Samsung Planning Galaxy Smartphone Launch With Tizen OS


Samsung had historically used the Galaxy trademark for launching Android smartphones, tablets, and even cameras, but it looks like the South Korean electronics-maker will be broadening the Galaxy moniker to include smartphones running the Tizen OS, which is being developed jointly with Intel and other partners. It’s unclear what the branding will mean for Samsung’s […]

Should HTC Own Their Own OS?


Word out of HTC is that they’re considering the possibility of owning their own operating system. No names named, but webOS is on the minds of industry watchers. Regardless, the big question is: should HTC bother owning an OS?

As HP Mulls Spinning Off PC Business, Plans to Keep webOS Remain


As Hewlett-Packard is considering its options to either sell or spin off its Personal Systems Group (PSG), the division that makes personal computers and PC hardware, leaked internal memos suggest that new changes to the webOS team will help to ensure that the mobile OS will remain with HP.┬áThe company is planning on splitting its […]

Threatened by Google, Motorola Deal, South Korea Turns Domestic for Mobile OS


Given the growing importance of mobile smartphones as not just a means to communicate, but also to deliver an entire new ecosystem and monetize various aspects of that ecosystem, South Korea is now feeling threatened by the strong growth behind U.S.-based Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. The government, like the Chinese, is hoping […]

Google + Motorola, Will Webtop OS Pave the Way to an Android-Chromebook Dock?


Google has already stated a number of things about its announced $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, including that Motorola wouldn’t be favored in making future Nexus products as well as other hardware partners in the ecosystem reacting positively to the announcement, but what we haven’t heard is how Motorola will add value to the […]

Microsoft Rejects Windows Phone 7 Mango on Tablets


At the Worldwide Partners Conference in Los Angeles, California, Microsoft’s Andy Lees reiterates what the company had said in the past that the Windows Phone 7 OS, and its Mango update, will be reserved strictly for phones and will not be deployed on tablets. Lees says that Microsoft views tablets as PCs, and having a […]

Two New Mobile Operating Systems/Platforms Coming Out of China


In addition to the major modern smartphone OSes today–iOS, Android, webOS, Symbian, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, MeeGo, and Samsung’s Bada–two new players in China will be emerging with their own smartphone operating systems soon to compete with the established players. One group, Alibaba, is planning on introducing its own cloud-based OS. Unlike Google’s Android–which relies on […]

Samsung’s Mobile Strategy: Diversify


With HP hoping to license out its webOS mobile platform for other hardware-makers to use on their branded smartphones and tablets, one company that may be interested may be Samsung. If Samsung does in fact choose to license webOS, the Korean manufacturer will effectively have four working mobile operating systems under its belt: Android, Windows […]

From Fragmentation to Obsolescence: Problems with the Android Ecosystem


With recent news that there are now over 500,000 Android devices being activated daily, it’s hard to ignore the scale and reach of Android. Moreover, if you’re not yet an Android user, should you be following the herd being led by Andy Rubin, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin? There are already many articles detailing the […]

Potential MeeGo Phone Partners Were Threatened by Nokia

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The lack of interest in the MeeGo operating system, created as a joint venture between Intel and Nokia, was probably due to the fact that other phone-makers viewed Nokia had too much of an influence in the mobile operating system prior to its announcement that it would focus its efforts on Windows Phone 7 at […]

T-Mobile LG G2X Gingerbread Build Caught on Video


T-Mobile had promised that an operating system update to take the Android 2.2 handset up to Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be forthcoming, and it looks like that may happen soon as Gingerbread was seen running on a G2X. This is my next caught an early glimpse of the Gingerbread build for the handset, and it […]

LG Has No Definitive Plans for MeeGo Phones


While LG was the first to come out with a concept prototype smartphone to showcase Intel’s Moblin OS–an operating system that has since been folded, merged, and combined with Nokia’s Maemo OS to create the MeeGo OS–the company has yet to release and commercial hardware to support either Moblin or MeeGo. However, a recent article […]

Andy Rubin: Android Still Open Sans Restrictions


Amidst fears and concerns over the future openness of the Android operating system, Google’s Andy Rubin has chimed in to correct and contradict recent Internet speculations in a blog post. Rubin is defending Google’s initiatives and maintains that Android will continue to be an open operating system to use without fears of restrictions. Android to […]

Nokia to Release Maemo 6 Device Before Attempting MeeGo


It looks like the tablet designs that Nokia had patented back in 2010 could be for a Maemo 6 device that straddles the space between smartphone–like the Nokia N8–and tablet. It’s unclear how Maemo 6 will shape up to be or what form factor the OS will appear on, but it’s interesting to hear Nokia […]

Game-changer! Android apps on Ubuntu

Android apps on Ubuntu

Word out of Ars Technica is Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is developing a method to run mobile-type Android apps on desktop-type Ubuntu, as well as other flavors of Linux. Sounds great for anyone with an Android phone and Linux PC, which is a pretty narrow sliver of the population, but I think the […]