Samsung Electronics has ruled out a patent litigation settlement deal with Apple akin to the one Apple and HTC announced last weekend, according to a senior Samsung executive.
HTC revealed it will not update devices with 512MB RAM or less to run Google's Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, citing user experience concerns.
Apple and rival smartphone vendor HTC agreed to settle all outstanding patent litigation between themselves around the world, and the two firms entered into a 10-year licensing agreement.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company's Windows Phone 8 platform will rapidly capture more market share as it builds on its relatively small user base.
Microsoft is working with Asian component suppliers on its own smartphone design but has not decided if it will go into mass production, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal .
Microsoft is convinced it now has the high-end hardware and a rising number of the top applications to make a convincing push into the smartphone market with Windows Phone 8, according to a senior Microsoft executive.
Microsoft formally unveiled its new Windows Phone 8 software, demonstrating several new features, and also emphasized the carrier support the platform is receiving from AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and, perhaps most importantly, Verizon Wireless.
Microsoft will formally roll out its Windows Phone 8 platform at a media event in San Francisco today ahead of the commercial launch of a wave of new smartphones from hardware partners Nokia, Samsung Electronics and HTC.
While Samsung Electronics and Apple grabbed headlines for leading the smartphone market in the third quarter, and Nokia fell out of the top five smartphone vendor rankings for the first time, Chinese vendor ZTE quietly grabbed market share from established players.
On the eve of the launch of Microsoft's first branded tablet, the Surface, CEO Steve Ballmer said that the software giant will produce more branded hardware, but did not specifically say if the company will release its own smartphone.