Indiagames, a part of the Walt Disney Company, has become the first developer to hit the 100 million download mark in the Nokia Store.

Founder, and CEO, Vishal Gondal noted the success on the lower end devices which are transforming from featurephones into smarterphones

These phones are getting smarter and smarter, and you can’t really call them feature phones anymore.

He points at the complexities of a diverse market like India,

These are new users, and they are spread out across India in smaller cities and towns, and they’re responsible for 1/5 of a million downloads a day of games like Ra.One and Cricket.

While Indiagames is happy about being the numero uno, they look forward to repeat this success story on the Windows Phone Platform.

Windows Phone is a mature platform for developers. It offers a very different experience for users, and that’s why although we’re adapting some of our existing games, we’re also developing new games from the ground up.

Their new target – a billion downloads. We congratulate the developer on achieving this milestone.

 

Adding more to the trouble of Nokia, Standard and Poor’s had lowered the credit ratings of the Finnish handset maker. It is the third agency to do so following Moody’s and Fitch Ratings. The credit ratings have been lowered to BBB- from BB+ for long term, and to B from A-3 for short term.

S&P thinks that

…the action reflects a downward revision of our expectations for revenues from Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2012 and a subsequent revision of our profitability and cash flow assumptions.

While S&P was broadly positive about revenue growth from Nokia’s Lumia smartphone line, the growth of this is not offsetting the decline of its Symbian OS business.

It suggested that

..smartphone revenues in absolute terms could start rising by the end of 2012, contributing to a stabilization of revenues in the Devices and Services division toward the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.

Another key factor to this downgrade is the position of Nokia in the low end devices market

We understand that Nokia intends to launch new devices to close the gap in this segment but we expect competition from manufacturers of low-price devices to intensify and we have slightly revised our volumes and price assumptions for the mobile phone operations.

Nokia responded to this by saying that they are in the process of implementation of transformation plan to stronghold it’s position in future. It is trying to accomplish lowering the company’s costs, improving cash flow and maintaining a strong financial position, while bringing attractive new products to market.

Though Nokia failed to mention if this strategy is a short term one or otherwise.

Bad luck Nokia, seems the ghost of Symbian has not ceased haunting you..!!

 

Adding more to the trouble of Nokia, Standard and Poor’s had lowered the credit ratings of the Finnish handset maker. It is the third agency to do so following Moody’s and Fitch Ratings. The credit ratings have been lowered to BBB- from BB+ for long term, and to B from A-3 for short term.

S&P thinks that

…the action reflects a downward revision of our expectations for revenues from Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2012 and a subsequent revision of our profitability and cash flow assumptions.

While S&P was broadly positive about revenue growth from Nokia’s Lumia smartphone line, the growth of this is not offsetting the decline of its Symbian OS business.

It suggested that

..smartphone revenues in absolute terms could start rising by the end of 2012, contributing to a stabilization of revenues in the Devices and Services division toward the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.

Another key factor to this downgrade is the position of Nokia in the low end devices market

We understand that Nokia intends to launch new devices to close the gap in this segment but we expect competition from manufacturers of low-price devices to intensify and we have slightly revised our volumes and price assumptions for the mobile phone operations.

Nokia responded to this by saying that they are in the process of implementation of transformation plan to stronghold it’s position in future. It is trying to accomplish lowering the company’s costs, improving cash flow and maintaining a strong financial position, while bringing attractive new products to market.

Though Nokia failed to mention if this strategy is a short term one or otherwise.

Bad luck Nokia, seems the ghost of Symbian has not ceased haunting you..!!

 

Apple surely has a brand loyalty that every CEO yearns for. According to a research published by GfK,

Some 84 percent of iPhone users said they would pick iPhone also when they replace their cellphone, while 60 percent of consumers who use smartphones running Google’s Android said they would stick with phones using the same software.

Only 48 percent of people using Research In Motion’s cellphones said they would stay loyal to their BlackBerrys, the study showed.

While Apple is the leader at present, the current development on Android, RIM’s BBX and Windows Phones from Nokia are all set to give Apple a tough challenge, according to the report.

The scope for brands to lure customers from rivals has diminished and the richest rewards will go to those providers that can create the most harmonious user experience and develop this brand loyalty

What is noteworthy here that 70 percent of consumers said they would stick with their phones due to their seamless integration of features and access to content. The present and future undoubtedly belongs to the Apps and Internet.

Though the firm interviewed around 4500 people in various countries, it never mentions anything about Symbian or Windows Phones. This is quite surprising as a certain percentage of these 4500 people must be carrying Symbian and Windows phones, which the report fails to mention.

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Nokia has applied to delist itself from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The reason it has given  is quite laughable – decreased sales volumes. Elop and the Microsoft gang are singing songs about the success of the new Window Phones. But if that was the case, why does Nokia think itself as vulnerable in Germany?

Anyways, this delisting is the fourth time Nokia has delisted from a European Stock exchange, earlier being London (2003), Paris (2004) and Stockholm (2007).

According to the press release by Nokia

Nokia Corporation                                                    
Stock exchange release
November 24, 2011 at 09.00 (CET+1)

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has decided to apply for the delisting of Nokia’s shares from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange due to the decreased trading volumes of Nokia shares at the exchange. The application for the delisting will be made to the Management Board of Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Subject to approval, the final day of trading of Nokia shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is estimated to be during the first half of 2012.

Nokia’s trading volumes on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange have decreased during the years and currently represent only a small percentage of the total global trading volumes of the Nokia share. In 2003, 2004 and 2007 Nokia delisted from the stock exchanges in London, Paris and Stockholm respectively. Nokia shares will continue to be traded within the Eurozone on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Stock Exchange and in the United States in the form of American Depositary Shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

We must not forget that the stock value of Nokia has halved since Nokia decided to kill Symbian in favor of Windows Phones.

 

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has conducted a research on smartphone platforms in the UK and have found out that around half of the UK smartphones have Android of one kind or the other on them.

MBB reports

Android’s share has increased from 29 percent a year ago to 49.9 percent. HTC is leading the way for phone manufacturers using the OS, with 45 percent of Android-based phone sales in the 12 weeks prior to 2 October. Samsung took 38 percent of Android sales with Sony Ericsson contributing 8.5 percent, down from 20.5 percent a year ago.

RIM’s BlackBerry OS is the next most popular smartphone OS, present on 22.5 percent of UK smartphones while Apple’s iOS has 18.5 percent market share, down from 33 percent a year ago. Kantar’s figures were taken before Apple announced the iPhone 4S, a period during which Apple CEO Tim Cook said there had been a significant slowdown of iPhone sales.

While Nokia plummeted from 20 percent last year to 6 percent this year, It’s hopes to gain momentum through the Windows Phone is bleak as Windows Phone managed to bad only a measly 1.4 percent share.

The “bad news for featurephones” is that under half of the UK population (44 percent) owns smartphones, with the growth in sales quickly accelerating. Smartphones made up 69 percent of mobile phone sales during the period.

 

Analyst firm research2guidance has a published a report according to which, while the number of apps submitted to Android Market has passed the 500,000 mark, compared with 600,000 for Apple’s App Store, more than 37 percent of these have subsequently been removed – compared with just 24 percent removed from the App Store.

The report is as follows

The actual total number of applications published on the Android Market leapt to over 500,000 in September 2011. In the meantime, the Apple App Store stands at just over 600,000 successful submissions: just 20% more. But over 37% of the applications published were later removed from the Android Market for various reasons, whereas the Apple App Store has removed just 24% of published apps in comparison, as of the end of September.

Although Apple regularly cleans up its store from inappropriate or outdated content, its active application share still exceeds that of Android. It is likely that the more rigid application submission requirements prevent developers from publishing multiple trial or low quality applications whereas publishers in the Android Market place a lot of market testing, trials, demo and malware content. Over 78% of the apps removed from the Android Market were free, which could mean that publishers put more effort into the applications they place with the pay-per-download business model, thus ensuring that it is kept longer in store.

Android developers are significantly more productive than Apple’s. The average publisher on Android has placed more than 6 applications in the Market since launch, compared to just over 4 apps on average that have been published by iOS developers.

Over the past few months, the Android Market has been maintaining an exponential growth, but is still lagging behind the app store market leader, Apple. In Q3 of 2011, the number of active mobile applications in the Android Market stood at 319,161 compared to 459,589 in Apple App store.

Share of apps removed from application stores thumb More than 30 percent apps pulled down from Android Market, Windows Marketplace continues to be exploited

Regarding the Windows Marketplace, the report stated

The share of deactivated apps in the WP7 Marketplace today stands at just 13%. However WP7 Marketplace is a comparably young store and many publishers are still exploring its potential. Fifteen months after its launch (comparable to the WP7 store now), the Android Market similarly had 86% of its apps active and a significant application store clean-up didn’t get started until the end of 2010.

Though there is no mention of the Nokia Store (previously known as the OVI STORE), we can assure you that there are a lot of useless/rogue/low quality apps in it, and the removal percentage of apps from the Nokia Store is very less, when compared to Windows Marketplace.

 

Everyone is aware of the burning ship memo, the abandoning of Symbian and MeeGo and the steady fall in the Nokia share prices. Nokia’s credit rating had gone hazardous after the daring moves of the newly appointed CEO, Stephen Elop.

After all the hubbub, it was decided that Windows Phone would be the future of mobiles. But that too did not dissipate the heat that Nokia was taking.

But as the day of the launch of Nokia Windows Phone draws near, analysts begin to think that maybe it was not that bad at all.

Nomura Securities analyst Stuart Jeffrey states

We are upgrading Nokia to Neutral after raising our estimates to reflect a likely stronger-than expected Q3 [third quarter] and solid Q4. In addition, we expect new Windows Phone launches to feature at October 26th‘s Nokia World event and that Microsoft supported advertising will build shortly after

We all know that had Symbian got the chance on powerful hardware that Nokia has decided to build for Microsoft, things would have had been drastically different.

We still see a high risk that growth in Windows Phone will not offset declines in Symbian. We believe that Windows Phone might struggle to establish itself at the high end and that a sub-$200 version might take another year or more to develop.

It has been a long time since Symbian has been murdered, it has been a long time since developers were crying blood from their eyes while developing on Symbian, but all of the community, and even the staunchest critics of the “late” platform have to agree – That Symbian was the only mobile OS that ever was.

What do you think?

 

App store content leaders of today are not those of tomorrow, is what the research firm Distimo believes. According to DIstimo

…within this year, Android Market will overtake Apple’s App Store for iPhone to become the largest content market – while both will see growth, Android Market currently has the momentum. There is also a significant shift underway among the smaller stores, with Nokia’s Ovi Store set to slip from fourth place to sixth place, while Microsoft’s WP7 Marketplace will move from sixth to fourth.

Apple’s App Store for iPad is currently holding its third place, while RIM’s BlackBerry App World is holding station in fifth.

Noticeably, 4 percent of products on the App Store for iPhone feature in-app purchases, these account for 76 percent of revenue. Free apps with in-app purchases account for 52 percent of the total revenue, with paid apps with in-app purchasing accounting for 24 percent. The remaining 24 percent is generated by traditional paid apps.

Android is not far behind in this model. Android in-app purchases were only introduced in March 2011. 76 percent of the top-25 grossing US apps are free titles monetised through in-app purchases.

The growth of tablets meant that the content has to be suited to the tablet form factor. Though the featurephones will never be extinct, the smartphone use is inarguably on the rise, and so is the number of apps downloaded. The research pointed that North America, Europe and Asia are now “almost equal in size” in download terms.

 

Microsoft, in an attempt to lure Symbian (soon to be obsolete platform) developers, has released the Windows Phone tools for Symbian developers.

The package includes

The guide is organized into 8 chapters and features around 100 pages of documentation:

  • Chapter 1: Introducing Windows Phone Platform to Symbian Qt Application Developers
  • Chapter 2: Windows Phone Application Design Guidelines
  • Chapter 3: Windows Phone Developer and Designer Tools
  • Chapter 4: C# programming
  • Chapter 5: Introducing Windows Phone Application Life Cycle
  • Chapter 6: Porting Applications to Windows Phone
  • Chapter 7: Windows Phone Example Applications
  • Chapter 8: Using the API Mapping Tool

The Windows Phone API mapping tool focuses on the core libraries for Qt 4.7 for Symbian (QtCore, QtGui, QtLocation, QtNetwork, QtSensors, QtSql, QtXml, QtWebKit, QML Elements, QML Components.

Regarding the Nokia Windows Phone Training roadshow,

starting today in Paris, France. During this one day training event, you’ll learn how to take your ideas and get them running on the Windows Phone platform. Upcoming dates and locations for the roadshow are as follows: Milan, Italy (Sept 26), Madrid, Spain (Sept 29), Berlin, Germany (Oct 4) , London, United Kingdom (Oct 10) and Silicon Valley, USA – date & details coming soon!
Similar events are also happening in Australia: Sydney (Sept 24-25[SOLD OUT], Oct 8-9), Melbourne (Oct 8-9[SOLD OUT, wait list]) and Brisbane (Oct 8-9).
We realize this is only a few dates and locations, so for all the developers who want to learn Windows Phone, I recommend that you follow at your own pace the EXCELLENT “Window Phone Mango Jump Start” online video training.

So what are you devs waiting for? Microsoft has released similar tools in the past to woo iOS and Android devs. Why wait and not port your already successful aps and games on Windows Phone platform?

Happy developing….!!

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We have been ranting about the demise of Symbian and it’s distant cousin MeeGo. The demise was a direct result of Nokia Partnering with MSFT and adopting Windows Phone as the third ecosystem.

But Things haven’t turned that way. Mr. Ballmer has admitted that that people are not that enthusiastic about Windows Phone as MSFT had hoped.

Ballmer was recently caught quoting

…We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year…

and

…I’m not saying I love where we are but I am very optimistic on where we can be

…We’ve just got to kick this thing to the next level.

ballmer thumb Ballmer: Windows Phones arent selling very well, but were not worried

What if the world remains less-than-expected-enthusiastic towards Windows Phone? The plan is pretty simple, then it would all be Nokia’s fault. Or in Ballmer’s words

…with Nokia we have a dedicated hardware partner that is all-in on Windows Phones…

…They are not doing something on Android or [any other operating system].

Seems our suspicions were correct and the pride of Finland is soon to become the shame of Finland.

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The world is moving at the smartphone world at an amazing pace. Seems that featurephones would be the next extinct species, at least in the Europe.

For the first time in Q2 this year, as IDC reports,

…Feature phone shipments in the region were down 29 percent to 20.4 million units in 2Q11, while smartphone shipments increased 48 percent to 21.8 million units from a year ago.

…Smartphones now account for 52 percent of total mobile phone shipments in the region. The total Western European mobile phone market, however, declined 3 percent year-on-year to 42.2 million units in the quarter

…Feature phones are becoming a niche segment driven by the very-low-end devices targeted at users who only need a device for voice and texts…

Android is the biggest winner in the smartphone-featurephone war. With Android phones, recording a massive growth of 352% YoY, accounted for 48.5% of the total smartphone sales. Samsung has bolstered Android’s success by being the biggest manufacturer of Android Smartphones, thanks to the Galaxy devices.

sales figure thumb Smartphone sales surpass featurephone sales in West Europe says IDC

The biggest loser here is Nokia. with a drop of 60% in it’s sales. The cause is undoubtedly the move from EU’s OS, Symbian.

Even the troubled RIM has managed to record a 15% growth.

Not much to add here as the sales figures speak out loud enough.

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