Nokia may unveil smartphones running on Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 at its Nokia World conference in September, according to a Bloomberg report citing anonymous sources “with knowledge of the matter.” If the rumor is true, Nokia will take the wraps off the new handsets shortly before Apple’s expected iPhone release in mid-September.
Qualcomm has hired a former Intel executive Anand Chandrasekher as its new chief marketing officer. Chandrasekher most recently served as senior vice president and general manager for Intel’s Ultra Mobility Group, where his responsibilities included Atom processors. He also led pioneering efforts on Intel Centrino platforms. In his new post at Qualcomm, Chandrasekher will oversee global marketing and external communications. He will report to COO Steve Mollenkopf.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has tapped Kineto Wireless co-founder Mark Powell to serve as its new executive director, effective immediately. Powell has been tasked with expanding Bluetooth’s presence into new areas such as healthcare, fitness and the connected home, while growing its existing market share in consumer electronics, cars and wireless devices.
The IEEE is looking into forming a patent pool for Wi-Fi technology at the request of its members, who facing increasing legal threats over intellectual property rights. The launch of the IEEE 802.11 Patent Pool Exploratory Forum today is designed to foster the formation of one or more patent pools covering Wi-Fi and other related technologies. Thirteen companies are currently participating in the forum.