Head of Windows Phone says Android’s “still kind of a mess” and iOS is running out of steam

Windows Phone head

The head of Windows Phone, Terry Myerson, thinks Android is a mess and iOS may be running out of steam. The incendiary comments came out today at the D:Dive Into Mobile conference. When asked to compare Windows Phone with the competition, Myerson said Google’s Android market was “still kind of a mess.”

But ultimately, Myerson does see Windows Phone as the fearless underdog standing up to iOS and Android, which are basically giants in comparison. He likened Windows Phone to “an incredibly well-funded startup,” and added that there is a definite sense of urgency involved in development. Myerson seems keenly aware Windows Phone has to kick it to high gear to compete.

Windows Phone is responding to this pressure by thinking more as a global competitor, rather than focusing solely on the U.S. market. “We need to be successful somewhere before we can be successful everywhere,” he said. 

It’s a smart move as Microsoft’s mobile OS has a stronger following in countries like Poland, Mexico, and Finland. All of which are countries that don’t subsidize smartphones and this actually works in Microsoft’s favor. In North America, Windows Phone can be a tough sell because of carrier subsidies that bring the price of premium devices like the iPhone ($600+) down to around $200. Suddenly, the $100 Lumia 920, which retails closer to $500, is competing with phones that wouldn’t necessarily be in the same price bracket and also have a lot more years of success under their belt; not exactly great for business.

In terms of design and innovation, however, Myerson doesn’t seem threatened, at least not by Apple. He summed up the iPhone 5 release to be just “adding another row of icons.” He added that he senses a “lack of urgency” when it comes to Apple. 

Myerson touched on a couple rumors and speculation as well. When asked about Facebook Home popping up on Windows Phone, he didn’t rule it out altogether, but said “There is probably a whole team at Google trying to lock out [Facebook Home] from their open platform.”

As for the rumors that Microsoft is working on a smart watch: “You could strap the Surface onto your wrist and call it a watch.”

Computing

An inside look at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx, a revolutionary laptop processor

Six years after Microsoft’s failed foray into ARM computing with Windows RT, its second effort with Always-Connected PC is now showing early signs of success. Microsoft partner Qualcomm told us how the Snapdragon 8cx might revolutionize…
Computing

Microsoft to target Chromebooks with new Windows Lite OS, report says

With Chromebooks becoming ever more popular, Microsoft is reportedly once again looking to target Google's popular Chrome OS with a new lightweight version of Windows dubbed "Lite OS."
Mobile

Google to end support for Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich

Anyone with an old phone that is still running Android 4.0 may want to look into upgrading their phone, as Google has announced that it will be ending support for this older version of Android.
Mobile

Amazon knocks $30 off its Paperwhite ebook reader in limited-time deal

Amazon is running a couple of limited-time deals for its Paperwhite ebook reader. One offers a $30 discount, while the other throws in a pair of headphones and a free, extended Audible trial.
Mobile

New Galaxy S10 leaks showcase display sizes, confirm headphone jack return

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.
Mobile

Android 9.0 updates to stretch into 2019 -- will your phone get a slice of Pie?

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Product Review

The iPad Pro is the best tablet ever. But don't sell your laptop just yet

Apple has unveiled a big redesign for the iPad Pro, slimming down the bezels, adding Face ID, and the ability to attach and charge the Apple Pencil. All of this comes at a high cost however, as the iPad Pro starts at $799.
Mobile

LG G7 owners experiencing dreaded bootloop will have to wait a few days for fix

If you’ve picked up LG’s flagship and it’s not behaving itself, then you might find a solution here. We’ve rounded up the most common LG G7 ThinQ problems and tracked down workarounds and possible fixes.
Mobile

A render video gives us a 360-degree look at the midrange Pixels

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a midrange line. Say hello to the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL.
Mobile

Honor to out-megapixel the competition with 48MP camera on upcoming View 20

After its phenomenal success with the View 10 in 2018, it looks like Honor is getting ready up the ante with its forthcoming Honor View 20. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Mobile

Xiaomi is preparing to set records with 48-megapixel phone camera

Bigger doesn't always mean better, but it certainly makes headlines. Chinese mobile giant Xiaomi is set to release a phone camera with a staggeringly large 48 megapixels on a single sensor.
Apple

Patent highlights Apple's sky-high ambitions for AirPower wireless charger

At its September event last year, Apple unveiled the AirPower -- its new wireless charging mat that will allow you to charge multiple devices at one time. It has not yet been released. Here's everything we know about the device so far.
Deals

Check out the best Green Monday deals for those last-minute gifts

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance of finding a great deal. We're talking about Green Monday, of course, and it falls on December 10.
Mobile

Google Fit app finally gets a widget, among other new features

Google Fit hasn't received any new features since its redesign. This week, the company is rolling some new tools; users will be able to add a widget to their Android home screen, adjust the intensity of their workouts, and more.