Enjoy our roundup of some of the best mobile phone stories that you may have missed this week:
1. Nokia X5 Announced. Not for Europe Yet.
We published a few details on the X5 earlier in the week, not expecting to hear much more for a while, however Nokia have just made the X5 official but at this point it’s only destined for China. The candybar phone should be coming out there during Q2 and it features a 2.4″ screen, a 5 megapixel camera, video shooting a 30fps and the Symbian S60 operating system.
2. Watch Out for ZTE.
Never heard of them? Well, ZTE are best known for making dongles or as an OEM, but reports are growing that they will be launching their own Android powered smartphone in the UK soon. Called the Racer, the phone will have a 2.8″ touchscreen and run v1.6 of Google’s OS.
3. Android Come to Your iPhone!
But you’re going to have to be something of a wizard to install it! Take a look at this video showing everything from the boot process to Android on an iPhone browsing the web, streaming music and making a call. It’s really, really impressive!
4. Volcano Woes for Sony Ericsson and Nokia.
If you’re eagerly waiting for delivery of a brand new phone from either Nokia or Sony Ericsson, there may be a little longer to wait before it arrives. Both manufacturers have added more road haulage and chartered aircraft of their own to increase parts and handset flow to other countries.
5. “We Will Survive!”
So says Palm CEO Jon Ruberstein, after much talk of the company being up for sale hit the news over the past week. Although he didn’t entirely dismiss the option, it would only be as a last resort, and that the company has various new devices in the pipeline, a healthy pot of cash behind them and would be open to licensing WebOS if the interest was there.
6. Femtocell Adoption Continues to Rise.
The femtocell is loved by both networks and by customers in bad reception areas, and it’s showing. A report has shown that the revenue received from femtocells increased by 154% between 2008 and 2009, with the total amount sold likely to reach 2.5 million by 2011.
7. Nokia Release Q1 Financial Details…
Nokia have reported net sales of 9.5 million euros during Q1 2010, a 3% increase over Q1 2009, but a 21% drop over Q4 last year. This has been repeated in their operating profit too, with an huge increase from the 55 million seen in Q1 2009 to 488 million for Q1 2010!
8. …and so do Sony Ericsson.
It’s their best since 2008 too, as Sony Ericsson have pocketed 21 million euros during Q1 2010. This however was slightly marred by a drop in sales figures over Q1 2009 – 14.6 million over 10.9 million for this year.
9. i:Virt Keeps Your Phone in Your Pocket.
A variation on several other similar Bluetooth-equipped watches, the Citizen i:Virt shows you to see who is calling or who has sent you a message, plus the chance to reject a call if you don’t want to speak to the caller. It’s ready to be released in Japan, but there is a chance it will make it to Europe in the future.
10. Texting is Best!
A US survey has shown that when it comes to communicating with friends, teenagers prefer sending an SMS over anything else. However, this changes when they are contacting their parents, when an old-fashioned voice call becomes the preference. We would bet that this is also representative of the UK too!