunity you can see on Android in terms of customization."
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Which is good news for Microsoft no matter how you slice it. Windows Phone 7 may be as closed and walled an ecosystem as can possibly exist, but at least you can slide your little tiles around! And, if you want 'open', there's always ChevronWP7.