Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week

Enjoy our roundup of some of the best mobile phone stories that you may have missed this week:

1.  Another New LG Phone Revealed!

Obviously the massive amount of new LG phones spotted this week wasn’t quite enough, as we have another to add to the list.  The GW370 Shannon is a side-slider with a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen.  Little else is known at this stage, but this could be the official replacement for the KS360.

2.  HTC Supersonic On Video.

This is potentially the next superphone from HTC.  The Supersonic is rumoured to be an Android phone with the ability to run on a WIMAX network – that’s 4G speeds folks!  The video is hardly what you’d call revealing, but it shows the Supersonic is on its way!

3.  Who Will the Apple iPad Go To?

Apple execs are in the UK this week to talk to Orange, Vodafone and O2 on the subject of 3G tariffs for their forthcoming iPad tablet.  Although Apple previously gave O2 exclusivity over the iPhone, they are not expected to grant such a deal this time.

4.  Still No Love for the Nexus One.

According to The Register, the analysts over at Goldman Sachs have cut their sales estimates of Google’s phone by 70%, which they speculate is due to a poor response from those carriers who offer the phone, as it’s sold via Google’s own website.  Is it really any wonder?  No customer contact means no way to upsell, meaning the majority won’t care.

5.  Mexican Phone Tycoon Becomes World’s Richest Man.

Carlos Slim has ascended to the top of the Forbes world’s richest list with a fortune of $53 billion.  He owns, amongst other things, the Mexican mobile phone carrier Telmex and is the first non-American to reach the top spot since 1994.

6.  Nokia Patent Kinetic Battery.

Although a patent is no guarantee something will ever go into production, we have a feeling this one may make an appearance in the future.  The Nokia developed Piezoelectric Kinetic Energy Harvester would allow a battery power top up by shaking the phone or presumably, just by general movement too.

7.  Sony Ericsson Unbox the X10.

Excited about the Xperia X10?  Want that excitement ruined by Sony Ericsson themselves?  If so, then this video is for you, as it shows those crazy folk over at Sony Ericsson unboxing the nearly-here X10!  To show real brand synergy, they’ve shot the video on a Vivaz HD too.

8.  Your Mobile Knows How You Feel.

The first of three news stories from Japan this week concerns a new technology which will let the person on the other end of the line know your mood, even if it changes mid-conversation.  Sensors in the phone casing detect electrical resistance alterations, then sends the data to the other phone, causing it to heat up if your mood is angry or excited!

9.  Lotta Certainly Doesn’t Describe the Spec-list!

The Lotta phone concept has been created by a Japanese designer for a company who like phones with cool designs and the minimum of features.  It’s certainly that, as there is no exterior screen on the flip phone, a simple two-tone colour scheme and a traditional alphanumeric keypad.  Looks great though!

10.  Oi! Get Back to Work!

Japanese phone company KDDI have been hard at work on a new technology that tracks the movements of workers, then sends the information back to their bosses, who can then see if said worker is working hard enough!  Talk of efficiency and performance evaluation disguises the fact that all this does is invade staff privacy!

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