Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including the news Microsoft won’t be building its own Windows smartphone, a big Galaxy S III sales prediction, and a Qualcomm rap song.
1. No Microsoft-Branded Windows Phone
Following the launch of the Microsoft Surface, reports began to circulate that Microsoft may try its hand at making a smartphone for Windows Phone 8 too. The company doesn’t have a great track record here – the Kin was a complete failure – but the Windows Phone head has said in an interview that the company has no plans in this area, saying it’s very happy with its hardware partners.
2. Microsoft Antitrust Fine Upheld
A fine imposed on Microsoft back in 2008 has been upheld following the company’s appeal. Microsoft failed to comply with an order to provide reasonable access to its licenses in 2004, and the record-breaking fine was decided four years later. Although the fine will stand, it has been slightly reduced to £700 million.
3. Amazing Alex Trailer Released
Amazing Alex is an important game, because it’s Rovio’s first title since Angry Birds became so popular, which doesn’t feature the feathered ones! It’s a puzzle game where chain reactions must be set off to complete levels. It’s set to be released in July for the iOS and Android, and Windows Phone should follow soon after. See the brief trailer below.
4. Huawei Talks Windows Phone 8
Following Microsoft’s announcement that Huawei would be a Windows Phone 8 hardware partner, the Chinese company has issued a press release saying the phone it will release first will be another Huawei Ascend. Although it doesn’t mention a release date, the phone will go on sale in Europe, China and the USA.
5. Lenovo LePhone K860 Leaked
A Lenovo phone headed for China has been leaked. The LePhone K860 has a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor – that’s the same as in the Samsung Galaxy S III – a 5-inch screen with a 720p resolution and an 8 megapixel camera. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and should be announced any day now, with a release in August.
6. Apple Releases Dedicated Podcast App
Shortly after WWDC 2012, Apple quietly released a dedicated podcast app for iOS, and it’s universal for both the iPhone and the iPad. As you’d expect, it provides several ways to discover new podcasts, plus you can stream them through the app or download them to listen to later. It’s free through the App Store right now.
7. Qualcomm Raps About Processors
Processor manufacturer Qualcomm has released a rap video which sings the benefits of its Snapdragon processors. Called Shoulda Got a Snapdragon, it’s performed by Parker and the Numberman, rappers who originate from San Diego, just like Qualcomm. It’s nowhere near as bad as it could have been. Take a look at the video below, and then download the song directly from Qualcomm if you like it.
8. Samsung Expects Huge Galaxy S III Sales
Samsung has told Reuters it expects to sell at least 10 million Galaxy S III smartphones before the end of July. This massive figure follows reports of 9 million pre-orders for the quad-core phone, and the July estimate will include initial sales in the USA, where the device launched late last week.
9. Classic Atari Games for Free on iOS
Atari celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and iPhone and iPad owners have the chance to enjoy many of the games company’s classic titles for free. If you download Atari’s Greatest Hits from the iTunes App Store at the moment, the previous £6.99 in-app charge to unlock the 100 games has been reduced to zero, meaning you get all of them for free. Just don’t delete the app from your device, or you will have to pay if you want to own them again.
10. Windows Phone Tango Comes to More Nokia Lumia Phones
Nokia has begun sending out its Windows Phone Tango update for the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 phones, bringing the devices up to date with the latest version of the operating system, which is already installed on the Lumia 900 and Lumia 610. Check your Zune or Mac Connector software now.