It’s Saturday, so tradition dictates that I should (a) have a sore head, and (b) write about the week’s news. Check and check, daddy-o.
It was a fairly quiet week (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately), but two kinda biggish things happened. Fasten your seatbelts.
I guess the big story was Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple’s head honcho. Some high-paid analysts reckon – shock horror – that his pseudo-departure (he’ll still be lurking behind the scenes) might inspire Apple’s rivals to crank it up a notch.
The other big thing was the HP TouchPad fire sale. The 16GB model was being punted for a furging ridiculous £89. Where that figure came from is anyone’s guess; we reckon folk would’ve gladly paid twice that.
Alas, finding stock proved to be nigh on impossible. Boo. On the plus side, there was interesting news for those who did manage to score an HP TouchPad. A group of guys is determined to get the tablet running Android.
HTC’s “what’s next” party is on Thursday next week, and the Windows Phone UK team shared the event on Facebook, hinting that we’ll see some Mango action from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
One phone expected to show up is the HTC Eternity, and this week we saw the first press shot of the WP7-running chap.
In OS land, Nokia continues to sex up poor Symbian, this time in the form of Belle. Samsung ain’t done with bada, and this week the 2.0 SDK was released into the wild. And bad news for Android, as the volume of malware aimed at the ubiquitous OS jumped by 76% in Q2.
The obligatory iPhone 5 story wasn’t particularly exciting. Apparently the iPhone 5 will be a world phone, with support for both GSM and CDMA.
Next week should be pretty juicy. There’s that HTC party in London, and the international radio exhibition (IFA) in Berlin.