Man, these weekly installments of WPD Bits sure are getting meatier. We can't imagine why...except for maybe that Microsoft is having one of its biggest years ever. That could be it.
This week's Bits are quite expansive, spanning from Finland to to the good old U.S.A. We're even going beyond the constraints of our Earth, head first into the Cloud. So join us for this trip around the world in 80 sentences (give or take) after the jump.
Nokia leads Windows Phone global market share with 59%
Surprise, surprise, the only manufacturer who had the heart to advertise for their Windows Phones in 2012 is suddenly leading the pack. Research firm Localytics has estimated that currently Nokia has a whopping 59% of all Windows Phone sales under its belt, less than one year after its first Lumia devices hit the market. By comparison HTC is second with 21%, Samsung is third with 13%, and the 'Others' round up to 7%. In the United States its a different story, as HTC has managed to hold onto its lead over Nokia with just a few points. [ Via: AllThingsD ]
SkyDrive automatically adds album art to music, early hints of Xbox Music?
We've been wondering just what Microsoft has been up to with Xbox Music since its all-flash no-substance reveal at E3 2012. Now we may have discovered a pretty good hint at what's to come. In the new SkyDrive, users have noticed that by adding music files to their personal storage the service automatically throws in matching album art information. LiveSide is of the belief that it's an impending sign of Xbox Music's reveal, although there's some confusion around whether this feature is actually new or not. Either way, your
cloud just got a new appreciation for that collection of Weezer singles you've stashed away up there. [ Source: LiveSide ]
Sprint pulls its one and only Windows Phone from its website
The poor HTC Arrive was doomed from the start. It was one of the weaker reviewed of HTC's Windows Phone 7 lineup and it came out way too late on Sprint for it to succeed in the aggressive United States smartphone market. Now reports have confirmed that Sprint has finally put the Arrive to rest, with zero mention of the device to be found anywhere on the carrier's website. [ Via: Engadget ]