Microsoft this week bumped up its claim of Windows 10 devices to 75 million when a company executive tweeted that figure.
"More than 75 million devices running Windows 10 -- and growing every day," Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices division, said on Twitter.
Mehdi had last updated the official Windows 10 tally on July 30, when he said 14 million devices were running the new OS. Microsoft began triggering on-screen Windows 10 upgrade notifications on PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 on July 29.
While the 75 million cannot be independently verified -- Microsoft is likely citing the number of Windows 10 "activations," the check-in the OS does with Redmond's servers when it's first run to verify that it is linked with a valid product key -- it is in the ballpark of third-party estimates.
Data provided to Computerworld earlier this month by analytics vendor Net Applications showed that by its calculations 3% of all Windows-powered personal computers ran Windows 10 during the week of Aug. 2-8. That 3% translated into approximately 45 million devices, assuming there are 1.5 billion Windows systems worldwide, the latter number one that Microsoft itself has repeatedly used.
It's not unreasonable to think that Microsoft has added another 30 million copies of Windows 10 to the running total in the three weeks since. (Net Applications has declined to provide more recent weekly user share data, saying that its engineers had disabled weekly reporting because they were revamping the back-end infrastructure to prep a new service.)
Another analytics vendor, Dublin-based StatCounter, which tracks a different metric, has posted data that also appears to dovetails with Microsoft's 75-million device claim. The growth of StatCounter's usage share for Windows 10 -- a measurement of Internet activity -- since July 30 closely matches the increase Microsoft claimed.
The growth rate from 14 million to 75 million -- Mehdi's numbers -- represented a very strong 436%, give or take a decimal point.
Likewise, growth in StatCounter's Windows 10 usage share from the 1.34% on July 30 (when Mehdi touted 14 million near day's end) to the high water mark of 7.26% on Sunday, Aug. 23, was an almost-the-same 441%.
(Computerworld gave Windows 10 the benefit of the doubt, using the 7.26% of Aug. 23, rather than the lower usage share numbers during the work week just prior to Mehdi's announcement, because Mehdi was citing activations, or devices that could be running Windows 10 on any specific day. In other words, Computerworld assumed that 100% of the activated copies of Windows 10 were represented by the 7.26% usage share.)
Microsoft's 75 million was significantly larger than similar boasts in 2012 -- and earlier, compared to how fast previous Windows' editions left the gate. That's not a shock; everyone has expected a stronger uptake because Windows 10 is a free upgrade. Prior Windows editions were not.
In 2012, for example, Microsoft said it took Windows 8 a month to crack the 40-million-licenses-sold mark. In 2010, a little more than four months after Windows 7 debuted, the developer said 90 million licenses of that OS had been sold.
StatCounter's data supports the idea that Windows 10's start has been a record-setter for Microsoft. Windows 10's usage share after 30 days, for instance, was 37% higher than that of Windows 7 after its first 30 days of availability.
Microsoft has set a goal of putting Windows 10 on 1 billion devices within three years: The 75 million represents 7.5% of that target.
It's a good start.
The biggest news of the first day came from Sony with the announcement of the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z5 Premium. The three Sony flagships had been rumored for sometime, but we got to see them in the flesh at IFA. After our initial impressions, the new lineup had us divided, but it was exciting to see Sony pushing the envelope of smartphone display tech with the introduction of the world's first 4K smartphone display on the Z5 Premium.
Huawei introduced us to the Huawei Mate S which houses Force Touch technology and what might be the most premium device design we've ever seen. The Mate S show's just why Huawei deserves its recent mobile success and we're now more excited than ever about the upcomingNexus 6 (2015).
Huawei also gave us another look at its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, a great looking wearable which we may have been more excited about had it not been for the abundance of smartwatches on show this year: Motorola hit us with its second generation Moto 360, Sam sung had the Gear S2, even Asus produced a fantastic smartwatch sequel in the ZenWatch 2. We were spoiled for choice on the wearables front.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 comes in two different sizes. / © ANDROIDPIT
AndroidPIT senior editor Kris Carlon also interviewed Kouji Kodera, Motorola product management lead, about the design choices the company made with the Moto 360 2nd generation. The article focuses, in particular, on the 'flat tire' at the bottom of the watch face. From the article: "According to Motorola, there are three reasons for the flat tire's reappearance: design integrity, keeping the ambient light sensor intact and consumer preference." Read the piece right here.
Overall it was another fascinating show, with some excellent products. But what product did we give our overall best of IFA 2015 award to? You'll have to hit the link to find out.
Head below for all of our hands on reviews and comparisons from this years event.
As was expected, Sony introduced the latest editions to its Xperia Z series. The three devices had been long-since rumored, but we had the chance to go hands on with them. Find out what they're all about at the links below.
§ Sony Xperia Z5 review
§ Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review
§ Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review
§ Sony Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z3 comparison
§ Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comparison
From top to bottom: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5, and Xperia Z5 Premium. / © ANDROIDPIT
Huawei announced the Mate S, a 5.5-inch Full-HD smartphone with Force Touch technology. The device features a Kirin K935 Octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory (expandable up to 128 GB) along with a 2,700 mAh battery.
The cameras come in at 13 MP at the back and 8 MP in the front, but its the device design which is the most impressive aspect. Read more about that in our hands on Huawei Mate S review, and see how it compares to Samsung's Note 5 in our Huawei Mate S vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comparison.
This is the Huawei Mate S. / © ANDROIDPIT
Six months after it was first previewed at MWC 2015, the Huawei Watch has been officially announced at IFA 2015, with pre-orders beginning immediately. The watch may have similar internals to every other smartwatch around but it has seriously good looks and great proportions, perhaps earning it the best looking smartwatch title.
Even more impressive, it is among the first wave of new watches to work on both Android and iOS devices. For more details on the Huawei Watch, including the multitude of pricing options, check our hands-on Huawei Watch review.
The Huawei Watch is a seriously good looking device, and it runs on both Android and iOS. / © ANDROIDPIT
Bottom line: Google could open a Chinese version of its app store by the end of this year an
d spend aggressively to quickly gain market share, but would face negative backlash from western critics for its U-turn back into the sensitive market.
Global Internet giant Google is reportedly eying a return to China, with plans to launch a Chinese version of its flagship Google Play app store. The move, if true, would mark a major flip-flop for Google, which withdrew its core search engine from China in 2010 after a high-profile spat over Beijing’s strict censorship policies. But as many similarly principled companies quickly discover, China is a market that is simply too big to ignore.
That quandary led top business networking site LinkedIn to enter China last year, despite expressing its own reservations about censorship, and top social networking (SNS) site Facebook is also lobbying strongly for such a move. Google’s latest campaign comes in a the slightly less sensitive area of app store operation, though even that business would involve some self-censorship to eliminate apps that Beijing might consider sensitive for political or other reasons.
This particular campaign has its roots in Google’s wildly popular Android operating system, which is used in the big majority of the world’s smartphones and is the favorite OS of all of China’s major manufacturers like Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo. Yet despite Android’s huge popularity in China, Google can’t derive much personal benefit from its billions of dollars in investment in the system.
That’s because smartphone makers that use Android have no obligation to include preferential placement of Google’s search engine or other products in their smartphones. And even if they wanted to give such preferential placement, most of Google’s sites and services are blocked in China these days due to its contentious relationship with Beijing. But this newest campaign could mark a major shift in that relationship, as it would see Google open an official Beijing-approved version of its app store for Chinese users.
According to the latest local media reports, Google has been strongly lobbying Chinese smartphone makers to include a link to its app store on their phones, offering them subsidies of roughly $1 per handset for doing so. (Chinese article) The move, which is attributed to unnamed knowledgeable sources, would imply that Google has received permission to open a Chinese version of its app store from Beijing, or that it expects to receive such permission soon.
That wouldn’t be a huge surprise, since media reported last year that Google had first approached Beijing officials back in 2013 about the possibility of opening a China app store. (previous post) Rival Apple already operates a Chinese version of its own app store, and the country also has many homegrown app stores operated by private names like Wandoujia and 91Wireless, which was bought by Internet search giant Baidu for more than $1 billion in 2013.
Thus these latest reports would indicate that Google’s negotiations with Beijing have moved forward, albeit slowly, and that it believes it will soon receive the coveted permission to open a Chinese Google Play store. If and when that happens, look for a wave of backlash from western sources that are likely to call Google a hypocrite for returning to China despite a lack of changes in the country’s strict censorship policies.
The fact of the matter is that anyone who opens media-related ventures in China has to censor their content, including LinkedIn and Apple. The iPhone maker itself was at the center of a small firestorm last year when it agreed to store information from its Chinese users on locally-based servers. Some said that looked like a concession that would give Beijing the legal authority to request records on any Apple product users it wanted to investigate, including political dissidents. (previous post)
In this particular instance Google’s China U-turn is being driven by the explosion in the country’s smartphone market, which has soared over the last 2 years to overtake the US and become the world’s largest. It’s hard to ignore a market of that size, especially when Google’s own Android system is powering the vast majority of smartphones now being sold in China. Against that backdrop it’s hard to blame Google for making this big China U-turn, though it should also be prepared to pay a price with the wave of negative publicity that will almost inevitably come after it formally opens its China Play store.
---Doug Young , CONTRIBUTOR
The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) ,
the most important electronics fairs in China to present all kinds of electronics products and services such as audio-visual products, branded electronics, eco-friendly products, i-World, packaging & design,
navigation systems, new inventions, telecommunications products and testing, inspection & certification services.
In the Autumn of 2015, a time of joy harvest and occasion to meet our friends from all over the world.
We attended the Hong Kong Electronics Fair with our new model 4G LTE& 3G smart mobile phones,
Notebooks and tablets PC with latest Intel Cherry Trial processor & Smart wearable devices like Kids GPS watch, Bluetooth Watch,Android wear Watch and GPS tracker etc.
This time we shared the booth with our partner Rock-chip and our products attracted crows of clients to stop and sit to talk about business together.
118th Canton Fair ended in November 4th.
During the fair, a total of 177,000 overseas buyers attended and a total export turnover reached 171.249 billion yuan.
Shenzhen Kinstone D&T Develop Co., Ltd carrying their latest products to participate in this event.
Newest 5.25 inch mobile phone rear glass shell with Touch ID,
4G smart phones become the focus of attention of many buyers.
Our Smart Phone covers all dimensions, configuration requirements,
to meet the different needs of different consumer.
As regards to Tablet PC and notebooks, by using the latest Intel Cherry Trail processor,
and our latest slim fashionable design,
both perfomance and appearance improved to a higher level.
According to the buyers’ preferance to largesize tablets PC and notebooks (11.6 inches to 14 inches) and relevent orders increased,
we increased investment for larger size of tablets and notebooks.
Our 360 degree rotation design of 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch notebooks are the killers of the market and attracted many buyers to stop to discuss order details.
Our Smart wearable Devices: intelligent Bluetooth watch, Bluetooth phone watch, children's GPS watches sales soared at home and abroad.
Our intelligent Robots also attracted many buyers and consumers to come to negotiate and have a look.
The picture shows our booth design: smart wearable devices, mobile phones, notebooks and tablets PC.
OOur Deputy Manager Mr.Zhu（NO.2 From the left）and our client
When an Order is done, please leave your photo.
One on one? I guess not. One Saleman or saleswoman have to face two or more clients.
Business is easier done when Mr.Zhu comes.
December 3, 2015, with 'people-oriented' business philosophy,
in order to thank the employees for their hard work in the past year,
we organized an adventure to the Knight Valley of the “OCT East”.
Our beloved fellows have long wait for it since last week’s notice.
8:00 am, the coach not yet came, we came to the door early to the Xin Jian Xing Technology Industrial Park,
although the weather was a bit cold, still drizzling, but this did not affect our enthusiasm.
8:30, with cheering, and we set off! 9:30, after an hour's drive, we finally reached the OCT East Knight Valley,
at the same time the drizzle stopped. But even if it rains, it will not hinder our photo determination. 321, Come on Baby!
We deliberately chose Thursday,
to avoid weekend peak. But never thought that today there were a primary school of kids here for activities,
we had also lined up for half an hour. However, the editor wouldn’t be idle, so there came this lovely photo below.
Grace, kinstonee’ boss, normally 'strict and competent' turned specially approachable today.
Grace in work is like sun, bright and fiery, constantly inspires us; Now she is like the moon , sweet yet elegant, gentle to accompany us.
Once entered the scene, we are attracted by beautiful town of De Feier.
The first surprise was the real play of the statue, this mischievous ghost really shocked to everyone,
but also successfully attracted ladies competing for the photos, even the guys who also could not help but took one.
The second surprise was the magnificent water stunts of 'Wuthering Heights'.
They left us a wonderful show and touch as well for their enthusiasm in cold water.
This also reminded us, the company often worked overtime, braved partners walk home with the Moon,
these hardworking people deserved our praise.
The third surprise was colorful and playful paradise. This offered our girls endless joy,
when instantly returned to their year of eighteen. Carousel in the end bore how many of girls’ dreams?
I did not know, but I knew that kinstone would give you a good dream tonight.
The fourth surprise was the sea of clouds cableway, forget the sea of people queuing with no end in sight,
but we were not rash, happiness was to wait. We are a team, not one alone, do not give up, to go together,
to stay together. Even in high altitude, we ‘d nothing to fear, because we have a brother beside!
Of course, there were many other exciting projects, wooden roller coaster, undersea explorer, etc.,
the editor was not willing to list. Landscape’s same but the one who is on your back that matters.
As long as we are together, we are happy.
Finally, the photo of kinstonees in the 'pinnacle' was listed in the end of the tour.
Pinnacle, yes. Kinstone, the company since its establishment in 2003,
we will continue to maintain the spirit of 'technological innovation'.
One day, we climb the summit of the China Science and Technology!
On December 26th, 2015, Shenzhen Kinstone D&T Develop Co., Ltd. ushered the annual yearend party and 2016 New Year party.
The main topic of the party was “Step over with passion, create the brilliancy together!”
Apart from the hardworking colleagues of our company attending the party, there were also many other partners。
At 18：00 mthe party would began. First, the general manager Ms. Zhao made congratulation to New Year.
She gave credit for colleagues’ hardworking and thanks for the great support of all partners in 2015. In 2016,
Kinstone would continue to enlarge the sales team and keep business growing. Besides,
we would build our own R&D team and try to make Kinstone’s own brand in artificial intelligence field,
working for “providing better living ways to people”..
At 18:15, the party began. All of us toasted to the happy time and enjoyed it very much.
The scene of prosperity couldn’t be separated from the careful arrangement of vice general manager Mr. Zhu of Kinstone during this month.
Mr. Zhu was busy with the site, feast and drinks. Not only chose a spacious hall and delicious foods for us,
but also prepared the expensive and delicious brandy. Let us express our great gratitude for Mr. Zhu’s hard work!
The beautiful dance with sign language “Grateful Heart”, showed thanks of boss to all employees for your hard working，
showed thanks of company to all partners for your great help and thanks of children to all parents for your upbringing.
I believed, during holidays, all of us would call our family and wished them health and peace.
“Today” we gathered, gathering in the company year-end party of Kinstone.
Maybe you were a patriotic person who “Felt the keen tug of patriotism”,or a filial piety man who harbored “Father” and mother,
or a spoony man who “Love Beauty More Than Power”. But no matter whom you wanted to be,
you were all the 'Real Heart Hero'! Though we came from different places with different customs,
inevitably having different thoughts, because of our “Forgivingness”, let us who worked hard outside like brothers,
close as sisters. Thanks to the handsome boys and pretty girls for their beautiful songs.)
The sketch “Journey to the West of Kinstone version” gave rise to a small climax in the party.
Kinstone’s tablet can be used smoothly, smart phone can take beautiful photos. The products of Kinstone are worth owning.
“You are my little, little apple, it is not enough no matter how I love you”. After “Journey to the West of Kinstone version”,
the dance “Little Apple” made the party reach a climax again. The leading dancing guy in drag made the whole audience
After the great laughter, the real climax of party was coming. All kinds of prizes, like excellent partners, employees,
lucky draw, acting prizes etc came one after another.
Congratulate the partners who obtained the “Excellent Partners” and “Gold Strategic Partner”, and the colleagues obtaining prizes.
The“Special Contribution Award of Kinstone in 2015” was won by Director Kang of international market department,
the sketch “Journey to the West of Kinstone version” and dance“ Little Apple ” won the first prize.)
Road without end, open the final curtain; stream would never run dry, welcome tomorrow's sun.
During the unforgettable evening, the bright lights showed you eternal light; sincere friendship warmed our hearts of strange land in the cold winter.
At last, 2015 year-end party and 2016 New Year party for Kinstone ended successfully in the song of “Tomorrow Will Be Better”.
Wished Kinstone tomorrow would be better, friendly partners tomorrow would be better and all friends tomorrow would be better!
Let us “Step over with passion, create the brilliancy together”! Wish all of you Happy New Year!
On February 1, 2021, Jinshitong held the 2020 Tail Tooth Banquet and the 2021 Spring Festival Gala, which was opened with cheers.
The company welcomed the magnificent opening of the New Year party.
This evening party is divided into two parts: representative speech, award and art performance.
The company awards honors to outstanding employees and encourages them to make persistent efforts and
make new contributions to the company.
Employees have been performing wonderful art performances, singing and dancing, skits and other forms, showing the
passion and vitality of jinshitong employees, enhancing the sense of belonging of employees and enhancing the cohesion
of the company.
All the staff of the company gathered in the canteen to prepare delicious food for everyone to celebrate our performance
and look forward to our future!