According to Russian Blogger Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft is offering Samsung $1 billion to support their Windows Phone operating system by manufacturing devices. As we all know, Samsung is the leading Android OEM by a landslide. But on the Windows Phone front, Microsoft is struggling to have a company come forward that isn’t Nokia (who may be releasing a device based on Android). Nokia was involved in something similar with Microsoft when Steve Ballmer and the guys up in Redmond decided to pay more than $250 million every quarter to keep the Finnish manufacturer with Windows Phone. Samsung likes to spread its name, so escalating Windows Phone production wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. » Read the rest
There are a lot of people hoping and praying for an Android phone made by Nokia, and those prayers could be answered. Back in November, a Nokia phone leaked (courtesy of @evleaks and pictured above) with the codename Normandy, and it turns out it runs Android. Unfortunately there is some bad news in that Nokia is testing it with a forked version of Android similar to what Amazon does. This means no Google apps. Throw in the fact that it’s expected to be a low-end phone, and all of a sudden there is nothing to get excited about.
The other question is if it will ever be released? Nokia would need to release it before the Microsoft deal takes place because it’s unlikely Microsoft would want to continue with it. Nokia employees are saying “full steam ahead” and that it will be released in 2014. This should be interesting.
BlueStacks, the Android application emulator for PCs, has finally received a major software update. Before now, it’s been running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, believe it or not. It’s finally seeing the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich today, though.
BlueStacks doesn’t really benefit from many of the advantages of newer operating systems, but it still doesn’t hurt to finally get it off of the incredibly ancient Gingerbread, at least for increased app compatibility. There are many apps that take advantage of APIs that are only available in 4.0 and up, and BlueStacks can finally run them. If you want to download the latest version, hit the link below.
via: Android Police
We all knew Google was an extremely valuable company, but many will be surprised to learn that Google is ranked the worlds 5th most valuable brand according to Forbes. The company, which started out as a simple search engine, was beaten to number 1 by companies Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and IBM.
Google currently is worth a whopping $47.3 billion, and it generated a very large sum of $13 billion before interest and taxes in 2012. Google only continues to grow in value as well and they continue to branch out into other areas of research and technology.
Remember a few years ago when Nortel’s enormous patent portfolio went up for auction and we had tons of tech companies bidding for it? Well, looks like we’re about to see the effects of it. The group of companies that won the patents – Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Sony, and Ericsson – banded together under a new company named titled “Rockstar” and have filed an extremely extensive patent suit against Google and several Android handset makers, including HTC, LG, and Samsung.
Originally, Google wanted to purchase those patents to prevent this from happening, but stopped bidding for them at $4.4 billion. Rockstar nabbed the patents for $4.5 billion, which is an astronomical sum of money for a patent portfolio. Some of the patents that are being used in the lawsuit include patents for things like an “associative search engine” and “an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network.” Vague? Yep.
Realistically, the ultimate goal for the Rockstar Consortium would be to strong-arm other companies into paying licensing fees for infringing devices. Microsoft already makes several bucks per Android phones sold because of patents and licensing agreements. It’ll be interesting to see how this suit plays out, but make no mistake, it’s probably going to get pretty messy.
source: Ars Technica
The dominance in the smartphone industry continues to be lead by Google. In new numbers estimated by Strategy Analytics, Android has more than 80% smartphone market share in Q3 of 2013 (April – June). That’s an increase over last year’s 75%. Apple is undoubtebly in second 13.4%, down from last year’s 15.6%. Microsoft has also seen growth, chiming in with more than 4%. And BlackBerry continues its struggles and is hanging on to just 1%. With the Nexus 5, Galaxy Note 3, and Moto X all being launched recently, it should be interesting to see how future quarters fluctuate with Apple’s release of the new iPhones. Hit the break for shipment numbers. » Read the rest
Everyone is jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, so it was not a big surprise when we learned HTC had plans to enter the market. Despite working with Microsoft in the past on a wearable device, new details indicate HTC is planning to produce an Android powered device that will include camera hardware. This news came from Chairwoman Cher Wang during a town hall style meeting where she was trying to rally the troops. According to sources, HTC will not have a device ready until the second half of 2014. This will make HTC one of the later entrants into the market, although analysts anticipate wearable devices will blossom into a $19 billion industry by 2018 so there should be plenty of room for HTC to capitalize on the opportunity. Analysts and traders seem to think the move will be a good one for HTC as their stock rose by 6.9 percent on the Taipei market.
We anticipate more details about possible price points, marketing strategies, functions of the device, and hardware specs will continue to slowly reveal themselves over the coming months.
HTC desperately needs a way to succeed— the company is struggling, and everyone knows it.
One possible solution, however, would be to expand its business into the smartwatch and tablet-making industries. CEO Peter Chou and chairwoman Cher Wang hinted that this could be the case in a recent interview with the Financial Times. As it turns out, HTC actually worked with Microsoft on a smart-watch back in 2004.
And it wouldn’t be a complete HTC interview without a snarky comment— Wang said that when their upcoming tablet makes its appearance, it will be “nice and disruptive.”
Source: Financial Times
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. There was a lot of Nexus and Kit Kat news this week as we inch closer to the release. We still don’t know exactly when either will be unveiled, but some sleuthing points to October 28. Meanwhile, HTC finally unveiled their One Max, which will probably be another unsuccessful offering from the struggling company. Google is giving iOS users lots of love by providing a major update to Hangouts, but have no fear, it’s coming to Android soon. At least they gave some international love with the Chromecast app. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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