Monday, March 26, 2012

Microsoft allegedly cheated in 'Smoked' by Windows Phone' campaign

Smoked by Windows Phone is a Microsoft's marketing campaign that basically calls for smartphone users, whether iOS or Android, to beat a Windows Phone at performing task faster. Microsoft's claim is that the company would give a person US$100 to prove that its Windows Phone is "faster than anyone else's phone". If you thought that it was an interesting concept, wait till you hear what happened to Sahas Katta of Skatter Tech.

On March 25, Katta used a Samsung Galaxy Nexus to beat the Windows Phone in a challenge which required a user to "bring up the weather of two different cities". Having fortunately loaded up a weather widget earlier, he simply turned on his handset to win.

"After a three-second countdown, I hit the power button on my phone and said “DONE!” out loud. I had disabled the lock screen entirely, which is a rather awesome out-of-the-box feature of Android that takes you straight to the home screen with a single push of the power button. I didn’t even need to touch the screen, since the two weather widgets were already there," he said in a blog post.

"My opponent finished a split-second later. She had two live tiles on her home screen displaying the weather of two different cities as well. Why does it take longer on Windows Phone? She had to perform two actions. First, she hit the power button to turn on the screen. Second, she had to swipe away the lock screen. That’s pretty much as fast as it gets on that platform. Windows Phone takes two interactions. Android takes just one."

However, his win was denied with no reason apart from a statement from an employee who told him "just because". Another employee, and possibly a manager also later told Katta that he lost because he had to display the weather of "different cities in different states".
However, if you look closer at the story, there are also other questions raised--why does the Windows Phone have two Weather tiles as default? It seems like the challenge is rigged. To be fair, there should have only been one weather Live Tile, and the employee doing the challenge should have to manually add another city and another tile to the home screen.

Katta was also approached on Twitter by @BenThePCGuy who told him "sorry about the hassle...come back for a rematch on a random challenge".

The tweet has, however,wasn't well-received. Reddit user junglejimmy said in a post: "It's like when someone loses and says 'ok, let's do best two out of three'".

Katta, however, was more forgiving.

"It was a fun contest and I won by their own rules. I didn't lose anything," he said. "I didn't expect this article to get so much attention. Was doing some errands around the house and my Twitter app kept buzzing. I realized what had happened a bit later. Just imagining Microsoft executives running down the hallways screaming 'stop the challenge' is enough justice for me."

We've contacted Microsoft for further comment.

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Source From CNET

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