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Many Views on Motorola News

March 26, 2008

    Motorola’s announcement that it would split itself into two companies — one focused on handsets and one focused on other broadband and mobile product lines, including wireless broadband and enterprise communications.   The news has spawned thousands of stories and even more opinions: Is this a good move? Is it a desperation play? Will it help Motorola regain the number 2 spot in the handset business? Currently Motorola trails number 1 Nokia as well as Samsung for global market share.   While it’s not yet clear what the proposed split will mean to investors, employees, and the market in general, Kevin Burden, Research Director, Mobile Devices at ABI Research believes the move should have been easy to see coming.   “What is clear is that a radical move needed to happen,” says Burden.

Qualcomm Drops Another Battle in Nokia Patent War

March 3, 2008

Qualcomm has taken it on the chin today.   In its ongoing legal patent battle with Nokia, (this time in the U.K.) Justice Christopher Floyd ruled at the High Court in London that one of Qualcomm's patents is invalid and another is partially invalid.   This all has to do with Nokia and Qualcomm’s fight over technology used in 3G phones to allow faster Internet access.   Nokia’s CFO, Rick Simonson welcomed the ruling. "We are pleased with the Court's decision that the patent claims are invalid and believe it is consistent with and supported by the facts. This is the second court to conclude that Qualcomm does not have relevant and valid GSM patents."   Last week, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) decided against Qualcomm's petition for review of the Initial Determination, which was issued on December 12, 2007.

Fool Me Once...

February 13, 2008

  Greg Spector is head of corporate communications at Rebtel. And he feels like he’s been had.   Writing on the Rebtel blog a few days ago, Spector is angry with himself for believing Goliath's (Verizon's) promises.   Stupid Rebtel. We should have known better.   I’m reposting the rest of Spector’s complaint below. But first a comment: I love a good “David versus Goliath” brawl as much as the next guy, but in the spirit of open-mindedness, let’s assume that the good business folks at Verizon simply got too busy to close the loop with Rebtel.

Android Prototypes Abound in Barcelona

February 11, 2008

'Moto Out Of Handset Biz' Gets Legs

January 31, 2008

Rich — who is technically on vacation this week — has caught wind of the fact that Motorola is exploring the possibility of spinning off its mobile handset business.   In a press release, Motorola announced:   …it is exploring the structural and strategic realignment of its businesses to better equip its Mobile Devices business to recapture global market leadership and to enhance shareholder value. The company's alternatives may include the separation of Mobile Devices from its other businesses in order to permit each business to grow and better serve its customers.   Rich also wonders aloud who might be interested in potentially acquiring the business from Motorola.   Some have even speculated that a Chinese concern might want to acquire the business, much like Lenovo acquired IBM’s ThinkPad business.   But as I wrote earlier this week:   …if Motorola can’t fix what’s ailing the company why would the Chinese fare any better?      

Android Developer Deadline Extended

January 29, 2008

 Writing on the Android Developers Blog, Developer Advocate Quang Nguyen announced the extension of the submission deadline for the first Android Developers Challenge to April 14 2008.   The folks at Android have apparently taken feedback to heart and have made updates to the SDK that will be released within several weeks. Furthermore, a significant number of developers have also asked for more time to refine their applications.   Here is the revised schedule:  
  • April 14, 2008: Deadline to submit applications for judging
  • May 5, 2008: Announcement of the 50 first round winners, who will be eligible for the final round
  • June 30, 2008: Deadline for the 50 winners of the first round to submit for the final round
  • July 21, 2008: Announcement of the grand prize winner and runner-up
  For additional details on the Android Developer Challenge, please visit the Web site.    

Is Motorola Finished With Handsets?

January 29, 2008

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January 15, 2008

Android: Here Come The Hackers

January 10, 2008

Nilay Patel, writing for engadget, has an interesting piece, saying that by making available the entire software development kit for its Android mobile phone software platform, Google has opened up the platform for hacking and (as Patel writes) “…hopefully that means we'll be seeing a lot more unofficial Android devices soon.”   Here’s a taste of Patel’s post:   Apparently Android was natively booted on a Freescale-based dev board called the Armadillo 500 back in November, but the floodgates were really opened when a Hungarian group called Eu.Edge discovered that basically any device with an ARMv5TE chip could run Google's baby. Armed (heh!) with that information, tinkerers around the world have gotten a variety of Sharp devices running Android: the SL-C760, C3000M, SL-C3000 series, and the SL-6000 have all been confirmed running the OS.

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