The Chromening of Android? Or the Droidening of Chrome OS? We still haven’t had much to make of word last year from the Wall Street Journal that Google’s two primary software platforms would merge together. Google denied any notion of it, but lo and behold what came this year: Android apps working on Chromebooks.
As Android turns eight years old and all we get out of it is a stupid cake, we have to wonder what Senior VP of Android, Google Play and Chrome Hiroshi Lockheimer might have to say about it.
We announced the 1st version of Android [...]
Just because the PC market’s contracting doesn’t mean that competition doesn’t get colder. At least in Japan, it’s actually getting warm enough to the point of a possible three-way merger between the personal computing parts of Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO — the latter a spin-off from Sony and resurgent in the high-end market.
The three Japanese companies will hash out details and may have a preliminary agreement within the month. Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO’s controlling investor will have approximately equal, if not equal shares in the operation. [...]
Ah, M&As. AT&T can pull one off with DirecTV. In modern history, T-Mobile batted one A and struck out on not just one, but two Ms. And its been playing around for more. Sprint was part of one of those failed hookups. In stark contrast to “Carrier Pink’s” rising star, “Carrier Yellow’s” fortunes are still on the slide. It might be the case that Sprint, the company which took a beating for its acquisition of Nextel and is getting life support from its current majority shareholder — at 82 percent — Softbank, is in greater need of one of these [...]
Short answer: not necessarily right now, but there may be a shifting of the needle. Let’s take it back to the situation T-Mobile has been in, trying to hitch itself up with an acquisition here, a merger there and all the huff and puff its bigger competitors, Verizon and now AT&T, can pull off with a TV provider attached. Let’s just say that a new TV player has entered the market and a new limb for T-Mobile to jump onto has grown.
Netherlands-based European telecom provider Altice has purchased New York’s Cablevision for $17.7 billion. Patrick Drahi, [...]