Hutchison Whampoa backed INQ Mobile pioneered the concept of integrating Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites with a phone's core user interface way back in 2009. However, the company lost its innovation to Android smartphones from tier one brands that had also learnt the trick and offered better specifications, not to forget brand name too. INQ Mobile somewhat melted away in 2011 with key executives jumping ship but it seems the guys are planning to come back into the spotlight at next week's CES.
When a company releases a teaser video, we expect to see glimpses of a new product or some hints that would keep everyone guessing what the announcement could be about. However, today Samsung redefined the concept of releasing a teaser video, by uploading a video that essentially says something new will be announced between January 8-13, which are the dates for CES 2013.
Microsoft has announced via a blog post that CES 2012 will be the last time it will have a booth and keynote at the show. This is another end of an era considering CES has been kicked off by Microsoft CEO's keynote address for as long as I can remember. Microsoft won't actively participate from CES 2013 onwards but will certainly have its presence felt at the show via its hardware partners. We ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don t align with the show s January timing, Microsoft corporate vice president of corporate communications Frank Shaw explained in the blog post.