The new update for Sailfish operating system comes under a very catchy name Paarlampi or the code number 188.8.131.52. Like every other operating system upgrade, this one brings fixes for identified bugs and some new possibilities. Sailfish OS now supports two-way sync of Exchange contacts, and you can now specify the account that will be the "default" for emailing.
Early February was not good for Samsung's mobile operating system Tizen, namely Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo has dropped out of the upcoming supply of smart phones powered by this OS. This seemed like the beginning of a bad trend.
During the announcement of quarterly financial results, BlackBerry's CEO Thorsten Heins has released some information on existing devices. Sadly news will not please owners of PlayBook tablet, as the financial results for the first quarter did not meet the expectations of shareholders.
"The future belongs to Android" says the director of Samsung, J.K. Shin in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, in which he complained that the market demand for tablets with Microsoft's Windows 8 and RT are very poor, and it apparently applies to mobile phones with WindowsPhone operating system as well.
Mozilla has allowed developers and other interested users to start test the upcoming Firefox OS. Firefox OS simulator r2d2b2g has been released, which is a prototype Firefox plugin that allows easy installation and testing of the new OS on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.
There are sometimes items that show up in the market that seem to point to something on the horizon that could be quite interesting. Although when we first saw the news that Facebook had picked up another Apple employee (this time the UI designer for iWeb and Numbers) we did not think much about it. Now however, there is something else that is on the horizon and that seems to counter some information that we had before about a possible Facebook phone. This is the news that RIM might be considering selling off their handset business.
HP appears to be taking a leaf out of AMD’s book; when times get tough, move to the open source community. Now I know that last statement is going to bug people, but just to be clear that is not meant as an insult. It is actually a smart thing to do when you cannot afford to fund research and development on your own; you put it in the hands of the people that are eager to build on the platform. AMD has done this more than once in its recent past and it has paid off for them and in the end the market.