Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week

Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including bad news about the Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 update, the Panasonic Eluga’s UK launch being pushed back and Vodafone complaining about Everything Everywhere’s 4G plans.

1. Panasonic Eluga Out in April

Panasonic’s new Eluga smartphone, with which the brand will return to the European market after a long absence, has had its release date pushed back slightly, altering from March to April according to the company’s website. The phone has a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, an 8 megapixel camera and runs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

2.  Samsung Galaxy Note ICS Upgrade Delayed

Originally expected during the first quarter of 2012, the Android 4.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note will now arrive during the second quarter instead. To make up for this, Samsung will bundle the update with the Premium Suite, a new collection of apps designed for the S-Pen stylus, including the scrapbook-style S Note, and the electronic greeting card creator app My Story. There’s also a the chance to download some exclusive levels for Angry Birds Space, and the company has released the below video to demonstrate all the new features.

3. Vodafone Against Everything Everywhere’s 4G Plans

Unsurprisingly, Vodafone has spoken out against Everything Everywhere’s plans to introduce 4G data speeds to the UK this year. According to its statement, allowing Everything Everywhere to use its 1800MHz bandwidth for 4G would give them with an unfair advantage over networks being forced to wait for Ofcom’s spectrum auction. You know, like Vodafone. Whether they will lodge a formal complaint with Ofcom remains to be seen.

4. Nokia Cuts 1000 Jobs

Nokia has announced that 1000 jobs will be cut from its manufacturing plant in Salo, Finland, over the coming 12 months, with the majority ending in June this year. Nokia also made redundancies from other European factories last year, and these latest cuts are a continuation of CEO Stephen Elop’s streamlining of the company.

5. Draw Something Developers Snapped Up by Zynga

The studio behind social gaming sensation Draw Something, OMGPOP, has been purchased by Zynga, the company responsible for hits such as Farmville and Words with Friends. Draw Something has been a huge hit, attracting 35 million downloads in just six weeks, and Zynga paid a reported $200 million and beat Disney and Electronic Arts in a bidding war.

6. Droid Fighter Leaks, Set for US release

A new Motorola Droid phone has been leaked. Named the Droid Fighter, it’s a larger version of the Motorola Razr, boasting a 4.6-inch touchscreen with a series of on-screen touch keys at the bottom of the display. Why is this important? It’s because those keys are a feature of Android 4.0, and the Fighter could be the first Motorola phone to ship with the latest version of the software. The Verizon logo says it’ll be a CDMA phone heading for the US network.

7. Windows Phone Beats Symbian… Just

According to some research by the Kantar Worldpanel, Windows Phone devices managed to outsell Symbian for the first time in the UK over Christmas. It wasn’t a crushing victory though, as Symbian took 2.4% of sales during the three month period from December to February, and Windows Phone collected 2.5%.

8. Can Nokia’s E6 Battery Make it Around the World on a Single Charge?

Modern smartphones are often accused of having poor battery life, but Nokia wanted to prove its E6 was different, thus it sent one on an around the world trip. Visiting every city that Jules Verne did in Around the World in 80 Days, the E6′s battery was charged to capacity at the beginning, but would it make it to the end without running out? Find out in Nokia’s video of the journey.

9. Microsoft Confirms Marketplace Figures at Chinese Windows Phone Launch

Microsoft’s Windows Phone has officially launched in China, and with it comes some new data related to the Marketplace application store. There are now 70,000 apps available to download, with 300 added each day, and more than 100,000 registered developers potentially working on them.

10.  Motorola Razr Update Keeps ICS Fans Waiting

Sadly for those Motorola Razr owners hoping for Ice Cream Sandwich, when a notification appears soon saying an update is ready for their phone, it will be a quick tweak of Android Gingerbread instead of the main event. It will provide some battery life improvements, a tweak of the camera software and a new set of Smart Action presets.

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