Enjoy our roundup of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including Apple beating Nokia, a new Hitachi 3D screen, Google+ on iOS and Windows Phone 7, plus a robot made from old phones!
1. Nokia Loses More Ground in Smartphone Race
Analysts are saying that Apple has overtaken Nokia to become the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer by volume, after shipping more than 20 million iPhones compared to Nokia’s 16 million smartphones. Nokia has reported a net loss of 368 million euros during Q2 this year, and handset sales fell by 20% too. Will Windows Phone 7 provide the boost the company so obviously needs?
2. Google+ iOS App Joins Android Version, Windows Phone 7 to Follow Soon?
Google+ is the latest social networking sensation, and it’s now possible to share and post from both Android and iOS devices, as an app has been released for the iPhone too. Available for free in both the Android Market and the App Store, the pair could be joined by a Windows Phone 7 app as soon as next week.
3. PEGI App Released
PEGI, or the Pan European Game Information, helps buyers of video games understand ratings and other symbols found on packaging these days, ensuring they make an informed purchasing decision. A mobile app makes a lot of sense then, and a free app has now been released for Windows Phone 7, Android and iOS.
4. Everything Everywhere Boss Resigns
Tom Alexander, the CEO of Everything Everywhere has announced his resignation, just over a year after the merger of Orange and T-Mobile was finalised. He cited personal reasons for leaving the company, and it’s the second time in his career he has left a high-powered position to concentrate on his life. No replacement has been formally announced.
5. Lenovo Release Promo Videos of their New Tablets.
We covered the announcement of the Lenovo K1, P1 and ThinkPad Tablet earlier in the week, and the company has now released a pair of videos to show the Android pair in action. Both the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet share similar specs – a Tegra 2 processor, 10.1″ screen and Android Honeycomb, and should be out during August and September. Enjoy the K1′s video here , and the ThinkPad’s below.
6. Hitachi Perfects Glasses-Free 3D Screen
By using a lenticular lens rather than the more commonly seen parallax barrier, Hitachi says it has created a brighter and better performing glasses-free 3D screen suitable for mobile use. The new screen measures 4.5-inches with a massive 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, but it’s not known when we’ll see it on an actual phone.
7. Google Maps 5.0 Brings 3D Buildings to London
If you happen to be travelling around the capital with an Android phone in tow, make sure you fire up the latest version of Google Maps to visualise many of the major landmarks in 3D. Of course, you don’t have to be in town to see the new feature for yourself, but it should make navigation a little more interesting if you are. London is just one of the new cities added to Google Maps 3D system, with other new additions including Paris, Singapore and Stockholm.
8. Tough Pantech Mirach Headed for Japan
Pantech has announced a new tough-phone for the Japanese market. Called the Mirach 1S11PT, it uses Android Gingerbread and has a 3.-inche touchscreen, plus a Snapdragon processor. The phone is both dustproof and waterproof, and will come in white, black and a rather garish pink.
9. Gresso Introduce Lady Blanche to High Society
Gresso is famed for their subtle custom phone models, and here is their most subtle yet – the Lady Blanche iPhone 4. Available as a Diamond model or a Crystal model, it has three Swiss clocks on the rear panel for showing the time in New York, Paris and Moscow. Each phone is handmade and if you go for the diamond-encrusted model it’ll set you back $30,000, while the Swarovski crystal model is only $7000. orry, we seem to have called Gresso and the Lady Blanche ‘subtle’. We meant ‘unpleasant’.
10. Watch Out, It’s the Mobile Man!
Mobile Man is a joint venture between Nokia and the Beijing Postal Service (yep, really) to promote the recycling of old phones and other electronic devices. He stands nearly six feet high and has been built from more than a thousand phones and accessories, and is one of three phone ‘bots created to boost e-waste awareness is Asia.