Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including the chance Amazon is working on a smartphone, 4G being worth £75 billion in the UK and Nokia closes in on its sale of Vertu.
1. Is Amazon Going to Release a Smartphone?
After the success of the Kindle Fire tablet, analysts are speculating that Amazon could be looking to launch a smartphone later this year. Like the Fire, it would probably use Amazon’s version of Android, and be priced very competitively, with the company hoping to make a profit from its media services. Sadly, if it’s anything like the Fire, the chances of such a device being launched in the UK is slim.
2. 4G is Worth £75 Billion Says Everything Everywhere
UK network Everything Everywhere has been pushing for a 4G service to be introduced here before the end of the year since February, and has recently launched the 4GBritain.org website to increase awareness. It has also commissioned a survey into how 4G could affect the economy, the outcome of which estimated the boost could total £75 billion by 2020.
3. Nokia Close to Selling Vertu
It was announced recently that as part of its streamlining efforts, Nokia would be selling luxury phone manufacturer Vertu, and a new report indicates the sale could be in the final phase. Private equity group Permira, who also manage Hugo Boss and Valentino, are said to be bidding, and the price is around £200 million.
4. Galaxy S III May Lose its Quad-core Processor in the USA
Just like the HTC One X, the US edition of the new Samsung Galaxy S III may not be released with its Exynos 4 Quad processor, but a dual-core chip instead. The problem sits with 4G LTE, as the quad-core chips don’t have a built-in LTE modem, and an external one would do too much damage to the battery life. The US release date for the S III has so far been confirmed as ‘summer’ this year.
5. Android 4.0 Running on a Laptop.
Even though there are many smartphone users out there still waiting for an upgrade to Android 4.0, this enterprising hacker has ported the latest Android OS over to a Samsung laptop! You can see a quick video demonstration here.
6. Pantech Vega Racer 2 Made Official in Korea
The Galaxy S III isn’t the only high-end smartphone to be announced this week, as Pantech has made its Vega Racer 2 official in Korea. Sporting a similar design to the S III, it also has a 4.8-inch high-definition display and Android 4.0, but favours a Snapdragon S4 processor over the S III’s Exynos chip. The device isn’t expected to be sold internationally.
7. HP Slate 8 Leaked
An HP tablet expected to run Windows 8 has been leaked. The device is said to be thinner than an iPad, but with a larger 10.1-inch screen, and return a similar 8 to 10 hours of battery life. The codename is the HP Slate 8 and it’s likely to use x86 architecture rather than ARM, indicating it’s aimed more at businesses than consumers. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8 around October this year.
8. This Concept 3D iPhone is Amazing
It’s only a very short video, but it’s still an absolute must watch. The video depicts what a 3D, or holographic iPhone could one day look like, and is the work of a 3D artist from Los Angeles. Just imagine playing a Sims-like game on a device like this!
9. Huawei Prism Announced
A new, budget Huawei Android phone has been announced. The Prism runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a 600MHz processor. It’s currently set for release with the US carrier T-Mobile, where it’ll cost $150 SIM-free, but there’s a chance it could appear as a network-branded handset here in the future too.
10. Facebook IPO Valuation
The initial public offering of Facebook is getting closer, and the social network has announced that it’s expecting a valuation of $95.9 billion when it makes its Wall Street debut. CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have a personal stake worth $17.6 billion after he sells his shares.