What's next for HTC: Speaking of HTC, the company sent out press invites teasing a pre-IFA press event to "see what's next." Samsung has a competing event set for the same date, Sept. 1. Both will likely show off their forthcoming Android-based handset lineups, but -- given the news storm of late -- there could be a surprise or two in the mix.
Samsung seeks software: HTC and Samsung are smart to be thinking about what's next now that Google is set to own Motorola Mobility LLC . Most seem torn over whether the deal is good for Android's handset partners because of the patent protection or bad because it potentially makes Google their hardware competitor. Either way, Samsung isn't sitting idly by. The South Korean company is reportedly stepping up its software game, looking to acquire companies and talent to make sure it stays competitive at both the hardware and the OS level. (See Android: More Than One Way to Skin an OS?)
Happy new iPad 3!: Luckily Apple never has to be the one making the news splash, because rumor-mongers always do it for the Cupertino giant. According to The Wall Street Journal's sources, Apple is working with components suppliers for the next version of its iPad, set to launch early next year. iPad 3 is expected to have a larger, high-res touchscreen, and the company has reportedly placed parts orders for about 1.5 million iPad 3s in the fourth quarter.