Enjoy our roundup of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week, including a new Symbian Anna video, a small but very capable new Toshiba camera, the Nokia N10 concept and Microsoft’s say on WP7 tablets.
1. No Mango on Tablets Says Microsoft
Microsoft’s Windows Phone division president has said the smartphone operating system won’t be finding its way onto tablets, going against the grain of almost every other tablet manufacturer. The reason, he said, was that tablets were more like PCs and therefore need a PC-like operating system.
2. New Nokia Symbian Anna Video Released
Nokia wants us to keep the Symbian Anna update at the forefront of our minds, proven with the release of another video giving an overview of the improvements and a rundown of the devices the software will appear on. Once more, it has been confirmed that the brand new E6 and X7 will be getting Symbian Anna first, while existing N8 and other Symbian^3 phones will have to wait until Q3. Take a look at the video below, and see the new browser, keyboard and maps in action.
3. Panasonic Release Lumix Camera Phone in Japan.
The new Panasonic Lumix P-05C will be out in Japan very soon, boasting an amazing 13 megapixel camera with a 27mm wide-angle lens, plus it’s the world’s first camera phone to feature optical image stabilization. It also records 1080p video and has a 3.3-nch touchscreen, but it’s unlikely the phone will make it outside the country.
4. Optimus Slider Image Leaked
A digital render of an unknown LG smartphone has been leaked. Called the Optimus Slider it has appeared with US network Sprint’s branding, and the possible release date of the 11 September this year. As its name suggests, it should have a slide-out keyboard, but the rest of the spec remains a mystery.
5. Toshiba Unveil the Smallest 8 Megapixel CMOS Sensor Yet
The latest Toshiba CMOS sensor to be announced boasts the industry’s smallest pixel size yet, in order to avoid excessive loss of image quality. It does this by using back-side illumination technology, which uses clever sensors and positioning to improve both still and video pictures, while achieving much-needed miniaturization. Toshiba hope to have production-ready units by the end of the year.
6. Microsoft Planning Retail Stores in the US
Over the coming three years, Microsoft plans to open 75 retail stores across America. They’ve already got 11 stores, the most recent of which opened in Los Angeles at the end of June, and all of which sell Windows PCs, software, Xbox consoles and Windows Phones.
7. Quick Concept Windows Phone 7 Multitasking Video
Multi-tasking has yet to be implemented on Windows Phone 7, however an enterprising YouTuber has created their own concept of what it could look like. It looks good too, fitting in with Microsoft’s Metro UI, although some of the buttons don’t look quite right against the background. See for yourselves below:
8. Microsoft Sued By Joke Gift Company
Tech companies have plenty of fun suing each other, and now joke gift company Cellrderm is getting some of the action by taking Microsoft to court. The company produces a funny product called Cellrderm, which is supposedly a nicotine patch for mobile phone addicts. They made two adverts – one with a lingerie-clad lady trying to attract the attention of her man and another set in a men’s urinal – which they claim Microsoft and their ad-agency ‘borrowed’ for their successful ‘Really’ ad campaign.
9. Concept Nokia Phone Runs Three Operating Systems!
The concept Nokia N10, whose aluminium chassis has been designed to look like a sail, has a triple-boot system, meaning it runs Windows Phone 7 Mango, Android Ice Cream Sandwich and MeeGo! The phone uses a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM, has a 3.9-inch touchscreen, plus a Carl Zeiss 8 megapixel camera on the rear. It will also never, ever happen!
10. SwiftKey X for Android Phones and Tablets Released
One of the better alternative keyboards for Android has finally left its beta stage and gone live in the Android Market. SwiftKey X is available for both Android smartphones and tablets, offering a split-keyboard affair for the latter and strong predictive text on both versions. Check out the demo video below for a glimpse of how it works.