Samsung Electronics Co. “will release a tablet that features Microsoft Corp.’s Windows RT software when the operating system debuts, people with knowledge of the matter said,” Jun Yang and Ian King report for Bloomberg.
“Samsung has made a handheld computer built on Windows RT, the first version of Windows that works on ARM Holdings Plc technology, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public,” Yang and King report. “Windows RT devices will be released in October, one person said.”
Yang and King report, “Samsung’s Windows RT tablet will feature Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon processor, the people said… Apple led the tablet market at the end of the first quarter, with 11.8 million units shipped, or a 58 percent share, according researcher IHS ISuppli Inc. Samsung was second, with 11 percent, followed by Amazon.com Inc., which had 5.8 percent.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last October:
Windows Phone will be popular. Over time, it’ll eat the lunch of the increasingly fragmented, increasingly insecure, and increasingly costly Android (losing patent infringement lawsuits and dropping features/paying royalties to multiple IP owners will do that to you).
The not-iPhone world will begin to dump Android and move to Microsoft’s mobile OS offering because it will eventually cost less, work better, and come with far fewer legal issues. In the iPhone wannabe market, it’s already happening (Nokia, for example). We expect the same to happen in the iPad wannabe market, too [with Windows 8/RT]. Google and Microsoft will long battle each other for the non-Apple markets and that’s a much better scenario for everyone than having a single ripoff artist flood the market with fragmented, insecure, beta-esque, mediocre-at-best products. Google’s attempt to be the next Microsoft is doomed.
This, of course, will also impact Google’s search business. Apple’s Siri will increasingly deliver info to users sans Google and Microsoft will, naturally, use Bing for their search. As we’ve said many times in the past: “Google will rue the day they got greedy by deciding to try to work against Apple instead of with them.”
The bottom line: We’d rather see a company trying unique ideas, even if – shockingly – it’s Microsoft, than the wholesale theft of Apple innovations that we’ve been seeing for over [five] years now. Don’t steal IP. Even worse, don’t steal IP and claim to be “innovators.” We have no problem with any companies that attempt to compete with Apple using their own unique ideas and strategies.
Now, if only Samsung can curtail their fetish for infringing upon Apple’s trade dress, their court dates will diminish dramatically.