Although Apple has publicly stated that they're striving to improve working conditions at its Foxconn manufacturing factories littered throughout China, tensions between the employer and workers is still high and rising - as many as a thousand employees rioted in Chengdu on Monday night.
The next generation iPhone could use components from chipmaker Qualcomm as the two companies are reported to be in talks for a future deal, fueling rumors of a possible 2010 iPhone arrangement that have surfaced in recent weeks. Citing "market sources," DigiTimes reported Monday that Qualcomm is in talks with Apple "for interest in future cooperation." The report said that Qualcomm is concerned about its future as popular smartphones, including the iPhone, do not utilize its 3G handset chips. Fierce competition has allegedly "pressured" the chip maker into looking to make a deal with Apple.
Software giant Google is rumored to release its own custom-built Android phone in early 2010, allowing the company to control all of the facets of the software and hardware, much like with Apple and the iPhone. Per Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, the Google-branded phone has been "confirmed" through reliable, anonymous sources, and will be sold directly through retailers very soon. Though the handset was originally planned to release this holiday, it has slipped to early 2010. Albeit the device will be created by a major manufacturer, much like Microsoft did with the first Zunes from Toshiba, it will only have the Google brand on it.