Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including two new Sony Android phones, two new Nokia phones and the possibility Samsung is also working on a Nexus tablet.
1. Two Sony Android Phones Leak
What amounts to little more than basic information concerning two new Sony phones has been leaked. The ST27i Lotus and the ST27a – most likely the same phone for different territories – are Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices using the NovaThor dual-core 1GHz chip, and boasting a screen of unknown size, but an 854 x 480 pixel resolution.
2. Samsung Galaxy S III Out One Day Early, But Only for Some
Anyone who pre-order their Samsung Galaxy S III from the Samsung Store in Westfield Stratford City, will be able to pick the new phone up at 6pm on 29 May, the day before the phone goes on sale nationwide. If you didn’t pre-order from them, there’s a chance other retailers will also be given the option to give out pre-ordered phones around the same time, so make sure you check!
3. Nokia Reading App Released
Nokia Reading has launched in the UK this week. The new app is specifically for Lumia Windows Phone devices, and is an eBook reader with thousands of tomes available for free, along with the chance to buy the latest titles too. Features include resizable fonts and a night mode, plus in the future, an RSS reader called News Stream will be added.
4. Evidence Samsung is Also Working on a Nexus Tablet Appears
Information taken from some Google source code indicates Samsung is possibly working on a Nexus tablet. A Nexus tablet was previously rumoured to be made by Asus, so this could be another device entirely, fitting with new rumours suggesting the soon-to-be-launched Google Store will carry five Nexus devices all together. The code shows a dual-core Exynos processor being used, along with a powerful Mali T-604 graphics processor.
5. Ice Cream Sandwich for Xperia S Soon
Sony’s Xperia S Android phone is edging closer to its Ice Cream Sandwich update, with the company now saying it’ll start arriving between the end of May and the middle of June. This will be for unlocked phones only, and networks probably won’t be releasing their updates during the same period.
6. Apple’s Siri Ads Boosted Image Perception
Apple’s most recent ads for the iPhone 4S, which featured Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel, may have been insufferably awful, but according to some market research in the USA, they’ve successfully boosted Apple’s image perception amongst 18-34 year-olds. The “buzz” figures show the iPhone moving past Android during the time the ads aired. It’s hard to believe, really, but perhaps some people do relate to Zooey’s inability to recognise it’s raining without asking her phone.
7. Video for iPhone App Takes Satirical Stab at Shell
Take a look at this clever satirical video, which has Shell launching an iPhone app dedicated to helping those in the Niger Delta, with features such as finding uncontaminated water (only 200 miles away) and the chance to earn Reward Points for being first to report a spill. Its tone is pitch-perfect, and although highly amusing, it’s worryingly accurate too.
8. Nokia Announces Two New Feature Phones
Nokia has announced two new feature phones, the 110 and 112. Designed for emerging markets, they’re slightly more interesting that previous basic Nokias, as they both use the Series 40 operating system, and come with the chance to download 40 games from Electronic Arts free of charge. The 110 will be out in Q2 and the 112 in Q3, with prices around £30-£35.
9. LG Sponsors New Reality Show
The new ITV2 reality show The Exclusives will be sponsored by LG, who’ll be pushing its L3, L5 and L7 Android phones, so expect to see plenty of Android-related spots before and after the programme. It’s part of a larger campaign which will see LG’s products appear across the ITV network, proving LG’s committed to keep its new-found momentum going.
10. Baidu to Enter Low-end Smartphone Market
Baidu, which is something like China’s Google, will be launching a cheap smartphone soon, and it’ll run Baidu Cloud, a modified version of Android. The cheap smartphone market in China is particularly crowded, but analysts are saying the new phone has the potential to have a big impact if the price is right.