Android now has 83 percent of the smartphone market, with Chinese vendors benefiting from market growth and a slump in Samsung's sales. Apple also did well, but Windows Phone lost ground on flat sales.
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Microsoft gets a three week deadline to come up with an explanation for "compatibility issues" in Windows and Office that could violate Chinese competition laws.
Chinese media believe Microsoft was raided as a result of withdrawing support for Windows XP.
The Chinese state industry and commerce administration is also looking at senior executives over claims it had not fully disclosed information about Windows and Office.
The Chinese state media attack on US software and hardware continues, with China’s CCTV state network broadcasting a critical report suggesting that Windows 8 is being used to harvest data about the country’s citizens for use by the US government.
The ban on Windows 8 by China's central government presents great opportunities for Chinese-originated operating systems, and the key issue now is to build up an ecosystem to feed the growth of these Chinese OSes, reports Xinhua the official news agency in China.
Microsoft is readying a new Enterprise Mobility Suite bundle to help enterprise users better manage Windows, Android and iOS devices, sources say.
Lenovo promises to turn around loss-making Motorola Mobility in four to six quarters, as the Chinese hardware maker looks to increased production and emerging markets to boost profitability.
The Chinese-language Ubuntu Kylin OS has been downloaded more than one million times since its launch last year as the country looks to replace the soon to be unsupported Windows XP.
Good Technology's fourth quarter mobility index shows Apple's iOS activations in the enterprise remain strong with Android No. 2 and Windows Phone failing to make a move.
Enterprises are eyeing Windows 8 deployments for tablets and could boost Microsoft's mobility ambitions. Windows Phone still struggles though.
The German government says Windows 8 and TPM 2.0 chips, used in conjunction, can increase security but have the potential to reduce a user's control over software and hardware. The common-sense advice for government IT experts has been distorted by some observers into wild claims of "backdoors" or spying by the U.S. National Security Agency, or the Chinese.
This last year, being a Windows developer on Microsoft's mobility platform has been frustrating at best.
Although the Chinese smartphone maker Huawei didn't make an appearance at Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 global launch, its Ascend D Quad XL smartphones could challenge other Chinese manufacturers, such as Lenovo and Xiaomi.
Under pressure from the U.S. government, Huawei will miss the Windows Phone 8 launch today. Facing setbacks, Chinese smartphones makers could turn to developing their own mobile operation systems.
Windows 8 is out for enterprises, Chinese smartphone makers are in, big data jobs will outnumber qualified candidates around the world and Western economy IT pros will work for fast-growing Asia firms, according to Gartner.
Microsoft's Windows 8 is a big bet on mobility. The issue is that Google has the OEM relationships on the mobile front. Can Surface change the equation?
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Google should consider using a bigger stick to force its partners to update Android on existing devices faster. Either that, or use a nice tasty carrot.
Overnight, Microsoft revealed the launch date for Windows Phone 8, Intel launched its personal cloud product, the UK government is considering Facebook log-ins for services, and Google warned that Motorola Mobility is still making a loss.
The new mobile operating system is targeted to be launched in coming months, as part of plans by the Chinese telecoms equipment maker to reduce its reliance on Android and Windows.