Samsung's mobile DRAM business is at the top of its game, and the company is doing pretty well moving smartphones and tablets, too. The company's LCD flat-screen television business is an entirely different story. Samsung has been losing money on LCD TVs and is reportedly thinking about spinning its LCD division off, though no decision has yet been made.
Your Mitsubishi brand LCD TV is about to become a relic of sorts. In a strange, and perhaps desperate move, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America is reportedly drop kicking LCD TV production as part of a restructuring process that will also include handing out pink slips. Mitsubishi said its goal is to "reclaim [its] position as the large screen company," but without LCD TVs. How exactly does the display maker plan to do that?
Glasses-free 3D technology continues to gain steam. Later this month, Nintendo will launch its 3DS handheld console, the first of what we hope are many 3D devices that ditch the 3D glasses (assuming this whole 3D fad sticks around). Next up are large screen TVs, and as you read this, Samsung's over in China showing off a 55-inch 3D LCD TV that's able to produce 3D effects without any eye gear.
In the battle for browser market market share, Opera Software can claim victory in a skirmish to land a contract with Sony. As a result, Sony will shove the Opera browser into its Internet-connected Bravia televisions and Blu-ray disc players, the Swedish browser maker announced.
"The Web as we know it is evolving, and we are committed to making it more accessible across diverse devices," said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. "Our ability to address key hybrid broadcast-broadband initiatives in numerous markets makes us a natural fit with Sony. By delivering both a global viewpoint and the necessary technology, we are able to stay on the cutting edge of the industry."
Opera talked up its SDK in the announcement, calling it a "robust, open platform" that's highly customizable and ideal for this sort of thing. The platform will allow for developers to create related apps and widgets.
The Opera browser is already used by Nintendo on its gaming consoles, and Opera's mobile browser remains a popular download. Nevertheless, the combined market share for Opera and Opera Mini sits at less than 3.5 percent, according to NetMarketShare.