A report in VentureBeat says HP is currently looking to rid itself of Palm and Amazon may be the closest to finalizing a deal. It may be about the patents. Apple and Microsoft led a $4.5 billion purchase of patents from Nortel, while Google paid $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, a holder of more than 17,000 patents.
The Kindle Fire is powered by Android, but it’s been heavily customized by Amazon. Kindle Fire includes a cloud-accelerated “split browser” called Amazon Silk. Its frontend is based on the WebKit browser engine, which is also used by the webOS web browser.
WebOS is a mobile operating system based on a Linux kernel, initially developed by Palm. It was later acquired by Hewlett-Packard. By purchasing the remnants of Palm, Amazon would have free rein to further differentiate its Kindle devices from the slew of Android tablets in the market, says Venture Beat.
They report that Apple will release the new device in the United States, the U.K., Germany, Japan and France on that date, with launches in additional markets to follow. The date aligns closely with earlier comments from France Telecom CEO Stéphane Richard, who said the iPhone 5 would launch from Orange on October 15th, a Saturday.
Whether it will have LTE, larger displays, NFC payments, and other features such as voice dialing is hotly debated. Manufacturer Foxconn is said to be making 150,000 iPhone 5 models a day.
The Kindle Fire, which retails for $199, won’t be available until November 15th. The Fire is limited to 8GB internal storage, doesn’t have expandable storage such as a SD card slot, or cameras.
DigiTimes reports that Taiwanese equipment maker Foxconn could have the contract to build a new 10 inch tablet for Amazon.
Foxconn has been a long-term contractor for Amazon’s Kindle e-book readers, and market watchers had expected the company to also land orders for 7-inch Kindle Fire tablets, but it has been busily working on iPads for Apple, so the contract for the 7″ Fire went to Quanta.
In other tablet news, Huawei’s new 7 inch MediaPad may be coming to T-Mobile, reports Lilliputing. TmoNews says the tablet features a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor and Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. It has a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 16GB of storage and a 4100mAh battery. The Huawei tablet could be priced as low as $199.99 with a two year agreement.
Today Samsung announced a new 7″ tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, an Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)-based tablet comes with a 7-inch display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Samsung’s new 7″ tablet features 802.11n, HSPA+ support, 16GB and 32GB memory, and a microSD slot.
The original 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab featured a 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (“Hummingbird”) processor, a 3.2 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and Android 2.2.
Apple’s patent-related legal actions blocked sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1 models in Germany and hit Samsung’s phones as well. Lawyers for Samsung on Friday offered Apple a deal on their patent dispute that could allow the Korean company to launch its Galaxy Tab 10.1 device in Australia. If accepted by Apple, Australia could see the tablet’s launch next week, Samsung’s attorney David Catterns told Dow Jones Newswires.
The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, deployed its solar arrays early this morning. It is now performing maneuvers in space, getting ready for commercial service in a few months. Tomorrow, it will begin the first of several thruster firings to maneuver into geosynchronous orbit. The satellite was bought by SES, which has a fleet of 49 geostationary satellites.
Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES, said, “We expect this satellite to provide top quality, reliable DTH services for our customer EchoStar.”
QuetzSat-1 is SS/L’s sixth 20-kilowatt satellite to be placed into orbit. It is based on the 1300 space-proven platform, which has a long history of reliability. With this launch, there are 65 SS/L-built 1300 satellites currently on orbit.
Unlike Lightsquared, which uses the 1.6 GHz Mobile Satellite Spectrum, ViaSat-1 is not designed for mobile satellite phones. Instead ViaSat-1 uses the much higher frequency Ka band (20/30 GHz). Small dishes provide the two-way 10 Mbps connection to the spot-beam satellite.
Telecom Italia and Vodafone each spent EUR1.26 billion in the auction for two blocks of 800MHz, one block of 1800MHz, and three blocks of 2600MHz.
Wind paid EUR1.1 billion for two blocks of 800MHz band and four blocks of 2600MHz, while 3 Italia paid EUR305 million for one block of 1800 MHz and four blocks of 2600MHz. But 3 Italia didn’t get any 800 MHz, which is the most valuable since it has the longest range.
Italy’s Industry minister Paolo Romani described the EUR3.95 billion windfall for the government as an “extraordinary” outcome and promised to use the additional proceeds to ramp up investment in Italy’s telecoms and tech sectors.
The new “Softbank 4G” network will initially be available via portable modems, with the company aiming to have the country’s main populations centers covered by April 2013. It will be compatible with a growing TD-LTE standard that media reports say Apple will support, meaning that future iPhones on Softbank’s network could have access to the blazing download speeds.