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.
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.)