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Submission + - Chinese Smartphone Invasion Begins (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Tech giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft were no-shows at CES this week in Las Vegas, which worked out just fine for Chinese vendors looking to establish a name for themselves with U.S. consumers, InfoWorld reports. 'Telecom suppliers Huawei and ZTE, in particular, have set their sights on breaking into the U.S. market for smartphones and tablets. ... Whether these Chinese imports can take on the likes of Apple and Samsung remains to be seen, but as Wired quotes Jeff Lotman, the CEO of Global Icons, an agency that helps companies build and license their brands: "The thing that's amazing is these are huge companies, and they have a lot of power, but in the United States nobody has heard of them and they're having trouble gaining traction, but it's not impossible. Samsung was once known for making crappy, low-end phones and cheap TVs. Now they're seen as a top TV and smartphone brand."'"

Submission + - Businesses Now Driving BYOD Trend (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Companies are no longer waiting for users to bring in their own smartphones and tablets into business environments, they're encouraging it, InfoWorld reports. 'Two of the most highly regulated industries — financial services and health care (including life sciences) — are most likely to support BYOD. So are professional services and consulting, which are "well" regulated. ... The reason is devilishly simple, Herrema says: These businesses are very much based on using information, both as the service itself and to facilitate the delivery of their products and services. Mobile devices make it easier to work with information during more hours and at more locations. That means employees are more productive, which helps the company's bottom line.' Even those companies who haven't yet embraced bring your own device policies yet already have one in place, but don't know it, according to recent surveys."

Submission + - Motorola Mobility Atrix 4G vs. Apple iPhone 4 (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman provides an in-depth comparison of the Atrix 4G and iPhone 4, noting that the Atrix 4G may mark the end of the iPhone's reign in smartphone functionality. 'The Atrix is in several key ways superior to the iPhone, though it has some idiotic flaws that cost it major points in the competition," Gruman notes. But where the Atrix shines is in its ability to transform into a 'lite PC,' a first step in the mobile/PC convergence future — an important development sure to be attractive to many users."

Submission + - HP Doubles Down on WebOS vs. iPad (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: Hewlett-Packard is betting heavily on an unchanged WebOS in its attempt to unseat the iPad, despite meaningful arguments in favor of embracing Android, InfoWorld reports. And while the central selling point of WebOS, 'vindictive sync,' is compelling, ultimately HP seems intent on following a familiar path with an OS that already failed under Palm. 'Except for the multiple smartphone sizes, HP's WebOS strategy is very much a clone of Apple's, without the benefit of iTunes as your central console. If you standardize on HP hardware, you get data and account integration. WebOS is a decent operating system, but it's been surpassed in many respects by Apple's iOS and Google's Android.'

Submission + - Mobile App Stores: How Open Is Too Open? (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister questions how open is too open when it comes to mobile app markets, especially in light of the recent discovery of suspected malware in the Android Market. 'Open platforms are attractive to developers, but as we have now seen, developers come in all flavors.' McAllister writes. 'If smartphone vendors aren't careful, they risk repeating the mistakes of the PC software industry, with mobile platforms becoming the new Wild West of computing.' As McAllister sees it, strong governance is the only solution, and this includes the ability to act swiftly when exploits arise — 'something only centralized oversight can provide.' Sure, Apple's App Store approval policies are somewhat 'draconian', 'but by ensuring that each and every app in the App Store has met its rigorous standards, Apple has forged a bond of trust with iPhone users that no other smartphone vendor can match.'

Submission + - iPhone vs. BlackBerry vs. Droid vs. Pre (infoworld.com) 2

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman provides an in-depth comparison of Apple iPhone 3G S, HTC Droid Eris, Motorola Droid, Palm Pre, RIM BlackBerry Bold, and RIM BlackBerry Storm 2, rating each smartphone on a variety of features important for personal use and in regulated business environments. Although the iPhone comes out on top as a personal device, the BlackBerry Bold remains the best handset for IT to support in regulated contexts. 'The latest Android 2.0-based "iPhone killer" won't kill the iPhone or the BlackBerry — and the cheaper HTC Droid Eris is the new smartphone that I think Apple should be concerned about,' Gruman writes. Included in the report are various side-by-side comparisons, as well as a requirements calculator to help assess which smartphone fits your Web support, business connectivity, app support, security, voice, and usability needs."

Submission + - Verizon's Plan to Become the MS of Mobile (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister sees Verizon hard at work on a multipronged plan to consolidate control over its developer market — one that may wind up crowning Verizon the Microsoft of mobile. 'Between BlackBerry, iPhone, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and now upstarts like WebOS and Android, the smartphone market resembles somewhat the 8-bit era of the 1980s, where developers needed to learn a whole new operating environment to support each new brand of PC,' McAllister writes. Enter VCast App Store, Verizon's unified e-commerce hub to help with that — as long as developers are comfortable with history repeating itself: ' Verizon plans to consolidate the mobile market in the same way that Microsoft consolidated PCs. In Verizon's world, it won't matter whether you have a BlackBerry, a Palm Pre, or a handset from HTC. Customers will have access to the same games and applications no matter which platform they use, and they'll download them from the same source: Verizon. User experience will differ from device to device, sure. But as a developer, your focus won't be on the Palm experience or the BlackBerry experience; your target platform will be Verizon handsets. Sound scary? It should.'

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.