What The Rest are Up to

Amazon once again rumored to be building their own smartphone

Making the rounds today on the Internet is news that Amazon has partnered with Foxconn and the new Amazon phone is already being built. Supposedly coming in the middle of 2013, it would bring yet another player to the mobile OS race, one with deep pockets and who likes to win. androidcentral

RIM is readying January launch.

Leaks, rumors, come on, buzz all over the net. RIM is prepping their BB 10, their last great hope. They won’t have another chance, not many big customers and major market left.

RIM just sent out invites to the event where the new BlackBerry 10 OS will be unveiled and screenshots of the software already have leaked. christianpost

Microsoft Surface is a tough sell.

Microsoft’s new tablet, the Surface, seems to be struggling as well, with some analysts predicting it may not even sell 1 million units this quarter, which is well below the 3 to 5 million Microsoft ordered for production. If the device does sell poorly, cancellation may be considered, but because of a growing trend in computing from traditional machines to tablets, that decision won’t be as easy for Microsoft to make with the Surface as it was with the Kin. minyanville

Windows 8/RT tablets hard to sell, say Taiwan makers

Based on sales performance since Windows 8 was launched in late October, Windows 8/RT tablets are difficult to sell due to higher prices than those for Android tablets and insufficient available applications, according to Taiwan-based notebook supply chain makers.

With the weak performance of Windows 8 tablets, the sources believe that Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro, which will be priced around NT$26,000 in January 2013, is unlikely to achieve its anticipated shipments. digitimes

HTC to Halt Larger Windows Phone on Display Resolution

Windows phone can’t support 1080p. HTC canned their 5″ winPhone. businessweek

Nokia is almost out from Germany.

business magazine ‘Focus’ citing GfK research. Nokia is understood to have accounted for 12 percent of all mobile phones and smartphones sold in Germany between April and October, down from 18 percent at start-2012. Apple has overtaken Nokia to account for 15 percent of all handset and smartphone sales, boosted by the success of the iPhone 5. Samsung leads the German market with a 48 percent share. telecompaper

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