Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including more on RIM being sold, iPhone 5 schematics and the Intel Medfield-powered Orange San Diego.
1. Schematics for the Next iPhone Leaked
A technical document, said to show the schematics of the next Apple iPhone, have been leaked. Although the majority of the information shown isn’t of interest to the average person, estimates based on the figures included suggest the phone’s screen will be around 4-inches in size. This corresponds with recent rumours on the subject.
2. RIM’s Board Holding Out on Investors Who Want to Force Sale
Talk of Research in Motion being put up for sale escalated this week, after it was announced the company had hired JP Morgan to assess its business and recommend “strategic business model alternatives”. A new report says investors are pushing for a sale, with one calling it “the promised land”, but RIM’s board are still seeking industry partnerships and reducing spending to remain afloat.
3. Orange Launches the San Diego
Orange has launched the first Intel Medfield-powered Android phone, named the San Diego. Previously seen under the codename Santa Clara, the San Diego has been adapted from Intel’s reference design hardware, and has the 1.6GHz Atom processor, a 4.0-inch touchscreen and an 8-megapixel camera. It’s out on 6 June for £199 on pay as you go.
4. Vodafone Release the Smart II
Orange isn’t the only one releasing an own-brand Android phone this week, as Vodafone has outed the Smart II, a follow-up to the original Smart and another small Android 2.3 Gingerbread device. With a 3.2-inch screen, 3.2 megapixel camera and an 800MHz processor, it’s not going to trouble the Samsung Galaxy S III for the limelight, but it could find a few buyers thanks to its £70 price tag.
5. Samsung Announces the Galaxy R Style
All set for release in South Korea soon is the Samsung Galaxy R Style. It has a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, 16GB of internal memory, a 5 megapixel camera and a speedy 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. It’s compatible with Korea’s 4G LTE network, and comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed.
6. Everything Everywhere Invests in Customer Service
Everything Everywhere has invested $77m into improving its customer service experience. The changes include giving service agents access to smartphone operating systems, and training on how to use them, so they’re better equipped to help callers.
7. Apple’s Tim Cook Interviewed
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook sat down with AllThingsD this week, to be interviewed by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. Transcriptions of the talk were fascinating, and now the site has put up an edited highlights video of the session. It’s 17 minutes in total, and worth every moment.
8. PayPal Introduce Mobile Payments in the UK
By using its Android or iOS mobile app, PayPal customers will now be able to use their accounts to purchase goods in four UK fashion stores – Coast, Warehouse, Oasis and Karen Millen. It even works when there is no mobile or Wi-Fi network available.
9. Leak Reveals Possible Nokia Windows 8 Device Codenames
A Nokia 800 user, using an app called wpbench, has discovered references to a series of possible future Nokia devices, all using OS 8.0, or Windows Phone 8. The names include the Nokia Phi, Nokia Pure Phi, Nokia Alpha and the Nokia PureLambda.
10. ZTE Athena Set to Be World’s Thinnest Smartphone
ZTE has released some blurry images showing what it says will become the world’s thinnest smartphone. Named the ZTE Athena, it will measure just 6.2mm thick, and feature a Cortex A15 processor, a 720p resolution touchscreen and 64GB of internal memory. ZTE hasn’t provided any information on when or where the Athena will go on sale.