View Poll Results: do we need shorter release cycles for major updates?

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  • yes, mango is not enough for a year

    19 32.20%
  • no, mango added enough, keep it this way

    11 18.64%
  • I prefer small but frequent (3-4month) updates

    29 49.15%
10-10-2011 10:19 PM
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  1. blackhawk556's Avatar
    The 4S has been getting meh reviews left and right. This could have caused major problems for wp7 but luckily Apple fumbled. This doesn't mean they've lost, it just gives us a chance to score again and tie the score.

    If MS releases a major update in say, 6-9 months, imagine the amount of positive press the platform will receive. Let's say Apple goes back to their old cycle and releases the iphone 6 in June/July because of all the meh reviews and pi$$ed off customer, this won't be good for wp7. Now is the time to catch up, especially with Nokia saying they will release phones more often.

    MS has gone on the record that we'll see yearly updates but they are too far behind in market share to do this. The features added in mango are not enough to compete with android/iOS for the next 12 months.

    I have a few more things to say but I want to hear your opinions first. So what do you think?
    10-06-2011 01:12 AM
  2. KingCrimson's Avatar
    Agreed, at this point they need major updates every 4-5 months until they get enough market share.
    10-06-2011 01:17 AM
  3. blackhawk556's Avatar
    Agreed, at this point they need major updates every 4-5 months until they get enough market share.
    if you wouldn't mind, please take a look at the poll I created.
    10-06-2011 01:27 AM
  4. Pronk's Avatar
    You can't just have a "major update" though. What are you going to put in it? Stuff like Apple's Siri doesn't spring up overnight.

    What's really needed right now is hardware - apart from anything else, you can't keep squeezing more performance out of the same spec level.
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    10-06-2011 01:42 AM
  5. blackhawk556's Avatar
    You can't just have a "major update" though. What are you going to put in it? Stuff like Apple's Siri doesn't spring up overnight.

    What's really needed right now is hardware - apart from anything else, you can't keep squeezing more performance out of the same spec level.
    yes we do need better hardware but remember that the reason why manufactures can't put dual cores, 3d screens, NVIDIA graphics, and higher resolution screens on wp7 phones because the OS doesn't support it. An OS that supports these things allows manufactures to release better phones.
    10-06-2011 01:56 AM
  6. theman60099's Avatar
    yes we do need better hardware but remember that the reason why manufactures can't put dual cores, 3d screens, NVIDIA graphics, and higher resolution screens on wp7 phones because the OS doesn't support it. An OS that supports these things allows manufactures to release better phones.
    you're off the chain,mango is fine, I just need the Skype integration and transit directions in the Bing and then it's done. already it is way more than enough to compete with Android and iOS especially since they didn't really add anything.
    10-06-2011 06:27 AM
  7. jimski's Avatar
    Exactly. Average users (not us) are not buying WP devices because they don't know anything about them. What MS needs now is more exposure. Everything else will follow.

    Sent from my HTC Surround using Board Express
    WayneDiesel34 likes this.
    10-06-2011 08:10 AM
  8. selfcreation's Avatar
    well im pretty sure we gona get TANGO in like 4-5 months .. and Apollo in 10-12 months...

    we haven’t even scratch the surface of MANGO yet.. so no need for another Update till they atlases capitalize on the Features mango has to offer.
    10-06-2011 08:17 AM
  9. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    This is dead on. No one I know, knows what WP7 is. If I didn't mention it to my brother and a friend, they would have went with Android, because that's what they see. IDK what MS is waiting for to get the commercials/ads campaign going. But they taking their sweet time.

    I've yet to see one commercial about Mango or WP7 in the past two months. What gives. [of course there's no Mango commercials two months ago, but there were a few WP7 ads.]
    Exactly. Average users (not us) are not buying WP devices because they don't know anything about them. What MS needs now is more exposure. Everything else will follow.

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    10-06-2011 08:21 AM
  10. Coffee's Avatar
    no marketing and little carrier support. if that isn't fixed, windows phone is going to cruise along below 10% for a long time.
    10-06-2011 09:09 AM
  11. jim_h's Avatar
    I need Flash and I need some new accent colors (i.e. gray) or my next phone is going to be an Android, and I'm sorry about that.

    Can't look at the jelly bean colors any longer. Can't read about yet another useful app that's availble for iPhone and Android.
    10-06-2011 09:17 AM
  12. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    You won't be getting flash. I agree about the accent colors. I'm sure a app will be released [xda] for that soon enough.

    I slightly agree that Android and IOS got more snazzy apps, but I think that'll change once devs start spitting out more Mango apps.
    I need Flash and I need some new accent colors (i.e. gray) or my next phone is going to be an Android, and I'm sorry about that.

    Can't look at the jelly bean colors any longer. Can't read about yet another useful app that's availble for iPhone and Android.
    10-06-2011 09:22 AM
  13. jim_h's Avatar
    You won't be getting flash. I agree about the accent colors. I'm sure a app will be released [xda] for that soon enough.

    I slightly agree that Android and IOS got more snazzy apps, but I think that'll change once devs start spitting out more Mango apps.

    The latest numbers show WP7 actually declined a bit; nothing kills developer interest like a shrinking market. Sorry to be a pessimist, but unless Nokia takes off like a rocket - straight up - I think the handwriting is on the wall. MS just buried Zune, and there's lots more room in the crypt.
    10-06-2011 09:38 AM
  14. wolf1891's Avatar
    The latest numbers show WP7 actually declined a bit; nothing kills developer interest like a shrinking market. Sorry to be a pessimist, but unless Nokia takes off like a rocket - straight up - I think the handwriting is on the wall. MS just buried Zune, and there's lots more room in the crypt.
    that's not WP7 declining, it's the older WM phones going away (and not being replaced with an equal or greater number of WP7 phones).
    10-06-2011 09:49 AM
  15. thed's Avatar
    The latest numbers show WP7 actually declined a bit; nothing kills developer interest like a shrinking market. Sorry to be a pessimist, but unless Nokia takes off like a rocket - straight up - I think the handwriting is on the wall. MS just buried Zune, and there's lots more room in the crypt.
    Those numbers combined both WP7 and WinMo into one figure. I doubt that WP7 actually declined, but the last few holdouts are jumping ship from WinMo. That's what hurt the numbers.

    I really doubt MS is sleeping. People want nice hardware, and the new phones bring that. I'm sure we'll see an ad blitz when the new phones start getting released. Either that, or MS has a death wish for Windows Phone.

    Edit: d'oh, wolf beat me to it
    10-06-2011 09:53 AM
  16. jfa1's Avatar
    MS came out with the voting site for what to change or add in the next updates an when I first read about and went there they were already up to over a hundred pages of ideas so they want to know what WP users want in the apps and features for the os and surely they are going to liten to the input and go with what they think are the best ideas. If you havent checked it out go there are put in your two cents worth.
    10-06-2011 10:00 AM
  17. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Did they break the graph out as such? Just wondering.
    that's not WP7 declining, it's the older WM phones going away (and not being replaced with an equal or greater number of WP7 phones).
    10-06-2011 10:06 AM
  18. jim_h's Avatar
    MS came out with the voting site
    Once, when asked what market research Apple did for the iPhone, Jobs said something like "None. It's not the users' job to know what they want."

    This is what has really separated Apple from MS. Listening to users is great, but MS will take that list, drop the truly cool, innovative, new ideas that came from 2% of the respondents, and come up with a safe, easily acheivable 'feature list' for their next boring, incremental update.
    10-06-2011 10:36 AM
  19. jalb's Avatar
    I agree that lots of updates keep products exciting. I also agree that more advertising sounds needed. I see a lot of ads for WP7, but I'm an Internet knucklehead. I dont watch hardly any television.
    10-06-2011 10:46 AM
  20. mapexvenus's Avatar
    While I believe that WP7 is still a first-gen mobile operating system, it is still very refreshingly different from everything else that is out there. I believe that Mango is a step in the direction, and while I am tempted to jump on the bandwagon and say 'more updates!!!', what I really think that this platform needs is more applications. I still see a lot of critical applications missing in the area of banking, entertainment, etc. This is what will drive more users to this platform. This combined with better advertising and promotions by MS and the carriers will go a long way.
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    10-06-2011 11:04 AM
  21. jabtano's Avatar
    Hardware and devise the hardware is not up to speed and there is what maybe three devices that really stand out.next marking MS stinks at it.also the name windows puts many people off.but hey what do I know

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    10-06-2011 11:22 AM
  22. kylej1050's Avatar
    Hardware and devise the hardware is not up to speed and there is what maybe three devices that really stand out.next marking MS stinks at it.also the name windows puts many people off.but hey what do I know

    Sent from my HD7 using Board Express
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    10-06-2011 12:02 PM
  23. selfcreation's Avatar
    you guys all seem to be putting ALLOT of faith in NOKIA ,

    i just hope for you guys its not gona be a disappointment.. lol
    WayneDiesel34 and cckgz4 like this.
    10-06-2011 12:16 PM
  24. staindgrey's Avatar
    The latest numbers show WP7 actually declined a bit; nothing kills developer interest like a shrinking market. Sorry to be a pessimist, but unless Nokia takes off like a rocket - straight up - I think the handwriting is on the wall. MS just buried Zune, and there's lots more room in the crypt.
    They didn't bury the Zune; they buried the Zune hardware. They still heavily promote the software. Honestly, as much as I love my Zune HD, sticking to one platform is smarter. You can keep all your dev's in the phone department, and not have to worry about constantly catching up to iPods in the solely-a-media-player market.

    Plus, even despite the lack of further hardware support, they just released a batch of new apps and games for Zune HD just a few months ago. I wasn't expecting that at all, but I was delighted. Add in that they're offering a new option for Zune subscriptions now and gave the WP7 Zune UI a lovely overhaul (finally adding in Smart DJ as well, thank God), and I think it's safe to say MS is sticking with Zune for the long haul. And considering how much they've already invested in transforming their phone line, and you can bet that they'll be sticking with the WP7 product for quite some time.

    Remember, the original Xbox never, ever turned a profit. Its main objective was to simply keep Sony from dominating the market. The Xbox 360 eventually turned a profit because MS stuck with it, and now holds the greatest market share in the US since the decline of the Wii. The WP7's current state is not unlike the original Xbox's.
    10-06-2011 12:55 PM
  25. theman60099's Avatar
    I need Flash and I need some new accent colors (i.e. gray) or my next phone is going to be an Android, and I'm sorry about that.

    Can't look at the jelly bean colors any longer. Can't read about yet another useful app that's availble for iPhone and Android.
    u do not need flash. and its not MS fault that it's not in wp7 yet, complain and whine to adobe about it. while ur at it ask the iPhone users how they feel about flash, ask the android users how well flash runs on their devices, or better yet ask any PC user how many times their browser crashed that was related to flash. no matter how many times Adobe updates flash it will always be an unstable resource hog and the faster the web devs adopt html5 the better off we will be.
    bropes8 likes this.
    10-06-2011 01:39 PM
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