The first phone Wave phone has been launched by Samsung slightly ahead of schedule in Germany. This is also the first phone running Samsung’s own Bada operating system. Priced at around 429 Euros ($545) the device is now available (unlocked) for pick-up in Germany. The device model is S8500 and is considered a high-end alternative to other Samsung mobile phones.
Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Wireless has revealed that the company is closely working with Google to come up with a new tablet computer. So, will this be a “win-win” for both Google and Verizon again? Well…we have seen Android phones piling up in the Verizon network and they all have been quite successful. This collaboration to build the “iPad rival” will only strengthen the bond between these two companies.
The success of Apple’s iPad has already started showing its effect on netbook sales. As per Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, netbook sales have slowed down as early as January when Apple originally announced the iPad. While there was a 641% year-over-year growth rate for netbooks last summer, this year things are completely different.
The $45 billion electronics retail giant BestBuy opened its first store in UK. At this point the company currently operates in six countries, USA, Canada, China, Turkey, Mexico and now in UK. The new store in Britain is located at Thurrock and covers a massive floor area of 50,000 square foot.
World’s second largest electronics company, HP, has just announced that the company has acquired Palm. Price to pay? $1.2 billion, at $5.70 per share of Palm. Everything gets finalized on July 31, 2010. HP’s executive vice-president for Personal Systems Group says, “Palm’s innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP’s mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices.”
In 2009 out of the total 2.3 million smartphones sold in Japan, 1.69 million units were iPhone. That’s a huge number and turns out to be 72% of the total. While competitors have lost the market share share miserable, iPhone sales have actually doubled when compared to the same period last year. The second in the list is Taiwan based HTC with a distant 11%, while the third is Toshiba with just 6.8%.