Google keeps tight grip on tablet software
San Francisco (AFP) March 24, 2011
Google on Thursday said it will be keeping a tight grip on its Honeycomb software crafted specially for tablet computers.
The California technology giant known for letting outside developers and gadget makers have their way with its Android software for powering mobile devices wants them to keep their hands off Honeycomb for a while.
Google optimized Android 3.0, known as Honeycomb, for champions fielded in a tablet arena dominated by Apple iPads and was concerned that it might wind up used in smartphones where it wouldn't shine.
"Honeycomb was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization," a Google spokesman told AFP.
"While we're excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones."
Google planned to release Honeycomb as "open source" code for developers and gadget makers "as soon as it's ready," according to the spokesman.
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RIM shares were down 10.75 percent in after-hours trading after gaining 3.17 percent during the day on Wall Street to close at $64.09.
The Waterloo, Ontario-based company reported a net profit of $934 million for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year compared with $710 million in the same quarter a year ago.
Revenue for the quarter which ended on February 26 was $5.6 billion, up 36 percent from the same quarter a year ago. For fiscal 2011, RIM said revenue was $19.9 billion, up 33 percent from the previous year.
RIM said it expected revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 of between $5.2 billion and $5.6 billion and earnings per share of of $1.47 to $1.55.
Analysts had been expecting $5.6 billion and $1.65 a share.
RIM said the guidance range reflected lower average selling prices for handsets in the current quarter, and increased investment in research, development, sales and marketing of its PlayBook tablet computer.
The range was wider than usual because of "the risk of potential disruption in RIM's supply chain as a result of the recent earthquake in Japan," it added.
RIM will begin selling the PlayBook, its iPad rival, on April 19.
RIM reported record Blackberry shipments of 52.3 million for fiscal 2011, up 43 percent over a year ago. It said 14.9 million BlackBerry smartphones were shipped in the fourth quarter.
"We are pleased to report record shipments and financial performance in fiscal 2011," RIM co-chief executive Jim Balsillie said in a statement.
"As we enter fiscal 2012, RIM is in an excellent position to benefit from the continuing convergence of the mobile communications and mobile computing markets," Balsillie said.
"We are laying a strong foundation for RIM's expanding market opportunity through focused investments and we are extremely excited about our smartphone, tablet and platform roadmaps," he said.
RIM announced meanwhile that the PlayBook will support software applications written for Google's Android operating system.
RIM president and co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis said the move will "provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform."
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The Asia-Pacific smartphone market is expected to double to 200 million by 2016, with Google's Android operating system the leading platform, an industry analyst said Thursday. The growing popularity of the handheld devices, which allow users to surf the Internet and access emails, will mean they will account for almost a third of all mobiles in the region in that time, telecoms consultancy ... read more
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