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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Windows Phone: The $159 Game Changer In The UK


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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s mobile operating system was a failure at start and was lagging seriously compared to iOS and Android. However, Forbes depicted a recent doubling in demand for Windows Phone handsets in UK, while other regions over the Atlantic have registered more modest increases in sales of Lumia 520. The 620 and 720 also have nice figures, but their predecessor has a very attractive advantage of being priced at £99 or approximately $159 without any contract with carriers. The model comes free on the basis of a contract with telephonic services providers at just £7 or $11.2 per month for a 24 month agreement. We might see the phone get higher in the list of the most popular phones currently available on the market.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has another advantage over Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) in the same context. It did so well with Windows Phone that the operating system outperformed Android in terms of requirements. As a result, although the devices are less capable than the phones produced under the guidance of the Mountain View, California-based tech giant, they do not glitch or lag behind. The drawback with having a Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) handheld is in the fact that there’re very few Apps developed for the operating system on the devices. However, it turns out that consumers that are more price sensitive with respect to their phones care little beyond the need of being on a social platform. Consequently, the numerous Apps from Apple Store or Google Play are not missed that much.

There’s another demographic factor that could give some boost to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s revenues in UK. As of 2013, there are more than 93% of teens that have a smartphone and among the rest, about 81% plan to get one such device and the number might reach 96% in 2017. To draw a comparison, in US there are 50.9% of teenagers with smartphones. The big difference comes from the fact that across the ocean phones come free of charge if a contract of approximately $16 or £10 is signed. Many opt for some minutes, a free phone, and up to 500 MB of internet traffic at some monthly expenses.

It’s not sure if the low margins will allow Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) maintain an independent development team in the field, but it’s at least some good news.


The ‘father of Android’ leaves Google for new technology hardware startups

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Andy Rubin, co-founder and ‘father’ of Android, has left Google to set up a startup incubator for technology hardware.

Rubin sold his Android company to Google in 2005, heading up its development until March 2013 when he moved to take the lead in Google’s “moonshot” robotics projects.

“I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,” Google chief executive Larry Page said in a statement. “With Android he created something truly remarkable – with a billion-plus happy users. Thank you.”

Professor James Kuffner, a researcher at Google and Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, will replace Rubin in charge of Google’s robotics effort, which included a series of acquisitions of robotics companies including Boston Dynamics by Google in 2013. He spent five years working on Google’s self-driving car project and more than seven years at Carnegie Mellon.

Rubin’s new startup incubator will concentrate on new companies developing new technology hardware, rather than internet services.

Rubin left Apple in 1992 and went on to set up Danger, maker of the SideKick-branded smartphones later acquired by Microsoft, and Android in 2003. Google co-founders Page and Sergey Brin bought Android in 2005 without telling Eric Schmidt, then the chief executive of the search giant.

At Google as head of Android, Rubin was known for insulating the Android team from the rest of Google maintaining it like a separate company inside the search giant. The Android group had its own lunchroom within the Google campus, for instance.

His entrepreneurial spirit and love of robotics led him away from Android, and now to his new incubator, where he will help grow new technologies from a hardware perspective.