A: I believe they are collaborating on Tizen development because they want an alternative to Android and because Bada was not good enough to meet that goal. Tizen’s roots include contributions from Intel, Nokia and several Japanese companies so it’s not Samsung’s OS per se. Historically it was the “open” alternative operating system for embedded and mobile systems. See https://github.com/kumadasu/tizen-history/blob/master/tizen-history.pdf for a historic perspective.
In some ways Tizen seems to be a blend of several pieces of code including proprietary Samsung user interfaces. Samsung is presumably interested in having a unique, differentiated experience. This is something every device maker seeks. Put another way, if they did not seek this then it’s unlikely that they would be profitable which would also imply that they would not invest in marketing and development of products. As Samsung invests both in marketing and development it can be concluded that they seek to offer a unique value proposition and, in today’s market, that means a unique experience.
Does it make sense to create a new mobile OS when it has had so much success with Android?
Samsung would argue that the success it’s had is not due to Android but to its products. Arguably they are right because if Android were the valuable component in a phone then buyers would buy the absolute cheapest device that runs Android regardless of brand. That is not the case. People still seek out a particular brand of phone because of the promise it offers. Consumers have been buying more Galaxies than no-name Android phones.
BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion, says it has received an order for one million of its new smartphones, marking the largest ever single purchase in the company’s history.
The Canadian company is relying on the redesigned BlackBerry to fuel a comeback. The pioneering brand lost its cachet not long after Apple’s 2007 release of the iPhone, which reset consumers’ expectations for what a smartphone should do.
Blackberry unveiled the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 in late January. The Z10 is available for purchase in a number of markets around the world and will be available in the US this month.
The company did not disclose who placed the order, but said Wednesday that it came from one of its established partners. Shipments will begin immediately.
Blackberry issued the statement just ahead of its quarterly earnings report on March 28.
The company’s shares jumped 77 cents on the news, or more than 5 per cent, to $15.24 in late trading. The company’s stock has more than doubled since autumn on the anticipation surrounding its new devices.
“The web is every where, on every thing”
Smart businesses need to figure out how they are going to leverage it’s power across all mediums and channels to get maximum exposure to potential customers in a meaningful way
Yessssss, finally here and announced. What’s Apple saying?
“iPhone 5 is just 7.6 millimetres thin. To make that happen, Apple engineers had to think small, component by component. They created a nano-SIM card, which is 44 per cent smaller than a micro-SIM. They also developed a unique cellular solution that allows iPhone 5 to support the latest wireless technologies but doesn’t sacrifice speed, battery life or its slim profile. The intelligent, reversible Lightning connector is 80 per cent smaller than the 30-pin connector. The 8-megapixel iSight camera has even more features — like panorama and dynamic low-light boost — yet it’s 20 per cent smaller. And the new A6 chip is up to two times faster than the A5 chip but 22 per cent smaller. Even with so much inside, iPhone 5 is 20 per cent lighter and 18 per cent thinner than iPhone 4S.”