Weekend Reading: Windows 8 news, mobile banking and smartphone milestones

Weekend Reading by RogersIn this week’s edition of Weekend Reading, we look at some news around new Windows 8 devices, mobile banking and a new milestone for the smartphone industry.

Rogers announces premium Windows 8 devices and exclusive apps

Earlier today we announced that we’re joining forces with Microsoft to launch the largest selection of Windows 8 devices on Rogers LTE network. In the coming weeks, select Windows Phone 8 smartphones and an exclusive Windows 8 tablet will be available including the Nokia Lumia 920, Windows Phone 8X by HTC, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and the ATIV S smartphone.

Our friends at Mobile Syrup and Gadgetorama wrote posts about the news, and  The Globe & Mail published an article that quoted Max Long, president of Microsoft Canada saying, “I can’t think of a better way to experience Windows across the phone, PC, tablet and Xbox.”

Mobile Jaw highlighted that the Rogers Reservation System has the Samsung ATIV S, Nokia Lumia 920, and the 8X by HTC already up and The Cellular Guru recalled Rogers was “no stranger to the Windows Phone line, having been the first to bring the OS to Canada with the Samsung Focus.” We’re glad to see everyone’s excited!

We’ll continue to update everyone on pricing and launch timing here on RedBoard and on Twitter through @RogersBuzz. In the meantime, which device are you most hyped about?

Consumers eager for new mobile banking tools

eMarketer recently conducted a report on mobile financial transactions in their latest article, Consumers Readily Adopt New Mobile Banking Tools. In it, they look at why mobile banking is so appealing to consumers and why financial providers are on board. Personally, I was surprised to read that in the past 6 months, 38% of US mobile phone users used mobile banking.

I’m one of the many Canadians adapting to mobile payments myself, experimenting with banking, budgeting, and transactions on my Android smartphone. Which areas of mobile banking and payments are you most interested in? Read more on eMarketer’s own findings in the full article here.

Speaking of mobile banking, you may also want to check out the conversation from Rogers RevUp, a Q&A that happened in our community forums yesterday where our two experts answered questions about mobile wallet technology and security. You can check out the full conversation here.

Worldwide smartphone base hits 1 billion

According to research released by Strategy Analytics this week, the worldwide smartphone user base has officially topped 1 billion. It took 16 years to reach this important milestone. According to this article in CNET, the first official smartphone was the Nokia Communicator which launched back in 1996. Another article in Android Authority said that the 2 billion smartphone milestone could be reached in as little as two years.

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard

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  1. Out of all the Windows 8 devices coming out, I am most hyped about the Nokia Lumia 920. Wireless charging is going to be a great feature! Not to mention the awesome PureView camera!

    Do you feel comfortable using mobile banking on the Android platform? I keep hearing conflicting things regarding security and the android platform.

    Another billion smartphones in 2 years is an astounding figure!

    :)

  2. You know what I’m most excited about! A blue or yellow Lumia 920!

    Oh wait… I can’t get one. Thanks Rogers.

    I can just see the internal meeting now:
    Manager 1: “How many phones did we sell this quarter?”
    Manager 2: “1.3 million”.
    Manager 1: “How many were black?”
    Manager 2: “1.1 Million”
    Manager 1: “Wow! Black is really popular! Do you think it’s because we have 40 varieties of black phones and only 4 phones in other colours?”
    Manager 2: “Nah… coincidence. Everyone hates colour. Let’s stick with black only.”