Why Samsung and Tizen could take on Apple and Google

Last week Samsung said it will integrate the open-source operating system Tizen with its homegrown bada, which continues to quietly gain traction. Here’s why that strategy could help Samsung compete with Apple and Google atop the mobile world.

First MeeGo Builds Available for Netbooks, Handhelds

In February, Intel and Nokia melded their respective mobile operating systems. Moblin and Maemo have joined forces to become MeeGo, and the first build of the new open-source platform is now available for download.

Maemo and Moblin Merged: Meego Emerges

Nokia and Intel have joined to merge the Maemo and Moblin platforms. The merged OS will be known as Meego, and is intended to power pocketable computers, smartphones, tablets and netbooks. It will be hosted by the Linux Foundation, and is an open source platform.

Windows 7 to Usher in Profitless Prosperity

Ultra-low prices on portable computers are nothing new, and in fact have increasingly become the norm since the debut of netbooks — small and light ultraportables that are virtually defined by their low cost. However, there are some strong reasons to believe that Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 operating system, in addition to new types of Linux-based portables, could help drive profit margins for hardware manufacturers to surprising new bottoms. But is it good for the tech industry for laptops and netbooks alike to sell for fire-sale prices? And can hardware providers build healthy businesses around a new, premium-priced operating system?

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In the Market for a Netbook? Watch the OS Developments


Due to their favorable price points, and how very mobile they are, netbooks — small, light portable computers — remain one of the hottest hardware categories. If you’re in the market for one, I posted some shopping tips on them back in early March. Since that post, there have been quite a few developments on the operating system front, which may affect any planned netbook purchases you may have. Here are some of the key issues that you should factor in if you have your eyes on a new netbook.
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With HyperSpace & Moblin Who Needs Google’s Chrome OS

[qi:gigaom_icon_netbook] HyperSpace, a technology designed to make notebooks/netbooks turn on almost instantly in order to provide users quick access to common functions, is being integrated with Moblin, the Linux-based open-source OS that is the gleam in Intel’s (s intc) eye, HyperSpace maker Phoenix Technologies (s ptec) said today. Milpitas, Calif.-based Phoenix makes the BIOS in just about every Windows PC out there. With HyperSpace, the user hits the power button and in a few seconds has access to the web, document editing and other tasks, as demonstrated in this video. Read More about With HyperSpace & Moblin Who Needs Google’s Chrome OS

Intel’s Netbook OS Plans Hint Smartphone Aspirations

intel-atom-insideIn this anemic economy, selling tens of millions of any new product is a rare bright spot. But that’s exactly what’s happened in the case of netbooks, those small, light and relatively inexpensive notebook computers. Intel (s INTC) benefits greatly from this market, as its Atom line of CPUs powers roughly 90 percent of the devices in this class. The old “Intel Inside” tagline now includes netbooks along with desktops and laptops. Don’t be surprised when it applies to smartphones as well.

If the chip maker has its way, Intel won’t be inside netbooks solely from a hardware perspective. Intel helped create the Moblin initiative in the second half of 2007, just as netbooks became a reality. Moblin is the mobile Linux operating system on which Intel and the open-source community jointly collaborate. But while Intel’s Moblin enters the ring to fight the battle for netbook operating systems, I suspect the effort is ultimately a front for the larger prize: smartphones. Read More about Intel’s Netbook OS Plans Hint Smartphone Aspirations