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Microsoft hopes to complete a deal to acquire Nokia’s smartphone (and maybe tablet) division by early 2014. While the software maker says it plans to continue licensing Windows Phone software to other companies even after it starts making its own phones, it’s not entirely up to Microsoft.
It might be tough to convince companies to continue licensing Microsoft software just so they can build devices that will compete directly against hardware from Microsoft.
In some ways the Nokia acquisition puts Microsoft in the same position as Google, which acquired Motorola last year. But Google continues to run Motorola as a separate company, while there’s no indication that Microsoft will do so with Nokia’s hardware business.
Here’s a roundup of tech news
- Good luck getting anyone to license Windows Phone or Windows RT now, Microsoft
Microsoft says it plans to continue licensing Windows Phone to other device makers even after acquiring Nokia. But let’s see if anyone bites. [GigaOm]
- Acer Aspire R7 update brings pen input, Haswell chips to the laptop with an “Ezel mode”
Acer’s R7 laptop features an unusual design and an Ezel mode that let lets you sort of float the screen above the keyboard. Now you can use a digital pen to write, draw, or paint on that easel. [Engadget]
- Is this Samsung’s 12.2 inch tablet?
Word on the street is that Samsung plans to introduce a new tablet with a 12.2 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display and an octa-core processor. This might be what it looks like. Maybe. [Move player]
- Unannounced Kobo Apollo HD tablet shows up at Bluetooth SIG
Kobo just introduced 3 new tablets as part of the Kobo Arc lineup. But the company may not be finished yet. It looks like there’s another 10 inch model on the way. [TabletGuide.nl]
- Pipo intorduces M6pro 9.7 inch tablet
Pipo’s next tablet features a 2048 x 1536 pixel 9.7 inch display and a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor. [Padhz]
- Who’s left in the Android leadership team
Now that Andy Rubin and Hugo Barra have left the Android team, here’s a look at some of the key players in Google’s mobile division and at how they may influence the software moving forward. [The Verge]