Mark Bridge writes:
With less than a fortnight until Christmas, it’s probably time to order the turkey and start thinking about gifts. What could be a better present than being given your very own mobile operating system?
That’s what’s happening over at HP, which is making its webOS software available to the open source community. The big question now is whether developers will respond with “lovely, just what I wanted” or a slightly embarrassed “oh, I’ve already got one of those.”
Samsung Electronics says it’s shipped more than 300 million mobile phones this year.
It’s the first time this figure has been reached since Samsung started producing mobile phones in 1988.
India, currently the world’s second-largest telecom market in terms of total subscriptions, will add almost 590 million connections to its fixed and mobile networks over the next five years. Meanwhile, China will add around 535 million.
That’s the prediction from Pyramid Research, which has recently published its latest India Intelligence Report.
O2 has introduced what it claims is the first smartphone leasing service in the UK.
It’s called O2 Lease and will enable new or existing customers to lease a new smartphone for one year.
HP, which decided in August to stop producing webOS tablets and phones, has announced it will contribute its webOS software to the open source community.
The code of webOS will be made available under an open source licence, while HP says it intends to remain active in the development and support of webOS.