Countries Where Windows Phones Are Outselling* iPhones

The New York Times: Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, and Ukraine, according to IDC.

Update 2013.03.30: This, as well as many others, was in response to Frank X. Shaw’s post on The Official Microsoft Blog taking a potshot at Blackberry and Apple:

Windows Phone has reached 10 percent market share in a number of countries, and according to IDC’s latest report, has shipped more than Blackberry in 26 markets and more than iPhone in seven.

Six of the seven countries where Windows Phone shipped more than iPhone were mentioned above. The 7th ‘country’ is the “rest of central and eastern Europe” including Croatia. South Africa, Ukraine, and the 7th country each represent less than 100,000 Windows Phone import units in Q4’12. That’s not a lot.

Windows Phone is impressive considering it was designed from the ground up by Microsoft, but for Shaw to brag about something that’s really about nothing is grasping at straws. Admit growth has been underwhelming and a lot of work still needs to be done. We don’t respond well to unfound boasting, but we do respond well to honesty.

*Selling: The official number of imports into the country. Who knows how many are actually sold to end users.

1024×768 Windows 8 Tablets

ZDNet: Microsoft’s minimum pixel format for Windows 8 will go from 1366×768 to 1024×768, from wide to 4:3, the same aspect ratio and pixel format as the iPad, iPad 2, and iPad mini.

iPhone 5 on T-Mobile

The clearest explanation I’ve read. AnandTech‘s Anand Lai Shimpi:

The easiest question to answer is will existing AT&T iPhone 5s that have been unlocked work on T-Mobile’s recently deployed LTE network. The answer is an emphatic yes.

A Visceral App Causes Your Body To Release Endorphins

via John Gruber. Rob Foster, Mysterious Trousers:

I believe that even if you designed the most perfect and useful app possible, that the act of adding in these visceral elements will make people love your app on an even deeper level.

What makes apps greater than great? Foster points to visceral elements and I think he’s right. He points to Angry Birds, Clear, and Path as examples of endorphin releasing visceral apps.

Steve Kondik On The Samsung Galaxy S4

Founder and lead developer of CyanogenMod, Steve Kondik, has left Samsung Mobile after 19 months working as a software engineer. Here’s what Kondik had to say about TouchWiz on Google+:

TouchWiz has become a bit more consistent with the latest upgrade. There are no more jarring mismatches in different parts of the OS, and it’s been lightened up a bit and has a clean “flat” feel. Unfortunately, it feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days. Say goodbye to all of the nice touch-friendly ViewPagers and say hello again to a fully tabbed UI. You’ll also enjoy the seemingly endless onslaught of popup windows and modal “Loading…” dialogs. UI performance is average. It’s better and worse at the same time, depending on your viewpoint I suppose.

Flat good; tabbed UI, endless popup windows, and modal dialogs bad. Kondik likes the hardware though: “Specwise, this device blows the competition out of the water.”

HP Envy Spectre XT TouchSmart

Sean Hollister, The Verge:

[…] the 15-inch, 1080p IPS touchscreen display might be the best on a consumer-grade HP laptop yet. It’s exceptionally crisp and colorful — this Oblivion movie trailer looks positively fantastic in 1080p — and it has nice wide viewing angles too. Still, it can’t stand with the very best we’ve seen, like the Chromebook Pixel, the Zenbook Prime, and the Macbook Pro with Retina Display. For one thing, it doesn’t get nearly as bright as some of its competition: I had to set brightness to 80 percent to use the XT TouchSmart comfortably in a dark room.

The HP Envy Spectre XT TouchSmart seems to sport a very good display, but could use a little more oomph from the backlight.

West Virginia May Ban Google Glass While Driving

Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica:

Late last week, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates introduced new state legislation that would effectively ban Google Glass usage while driving. As far as we know, if West Virginia’s bill were to pass, it would be the first bill in the country to address Google Glass and similar devices.

I think Google Glass could be a better GPS navigation device than what we have now. With Google Glass our eyes move much less to check where we are and where we are headed compared to smartphones, traditional navigation devices, or even built-in navigation displays in our cars. Instead of attempting to ban Google Glass, the goal should be to limit distractions when driving. In the case of Google Glass a “Drive Mode” could be initiated to limit certain features while allowing the driver to benefit from an enhanced navigation experience.