F or all Apple iPad fans, here is a bit of disappointing news. The much-drooled-at device that was launched last week is unlikely to officially hit Indian stores any time soon.

As is the case with all major hardware manufacturers, India does not figure in the first or even the second wave of the launch. (Samsung is an exception for putting the Galaxy Tab in the Indian markets fast).

Apple iPad 2 will hit the Apple stores in the U.S. on March 11 at the same price points as the iPad 1, and will further add another 26 countries, mostly European, to its itinerary on March 25.

For those who want to get your hands on the eye candy, asking your relatives abroad to get them for you is a good bet.

Where art thou, Microsoft?

M icrosoft suddenly seems to have fallen off the global map of technology, at least as far as the booming retail of mobile devices goes.

Though their tie-up with Nokia is set to pave the way for Windows 7 Mobile phones, it can't be till later this year. Surely much of the action seems to be focussed on the ”post-PC devices” (as Steve Jobs puts it); there is hardly any news on any tablet PC of any manufacturer running on Windows OS.

Looks like it would be a two-horse race between Google's Android, the open source OS, and iOS, the walled-garden OS of Apple, for some time now.

Interestingly, the Nokia-Microsoft tie-up resonates well with the post-script speech of Steve Jobs, at the iPad 2 launch last week, when he mentioned that he firmly believed that in the emerging mobile ecosystem it is a safer bet to tie up hardware and software development, rather than adopt the ‘exclusive of each other' approach of Android.

Google takes down rogue Apps

G oogle has swooped down on rogue Apps in its Android market recently. In its official blog Google Mobile Blog (googlemobile.blogspot.com), Google said it pulled the plug on an unidentified number of applications that exploited a security vulnerability in its Android version 2.2.2 to mine details of its users, including the IMEI number, in the background. Google used the “kill switch” to remove more than 2.6 million downloads from Android users, all of whom would be notified via email.

While Android users can heave a sigh of relief, the development raises some concerns and sounds a warning for all, to be absolutely certain before downloads.

These rogue applications, after all, found their way into the rapidly exploding Android marketplace.

(Compiled by KARTHIK SUBRAMANIAN)

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