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Motorola wants Nokia-style deal on Windows Phone 7


Motorola Mobility would consider adding Windows Phone 7 to its OS roster, CEO Sanjay Jha has revealed, but only if Microsoft could deliver a similar deal to which it agreed with Nokia. Speaking at the at the Oppenheimer Technology & Communications Conference this week, FierceWireless reports, Jha reiterated earlier comments that the company was still evaluating Windows Phone’s long-term viability, and suggested that he did not believe that it, webOS and BlackBerry would all survive.

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“Clearly, all of our focus today is on Android” Jha pointed out, going on to address concerns regarding the patent struggle facing many OEMs using the Google platform. While Samsung may have been blocked from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe, and HTC found guilty of copying Apple technology in its range of phones, Jha says Motorola’s “very large IP portfolio” will protect it. “I think in the long term as things settle down, you will see meaningful difference in positions in Android players both in terms of avoidance of royalties and the ability to collect royalties” he suggested.

Microsoft agreed to pay Nokia several billion dollars and support the company’s R&D efforts and marketing, as well as give the Finnish company unique flexibility in modifying the Windows Phone platform, in return for Nokia bypassing Android. The uncertain legal situation around Android has led to reports that would-be OEMs are considering adopting Windows Phone or MeeGo in an attempt to hedge bets on which platforms may eventually make the cut.

Source: http://www.slashgear.com/motorola-wants-nokia-style-deal-on-windows-phone-7-10170743/

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Android, Motorola, Samsung, Windows Phone 7

 

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Nokia Scrapping Symbian in the U.S. for Windows Phone 7


We knew it was going to happen, but Nokia’s finally made it official: the company is killing off Symbian in North America. Nokia president Chris Weber revealed the (soon) death to AllThingD’s Ina Fried on Tuesday.

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Weber said that the company plans to exit both the low-end and Symbian smartphone business in the region as part of a broader effort to focus on Windows Phone 7. I’m not sure if that move is a good one: so far, Microsoft’s new mobile operating system has not sold so well.

It appears, from Weber’s comments, that Nokia is putting a lot of stock into Windows Phone 7, and is figuring that if they don’t do well in North America, they won’t do well elsewhere. Weber explained that Nokia sees the North American market as key to winning the smartphone battle globally.

As part of Nokia’s newfound Windows Phone 7 strategy, you should expect to see a bigger advertising presence for the company real soon. Nokia hasn’t provided specifics, but the upcoming campaign is reportedly the company’s biggest ever.

“They’re putting their money where their mouth is,” Weber told AllThingsD.

Nokia’s attempt to regain its momentum here should be interesting to watch. Many of you probably remember that the company had nearly a third of the market less than a decade ago, but that its insistence on utilitarian design hurt it. After all, in the smartphone market style is almost as important as function.

It will also be interesting to see if Nokia can repair its poor relationship with carriers. Due to Nokia phones’ slow sales, many carriers decline to carry the devices or refuse to subsidize the cost–this means that Nokia devices were and are much more expensive than competitors’ similarly-featured devices.

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Is this a wise move for Nokia, putting all of its eggs in the Windows Phone 7 basket? I’m not so sure. After all, I’ve seen little proof that Windows Phone 7 can sell in this market–regardless of the hardware. What happens if this doesn’t work?

Nokia appears to be putting its entire phone business in a dangerous position, with very little room for error.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/237643/nokia_scrapping_symbian_in_the_us_for_windows_phone_7.html

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Nokia, Symbian, Windows Phone 7

 

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Gartner: 94 Percent of New PCs Will Ship with Windows 7 in 2011


The Apple Mac is steadily grabbing market share, but Windows-based systems continue to dominate the worldwide personal computer market, according to a new Gartner study.

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The report is good news for Microsoft, which has taken its licks lately in the mobile computing market. Redmond’s well-received but slow-selling Windows Phone 7 OS has yet to catch on among consumers, who are snapping up Apple iOS and Google Android handsets like crazy.

Windows 7 has proven a big hit on the desktop, however: 42 percent of PCs worldwide will run Win 7 by the end of 2011, Gartner reports. And nearly 635 million new PCs are expected to ship with the OS by the end of the year.

After a slow start, corporations are finally migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7. “Many enterprises have been planning their deployment of Windows 7 for the last 12 to 18 months, and are now moving rapidly to Windows 7,” said Gartner research director Annette Jump in a statement.

However, Windows 7 will likely be the last version of Microsoft’s iconic OS that gets deployed via massive, enterprise-wide migrations. The move toward virtual and cloud computing architectures in the next five years will change how upcoming versions of Windows are deployed, the study says.

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Another long-term issue for Windows is the rise of “OS-agnostic” applications for both consumer and enterprise PCs. As early as next year, half of enterprise apps won’t be tied to any particular operating system. In the consumer market, the proportion of OS-agnostic apps already exceeds Windows-specific apps, Gartner estimates.

What About Mac and Linux?

Apple’s slice of the global PC pie may be small, but Mac adoption is growing above the market average. The Mac OS shipped on 3.3 percent of new PCs worldwide in 2008. That figure climbed to 4 percent in 2010, and to 4.5 percent this year–and it’s projected to grown to 5.2 percent by 2015, Gartner says.

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The Mac’s popularity varies by region, however. Its strongest support is in North America and Western Europe, but its fastest growth may occur in some emerging countries where its current base is small.   Gartner attributes the Mac’s rise not only to its easy-to-use interface, but also to its integration with Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Gartner is less optimistic about Linux, which it predicts will remain a niche OS over the next five years with a global share below 2 percent. In the consumer market, Linux will be a non-entity with less than 1 percent of the PC market. End users didn’t take to Linux-based mini-notebooks, or netbooks, and today few mini-notes ship with Linux.

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Contact Jeff Bertolucci via Twitter (@jbertolucci) or at jbertolucci.blogspot.com.

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Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/237644/gartner_94_percent_of_new_pcs_will_ship_with_windows_7_in_2011.html

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Android, Apple, Google, Nokia, Windows 7

 

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China loses partial access to Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, Great Firewall to be blamed?


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It’s a well-known fact that China’s Great Firewall isn’t particularly friendly with certain foreign online services, and sadly, it appears that we may now have a new victim joining the likes of Facebook, Twitter and, sometimes, Android Market. According to Windows Phone Sauce blogger Kane Gao, many Windows Phone 7 users in China have had limited access to the Marketplace over the last few days — they can’t download any app, but they can still browse content and receive update notifications.

While Microsoft’s service has yet to go live in China, Chinese users could still purchase apps by changing all of their profile location settings to the US. Alas, this trick is of no use now, though it’s unlikely that Microsoft’s the culprit here — it wouldn’t make sense to block genuine US users who are visiting China. Fortunately, Kane had no problem getting to the Marketplace via a US VPN, which is a big tell-tale sign showing that the Great Firewall has decided to barricade WP7’s very own app market. The reason? We’ll never know, and there’s no telling on whether this is a permanent ban, either. Nokia, being a big player in the country, sure hopes not.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/08/china-loses-partial-access-to-windows-phone-7-marketplace-great/

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in App, Windows 7 Phone, WP7

 

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