Google and Samsung are working on Wintel like alliance to dominate mobile computing
Jan30

Google and Samsung are working on Wintel like alliance to dominate mobile computing

There is something huge happening in Android world. Two key platform players – Google and Samsung – are working on a broad set of agreements to align their interests and activities for the future development and promotion of Android. Things under discussion right now include Samsung scaling down its UI and app store/content developments in favor of Google Play, revenue sharing for all apps and content sold through Google Play on...

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Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung, Huawei, Sony, others to make Windows Phones (Update: MSFT response)
Jan15

Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung, Huawei, Sony, others to make Windows Phones (Update: MSFT response)

Update: Microsoft’s communications lead Frank X. Shaw responded to the numbers provided in this post. Scroll down to the bottom to check it out. When Microsoft persuaded Nokia to go Windows Phone, one of key reasons for the  switch was the $1 billion a year in “platform support” payments Ballmer offered to Finns. While the partnership had a very rocky start, by the end of 2013 we could call it a moderate success. At least for...

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Samsung’s 10 million Galaxy Note 3s sold is another sign of a very challenging 2014 coming up
Dec10

Samsung’s 10 million Galaxy Note 3s sold is another sign of a very challenging 2014 coming up

Samsung shipped 10 million Galaxy Note 3 phablets in about two months, according to their official blog. Which is an impressive number, and trounces already great sales of its predecessor – Galaxy Note 2. There’s no question about it, after inventing the category 2 years ago, Samsung still rules the phablets with nobody else able to come close. On the other hand, there are some worrying signs that Galaxy Note 3 will follow the pattern...

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With 500K units shipped in Q3, Moto X is a success for Google and Motorola
Nov12

With 500K units shipped in Q3, Moto X is a success for Google and Motorola

Today  Wall Street Journal reports that according to research firm Strategy Analytics, Motorola sold 500 000 units of its flagship Moto X device. What? With all the hype surrounding the first true Motorola’s Google smartphone, they only managed to ship 500K units in Q3? What a pathetic figure that is. Or at least that’s what a lot of tech blogs will have you believe. When in truth, considering when, where and how Moto X launched, it...

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Microsoft: smart watches/glasses 3-5 years away from mainstream. Google preps Glass 2&smartwatch launch
Oct29

Microsoft: smart watches/glasses 3-5 years away from mainstream. Google preps Glass 2&smartwatch launch

Microsoft has been notorious for missing some major computing trends over the last decade, then spending years and billions of dollars trying to catch up. Usually without much success. And, if wearable computing in the form of smart watches and glasses takes off in a year or two, they may do it again. Because at least some of Microsoft execs are pretty skeptical about the hype surrounding Google Glass and various smart watch efforts....

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Samsung walks the Nokia path. I wonder where does it lead?
Oct09

Samsung walks the Nokia path. I wonder where does it lead?

There is this huge industry giant, let’s call it “X”, that dominates smartphone/mobile device market. And collects almost half of all industry profits. Billions and billions of dollars a year. Every year  they come out with a new flagship device, each one more successful than previous one. This flagship very quickly becomes one of the most popular mobile handsets that year, with very few other vendors capable of producing a device to...

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LG’s new battery tech: denser batteries, curved batteries, cable batteries tied into a knot
Oct08

LG’s new battery tech: denser batteries, curved batteries, cable batteries tied into a knot

The key bottleneck in smartphone development today, are batteries. It doesn’t matter how fast the CPU is, what a bright and high resolution display the mobile device has, it all goes to naught if you run out of the stored power after a 3 or 4 hours of use. And despite the big promises coming form this or that startup or university research lab, no Moore’s law level breakthrough for battery tech is on the horizon. But there is some...

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Stephen Elop’s $25M conspiracies debunked. How, why and when Nokia CEO received his equity grants. Pt2
Oct02

Stephen Elop’s $25M conspiracies debunked. How, why and when Nokia CEO received his equity grants. Pt2

The fierceness of the accusations directed towards Nokia board over Stephen Elop’s $25 million golden parachute last week, was nothing short of a witch-hunt. According to the accusers- at best, independent Nokia directors were dumb incompetents for signing a contract with Elop in 2010, that created a set incentives for him to run Nokia’s mobile business into the ground and sell it cheaply to Microsoft. At worst- they colluded with...

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Enough with the witch-hunt already. There was no incompetence or conspiracy in Nokia board’s $25M Elop deal
Sep26

Enough with the witch-hunt already. There was no incompetence or conspiracy in Nokia board’s $25M Elop deal

Last week Nokia filed their proxy materials for the Shareholder Meeting to approve the sale of its mobile division to Microsoft. Buried in the documentation were a few paragraphs regarding the compensation Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will receive when the sale goes through. A whopping $25 million! Or 18.8 million Euro ($25.3M), to be exact. Internet erupted in righteous indignation. What, after he destroyed Nokia, this $%^%&% Trojan...

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CyanogenMod is now a business. I hope it’s next WordPress/Automattic or Xiaomi, and not Twitter/Obvious
Sep18

CyanogenMod is now a business. I hope it’s next WordPress/Automattic or Xiaomi, and not Twitter/Obvious

CyanogenMod – one of the most popular Android ROMs, is now a business. The team behind this Android ROM has formed a company, Cyanogen Inc., and raised $7 million from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. Their goal? To become the third mobile operating system, ahead of Windows Phone and Blackberry, no less. Can they do it? Maybe. While #1 and #2 slots among mobile platforms are firmly held by Google and Apple, #3 is certainly in...

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