OpenMoko Cancels FreeRunner Sequel, Reduces Staff
OpenMoko CEO Sean Moss-Pultz recently said at a conference that the company has discontinued work on the follow-up to its FreeRunner open source Linux handset. The FreeRunner is meant for developers, who could buy a kit along with the device to help them design software and applications for it. The follow-up handset, known internally as the GTA03, aimed to improve upon the FreeRunner. The original FreeRunner only sold about 10,000 units. Moss-Pultz said that it has reduced its staff by 50% in a bid to survive. It is now concentrating efforts on a new product (rather than the GTA03) that is not a mobile phone. Moss-Pulz said that OpenMoko will continue to support the FreeRunner, and hopes to make phones again at some point in the future.
Nextbit Targeting Android Phones
Nextbit, a small San Francisco-based startup, today announced that it plans to build smartphones. The company is only teasing an Android handset at the moment, and said it will reveal more details about the device and its plans in the weeks ahead.
Razer Buys Nextbit
Razer, the gaming hardware company, today said it has purchased Nexbit, the cloud-focused smartphone company. Nextbit's primary product is the Robin smartphone, which relies on a constantly-syncing cloud connection to manage device storage.
Nextbit to Launch Cloud-Focused Phone September 1
Nextbit today said it plans to fully reveal its first smartphone on Sept. 1.
Sprint Weighing a Change to Phone Subsidies
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said the company may scrap phone subsidies at some point down the road. Speaking to investors, Claure noted that its installment and leasing programs are beginning to gather steam, which make the possibility of change much simpler.
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