The entire technology industry was upended this week, as two stories broke which were as game-changing as they were surprising.
Firstly, on Tuesday it was revealed that search giant Google had made a bid to purchase Android partner Motorola Mobility. The market was stunned, particularly at the massive US$12.5 billion price tag, and Google’s other Android partners – now competitors – expressed their support in a series of eerie, gun-to-the-head responses. Even as the weekend approaches news is still breaking, with one Motorola Mobility shareholder reportedly suing the company for failing to secure an adequate price.
As if that wasn’t big enough, HP also announced it was taking a sledgehammer to its business structure, suspending its webOS operating system, canning the TouchPad tablet and other webOS devices, purchasing British software vendor Autonomy, and looking to separate or sell its PC division, PSG. HP New Zealand did not return Techday’s calls.
Finally, in one last piece of tablet news, Samsung released its controversial Galaxy Tab 10.1 in New Zealand this week, following legal disputes in Australia and Europe. The tablet was shipped to Vodafone stores and other retailers mid-week, and should be available for purchase this weekend.
In telecommunications news, Telecom released its financial results for the year this week, reporting modest growth but having to write off $257 million in equipment and software which is to become obsolete when the government’s UFB project is implemented. The release also saw Telecom admit to losing 95,000 mobile phone customers, although the company says profits in the sector are up, and most of the departees are former users of the old CDMA network.
In government news, National was in full swing promoting its investment in the IT industry this week, announcing the recipients of its second round of technology R & D funding, as well as launching an initiative to aid and promote technology entrepreneurs overseas. Could IT be the sector that finally pulls New Zealand out of recession? There are several big technology events that are happening in the next few weeks where you may be able to find out – check out Techday’s previews of Microsoft’s Tech.Ed conference and NZICT’s Rutherford Technology Showcase.
Finally, voting has closed and the finalists for the NetGuide web awards have been announced! The winners will be revealed on August 25, so if you want to be part of this exciting event, go here and buy your ticket!