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OS Watch: Samsung Scores on Smartphones

Sarah Thomas
10/28/2011
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Samsung Corp. is putting the pressure on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) is playing smartphone favorites and HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) says a webOS decision is coming soon in this week's operating-system rundown.

  • Samsung's solid third quarter: Samusung earned a profit of 2.5 trillion won (US $2.2 billion) in the third quarter, more than double results from a year ago, and the South Korean company expects the good times to continue into the fourth quarter. Samsung didn't reveal smartphone shipment figures, but Strategy Analytics Inc. says the company moved 28 million smartphones in the quarter, giving it 24 percent market share. By comparison, Apple shipped 17 million phones, causing it to slip to second place, with 15 percent of the smartphone market. Both companies are, however, predicting big fourth quarters, so the standings could be in flux again. (See OS Watch: Samsung Outsmarts Apple and Apple Preps for a Holiday iPhone Revival.)

  • Android's too chatty for Sprint: The iPhone is more network-friendly than Android devices, according to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. Speaking on the company's third-quarter earnings call, the Sprint chief said that the iPhone is 50 percent more efficient on the network. Android apps are chattier with the network, and iPhone apps take better advantage of Wi-Fi offload, he said. (See Clearwire & Sprint to Extend Wholesale Deal?, NSN: Android & RIM Are Signaling Bad Boys and Operators Urge Action Against Chatty Apps .)
  • HP is keeping PSG: HP explored the alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG), but the company, under new CEO Meg Whitman, announced Thursday it would keep its devices business in-house. What to do with webOS will be the next task the new HP boss tackles. (See HP's New CEO Sets a Spinoff Deadline and OS Watch: What’s Up With WebOS?)
  • Nokia talks smack on Android: Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) CEO Steven Elop had some choice words for Android after introducing the handset maker's first smartphones based on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s OS. He told the This Is My Next blog that fragmentation is a big problem facing Android and it's diminishing the brand equity. "And when I go into the store and look at what that brand was supposed to stand for, I'm not quite seeing it -- it's just unclear what the standard is for the user experience," he said. (See Nokia Ships First Windows Phone to Europe .)

  • Android users left behind: Following news that Nexus One users wouldn't get upgraded to Android's Ice Cream Sandwich, The Understatement blog set out to investigate Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s history with OS updates. Turns out it's not so good. Seven out of 18 Android phones never ran a current version of the OS, and at least 16 out of 18 will "most certainly never get Ice Cream Sandwich," the blog concluded. (See Scoop! It's the Ice Cream Sandwich.)

    — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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