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OS Watch: RIM Rushes a Recovery

BlackBerry 's BlackBerry woes, Samsung Corp. 's M&A denials and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s tablet ambitions kick-start this week's operating-system wrap-up.

  • RIM rush to QNX: RIM may be achieving good sales to its distribution channels for its newest BlackBerry OS 7, but the phones aren't making their way to consumers, says Jefferies & Company Inc. analyst Peter Misek. To make up for its poor BlackBerry showing, RIM is rushing to get QNX-based phones out the door in time for January's Consumer Electronics show and even stripping some features to meet that deadline, the analyst claims. Not a good report for RIM, as the company is already under pressure to divest part of its business. (See Investor to RIM: Sell Something.)

  • Buy an Apple, be satisfied: Apple is leading the pack in terms of consumer satisfaction, with High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) right behind it, according to J.D. Power and Associates 's latest survey. In dead last was Nokia, but all the other handset makers besides the top two fell below the industry average rating.

    J.D. Powers Customer Satisfaction Rankings

  • Samsung isn't buying MeeGo either: Samsung is getting good at defending its (non-) buying habits. First it proclaimed -- several times -- that it's not buying HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ)'s mobile devices business or its webOS software, and now it has had to refute reports that it wants to buy Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)'s MeeGo OS, also supported by Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK). It couldn't even buy it if it wanted to, a Samsung official tells CNET, because it's an open-source project, adding (in his head), "Now leave us alone!" (See OS Watch: Samsung Disses webOS and OS Watch: Who Wants WebOS?)

  • Samsung plots Windows tablets: One rumor Samsung hasn't shot down yet is that it's building a tablet based on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s OS, to expand from its line of Android tablets, which are entangled in lawsuits with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL). The Wall Street Journal says the companies will unveil their plans at Microsoft's developer conference next week. (See Apple Rains on Japan's LTE Tab Parade and Making Sense of the Handset Patent Plays.)

  • Symbian gets love from Microsoft: Remember Symbian Ltd. ? It's still kicking and will be getting a suite of Microsoft apps to help it along. Symbian phones running the latest Belle OS will get Microsoft productivity apps before the end of the year, Nokia says, with widespread availability in 2012. (See Samsung & Nokia Push Midrange Smartphones.)

    — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

  • sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:54:21 PM
    re: OS Watch: RIM Rushes a Recovery

    Samsung has said it's interested in more M&A to help its software story, so who do you think they actually do want to acquire? My guess is they'll focus on Android, WP and bada, but acquire companies that add functionality -- like graphics, games, voice-to-text, etc -- not necessarily another OS.

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