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Windows Phone number two smartphone OS by 2015 predicts IDC

Windows Phone number two smartphone OS by 2015 predicts IDC

Android will take the top spot for smartphone OS worldwide in 2011, analysts IDC have predicted, pushing iOS into third place behind Symbian. As for Microsoft, while the Symbian-faithful aren't entirely convinced by Nokia's decision to climb aboard the Windows Phone train, IDC is more confident in the two companies' partnership. "By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android," senior research analyst Ramon Llamas predicts.

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Motorola developing own web-based mobile OS to reduce Android reliance? [Update: Objective-J?]

Motorola developing own web-based mobile OS to reduce Android reliance? [Update: Objective-J?]

Motorola's wholesale switch to Android in late 2009 arguably rescued the company from fading into insignificance, but according to new rumors the cellphone and tablet manufacturer isn't willing to entirely trust Google with its fate. According to InformationWeek's sources, Motorola Mobility is the process of developing a web-based mobile OS, using the talents of various mobile and web engineers recruited from Apple and Adobe.

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Apple voice navigation service could oust Google Maps suggests analyst

Apple voice navigation service could oust Google Maps suggests analyst

Apple is considering using its North Carolina data center - due to come online before the end of 2011 - for a voice interface and navigation service to take on Google Maps Navigation, according to the latest batch of theories from Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi. Detailed in a recent research note, reports AllThingsD, the service could use technology from early-2010 Apple acquisition Siri together with earlier acquisitions in mapping and public data sets, and potentially use crowd-sourced traffic data to intelligently modify calculated routes.

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1m iPad 2 sales claims analyst; Best Buy sold out in 10 mins

1m iPad 2 sales claims analyst; Best Buy sold out in 10 mins

More analysts are weighing in with iPad 2 sales predictions, and for once notorious soothsayer Gene Munster isn't the one offering pie-in-the-sky figures. He predicted around 400,000 iPad 2 sales, constrained because of supply issues that have left the second-gen tablet sold out online, while Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland believes as many as 1m iPad 2 units could've sold over the weekend.

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iPad 2 supplies to be scarce thanks to super-skinny screen?

iPad 2 supplies to be scarce thanks to super-skinny screen?

Apple's iPad 2 isn't expected to see delays in-between announcement tomorrow and going on sale, but launch numbers could well be limited. According to Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope, Apple's choice of a super-thin glass screen for the second-gen tablet has led to supply chain delays, reports AppleInsider; the issue is supposedly not one of technology, but of yield, and Shope believes "volumes [will] ramp fairly quickly as the process improves"

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Apple iPad 2 release in June after production delays tip analysts

Apple iPad 2 release in June after production delays tip analysts

Apple's retail partners may be selling out of old iPad stock, but that doesn't necessarily mean the iPad 2 will be ready and waiting to fill up the empty shelves. According to analysts at Yuanta, reported by Bloomberg, last-minute design changes to the iPad 2 have prompted "production bottlenecks" at manufacturers Hon Hai and could see the second-generation iOS tablet's launch pushed back to June.

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Oversized iPod touch PMP/tablet hybrid tipped ahead of iPad 3

Oversized iPod touch PMP/tablet hybrid tipped ahead of iPad 3

Steve Jobs may have dismissed 7-inch slates as "tweeners", but that doesn't mean the company isn't considering an oversized iPod touch according to the latest batch of rumors. Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple is working on a "big iPod touch" with a screen size of around 5-inches, AppleInsider reports, likely with the same resolution as the current model and offering the same PMP UI rather than the iPad UI.

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Windows 8 tablets “closer to competitive” than expected: ARM-based Win-slates in late 2011?

Windows 8 tablets “closer to competitive” than expected: ARM-based Win-slates in late 2011?

Microsoft's tablet ambitions may reach fruition a lot earlier than previously expected, according to the latest leaks from the company, with Windows 8 based slates running frugal ARM chipsets tipped for as early as the end of this year. Business Insider's sources claim Microsoft has set around 1,000 engineers to work on ARM-based Windows performance, while a Morgan Stanley analyst has suggested the company is "closer to competitive than some realize." However, even as the iPad picks up in enterprise adoption, Microsoft is still raking in cash based on the success of the Apple slate.

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