TechCrunch first reported that the social networking giant was building the software stack for a partner-built phone, a claim that Mark Zuckerberg denied. Bloomberg later added fuel to the fire, reporting that INQ Mobile Ltd. will build two new devices for Facebook to be unveiled in the first half of 2011 and carried by operators in Europe and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in the US in the second half of the year.
"I mean, who knows, 10 years down the road, maybe we'll build our own operating system or something, but who knows," Zuckberg told TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington. "That is more history than we've had so far with the company, so it is really hard to predict that far out. But for now, I think, everything is going to be shades of integration, rather than starting from the ground up and building a whole system."
Among its latest attempts to lessen the impact of fragmentation, Google is moving its popular Gmail service from the OS to the app market, so that everyone can get the updates. Before you get too excited, though, the new Gmail app only runs on Android 2.2, bringing us back to square one for now.
The iPhone captures 31 percent of the corporate market and, according to CNBC, is being adopted by more of the suits on Wall Street. Credit Suisse, Bank of America, and JP Morgan are among the large firms adding support for the iPhone, and Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) says that 80 of the Fortune 100 companies are supporting or testing iPhones.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile