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OS Watch: RIM Buys Up a Cloud Vendor

BlackBerry buys a cloud play; Nuance Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN) sweeps up Swype Inc. ; and High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) and Samsung Corp. beat third-quarter estimates in this week's OS rundown.

  • RIM acquires NewBay: RIM has snatched up cloud vendor NewBay Software Ltd. , the company confirmed to AllThingsD. It didn't shed any light on how it plans to use the white-label cloud service, but it's likely aimed at following Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) in building mobile devices for cloud storage and synch.

  • Nuance goes back to text: Voice-to-text translator Nuance has bought up text input startup Swype for US$102.5 million ($2.5 million more than rumored price of RIM's NewBay purchase). (See CTIA 2010: Swyped Away.)

  • HTC, Samsung champion Android: HTC’s third-quarter profit grew by 68 percent to T$18.64 billion (US$609 million), the handset maker announced on Thursday. And, competitor Samsung said Friday its third-quarter operating profits would be around Won4,100 billion ($3.5 billion), down 14 percent from the previous year, but beating analyst estimates. Both companies are growing on the strength of their Android platforms, despite being locked in legal battles with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).

  • Android's up, RIM's down (still): HTC and Samsung are also in large part responsible for the fact that Android OS now captures 43.7 percent of the smartphone market, up 5.6 percent from the previous quarter, according to comScore Inc. 's latest numbers. RIM, on the other hand, has slipped to just 19.7 percent of the market, down 5 percent from the previous quarter.



  • No ice cream for Samsung: Samsung Corp. has canceled its Google-focused event supposed to be held at CTIA Enterprise & Apps next week, noting in a short statement from Samsung UK that it wasn’t the right time to announce a new product. A new date and venue is forthcoming. Samsung was expected to launch the Galaxy Nexus, which is thought to be the first running Android's latest OS, Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Sony may buy out Ericsson: Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) wants to run a smartphone business, but not through its joint venture with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) anymore, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Reportedly, the consumer electronics giant is nearing a deal to buy out Ericsson's stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications , allowing it to merge the phone, tablet and devices businesses and save costs and efficiency. Sony already makes tablets while Sony Ericsson has focused on smartphones, but has struggled to keep up on the high end. (See Euronews: Ericsson Could Quit Handsets, Sony Teases Upcoming Tablets, Sony Ericsson Blames Quake for Q2 Slump.)

  • HP's Android slip-up: Whoops! A few users who ordered HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ)'s TouchPads in its recent fire sale were surprised to find Android running on the tablet instead of webOS, PC World reports. Director of HP's open-source program office Phil Robb said an unknown person may have "facilitated the delivery of these Android-based units strictly against the policy and authorization of HP." The recipients might not have cared though, as developers are reportedly porting Android to the tablet in preparation for HP no longer supporting webOS. HP says, however, that it will keep webOS alive on its line of printers ... if anyone cares. (See HP Brings TouchPad Back From the Dead.)

    — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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