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Friday, February 11, 2011

Nokia and Microsoft form partnership

Nokia has joined forces with Microsoft in an attempt to regain ground lost to the iPhone and Android-based devices.

The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.
It means that Nokia's existing operating systems will be sidelined.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Nokia's chief executive Stephen Elop revealed that there would be "substantial" job losses as a result of the tie-up.
Nokia will remain "first and foremost...a Finnish company. Finland is our home and will remain our home," he said.
But job losses around the world, including in Finland, will be inevitable, he added.

Windows first

Speaking about the new partnership with Microsoft, Mr Elop said that "the game has changed from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems".
"An ecosystem with Microsoft and Nokia has unrivalled scale around the globe," he said.

BBC News | 11 February 2011 - read full post 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hewlett-Packard unveils Palm-powered tablets

HP's new product line upHP is putting its the web operating system front and centre of new products
Hewlett-Packard (HP), the world's biggest technology company, is making a major play for the multi-billion dollar mobile market with a slew of products based on its own operating system.
At an event in San Francisco, the company announced two new phones and a long-awaited tablet computer.
HP's new TouchPad tablet will compete against Apple's iPad, Google's Android-powered machines and RIM's Playbook.
The TouchPad is based on the webOS operating system.
This was developed by Palm and bought by HP last year for $1.2bn (£745m).
HP is hoping its investment will pay dividends with tablet sales expected to soar to over 50 million in the coming year.
HP said the mobile connected devices market is currently worth $160bn dollars.
'Jumbo phones'
The Silicon Valley company that started life in a small garage is clearly betting big that products powered by its own operating system will give it a foothold in the sector and make it a force to be reckoned with.

BBC  | 9 Feb 2011  - read full report

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Google eyes Apple in tablet war

Xoom tablet, GettyMotorola's Xoom tablet will be the first built around the honeycomb release of Android
Google has unveiled an operating system for tablet computers aimed at ramping up the competition with Apple's iPad.
More than 15 million iPads have been sold since Apple launched the gadget in 2010.
The latest version of Google's Android OS is called Honeycomb and it has been specifically optimised for tablets.
The features include the ability to buy applications from a computer, buy features inside the app, video chat and improved graphics.
"This is a serious investment of years of design and engineering to really nail the experience for a larger screen," Hugo Barra, Google's director of products for mobile, told BBC News.
"This is not a large phone - we wanted tablets running Honeycomb to not just be bigger but also to be better."
Motorola will be the first to bring a product running Honeycomb to market. Its Xoom device is due to go on sale this month, although a release date and price have not yet been revealed.
"Honeycomb brings Google closer to parity with Apple and underlines the battle between these two titans," said Ben Parr, co-editor of technology news site Mashable.
"Google has its strengths especially in the cloud, with their open source platform and integration with other Google products like Gmail and Google docs," he said. "But Apple has the design edge and a vast number of apps as well as a new iPad expected in the next couple of months."
'Big win'
Google's announcement of a web-based version of the Android market is one that is seen as long overdue