The Symbian Foundation on Monday introduced S^3, the first entirely open-source iteration of the mobile operating system. S^3, according to the group, will allow users to perform a number of functions, such as plugging into an HD television set to watch content at full 1080p resolution.
Saying the iPad "will create a new market and new demand," Samsung executives announced plans to launch their own tablet device, a development that puts Samsung in the unique position of being a competitor and supplier to the Apple device, according to the research firm iSuppli. The news comes as statistics show a flood of applications have been issued by third-party developers since Apple disclosed its iPad plans.
The next wave in smartphone functionality could be all about TV if vendor announcements at an industry show this week are met with consumer adoption. Chip makers Qualcomm and ST-Ericsson are readying platforms that provide a High-Definition Multimedia Interface for turning smartphones into HD-viewing devices.
Citing sluggish demand, Sony announced that it would stop producing OLED TVs for the Japanese market. The company, however, said it would continue making the organic light-emitting diode devices for overseas markets in North America, Europe and elsewhere.