Feeds

Qualcomm does smartphone deal with MS – and Symbian

Cunningly playing both ends of the field

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

The announcement of a Microsoft-Qualcomm joint effort to produce reference designs for mobile devices yesterday may have been big news as Bill Gates' keynote was concerned, but Qualcomm would seem to be playing fast and loose. Because the company made two remarkably similar announcements, both tagged "New Orleans, February 28."

At the same time as forging a deal with Microsoft to produce designs based on Pocket PC and Microsoft Mobile Explorer, Qualcomm has signed with Symbian to promote the interoperability of Symbian devices and CDMA networks. Both alliances cover devices using Qualcomm's iMSM (Internet Mobile Station Modem) chipset and system software, so effectively Qualcomm is promoting both Microsoft and Symbian devices for use in CDMA networks.

Although the Microsoft reference design alliance might initially seem to be another effort to promote 'Son of CE,' Pocket PC, as a standard for the wireless market, it's worth noting that the announcement refers to two classes of device, one of smart phones based on "the Microsoft Mobile Explorer wireless communications platform," and the other of "wireless Pocket PCs."

It's the second category that you could describe as being rather like the ancestral 'CE-based cellular phone' platform, while the first is more like the new-look browser strategy, as outlined via the Ericsson deal earlier this year. Note, too, how a microbrowser is starting to inflate into a whole platform, without Microsoft getting too specific about underlying operating systems.

The fact that Qualcomm's facing two ways also hints at the likelihood of the Microsoft and Symbian strategies getting mixed and matched when the hardware starts to go on sale. Ericsson already intends to run Mobile Explorer on Symbian's EPOC, and Symbian has no problem with this at all - on the contrary.

And from the Symbian release, here's a strong hint that Qualcomm intends to face in more ways, rather than being tagged as Microsoft's tame wireless outfit: Qualcomm "recently announced that the iMSM product family will feature a number of different chips and system software solutions available over a period of time, and will be targeted to different segments of the wireless device market." Watch this space, does that mean? ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.