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SG Comics Presents: Survivor Mobile OS

SG Comics Presents: Survivor Mobile OS

Mobile/tablet OS platforms are duking it out for survival as platform updates, new product launches, dubious alliances and speculations continue to brew. Android OS is increasingly dominating the marketplace, with Apple's iOS attempting to regain momentum and stirring up the media with plenty of rumors. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Nokia's Stephen Elop just made a surprise announcement last week to put Windows Phone 7 on future Nokia phones--seemingly a take-over of Nokia and an imminent demise for Symbian and MeeGo--a move that blindsided Intel and slighted Google. And still earlier last week HP/Palm introduced new phones and tablets to push their own webOS platform. The competition's getting rough. Can all the operating systems at least just allow us to truly multitask our apps for now?

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Nokia CEO: Microsoft decision made the night before; Intel knew prior to event

Nokia CEO: Microsoft decision made the night before; Intel knew prior to event

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has revealed that the company's board only settled on adopting Windows Phone and a Microsoft partnership the night before the Friday announcement last week, a last-minute decision that hugely impacts the future of the Finnish company moving forward. Speaking to SlashGear at Mobile World Congress 2011 this week, Elop confirmed that Android - and sticking with the Symbian and MeeGo roadmaps - had remained on the table up until the last minute, with the chief executive having to make a number of calls, including to Intel's Paul Otellini, in the few hours between the board's decision and the London event.

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Intel MeeGo teaser tips MWC 2011 smartphone & tablet reveal

Intel MeeGo teaser tips MWC 2011 smartphone & tablet reveal

Intel may have been in the dark about Nokia's re-evaluated plans for MeeGo, but that hasn't stopped them planning some noise about the open-source OS in Barcelona this week. A snapshot from the MeetMeego Twitter account shows an MWC 2011 banner with a hitherto-unseen smartphone and tablet along with the suggestion that it's "a little teaser what [sic] awaits you tomorrow" at the show.

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Why Nokia’s CEO Chose Microsoft

Why Nokia’s CEO Chose Microsoft

In the end, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop really didn’t have a choice. When he surveyed the competitive landscape, he found that he was boxed into a corner. While Android might have looked attractive as an alternative for their fledgling smartphone business, to back it would make him just another Android licensee. And while he could have tapped into their software ecosystem, it would have been hard for him to differentiate at the hardware level and thus be thrust against the dozens of Android handset vendors chasing the growing smartphone market.

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Intel blindsided by Nokia Windows Phone deal; N9-01 could debut at MWC 2011

Intel blindsided by Nokia Windows Phone deal; N9-01 could debut at MWC 2011

Nokia's deal with Microsoft took up most of the news cycle on Friday - there's always our "Everything you need to know" roundup, if you're feeling behind the curve - and it looks like the revelations aren't stopping now. Amid New York Stock Exchange share prices diving 15.1-percent on Friday as the market failed to be quite so enthused as Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer, there's also TechCrunch speculation that Intel - Nokia's MeeGo partner - knew nothing of the Windows Phone deal prior to its Friday announcement.

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Nokia Workers in Finland Take Collective Lunch Break in Protest of Windows Phone 7 Deal

Nokia Workers in Finland Take Collective Lunch Break in Protest of Windows Phone 7 Deal

It would appear, according to Finnish paper HS.fi Uutiset that workers at at least one Nokia development location in Tampere, Finland, are walking out in protest of the deal made official this morning between Nokia and Microsoft. While a member of the senior staff at this particular location, Kalle Wedge, noted "Aika moni käytti joustavaa työaikaa," aka "Quite a few people used their flexible working time [their break] to do this protest."

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Nokia Windows Phone: Everything you need to know

Nokia Windows Phone: Everything you need to know

Nokia's news today that it would be adopting Microsoft's Windows Phone may have fit in with the rumors, but it still met with significant surprise among industry and users alike. On the surface it looks a lot like the Finnish company has sacrificed independence for short-term survival, though both Nokia and Microsoft argue that this is in fact the beginning of a far more symbiotic relationship. After the cut, everything you need to get up to speed on the new Nokia Windows Phone agreement.

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MeeGo hardware “repurposed” for Windows Phone; no WP7 update for N8 or E7

MeeGo hardware “repurposed” for Windows Phone; no WP7 update for N8 or E7

Nokia will use hardware, industrial design work and chipsets intended for MeeGo devices for Windows Phone handsets instead, it has been confirmed, as the company "repurposes" its investment into bolstering what's expected to be a "large number of Windows Phone devices" by 2012. According to CEO Stephen Elop, the same is true for Symbian devices, suggesting that "you may see some similar devices that launch with Symbian and Windows Phone," though existing devices are unlikely to see an update to Windows Phone 7.

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Nokia considering Microsoft and MeeGo for future tablets

Nokia considering Microsoft and MeeGo for future tablets

Nokia's tablet strategy may look to Microsoft's platforms and, according to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, "what they are currently working on", however the company could also use its own platforms, such as MeeGo. Reluctant to comment specifically on the potential for Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 or MeeGo tablet-scale hardware specifically, Elop stressed that Nokia had reserved the right to use something different from Microsoft's range.

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