According to BGR, despite analyst’s predictions, Nokia’s Lumia 800 has sold out in the UK. The handset, which runs on Window Phone 7, was predicted by Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette to have an initial sales of 2 million units for the fourth quarter, which he then cut to 500,000 citing early checks indicating lower than expected sell-through. Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu also chimed in, writing this week that Nokia’s new phones offer no “breakthrough innovation” or price advantage that might draw attention away from the competition. However the day after Faucette shared his new estimates, Nokia confirmed that its hotly anticipated Lumia 800 smartphone was sold out across the United Kingdom.
Lumia 800 sales in the U.K. are off to an excellent start,” Nokia said in a statement. “Based on earliest data the sales start of the Lumia 800 is the best ever first week of Nokia smartphone sales in the U.K. in recent history. By our measures, we have gained significant smartphone sell-out share in the channels in which we are operating in the U.K
There’s no initial sales figures for the new handset, as Nokia tends not disclose these outside of quarterly reports, though there is more on the statement made by Nokia over at BGR.
Do you remember when we previously reported that the next Windows Phone 7 update, chock full of updates and goodies (true multitasking, mobile version of Internet Explorer 9, and an integrated Twitter experience — amongst other things), was called ‘Mango’? Well apparently this latest fruity version of the mobile operating system will actually have a 7.5 numbering as opposed to the expected 7.1. This suggests the update will be very sizable to warrant such an increase in the numbering scheme, though no official word from the boy’s at Microsoft. The update is still expected to drop in the Fall.
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7.5 branding of “Mango” update via BGR
At Microsoft’s MIX11 developer event yesterday, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows Phone program management, Joe Belfiore, announced that a major update for the Windows Phone 7 platform called ‘Mango’ (really?) will be coming later this year. Of note was the fact that applications and games popular on other mobile platforms’s such as iOS and Android, including Skype, Spotify and Angry Birds among others were finally coming to Windows mobile phones. Angry Birds will arrive on May 25th, whilst Skype and Spotify later on, as they are apparently dependent on the Mango update.
The Mango update will also include new multitasking features (such as background music playing, downloads and alarms), app list extensions and live tile enhancements. You can read more about the update at the article, which also includes screenshots of the mentioned apps and Windows Phone 7 updates. In the past, updates for the mobile OS have been very slow compared to the release schedule of both Android and iOS, so hopefully users won’t have to wait long for this great sounding update! What’s your opinion on the Mango update, let us know in the comments below or via Twitter.
Microsoft Demos Multitasking, Promises Skype for Windows Phone 7 via Gadget Crave