Microsoft May Be Developing Its Own Smartphone
Microsoft is testing a smartphone with Asian component suppliers that it designed, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, the Journal says that the Redmond-based company is developing a Windows Phone handset with a screen that measures between four and five inches. Microsoft has not determined if it will move forward with any such plans. Traditionally, Microsoft licenses its operating system (Windows Phone) to hardware makers such as HTC, Samsung, and Nokia. These third-party OEMs then make their own smartphones using Microsoft's platform. Were Microsoft to develop its own hardware in addition to the software, it would break with the company's traditional business model. Microsoft did not comment on the Journal's story.
Samsung DeX Turns Galaxy S8 Into an Android Desktop
Samsung today announced DeX, a desktop accessory for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that allows them to function as computers when attached to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. DeX is similar in concept to Microsoft's Continuum product.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Microsoft Exploring How to Brand Phones Moving Forward
Microsoft today said the company has not yet decided what it will call its new smartphones now that it has absorbed Nokia's Devices and Services business. Answering questions today, Microsoft's device chief Stephen Elop said, "Microsoft Mobile is not a brand that will be seen by consumers." He explained that particular name was created for legal purposes only.
Microsoft to Drop Nokia Brand from Smartphones
Microsoft indicated that it is prepared to drop the Nokia brand from its line of Windows Phones. Moving forward, the company will use the Microsoft Lumia name to refer to its phone hardware.
Samsung Looking to Escape Paying $1B to Microsoft
Samsung claims that if it honors a 2011 patent-licensing agreement with Microsoft it could be charged with collusion. The argument is the latest from Samsung, which owes Microsoft $1 billion in patent licensing fees, plus another $6.9 million in interest.
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