“Some of Asia’s biggest mobile-phone makers are taking a greater interest in developing their own software, a move that has gained urgency as some of their rivals team up with software companies to become more competitive,” Yun-Hee Kim And Paul Mozur report for The Wall Street Journal.
“Handset firms such as Samsung Electronics Co., LG Electronics Inc. and HTC Corp. built names for themselves making compelling phones for carriers, while relying on operating systems from companies like Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to power the devices,” Kim And Mozur report. “But Nokia Corp.’s partnership with Microsoft on handset development this year and Google’s planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. have some Asian device makers fearing they’ll have fewer software options in the future, which could affect their long-term competitiveness in the fast-growing smartphone market.”
Kim And Mozur report, “‘Software is core to the user experience and can be the differentiator between a hit device or a flop,’ says Neil Mawston, an analyst with research firm Strategy Analytics.”
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