HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) having a new face, but an uncertain future; Samsung Corp. not playing nice anymore; and consumers not giving up their iPhones are among the items heading up this week's operating-system chronicles.
Apple iPhone is sticky: Apple is expected to announce its enigmatic iPhone 5 on Oct. 4, which may be one of the only reasons Fanboys might give up their iPhone 4s. According to UBS Research , Apple's smartphone has an 89 percent -- and growing -- retention rate. Its closest follower, High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498), only retains 39 percent of its customers, but most other rivals are seeing their rates decline. This is one of the few times it's good to have a sticky phone.
Samsung wants nada for bada: Samsung is mulling opening up its bada OS to third-party developers for free next year, reports The Wall Street Journal. Open-sourcing bada, instead of buying another OS, would help to lessen its dependence on Android and move its software to other devices, including connected TVs. (See OS Watch: Samsung Disses webOS.)