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Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Can Now Share

25 Jun 2012

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Sharing is caring not only when it comes to candy but also when we're talking about operating systems. 

The most important revelation coming from Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 release is that the next wave of Windows Phones will share code with big brother, Windows 8. The two will have a common core, which means under the hood, the phone platform can share common file formats, hardware drivers, networking, security protocols, and more importantly—apps.

That means developers who spend countless hours coding apps for Windows 8 don’t have to start from scratch when coding for Windows Phone 8. With minor modifcations to the code, most apps that will launch with Windows 8 can easily be ported over to Windows Phone 8. This includes producitvity apps, PC games, and even Internet Explorer 10. The benefits of a shared code might not be as obvious to consumers at first, but to developers, it’s as clear as day: They get a 2-for-1 deal.

With Windows Phone 8 supporting higher resolutions and multiple cores, these mobile devices are nothing less than mini PCs. And here’s another thought: one of the new and exciting features of Windows Phone 8 is support for Near Field Communication (NFC), used mainly in the mobile wallet arena for short-range wireless transfers. Now imagine applying this to the shared Windows paradigm to share files and apps by simply bumping your Windows Phone 8 device against a Windows 8 PC. How cool would that be.

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Qualcomm builds momentum in China with Oppo licensing agreement

When it comes to how we connect, Qualcomm is committed to bringing the future forward faster, particularly through wireless connectivity. On the heels of recent agreements with Chinese electronic giants like Lenovo, Xiaomi and Haier, we are pleased to have reached a new patent licensing agreement with Oppo.

The agreement enables Oppo to develop and manufacture mobile devices with 3G and 4G LTE capabilities in China. Currently, more than 100 Chinese companies have signed license agreements with Qualcomm that are consistent with terms of the rectification plan submitted by Qualcomm to, and accepted by the NDRC.

The new agreement provides another step forward for Qualcomm to expand its licensing business in China—and to continue developing the connectivity fabric of everything on a global scale.

“Qualcomm is very pleased to sign a license agreement with OPPO,” said Alex Rogers, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “As an R&D engine for the industry, we are excited to see companies such as OPPO build on our patented technologies to drive further development and innovation and create compelling products."

According to IDC (July 2016), Oppo is the 2nd largest manufacturer of mobile electronic devices in China for the first half of 2016 and a top-10 global electronics player.

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