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 the latest set of Samsung codenames, Apple’s star-studded new TV ads and the return of the LG Cookie.

1. New Samsung Codenames Revealed

Samsung has filed three new trademarks in the USA, hinting that in the near future we could see the Samsung Galaxy Metrix, the Galaxy Legend and the Galaxy Velvet. HTC has already released a phone named Legend, although that was sometime ago, and the other two are certainly ‘unusual’ to say the least! A phone called the Velvet? If you say so Samsung…

2. Chevron WP7 Closes Down

The Microsoft-sanctioned Windows Phone unlock tool, developed by the Chevron WP7 team, has been discontinued, after all 10,000 tokens were sold. Initially unveiled in July 2011, it wasn’t until November that the software went live, however, despite its success, the team won’t be making any more unlock tokens available. If you recently purchased an unlock with Chevron, check their website for details on how to convert it into membership to Microsoft’s App Hub.

3. Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel Get Friendly with Siri

Apple has splashed out on two movie stars to advertise the iPhone 4S and Siri. Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel are the actors in question, and both their spots revolve around them conversing with Siri. Ms. Deschanel’s is the more toe-curling of the two, but Mr. Jackson’s runs a very close second.

4. The LG Cookie is Back

Once one of the best selling feature phones on the market, the LG Cookie is making a return, and this time it’s going to be a dual-SIM phone according to a new leak. Presumably aimed at developing markets, the new Cookie will remain a feature phone, and will feature a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 2 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi connectivity.

5. Draw Something Gets an Update

If you’ve seen our review of Draw Something, the latest social gaming sensation for iOS and Android, but have yet to download it; now’s the time to do so. Developers OMGPOP have updated the game with some great additions, including a chat system, the chance to save drawings, and to share the best (and worst) via Twitter or Facebook.

6. LG Announces Optimus Elite for US Network Sprint

LG is capitalising on Earth Day this Sunday, 23 April, by announcing the Optimus Elite, an Android phone made using 50% recycled plastics and boxed inside recyclable packaging. Aside from its green credentials, the Elite is a basic smartphone, with a 3.5-inch screen, 5 megapixel camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It does have an NFC chip though, and will support Google Wallet in the US. LG hasn’t announced an international version at this time.

7. Huawei Ascend P1 Out Soon

Announced during CES in January, Huawei has provided a few more details on when we can expect its super-slim phone to go on sale. Australia looks set to get it in May, along with Hong Kong and Taiwan, followed by Europe during the summer. Pricing hasn’t been confirmed, and neither has the availability of the even slimmer P1 S.

8. Xtex’s Cheap Tablet Could Tempt Those on a Tight Budget

The Xtex My Tablet has a 7-inch screen, 16GB of internal memory, a 1.5Ghz processor and a 2 megapixel forward-facing video call camera, and it’s yours for just £93. It even runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich! The only thing that lets it down is the resolution, which is a paltry 480 x 800 pixels.

9. An Old School Case for Your New School iPhone

The Magic Drawing Case from UK company iFoolish has a magnetic sketch pad on its back, just like the Magna Doodle toy from the 1970s. It’s suitably retro, but quite why anyone would want one, when everything it does can be done on the phone, is a mystery! As a novelty though, it’s hard to beat, and it’s priced at £19.99.

10. Just When You Thought You’d Heard Everything…

A message posted on the 2chan website has turned into something of an internet phenomenon, presumably due to its outlandish nature and the vague hope that it may be true. The message’s author stated that the headphone port on his iPhone smelt like pineapple. Yep, pineapple. Naturally, many others agreed, and if you own an iPhone, we bet you’re going to go and smell it now too, aren’t you? Truly bizarre.

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