Enjoy our roundup of some of the best mobile phone stories that you may have missed this week:
1. No New Nokia’s in Barcelona?
Could this be correct? Despite Nokia shunning Mobile World Congress and setting up house across the road instead, there are rumours suggesting they won’t be debuting any new handsets at all. We find this hard to believe, as if they have nothing new, then why bother going to the expense? It seems like we’re not the only ones who think like this…
2. Nokia N8 Announced in Barcelona?
The Nokia N8 is a rumoured 3.5″ touchscreen phone with a 12 megapixel camera, 720p/30fps video shooting and an HDMI output which several sources are claiming will be Nokia’s big product at their not-MWC event next week. Even more exciting than the features above is the possibility it will be running Symbian^3!
3. New Phone Security At MWC.
It’s not something we often think about, but securing the information stored on your mobile phone in the event of its theft is a growing concern. Three new solutions will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress next week, including the i-migo, a proximity sensor which locks the phone if it’s out of range, TouchSafe is designed to make NFC payments more secure and finally, making a phone SIM specific so it will not work with anything other than the one installed.
4.Steve Ballmer to Excite MWC Crowd.
It has been announced that none other than Steve Ballmer himself will be at Mobile World Congress to give Microsoft’s keynote speech. Would he be there if Microsoft have nothing much to say? We doubt it, and expect the words Mobile, Windows and Seven to be used.
5. Another Possible HTC Smartphone?
We have already been concerned by the amount of unofficial HTC phones that seem to be floating around at the moment, so here is another to add to the list. The HTC Scorpion is supposed to be a WiMAX enabled, Android-based, 1.5GHz Snapdragon running behemoth, but Engadget doubts it’s even a phone, speculating the Scorpion may be a smartbook instead.
6.Opera to Demo iPhone Browser.
Another reason 2010′s Mobile World Congress looks exciting is Opera’s announcement they will be demonstrating their Opera Mini browser on the iPhone. Does this mean Apple are close to lifting some of the ‘duplicating functionality’ clauses which would have stopped its release?
7.Facebook Number One Waste of Time. Sorry, That’s Not Right, Number One Mobile Site.
No surprises here, as the GSMA’s research has shown that social network Facebook tops the charts of the site we browse for the longest time on our phones. The estimate is a frankly astounding 2.2 billion minutes during December 2009 alone! To show how far ahead Facebook is, in second place is Google’s range of sites, browsed for a total of ‘just’ 395 million minutes.
8. Garmin-Asus Embrace Windows Phone 6.5.3.
The next phone to house the latest build of Windows Phone will be the navigation-centric Garmin-Asus Nuviphone M10. Due before summer, the phone has a touchscreen, 3G with HSDPA, Wi-Fi and plenty of GPS goodness too.
9. Touchscreen SmartphonesAre Top Sellers.
More than half of the total amount of smartphones shipped during the final quarter of 2009 were touchscreen handsets, up 138 percent over the year before. Apple lead the way with around 25 million iPhone sales in 2009, with Nokia a close second with 22 million of their touchscreen phones. HTC and Samsung take third and fourth with almost 8 million and 5 million respectively.
10. Wake Up With a Bird.
A birdbox, that is. Combining an iPhone app with a cardboard bird box is an idea few would have thought of, but judging by this video, where the iPhone slots into the bird box and becomes the cutest alarm clock ever, we can’t imagine why!