Highlights from Barcelona

The Mobile World Congress, the conference in which cellphone manufacturers show their plans for the rest of the year, is as we speak being held in Barcelona.  A lot of mobile phones have been launched and tablets are also getting some coverage. A few story lines so far: Google has positioned Android in the background. The purpose is to provide their partners like Samsung a chance to market their products without having to worry about Google taking the limelight. It is a strategic move from Google, which can be interpreted as a peace offering to their partners after the Motorola Mobility acquisition....
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HTC to acquire an Operating System?

HTC are interested in acquiring an operating system, if media reports are to be believed.  The potential acquisition has raised some eyebrows as it has been a tad unexpected.  I believe very strongly that motivation for this acquisition is in response to Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility. HTC was arguably the biggest loser in the Motorola Mobility acquisition as they were seen to have a very good relationship with Google through using their Android operating system.  Another point to consider is that HTC and Google partnered for the initial version of the “Google phone”.  The Google...
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HP To Acquire Palm

Hewlett Packard (HP) have announced that they will be purchasing smartphone manufacturer Palm. Palm has been experiencing severe capital losses in the last 6 months as users have not bought their phones in large numbers, as projected by the company. HP has been on a company acquisition spree as they recently acquired 3Com, a networking giant. I think that HP is realizing that the computer industry is shifting toward the mobile phone business. Think about it, in the last 5 years the biggest area that has shown significant growth from an innovation point of view is the mobile phone industry. Apple,...
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