Mobile Morning Coffee (01/05/12)

The most relevant mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.

Today: Microsoft might buy Nokia’s smartphone division, Barnes & Noble might spinoff Nook business, and the iPad is at 3 billion app downloads (and counting).

Apple’s iPad tops 3 billion downloads (via GigaOM)
An ABI Research study found the iPad represented 19 percent of total App Store downloads since the device’s launch, and the iPad reached the 3 billion mark around six months faster than the iPhone, which took two years to register that many app downloads.

The Not-So-Crazy Rumors About Microsoft Taking Over Nokia’s Smartphone Division Resurface (via TechCrunch)
Such an agreement between the two tech giants would leave Nokia with nothing but its ‘dumbphone’ or feature phone business, mapping services subsidiary Navteq and Nokia Siemens Networks, the flailing networking and telecom equipment company (a joint-venture with Siemens).

Microsoft, OEMs Pledging $200 Million For Windows Phone Marketing Push (via TechCrunch)
BetaNews reported earlier yesterday that Microsoft and AT&T will give the Nokia Ace the full hero treatment, which in this case means a concerted advertising push and in-store promotions.

Barnes & Noble considers spinoff of Nook business (via GigaOM)
The company said there’s no time table for such a move nor any guarantee it will happen, but the mention of it suggests it’s very possible.

Fly Or Die: The Nokia Lumia 710 And The Meizu MX (via TechCrunch)
TechCrunch’s Fly Or Die team looks at the latest Nokia offering and a phone currently only available in China.

Android platform distribution statistics updated: .6-percent or around a million devices on ICS (via 9to5Google)
Android device fragmentation rears its ugly head once again.

Starbucks launches ‘pay by app’ for iPhone users (UK) (via The Telegraph)
Since the launch of mobile payment in the USA in January 2011, there have been 26 million mobile transactions and $110m has been loaded onto Starbucks Cards directly through the mobile app.

Why Don’t Smartphones Have A “Guest Mode”? (via TechCrunch)
A very good question, and the reason why no one borrows my phone.

Google’s Nexus tablet may push Android partners out of the picture (via BGR)
Citing anonymous sources from within Google’s supply chain, DigiTimes suggests that the slate will compete directly with the Kindle Fire at an enticing $199 price point.

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