Qualcomm confirmed its acquisition of WiGig chipmaker Wilocity, a move designed to enable Qualcomm to easily integrate WiGig into its mobile platforms and secure the vendor's role in wireless streaming of 4K video and high-throughput peer-to-peer communications for mobile, computing and networking devices.
Microsoft joined the AllSeen Alliance, an open-source project founded on Qualcomm technology and aimed at coming up with a standard to connect devices and have them interact as part of the Internet of Things. The software giant's participation in the group adds heft to its membership, which has been largely dominated by consumer electronics and home appliance makers.
Qualcomm gained an ally in Microsoft in its efforts to develop common standards for connected home equipment, but faces a challenge convincing rival chip makers to follow its path.
The confoundingly slow rollout of TV Everywhere across the OTT and mobile device plain continued Tuesday, with the announcement that Showtime Anytime is now accessible through authentication on the Xbox 360 for Showtime subscribers who also use Microsoft's Xbox Live programming service.
Microsoft, Mozilla, the Tizen Association and others are moving to lower-cost hardware in an effort to gain share in emerging markets. However, Google's Android One software and hardware reference design program could undercut those efforts by enhancing the Android experience on cheap devices in the developing world.
Microsoft's Nokia took the wraps off the new Nokia X2, a device that runs Android and will sell for around $135. The device appears to indicate Microsoft's intention, at least for the time being, to maintain Nokia's plans to sell Android phones as a low-cost alternative to Nokia's wider line of Lumia Windows Phone devices.
Microsoft is planning to add 3D gestures and motion tracking technology to its smartphones that mimics some of the functionality of its Kinect devices used for its Xbox platform, according to a report from The Verge.
Microsoft's Windows Phone hardware partners will produce devices this year that cost less than $200, according to a Microsoft executive, a shift that could lead to an increase in market share for the platform.
Microsoft's vice president of OEM partners, Nick Parker, said the retail price of Windows Phone smartphones and tablets will become more competitive during 2014, as company initiatives to boost the operating system (OS) begin to bear fruit.
It's not always easy to condense an event into a few words, but in the case of tthis year's TM Forum Live, key buzzwords immediately spring to mind: NFV--the much-discussed Network Functions Virtualisation--big data analytics and the digital enterprise.