While HP didn’t exactly hit the ground running following its Palm acquisition, webOS is still one of our favorite mobile operating systems and we can’t wait for the Pre3 to drop at some point this summer. With that said, it looks like HP is moving some executives around, and for good reason. Jon Rubenstein, who was vice president and general manager of HP’s webOS global business unit is moving into an executive role as senior vice president of product innovation for the Personal Systems Group. Stephen DeWitt, who formerly occupied the role Rubenstein is taking over, will replace him as head of the webOS global business unit. Hit the break for HP’s press release.
On Monday Nokia announced that it’s killing off the Ovi brand. Beginning in July and August, the Finnish firm will rebrand its Ovi products under the “Nokia services” moniker, and the transition will continue into next year. “By centralizing our services identity under one brand, not two, we will reinforce the powerful master brand of Nokia and unify our brand architecture – while continuing to deliver compelling opportunities and experiences for our partners and consumers alike,” executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Jerri DeVard, said. Nokia confirmed it has “no planned disruption” to the roadmaps of its Ovi products, but that new customers will begin to see the branding change on devices shipping later this year. The firm will also rebrand some applications through future software updates. More →
According to a report filed by Daily News & Analysis, Nokia will bring its first Windows Phone handset to market sometime in 2012. The information comes courtesy of Nokia India’s MD, D. Shivakumar, who was quoted as saying his company’s first Windows Phone handset would become available “roughly 12 months from now.” The information contradicts previous reports, and comments made by Nokia executives, that implied a smartphone running Microsoft’s mobile operating system was on target for a 2011 release. Nokia is expected to release close to twenty new Symbian smartphones in 2011. More →
Company Asymco — a “unique hybrid of an app production studio and an industry analysis advisory with both practices informing each other” — has a fairly unique factoid up on their website. According to analyst Horace Dediu, sixty percent — that’s 6-0 — of Apple’s Q4 2010 sales came from products that did not exist until three years ago. Obviously the iPhone and iPad take center stage in that particular category. Talk about a short-term renaissance. More →
According to a report from MacWorld, Apple is wiping its hands and walking away from the Blackjack table for the remainder of 2008. It’s been quite a year for the Cupertino crew, arguably with plenty more ups than downs (stock price aside). An Apple spokesperson told MacWorld simply that, “our holiday line-up is set.” Hmm. This might come as a bit of a disappointment to plenty of Apple fans who have been hoping rumors of refreshed iMacs and Mac minis held true, but Apple feels it has done enough for this year and for the holiday season. What may likely end up being the biggest story for Apple this holiday season is unfortunately not a positive one. The iPhone 3G, a handset that has cemented Apple’s position as a force to be reckoned with in the mobile industry, is going to be a tough buy this time around. As the in-store activation requirement remains in effect for the holidays, many could be deterred from including the iPhone 3G on their holiday shopping lists. When contacted, one Apple Store location in New York recommended we, “just buy a gift card instead, [the recipient] won’t mind!” Right then. Many people eying a mobile gift this season are likely going to be deterred by the fact that their recipient will have to battle through holiday traffic just to get their hands on the gift right away. The alternative, actually handing someone a phone, is obviously a bit more desirable. Regardless, Apple addicts, it looks like your next fix isn’t coming until 09 so in the meantime you’ll have to look elsewhere for some fresh new gear.