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Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft to abandon Windows Phone? (wmpoweruser.com)

symbolset writes: Microsoft has had some trouble as of late getting adoption of their mobile products. Even Bill Gates has said it was inadequate. Despite rave reviews of Windows Phone in the press it has failed to get double digit share of the smartphone market. Now comes reports from WMPoweruser that WP8 will lose mainstream support in July 2014, before even Windows Phone 7.8.

Is this evidence that Microsoft will give up their quest for mobile relevance?

Android

Submission + - Windows Phone, Symbian and Blackberry are less than a third of feature phones (allthingsd.com)

symbolset writes: As smartphones have surged to more than half of all phones sold, Windows Phones, Nokia's Symbian OS and the venerable Blackberry OS have lagged behind. Shown in the graphs of this survey is evidence that not only are these smartphone laggards not keeping up with other smartphone ecosystems, but they aren't even competing well against phones that don't even have smartphone features.
Android

Submission + - India $45 Android tablet from Datawind falls to corruption (nytimes.com) 1

symbolset writes: The first Aakash tablet proposed for India schools has failed. Datawind managed to deliver the $45 Android tablet as reported here previously, but suffering a breach in faith by both their contract manufacturer and the accepting agency in India had to reset the project. Facing a loss in revenue it's turning into a disaster for the small Canadian company as they are now proving unable to deliver both the Aakash tablet and the parallel retail product.

Senior executives have begun to flee. The company has presold a great many tablets, and delivery failure reports are beginning to mount. Is this the Phantom console of this decade?

Submission + - Roku Smart Stick - smallest set top box (betanews.com)

symbolset writes: Betanews reports on the new Roku Smart Stick. This is a device the size of a pen drive that plugs into a TV's HDMI port and displays video received over the proposed Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) standard. It should be on display at CES. Devices like this will enable streaming of HD video and app content directly from tablets and phones. The Wiki link has a list of mobile devices that support MHL including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, and HTC Flyer.

Submission + - RIM's Playbook on clearance (engadget.com)

symbolset writes: Engadget reports that the much-maligned RIM Playbook tablet has hit the clearance skids. I've confirmed that all three models (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) are for sale on RIM's website for the same price: $299, or up to $400 off. The site says until February 4, but presumably that's "or while supplies last".

If you're into clearance merch and rooting, the engadget article includes instructions on getting android and the Android market on the thing. If you'd rather have a tablet made for Android, the original Acer Iconia A500 may be a better choice at only a few dollars more — but without the capacious internal storage.

Android

Submission + - LG and Intel Android Phone for CES (techcrunch.com)

symbolset writes: According to TechCrunch and various other sources, LG intents to show a smartphone using Android and the new Intel X86 Medfield chip at CES 2012. The two did show a phone with the prior generation of Intel Mobile chips at CES 2011, but failed to come to market citing “lack of marketability.”

Is this finally the year we get an Intel powered smartphone, as predicted in article article here announcing the LG Intel Moorestown phone?

Microsoft

Submission + - Windows Phone homebrew hits a snag (theverge.com)

symbolset writes: TheVerge is reporting that he first official jailbreak for Windows Phone 7, ChevronWP7, has "sold out" of tokens to enable homebrew application support.

Only 10,000 tokens to jailbreak Windows Phones were ever granted. With Lumia falling flat in Europe Microsoft needs all the enthusiastic modding fans they can get.

Android

Submission + - Carrier IQ relents (theverge.com)

symbolset writes: Update from an earlier story here, where Carrier IQ was pursuing a security researcher for pointing out privacy issues in an application alleged to track and record the activities of smartphone users. The company has relented, and retracted their Cease and Desist letter. In their press release[pdf] they say:

As, of today, we are withdrawing our cease and desist letter to Mr. Trevor Eckhart. We have reached out to Mr. Eckhart and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to apologize. Our action was misguided and we are deeply sorry for any concern or trouble that our letter may have caused Mr. Eckhart. We sincerely appreciate and respect EFF's work on his behalf, and share their commitment to protecting free speech in a rapidly changing technological world.

Notch another win for the Streisand effect.

Microsoft

Submission + - The return of the Microsoft Kin (engadget.com)

symbolset writes: In a surprising turn of events Engadget is reporting that the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two will have an encore in the market. Some years ago Microsoft purchased Danger, Inc, services provider for the legendary Sidekick line of phones and set upon refreshing them for a new generation in "Project Pink". Several project restarts and one data loss incident later the project had lost favor internally and relations with the launch carrier Verizon had gone sour. The product was launched anyway to dismal sales and yanked from the market in under two months.

According to the article the costly data plan was thought to be to blame for the poor sales, so cellular data services and features that require them have been removed.

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