05 September 2013

Microsoft Should Just Fork Android for Nokia Smartphones

Story after story on the purchase of Nokia by Microsoft just parrot the corporate PR -- at the heart of the matter is that the "relationship" between Nokia and Microsoft wasn't working, and Nokia was going to have to pivot and start making Android smartphones starting in 2014, to survive and compete in the global marketplace. Windows Phone sales, a far distant third to Apple iOS and Google's Android OS smartphones, will never catch up nor be truly competitive. Microsoft needs to take a page from the Jeff Bezos playbook, abandon the Windows Phone OS in favor of a Microsoft branded version of forked Android, enabling full access to Google and Android apps and services, while developing its IE browser to be cross-platform on all Android (smartphones, tablets) and Windows devices (PCs, tablets, game consoles).

Nokia buy can't fix Windows Phone biggest hurdle: Itself | Smartphones - CNET Reviews: "Making Nokia's celebrated design aesthetic the vanguard of a new hardware-focused Microsoft brand may give Redmond all sorts of cachet. But that hardware cred won't mean much so long as Microsoft's Windows Phone OS trails behind Android and iOS. That's a chasm Microsoft won't be able to close until the company can successfully turn Windows Phone into a truly competitive operating system -- something that has nothing to do with Nokia's hardware or software assets."

Rosenthal: Microsoft deal for Nokia a lifeline to both
Chicago Tribune
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Fortune (blog)
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Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Microsoft's Haswell-based Surface Pro 2: The leaks begin
ZDNet (blog)
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Apple, Intel, Micron lead techs higher
MarketWatch (blog)
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Google Authenticator for iOS updated, requires a fresh setup ...
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Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3
PC Magazine
BERLIN–Samsung's next-generation Note smartphone is upon us, complete with some new, S Pen-enhanced features and an even bigger display. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch, 1,920-by-1,080 display, up from 5.5 inches, and gets a spec ...

Samsung to build Lookout into KNOX protection
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Qualcomm jumps into wearables with Toq
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Sony Introduces 'Lens Type' Camera for Smartphones
Wall Street Journal
The lens attaches to a smartphone using a bracket that sandwiches the sides of the phone. Sony. For the past few years, digital-camera manufacturers have wrestled with a conundrum caused by the advent of the smartphone: More people are snapping and ...

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Rumor Has It: It's the end of the iPhone 5S rumors as we know it
CNET (blog)
Rumor Has It: It's the end of the iPhone 5S rumors as we know it. And who feels fine? I do, that's for sure. Also, the PlayStation 4 could make you look like a crazy person. Karyne Levy. by Karyne Levy. September 4, 2013 12:13 PM PDT. Follow @karynelevy ...

Sony Bets on Xperia Z1 to Surpass LG, Lenovo in Smartphone Race
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Xbox One will launch on anniversary of Xbox 360 release date
Christian Science Monitor
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