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HTC working on app store tech and studying tablets

But the company says it has no plans to launch either an app store or new tablet device just yet

High Tech Computer (HTC), the world's biggest maker of Windows Mobile and Google Android OS smartphones, is working on technologies for applications used in handsets and application stores and plans to put this software to use but not until a later time.

HTC unveils update to Nexus One and HTC Legend

HTC will also launch its latest Windows Mobile phone, HTC HD Mini

One of the two new smartphones with Google's Android mobile operating system that High Tech Computer (HTC) plans to start selling in March isn't officially billed as an update to Nexus One, but its design is similar and it offers improvements over the Google phone.

Intel and Nokia's MeeGo joins a brewing OS war

Intel and Nokia join forces to offer a new kind of mobile OS that is a cross between a mobile and a netbook OS

Nokia and Intel have become allies in a new clash of the operating systems with the joint creation of the MeeGo. MeeGo is an operating system that blurs the line between a robust mobile phone OS and a lightweight netbook OS.

Windows Phone 7 Series: First Impressions

With a touch-friendly and clean interface, Windows 7 is a huge overhaul from Windows Mobile phones of the past.

I had some pretty big expectations for the next generation of Windows phones; the 6.5 update just didn't cut it. I wanted a smooth, super touch-friendly user interface that is easy to navigate. Oh, and full integration with the Zune software. To my delight, Microsoft delivered and I was generally impressed with Windows Phone 7 Series (Microsoft has dropped the "Windows Mobile" moniker). I do have a few concerns, however, that I hope will be addressed 10 months from now.

Biggest mobile operators join forces on app store project

Operators hope unity and openness will help them compete with proprietary stores such as Apple's or the Android market

Twenty-four mobile network operators have formed the Wholesale Applications Community to avoid fragmenting the apps market and to give developers one point of entry to all the members, the GSM Association announced on Monday.

Windows Phone 7, Meego OS herald new start for smartphones

Microsoft basically had to nuke its mobile OS, analyst says

In separate announcements from Barcelona today, three traditional powerhouses in computing and communications -- Microsoft, Intel and Nokia -- kick-started major revamps to their technology to adapt to a quick-changing smartphone and mobile device market that's increasingly dominated by Google and Apple .

Mobile operators talk up prospects of voice on LTE phones

The first voice services for LTE networks are expected to arrive within 18 months, according to the GSMA

While LTE modems delivering mobile broadband services already appearing on the market, LTE phones are still some way off -- not least because manufacturers and operators have yet to agree how calls will be placed and voice traffic carried over LTE's all-IP networks. One of the solutions to that problem got a boost Monday, though, with more operators and vendors lending it their support.

Chip vendors hope to turn phones into HD media players

Smartphones that can handle movies at 1080p will ship next year, according to ST-Ericsson

Both Qualcomm and ST-Ericsson are demonstrating at Mobile World Congress concept smartphones that can connect to and play HD content on TVs.

Windows Phone 7: An in-depth look at features, interface

Windows Phone 7 adds new social networking and productivity features all within a clean and touch-friendly interface.

Microsoft took the wraps off of Windows Phone 7 Series (the official name for Windows Mobile 7) here Monday at Mobile World Congress. Slated to launch on handsets by holiday season 2010, Windows 7 is a complete overhaul from previous versions of the OS.

Adobe shows Flash and AIR apps for Google Android

Adobe announced it is bringing Flash and Air Apps to the Android mobile operating system

Adobe on Monday introduced the Flash Player 10.1 and AIR platform for the Google Android mobile operating system. With this announcement, Adobe plans to present the AIR platform as a tool for building mobile apps that run on multiple phone platforms.

HTC to debut first Windows Phone 7 smartphone in Q4

The company expects Microsoft's new OS to lead to much broader app development

High Tech Computer (HTC), the world's biggest maker of smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system (OS) and Google's Android mobile OS, plans to launch its first smartphone with Microsoft's latest offering, Windows Phone 7, in the fourth quarter of this year.

Nokia and Intel launch new mobile operating system

The first devices based on MeeGo will arrive in the second half of 2010

Nokia and Intel will merge two of their mobile operating systems into Meego, a Linux-based, open operating system for everything from advanced smartphones to netbooks, connected TVs and tablet computers, the companies said at a joint press conference on Monday.

Sony Ericsson shrinks Android with two new smartphones

The company adds QWERTY keyboard to Symbian and Android smartphones

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications expanded its line of smartphones based on Google's Android software platform on Sunday, adding two new touchscreen models: the Xperia X10 mini and mini pro.

Sony Ericsson launches Android, Symbian touchscreen phones

The Vivaz P runs the Symbian OS and the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro run on Google Android

Sony Ericsson on Sunday introduced three new phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Samsung wave makes a splash at Mobile World Congress

The first phone to run Samsung's Bada OS, the Samsung Wave has an improved display and user interface.

When Samsung announced that it was developing its own mobile operating system, one question came to mind: Do we really need another mobile OS? Whether we do or not, Samsung's Bada OS has made its debut at Mobile World Congress on the new Samsung Wave handset. While I'm not yet sold on the software, the Wave has some pretty hard-to-ignore features.

Samsung hopes super screen will boost Bada platform

The first phone based on Samsung's Bada platform will go on sale in April

Samsung is hoping a "Super-AMOLED" capacitive touchscreen will set the GT-S8500 Wave, the company's first smartphone based on its own Bada platform, apart from the competition, it said on Sunday. But analysts are questioning if the platform will be able to attract developers as well.

HP debuts Android-based smartbook

The Compaq AirLife 100 has up to 12 hours of battery life and up to 10 days of standby time, HP said.

Hewlett-Packard has launched the Compaq AirLife 100, a smartbook based on the Android OS and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, it said on Friday.

It's Microsoft's game to lose with Windows Mobile 7

Microsoft is expected to unveil details of Windows Mobile 7, building some buzz to help reclaim lost market share

Speculation is mounting that Microsoft will show off the Windows Mobile 7 operating system at a wireless industry conference in Barcelona next week. Customers have waited through a series of delays and setbacks, but if those predictions turn out to be true, it could help to generate some renewed excitement over the waning mobile platform.

Android, LTE set to dominate in Barcelona

The phone manufacturers that use Android will struggle to stand out, says analyst.

An abundance of products based on Google's Android OS as well as modems for the next-generation mobile network technology LTE (Long-Term Evolution) will greet visitors at Mobile World Congress, which starts on Monday in Barcelona.

Opera to reveal alternative iPhone browser next week

Apple is unlikely to approve Opera's browser for distribution through the iPhone App Store, according to an analyst.

Opera Software plans to demo a version of its Opera Mini browser for the iPhone at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona next week. Opera Mini will offer faster browsing than Apple's Safari, which ships on iPhones, Opera said Wednesday.

Juniper to integrate mobile networks and edge routers

As mobile networks become IP-based router vendors' interest grows, says analyst.

At next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Juniper Networks will launch products that integrate mobile networks into its MX 3D Universal Edge routers and let third party vendors integrate their applications into mobile networks.

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