Top Ten Mobile Phone Stories of the Week

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

1.  Initial Windows Phone 7 Partners Confirmed.

Although Microsoft listed plenty of partners when it launched Windows Phone 7 at MWC in February, there was no guarantee that they would all be contributing at launch. Now though, Pocket-Lint have confirmed who will be supplying mobile phones running the new OS this year and they are HTC, Samsung, LG, ASUS and Dell. No big surprises here and we’ve already seen or heard of phones from all but ASUS, but where are Sony Ericsson and Motorola?

2.  Think Symbian^3 Will Be All About the N8? Think Again!

If you considered that Symbian^3 may have a brief lifespan thanks to an incoming Symbian^4 or MeeGo, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo wants to tell you otherwise, as the N8 will be the first in a string of handsets running the OS. In fact, he estimates Nokia will ship more than 50 million Symbian^3 phones over the course of the next few years.

3.  A Sneak Peak at BlackBerry 6.

RIM have revealed a little more about their forthcoming BlackBerry OS revision, showing off some screenshots and providing a few more details on version 6 via their blog. Highlights include new camera controls, a new searchable picture gallery and album art in the media player. The US will also see a new podcast app.

4.  Baidu OS?

If you’re asking who the hell Baidu are, that’s OK, as unless you live in China they probably won’t be that familiar. Baidu is China’s premier search engine and they could be moving into the mobile phone OS market, with the express intention of increasing their mobile search market share. We don’t know about you, but this sounds strangely familiar…

5.  Qualcomm Financial Statement Released.

Qualcomm, probably best known as a manufacturer of processors found in mobile phones, have released their Q3 revenue statement. They have posted an impressive $2.7 billion worth of revenue with $767 million profits, beating previous estimations.

6.  X10 Mini Going Strong.

We looked at the excellent Sony Ericsson X10 Mini earlier this week, so it’s good to see that the little phone is doing well in its early sales, with Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse figures confirming the device is currently the number three best-selling phone!

7.  Skype Abandons 3G Charge Plan.

When Skype started to allow users to make calls over 3G on various mobile phones including the iPhone, they also announced plans to make this a chargeable service sometime before the end of the year. However, thanks to carriers changing the way they charge for data, Skype have announced they will no longer be pursuing this and that 3G calls will remain free!

8.  Android Army.

A US defence contractor, Raytheon, is working with Google to bring a version of Android to a military smartphone that will provide real-time battlefield updates, troop movements and worryingly, a way to ‘identify enemies in a similar way to social networking sites such as Facebook’. You know what, we’re not quite sure they get social networking in the same way we all do!

9.  Symbian^4 Homescreen Images Lifted From Emulator.

While its release is still around a year away, Symbian^4 development is moving towards a year-end completion date, hence we’re now seeing more complete images of what the OS may look like. Some pictures have been lifted from an emulator running the software and they can be seen here, however it’s only fair to warn you, they’re not looking that exciting.

10.  Is That a Nokia Concept Phone in Your Pocket?

We’re sure you know the rest! The Nokia Kinetic has a rather unique feature, as when it’s laying flat on the table and a call or message comes in, an electromagnet causes the phone to mysteriously rise up to alert you! Spooky and perhaps just a little bit suggestive.

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