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Virtualization: An easy way to kill Apple's HTC lawsuit

Mar 08, 2010, 08:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]

http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow/?p=12224

"In my fairy-tale scenario — or at least in what seems like fantasy today, I described a mobile computing world where a customer walks into a wireless carrier store, picks a "body" or device form factor that they want, activates service, then and runs whatever smartphone OS they want on it — Android, Windows 7 Phone Series, Palm WebOS, Symbian, MeeGo, BlackBerry, or even iPhone.

"Today this is a non-starter because device development by the handset manufacturers and the wireless providers is difficult. When a new device is created by a handset manufacturer today, the operating system that runs on it has to be optimized with device drivers specific to the hardware on that handset and software specific to that carrier. The manufacturer may have build processes that help speed development, but it's still no walk in the park.

"This process takes a long time because while you may have one model of device that can be targeted to multiple carriers, things like OS software that supports transceiver chip sets may have to change in order to accommodate the network technology being used as well as a myriad of other things that make a new device launch on a carrier a big hassle"

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