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From: Eric L2/13/2012 8:51:00 AM
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Joe Wilcox on Microsoft's Win 8 Rearchitecting

>> What Windows 8 Means to Microsoft and to You

Joe Wilcox
February 12, 2012

The headline really should be "What Windows 8 and Windows on ARM mean to Microsoft and to you" but that didn't ring right to my ears. But it more aptly describes the train of this analysis.

Simply stated: Windows 8 is the riskiest release ever. Microsoft execs say they are "re-imagining" Windows. Believe them. But it's much more: Reinvention. If successful, Microsoft will be a very different company in five years, and that's as much about the future stock price and company valuation as market position and products. All depends on the risks delivering rewards.

Windows 8 and Windows on ARM are nothing short of re-architecting Microsoft's flagship operating system from kernel to desktop. The Redmond, Wash.-based company will ask much of customers, developers, OEMs and other partners during this difficult transition, and it will be hard on everyone. But the time is now, or never. If Microsoft fails to take the risks now, Windows' luminescence will diminish in a half decade (or even less).

Microsoft needed to make these changes in the mid Noughties, and had it done so Apple likely would not be as successful with iOS devices. But Windows Vista and US antitrust oversight set back the timetable.

Undoing Antitrust Travails

Federal prosecutors, and their attorneys general partners, filed the US antitrust case in May 1998 to prevent Microsoft from stifling innovation in the tech industry. However, government oversight failed to quash the companies' twin monopolies -- Office and Windows. The case accomplished something else: Windows innovation stagnated during the last decade, as Microsoft backed off the so-called middleware categories covered by the consent decree/final judgement and withheld integrating new technologies into the operating system that should have kept the platform vital and created more opportunities for third-party developers.

The Windows 8 and Windows on ARM risks simply would be impossible if Microsoft was still under US antitrust oversight. That ended in May 2011 and almost immediately the winds of change rushed from Washington State. Clearly the company had long planned to bundle more applications and services into Windows and to make demands of software developers and hardware partners realistically impossible before.

For example, trustbusters claimed that Microsoft's efforts to offer a more unified Windows user experience across PCs was anticompetitive. As such, the company gave up control of the Windows start screen and desktop icons and hid access to some OS features, among other concessions. Repeated: Many of the risks Microsoft is taking with Windows 8 and Windows on ARM would be next to impossible under antitrust oversight.

Take Windows Store, for example. For security reasons, among others, Microsoft will largely limit software sales and distribution to the built-in Windows Store. Microsoft competitors could have cried antitrust, anticompetitive foul to government officials a year ago. Now Microsoft is freer to offer a mechanism that eventually will benefit developers (easier sales distribution, less piracy) and better protect Windows users from malware.

As Microsoft's future Windows strategy unfolds, it's hard to see where there wouldn't be trouble if antitrust oversight continued. Microsoft is dictating third-party software and hardware product design in ways not seen in more than a decade. But there's more to it: Microsoft is suddenly empowered to take competitive risks that could doom Windows if they fail.

I can't emphasize how different things are now. Microsoft is itself undergoing a slow but steady process of re-imagining, of reinvention. The company long known for being risk adverse is today taking risks unfathomable five years ago. In December 2009, I called Microsoft's first decade of the new century one of "shattered dreams". A year ago, I highlighted how Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally had consolidated his leadership in the post-Bill Gates era. If given continued chance, Ballmer may yet redeem himself and Microsoft for this decade and the next.

Redemption Tale

One of the most prevalent themes in American cinema is redemption -- Jimmy to Stewart as George Bailey, Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs, Clint Eastwood as Frank Horrigan, Russell Crowe as James J. Braddock, Paul Newman as Frank Galvin and many, many more.

We love our heroes fallen and restored.

Steve Jobs' second coming at Apple is one of the best, real-life redemption tales of the computing age. Apple was months from bankruptcy when he returned to the company in late 1996 and became interim CEO in mid 1997. In the 2011 quarter Jobs died, Apple reported $13 billion in income, and the iPhone alone generated more revenue than all of Microsoft. It's a helluva a redemption story and one few writers could have scripted as fiction.

Ballmer's redemption story, and that for Microsoft, unfolds right now. It's a story in progress that shares similarities to Apple's. In 2001, during economic crisis, Apple made four strategic investments that are core foundation of its current success -- in order: iTunes, Mac OS X, Apple Store and iPod. On the software side, everything depends on Mac OS X (from which iOS derives) and it was a tough transition executed at a seemingly bad time.

Apple reinvented Mac OS in early 2001, with new architecture and user interface. Timing was hugely risky. Microsoft owned the PC operating system market and prepared to release Windows XP (in October). So just as the majority of developers prepped for the new Windows, Apple asked them to adopt new development tools, port older Mac OS apps and code native software. Apple couldn't get developers' attention, with major partners. Adobe and Quark among them, taking years to fully support OS X. Strangely, Microsoft supported Apple's new operating system first among the big Mac developers with new version of Office in autumn 2001.

Microsoft's situation is strangely similar today. The PC era is waning, as smaller, more mobile computing devices increase in popularity. There Apple has had huge success with iOS devices, which are pulling away sales from Windows PCs. Just in the last quarter, Apple shipped 37 million iPhones (generating more than $24 billion in revenue) -- 55 million iPads since the tablet's launch nearly two years ago. During a critical transition, when non-PC devices slop up Windows sales, Microsoft is re-architecting the operating system.

To support the new architecture, Microsoft will demand much from customers, developers and other partners -- particularly Windows on ARM. Microsoft's long-standing development priority has been this: Provide existing users backwards compatibility. Problem: The priority hampers new OS development and adoption of newer Windows editions. The company isn't fully abandoning this philosophy, but absolutely diminishing its role. Windows 8 will provide a lifeline to existing apps and the desktop motif, but the new Metro UI is priority, as are apps written for it, their distribution (through the Windows Store) and emphasis on developers writing for native code.

Windows on ARM leaps ahead, leaving little legacy behind. System-on-a-chip fundamentally changes how everyone -- customers, developers and other partners -- relate to Windows. More significantly, Microsoft is taking control over the Windows development and user experiences in a way not seen before 2000, when US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the company's breakup (an order later overturned by an appellate court).

Time is Now, or Never

From the perspective of non-PC competition -- mobile devices connected to the cloud -- Microsoft's timing is seemingly disastrous. The company and its partners are sure to lose sales during the transition. However, from another perspective, timing couldn't be better. Businesses remain Microsoft's core market and most will have finished or be close to completing migrations from XP to Windows 7. So the majority of customers will have recently upgraded. If Microsoft is going to "re-imagine" Windows, a time when core customers are least likely to upgrade is opportune. Windows 8 and, more importantly, Windows on ARM are about preparing the ecosystem of customers, developers and others for Windows 9.

If the strategy works -- and that includes unification of the user interface across devices (ideally the codebase, too) -- Windows will be a different, more flexible, more (cloud) connected operating system by the time v8's first service pack releases than it is today; and beyond. Like Apple laid a difficult new OS foundation with Mac OS X, Microsoft is on track to do something similar, actually much better, today. Because so far, Microsoft is executing the early phases much better than Apple did more than a decade ago.

During his final Consumer Electronics Show keynote, Ballmer proclaimed: "There's nothing more important at Microsoft than Windows". Believe it, despite holiday quarter 2011 doldrums, when the division's revenue fell by 6 percent year of year and profits by 11 percent.

If Microsoft's Windows re-imagining strategy works, in a few years the stock price, which has struggled to top $30 for about 12 years, could dramatically change. Apple is example again. (Disclosure: I do not invest in Apple, Microsoft or any other company -- to avoid conflict of interest.)

On the eve of Macworld in January 2003, with Apple shares at $14.85, analyst Michael Hillmeyer reinstated Apple coverage with "sell." Hillmeyer wrote in a note to investors: "Although Apple makes great products, in our view the new product pipeline looks skimpy and we expect continued market share losses. A product differentiation strategy is difficult in a business increasingly commoditizing."

In nine years, Apple's fortune dramatically changed. There is the aforementioned blow-away fourth quarter. Then there are the shares. Apple reached a new 52-week high on Friday, $497.62. It's not difficult math to see the difference from $14.85.

There's no reason why if Microsoft's Windows risks deliver rewards, the share price can't dramatically rise by the Windows 9's release. But that's a redemption story not yet written. Is Ballmer now on the CEO's version of the "Hero's Journey"? We shall see. ###

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From: Eric L2/14/2012 1:23:25 PM
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Approvals for Google's Motorola Mobility (MMI) Buy ...

... and potential risk attendant for Google (see 2nd article).

>> Google Gets U.S., EU Nod to Buy Motorola Mobility

Diane Bartz and Foo Yun Chee
February 14, 2012

U.S. and European regulators approved Google Inc's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc and said they would keep a sharp eye on the web search giant to ensure patents critical to the telecommunications industry would be licensed at fair prices.

It was one of a series of approvals on Monday that underscored the scramble by technology companies to acquire big pools of patents.

The U.S. Justice Department also approved an Apple Inc-led consortium's purchase of a trove of patents from bankrupt Canadian company Nortel Networks Corp and signed off on Apple's purchase of patents formerly owned by Novell Inc.

Google, whose Android software is the top operating system for Internet-enabled smart phones, said in August it would buy phone-maker Motorola for its 17,000 patents and 7,500 patent applications, as it looks to compete with rivals such as Apple and defend itself and Android phone manufacturers in patent litigation.

The acquisition, the largest in Google's history, will also mark the Internet search company's most significant foray into the hardware business - a market in which it has little experience. Some investors have worried that Google's profit margins may suffer as it becomes a hardware maker, although Google has said it intends to run Motorola as a separate business unit.

Regulators in China, Taiwan and Israel have still not signed off on the Google purchase of Motorola.

Google shares finished Monday's regular trading session up 1 percent at $612.20.

Antitrust enforcers on both sides of the Atlantic want to prevent companies from gouging rivals when they license patents essential to ensuring different communications devices work together.

"This merger decision should not and will not mean that we are not concerned by the possibility that, once Google is the owner of this portfolio, Google can abuse these patents, linking some patents with its Android devices. This is our worry," EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters in Brussels.

The U.S. Justice Department said it was reassured by Apple's and Microsoft's public statements that they would not seek injunctions in filing infringement lawsuits based on the Nortel patents.

"Google's commitments have been less clear," the Justice Department added in a statement. "The division determined that the acquisition of the patents by Google did not substantially lessen competition, but how Google may exercise its patents in the future remains a significant concern."

Almunia said the EU might be obliged to open some cases in the future.

"This is not enough to block the merger, but we will be vigilant," he said.

Regulators in China have until March 20 to decide whether to approve the deal or start a third phase of review, according to a source close to the situation.

The purchase would give Google one of the mobile phone industry's largest patent libraries, as well as hardware manufacturing operations that will allow Google to develop its own line of smart phones.

Google, the newest major entrant to the mobile market, is already being sued for patent infringement by Oracle Corp, which is seeking up to $6 billion.

The legal battles over patents between technology and smartphone companies has prompted the European Commission to open an investigation into legal tactics used by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd against Apple and whether these breach EU antitrust rules.

Some regulatory experts said the DOJ's comments in approving Google's acquisition of Motorola appeared to be more than mere boilerplate.

"They have to proceed with caution and tread lightly," said Shubha Ghosh, a professor at University of Wisconsin Law School who specializes in antitrust law and intellectual property, with regards to Google.

Regulators will be on the lookout for practices that might limit the entry of new smartphones or new technologies.

"If Google makes it more difficult for new technologies to emerge, by locking-in existing licensees of the patents so that it becomes not profitable for them to adopt other technologies, that's the kind of thing that might give rise to antitrust scrutiny down the road," said Ghosh.

Google's move to buy Motorola Mobility came shortly after it tried and failed to buy Nortel's patents. The winner was an Apple-led consortium, which includes Research in Motion Ltd, Microsoft Corp, EMC Corp, Ericsson and Sony Corp, which agreed in July to pay $4.5 billion for 6,000 patents and patent applications.

Google, which runs world's No. 1 Internet search engine, has been under increasing regulatory scrutiny. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Union are both investigating Google following accusations it uses its clout in the search market to beat rivals as it moves into related businesses. ###

>> Google's Motorola Purchase Approved; Google Becomes Android's Greatest Threat

Ian Fogg
Screen Digest
February 14, 2012

• Both the US Department of Justice and the European Commission have decided there are no competitive grounds to block the proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google.

• Google had agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn last August, pending regulatory approval.

• Motorola shipped 42 million mobile devices in 2011, of which 18.6 million were smartphones.

• Motorola was the ninth ranked smartphone maker and the number nine phone maker overall in 2011 by unit sales and it has over 17,000 patents.

• Google is the driving force behind Android, the leading smartphone operating system, which is used by Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG, and Sony for the majority of their smartphones.

Our Take

For Google, the acquisition of Motorola Mobility provides tremendous assets in both the smartphone and set-top businesses. Plus, it brings a patent portfolio that will help Google defend Android against the many intellectual property threats. The competition authorities are right to approve the transaction; Motorola is too small a player to change the dynamics in the mobile market.

Google's Motorola acquisition nevertheless changes the mobile landscape markedly. It increases risk for device makers using Android to power their smartphones. Google already has a dominant role in the product roadmap, software development, media ecosystem and strategy for Android. Google could now choose to favour Motorola either overtly or more quietly. Although Google has stated that is not its current intent such decisions could be undone in an instant.

Google is now in the unusual position of being both Android's greatest supporter and its biggest threat.

Prior to this transaction, Google lacked a hardware business and so did not compete directly with the many handset makers that use Android such as Samsung or HTC. This has changed. Google now follows in the steps of other companies that have both licensed software and also competed with their partners.

The precedents are not positive for Google or the handset makers backing Android. Previous attempts for a single company to both create software for license and also at the same time to ship hardware based on it have failed:

• Nokia licensed the Series 60 version of Symbian while using it for its own smartphones. While Nokia did secure a series of licensees, few shipped more than a one or two device models. Other companies were frustrated by lack being treated as second class partners. Series 60 licensees included Lenovo, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Siemens, Sendo and Sony Ericsson. Nokia is now winding down Symbian as Nokia has switched to embracing Microsoft's Windows Phone.

• Palm competed with Sony, Handspring, IBM with Palm OS classic. Back before Palm launched WebOS and became a part of HP, Palm attempted to both license its original handheld OS and also ship its own devices. Tensions between the various licensees led Palm to expensively re-organise into two divisions: a software division called PalmSource and a hardware division called PalmOne. The software division failed to survive as an independent concern, and became a part of Access. PalmOne eventually rebranded to be just Palm again.

• Apple licensed Mac OS in the late 1990s. After concerns about the cannibalisation of Apple's own Mac sales by its cheaper partners, new CEO Steve Jobs killed the endeavor.

Perhaps surprisingly to many, Google does license parts of Android, despite the perception that Android is a completely open source platform. In practice the Android ecosystem is not as open a system as Google's marketing suggests, notably:

• Key Android applications are proprietary Google software that device makers must license. The list includes Gmail, Maps, and Android Market. The latter is especially significant: Android Market is the dominant route to market for Android apps and there are few true alternatives outside of North America (where the Amazon App Store is becoming credible) and China (where restricsions on propietary Google services have seen local players flourish).

• Android is developed behind closed doors not in the open. This approach has delayed Google's partners from shipping smartphones based on the latest Android release. While the first Android v4 phone, the Galaxy Nexus, went on sale last November no other v4 Android phones are yet on sale. Android software is only moved into an open source model after it is completed.

• Google's widely heralded Nexus phones and other reference devices are often seen as a Google phone strategy, but they're not the same as the Motorola acquisition. Such flagship Nexus devices were not competitive with Google's partners as they were always developed in partnership with one of Google's device partners. HTC, Motorola and Samsung have each co-developed two of the Android reference devices.

For years, Android backers have split into two camps. Those, like Motorola, that embraced Android to the exclusion of all else, and those like HTC or Samsung that have spread their bets on more than one smartphone OS. Google's Motorola move will persuade more Android backers to look for alternatives. If Google is not incredibly careful, this will dampen the onward march of Android in the smartphone market.

Google's advantage is that there are few credible smartphone alternatives currently available. Windows Phone has yet to gain any market traction. Samsung's bada and RIM's BlackBerry 7 OS are proprietary and are less capable platforms. Symbian is dying. WebOS devices failed to sell and the OS now has an uncertain future as it transitions to an open source business model. Other hoped for smartphone platforms such as MeeGo-successor Tizen or BlackBerry 10 are yet to launch.

The numerous Android smartphone-makers will likely swallow their fear for now and accept Google's clearly stated assurances that Motorola will be run as an independent entity without special treatment. It would be foolhardy not to consider alternatives. Google CEO Larry Page has re-directed its strategy over the last year to focus on the creation of a "single beautiful product" that ties to a single Google identity and runs across a range of devices.

Given this core strategic shift for Google to combine its diverse products into an integrated whole, backed by a newly-unified privacy policy, it's unlikely that Google's new Motorola subsidiary will be left alone for long. And, even if Google has a genuine intention to leave Motorola "as is", a management team's intent may change very very quickly. Google certainly has the capability to make Motorola the first among so-called equals. Phone makers are right to seek out alternatives to Android to hedge against future risks with Android. ##

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To: Eric L who wrote (1276)2/14/2012 6:47:55 PM
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While Elop says there is no plan B, in just only 6 weeks, Apple increased its market cap, the equivalent of 5 Nokias. Nokia, who once "owned" the mobile phone market. Unbelievable...

In fact Apple is now valued more than Microsoft, Google, Motorola and Nokia, combined.

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From: Eric L2/15/2012 8:44:24 AM
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Gartner: 2010 & 2011 Q4 & CY Total Vendor Handset Sell Through Units and Share ...

>> Gartner Says Worldwide Smartphone Sales Soared in Fourth Quarter of 2011 With 47 Percent Growth

Apple Became Top Smartphone Vendor in Fourth Quarter of 2011 and in 2011 as a Whole

Gartner Press Release
Egham, UK
February 15, 2012

Worldwide smartphone sales to end users soared to 149 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 47.3 per cent increase from the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Gartner, Inc. Total smartphone sales in 2011 reached 472 million units and accounted for 31 percent of all mobile devices sales, up 58 percent from 2010.

Smartphone volumes during the quarter rose due to record sales of Apple iPhones. As a result, Apple became the third-largest mobile phone vendor in the world, overtaking LG. Apple also became the world's top smartphone vendor, with a market share of 23.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, and the top smartphone vendor for 2011 as a whole, with a 19 percent market share. "Western Europe and North America led most of the smartphone growth for Apple during the fourth quarter of 2011," said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. "In Western Europe the spike in iPhone sales in the fourth quarter saved the overall smartphone market after two consecutive quarters of slow sales."

The quarter saw Samsung and Apple cement their positions further at the top of the market as their brands and new products clearly stood out. LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Research In Motion (RIM) again recorded disappointing results as they struggled to improve volumes and profits significantly. These vendors were also exposed to a much stronger threat from the midrange and low end of the smartphone market as ZTE and Huawei continued to gain share during the quarter.

Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 476.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 5.4 percent increase from the same period in 2010 (see Table 1). In 2011 as a whole, end users bought 1.8 billion units, an 11.1 percent increase from 2010 (see Table 2). "Expectations for 2012 are for the overall market to grow by about 7 percent, while smartphone growth is expected to slow to around 39 percent," said Annette Zimmermann, principal research analyst at Gartner.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, Nokia's mobile phone sales numbered 111.7 million units, an 8.7 percent decrease from last year. "Samsung closed the gap with Nokia in overall market share," said Ms. Cozza. "Samsung profited from strong smartphone sales of 34 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. The troubled economic environment in Europe and Nokia's weakened brand status posed challenges that were hard to overcome in just one quarter. However, Nokia proved its ability to execute and deliver on time with its new Lumia 710 and 800 handsets. Nokia will have to continue to offer aggressive prices to encourage communications service providers (CSPs) to add its products to portfolios currently dominated by Android-based devices.”

Apple had an exceptional fourth quarter, selling 35.5 million smartphones to end users, a 121.4 percent increase year on year. Apple's continued attention to channel management helped it take full advantage of the strong quarter to further close the gap with Samsung, which saw some inventory build up for its smartphone range. Apple's strong performance will continue into the first quarter of 2012 as availability of the iPhone 4S widens. However, since Apple will not benefit from delayed purchases as it did in the fourth quarter of 2011, Gartner analysts expect its sales to decline quarter-on-quarter.

After Apple, ZTE and Huawei were the fastest-growing vendors in the fourth quarter of 2011. "These vendors expanded their market reach and kept on improving the user experience of their Android devices," said Ms. Cozza.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, ZTE moved into fourth place in the global handset market. ZTE posted a strong smartphone sales increase of 71 percent sequentially. The company was able to extend its portfolio to three CSPs in its home market and benefited from consumers' interest in low-cost smartphones. Huawei moved ahead of LG in the Android marketplace to become a top-four Android manufacturer, thanks to strong smartphone growth in the quarter. Huawei has made significant progress in moving to its own-branded devices, and it has continued to expand its portfolio into higher tiers as its tries to build more iconic products.

RIM dropped to the No. 7 spot in the fourth quarter of 2011, with a 10.7 percent decline. RIM's delay with its BlackBerry 10 platform will further impair its ability to retain users. However, RIM's biggest challenge is still to expand the developer base around its ecosystem and convince developers to work and innovate with BlackBerry 10.

In the smartphone OS market (see Table 3), competition between Google and Apple intensified. Android's share declined slightly sequentially. This was due to strong iPhone sales, driven in particular by the iPhone 4S in mature markets and the weakness of key Android vendors as they struggled to create unique and differentiated devices. Samsung remained the main contributor to Android share gains in the second half of 2011. iOS's market share grew 8 percentage points year-on-year, but Gartner analysts expect Apple's share to drop in the next couple of quarters as the upgrade cycle to the iPhone 4S slows. Nokia's first Windows Phone smartphones, the Lumia 710 and 800, made their debut, but, as expected, sales were not enough to prevent a fall in Microsoft's smartphone market share.

Additional information is in the Gartner report "Market Share: Mobile Devices by Region and Country, 4Q11 and 2011." The report is available on Gartner's website at ...

About Gartner: Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is a valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,500 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,500 associates, including 1,250 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. For more information, visit ###

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The Z2580 will be paired with Intel's XMM 7160 LTE baseband. The 7160 is an upgraded version of the XMM 7060 that adds support for 3GPP Release 9. The full specs of the solution are below:

Intel XMM7160 LTE
3GPP Rel.9, FDD-LTE Cat 3 (100Mbps DL/50Mbps UL); CSFB, capable for VoLTE, SRVCC, E911 over LTE. TDD-LTE/TD-SCDMA
3GPP Rel.9, DC-HSPA+ Cat 20&24/Cat7 (42Mbps DL/11.5Mbps UL)
2G Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA+/UMTS Penta-Band 850/900/1900/2100/AWS MHz
LTE Hepta-Band 850/1800/1900/2100/AWS/2600/700 or 800 MHz
Android telephony framework and UI extensions

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From: Eric L3/2/2012 8:26:25 AM
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MWC 2012: The GSMA Global Awards

The show chooses its own winners every year, honoring technology standouts for the year. Award winners are chosen by a panel of independent judges comprising leading industry and subject matter experts, analysts, journalists and academics and in some cases mobile operator representatives, for appropriate categories. Winners of significant awards this year includes (in alphabetical order):

Apple for Best Mobile Tablet (iPad 2)

Google for Best Consumer Mobile Service (Google Maps for Android)

Nokia for Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at MWC 2012 (Nokia 808 Pure View) and Best Feature Phone or Entry Level Phone (Nokia C3-00)

Roxio for Best Mobile App for Consumers (Angry Birds Rio)

Samsung for Best Smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S II) and Device Manufacturer of the Year

A comlete list of all winners is here:

A complete list of nominees for awards is here:


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From: Eric L3/2/2012 10:08:07 AM
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Nokia's PureView Imaging Technology ...

... received a lot of attention at MWC 2012 with many calling it breakthrough imaging technology and justifiably so. The fact that The newly announced Symbian Belle Nokia 808 PureView sports a 41 megapixel 1/1.2" sensor capable of capturing 38MP photos gets immediate attention but the real story is how the sensor and its oversampling technology coupled with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash (and LED for video) which will undoubtedly be migrated to Nokia Windows Phones is used to produce extremely detailed 5MP (the default) or 8MP photos with virtually no noise.

The PureView whitepaper linked below explaining the technology was written by PureView developers Juha Alakarhu, Damian Dinning, and Eero Salmelin "on behalf of many dedicated Nokia imaging experts" ...

Nokia PureView Imaging Technology PDF Whitepaper (10 Pages)

In the video below Juha Alakura, head of Nokia imaging technologies introduces the Nokia 808 and PureView technology ...

Nokia 808 PureView Hands-On Video

In this video below Nokia imaging expert Damian Dinning explains the PureView technology in some detail in simplified fashion ...

Damian Dinning explains Nokia PureView technology

Damien is also interviewed by Vaibhav Sharma for 13 minutes on the MWC show floor and goes into more detail about the Nokia 808 PureView ...

• Definitive Nokia 808 PureView Video: Damian Dinning Interview

Steve Litchfield, All About Symbian's camera buff published 4 articles this week about the technology. Each article with its introductory paragraph (only) is linked below ...

>> Nokia 808 PureView announced, dramatically extends world camera phone leadership (2/27/2012)

Today at Mobile World Congress 2012, Nokia announced its new Symbian (Belle, Feature Pack 1) flagship, the 4"-CBD-screened 808 PureView, the "first smartphone to feature Nokia PureView imaging technologies" (implying future use of the system on other devices, possibly on Symbian, possibly on Windows Phone). The headline feature is the 41 megapixel oversampling system implemented on a huge 1/1.2" sensor, enabling standard resolution photos to be produced yet with dramatic zooming (24-74mm) available without loss of detail, and with lower digital noise. Zooming is also available without loss of detail, in video mode. Up to 38 megapixel images can be taken at full resolution. Read on for much more. ... <snip rest: see article and graphics at the link above>.

>> Damian Dinning explains and demos the Nokia 808 PureView (2/27/2012)

Damian's obviously a busy chap today and there are a number of interviews shot with him. Having watched some of the more technically challenged interviewers at work, I can recommend Vaibhav Sharma's, embedded below. Although the camera work is a little erratic and the sound a bit distracting in places, Vaibhav is almost as much of a smartphone camera 'nut' as me and so he asks the right questions and goes for the right demos! Included in the twelve minute video is a demonstration of the whole of the new Camera app UI for the 808 PureView. In particular look out for the wealth of stills and video options that you can (optionally) play around with on the device. Well worth watching - it's almost like you were there in Barcelona, bumping into Damian and getting a quarter hour of his valuable time! ... <snip rest: see article and graphics at the link above>. ###

>> The top 10 Nokia 808 PureView questions - and answers (2/27/2012)

The announcement of the Nokia 808 PureView certainly seemed to attract attention from all quarters. Along with a number of common questions. I tried to answer them with my ever-growing news story and in the comments, but I thought it might be useful to bring the questions together in one FAQ that you can enjoy and point others to? ... <snip rest: see article and graphics at the link above>. ###

>> Nokia 808 PureView pixels versus the iPhone 4S (3/1/2012)

We've covered the Nokia 808 PureView in some depth here on All About Symbian this week, reporting on the announcement and answering the most common questions. But, on the basis that a picture is worth a thousand words, I wanted to illustrate the single biggest aspect of Nokia's breakthrough in terms of how camera phones (and indeed cameras) can now work. Never mind the zooming, never mind being able to take 38 megapixel images, here's the real reason why PureView on the 808 is special. ... <snip rest: see article and graphics at the link above>. ###


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The camera is clearly awesome but the phone isn't. What I'd like to know is why they didn't go with WinPhone in the first place? Nokia needs to come clean on Symbian me thinks. Either is alive or isn't it. The indecision shows (possibly incorrectly) that Nokia is hedging which hurts both Symbian and WinP.

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The Nokia 800 PureView and Symbian Belle FP1 ...


<< The camera is clearly awesome but the phone isn't. >>

Your opinion is noted but mine is quite different. PureView appears to be great technology housed in a fine whose outstanding features go well beyond its imaging technology and which sports a great OS and a much improved UI (that sorely needed to be improved) and increased performance. I am of course a user of Symbian Imaging phones and my Symbian S^3 N8 (upgraded to Anna and soon to Belle) replaced my high end N86 Symbian Imaging phone.

Its features include Nokia Rich Recording, which combines a unique digital microphone technology and Nokia algorithms to record distortion-free stereo audio at levels of up to 140 dB, a 4" AMOLED ClearBlack display and 2.5 D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Active Noise Cancellation, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Headphone for playback, NFC for easy sharing and pairing, HDMI micro, On Demand WebTV and A-GPS with Nokia Maps. It has 16 GB Mass Storage Memory with up to 32 GB Micro SD storage, 128 MB Graphics Memory, 512 MB RAMon a highly RAM efficient OS, a 1400 mAh high voltage Li-ion battery Micro USB charging and USB On-theGo 1.3. The development interfaces include Qt 4.8, Java Runtime 2.3, Bluetooth 3.0 and Flash Lite 4.0. While the pentaband RF does not support FauxG HSPA+ it does support HSDPA Cat10 (14.4 Mbps) and HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbps). Screen Resolution is only 640 x 360p, a tad low for a 4" display CBD on AMOLED makes for great display quality indoors or out. Some might feel that the camera bulge detracts from the phones appearance ...

I don't, although it might make it awkward to pocket. Altogether I think it's a heck of a phone.

<< What I'd like to know is why they didn't go with WinPhone in the first place? >>

There are several reasons but the major one is that Windows phone has a rigid chassis spec that Nokia will undoubtedly influence significantly as it evolves to WinPhone 8 (Apollo), but they did not have the opportunity to do with WinPhone OS 7.5 (Mango) which runs on Qualcomm S1 or S2 ASSPs because its spec was fixed before the Microsoft agreement was finalized last May. By contrast Nokia controlled Symbian and the integrated ASIC with OMAP processor is their design fabricated by TI, giving them more flexibility in implementing their own technologies and the PureView and Nokia Rich Recording technologies have been in development for some time and are now ready for market. The 808 release gives them the opportunity to mature the new technology for eventual implementations in WinPhones. Sage move.

<< Nokia needs to come clean on Symbian me thinks. Either is alive or isn't it. The indecision shows (possibly incorrectly) that Nokia is hedging which hurts both Symbian and WinP.>>

There is no indecision whatsoever. The successor of the S^3 12 MP N8 with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash which many consider to still be the best imaging phone currently shipping despite its age has been anticipated for some time. Symbian is being wound down but it's still alive (with further development and some 2,700 former Nokia developers now formally transferred to Accenture), and the Nokia strategy that was announced in February 2011 called for Symbian to wind down but continue to evolve and overlap WinPhone while Windows Phones ramped and expanded distribution. That ramp is now fully under way and expanding to new geographies but there are still only two Nokia WinPhones shipping with one more and a global variant of the Lumia 900 due to release to market in Q2 and unlike the Symbian devices global distribution (and languages) while expanding, is still limited.

According to plan since the WinPhone announcement was made in February 2011 Nokia brought Symbian Anna then Belle to market and has launched the Symbian based E6 and X7 (April 2011), Oro (May 2011), T7 and 702T (June 2011), Nokia 500, 700, and 701 (August 2011), Nokia 603 (October 2011), and the Nokia 801T (December 2011). All but the last two are now shipping, the last 4 launched with Symbian Belle, and the Anna devices can be upgraded to Belle.

In parallel with the Nokia 808 release, Nokia launched Symbian Belle Feature Pack 1 (Belle FP1) ...

Whether or not we'll see more Symbian launches (or new Carla or Donna devices) is unclear although I do expect we'll see a few more, but not many -- but if not the Belle FP1 based 808 PureView is a great departure point. While I don't expect it to be distributed by a US network operator I expect that the product will be FCC certified and made available SIM unlocked by Amazon and other 3rd parties.


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To: Eric L who wrote (1288)3/2/2012 1:29:55 PM
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I guess I didn't make it clear that it wasn't my opinion for the phone (see below)... it's also thick for a phone... but the main point is why Symbian OS?? So that nobody will buy it cause people will know they are getting an outdated OS phone? Unless WinP isn't fast enough or capable enough to drive that MP camera and process the data...

"The specs for the 808 are nothing to write home about, and the device runs the outdated Symbian OS"

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