Here is a roundup of the latest news this week from the technology world.
WebOS will be better than Android and iOS says HP CEO
The CEO of Hewlett Packard, Meg Whitman has said that the WebOS software will be even better than the Android and iOS platforms when it goes open source. The company will unveil the first version of the platform in September after deciding to keep the software following speculation they might sell it off.
Whitman said the open source WebOS will be more advanced than the Apple iOS system and the fragmented Android platform. She went onto say the company will be producing another tablet device following the disappointment of the HP TouchPad.
Whitman said in an interview with CRN: "There is a clear vision of what we're trying to accomplish.”
"There will be some people who will not love that vision, and then there are people who are very excited about this vision, and what it can mean for an alternative, open-source operating system that has some real strengths to it.”
"We're going to build another operating system that has huge advantages, in my view, over iOS, which is a closed system, [and] Android, which is incredibly fragmented and may ultimately be more closed with [Google's] acquisition of Motorola Mobility."
Whitman went onto say that the company will be amongst the first in the market for Windows 8 tablet as she said "We have to have a tablet offering. We will be back in that business. We're coming back into the market with a Windows 8 tablet, first on an x86 chip and then maybe on an ARM chip."
Samsung wins its case against Apple over Galaxy Tab
Samsung has won its case against Apple after it made design changes to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that no longer infringes on the Cupertino company’s property rights, a German court decided on Thursday.
This verdict had been expected as the court had delivered a similar one back in December last year. Samsung have welcomed the decision from the court to denied Apple request to stop the company from selling the tablet device. Apple can appeal this decision but so far have not commented on what they are going to do next.
The court blocked the original version of the tablet after Apple claimed the design was very similar to the registered Community Design for its iPad. Samsung then altered the design of the tablet to create the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which Apple also argued it infringes the property rights.
The modified design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N features a new bezel and speakers on the front with Samsung now proving to court it is more distinctive from the iPad. The ruling means that Apple have lost cases against Samsung in Holland, Australia and now Germany.
AMD to launch Windows 8 tablets in 2012
AMD has announced plans that it will be launching Windows 8 tablets in 2012 according to the company’s CEO, Rory Read. He said in front of analysts “We have a huge opportunity in front of us. How the world is using processors is changing rapidly. This is about stepping out of the shadows and leading."
AMD will be competing against the likes of Nvidia and Intel. Intel recently announced that they will be moving into the smartphone market with its Medfield chips. AMD does not want to be left behind in the race, they have yet to announce whether they will be entering the smartphone market.
Rory Read admitted the company faces some tough competition in this area as he said: We’re entering an inflection point in the market. We’ve got to see the opportunity in the market and execute on it. We have to build trust, change the architecture, and capture where the puck is going."
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