Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including a Project Glass competitor from Olympus, the new Galaxy S III LTE and the Motorola Atrix HD.
1. Olympus Announces Project Glass Competitor
Olympus has announced the MEG4.0, a prototype, glasses-mounted wearable heads-up display, which appears to challenge Google’s Project Glass. The device will use a 320 x 240 pixel display, an accelerometer and Bluetooth connectivity, but at this time no camera module is mentioned. As it’s a prototype, there’s no release date either, nor is there an indication of how much the finished product will cost.
2. Microsoft Says Windows Phone 8 Hardware is “Looking Cool”
Microsoft has spoken to Pocket-Lint and reiterated that it won’t be building its own Windows Phone 8 hardware, as its chosen partners are “doing some really cool things” already. It’s suggested that Microsoft’s decision to introduce the Surface tablets was due to a lack of innovation in the market.
3. Samsung Announces Galaxy S III LTE
On 9 July, Samsung will release the world’s first Galaxy S III with both a quad-core Exynos processor as well as 4G LTE connectivity in its home country of Korea. LTE versions of the Galaxy S III along with other quad-core phones, usually have their original chips swapped out in favour of a dual-core Snapdragon, due to the LTE radio being built-in. The Korean S III’s RAM has been boosted to 2GB too, but the battery is still the same as in every other S III. Ther doesn’t seem to be any hands-on videos doing the rounds at the moment, but in the meantime, check out our very own Dan Nixon‘s review of the UK version below:
4. Motorola Atrix HD Official
Motorola has outed a new phone for the US market via its website. The phone is the Atrix HD and it has a 4.5-inch touchscreen with an HD resolution, plus an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.5GHz processor. It’s heading to AT&T, where it’ll connect with the 4G LTE network.
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ICS Update
Samsung has started to send out the first run of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for its Galaxy Tab 7.7. This will come via the Kies software, but Samsung hasn’t provided an exact timescale for the roll out, so it’s worth plugging your tablet in and checking to see if it’s ready for download.
6. RIM Blackforest Tablet Leaked
A Research in Motion roadmap has been leaked, which in addition to showing the forthcoming L-Series and N-Series phones, also adds a new tablet into the mix for 2013. Codenamed Blackforest, the new tablet appears to have a larger screen than the 7-inch PlayBook, and could potentially have 128GB of internal storage.
7. Nokia Play To Demoed on Video
Nokia Play To is a new, exclusive app for Nokia Lumia devices and future Windows 8 tablets. Two devices connected to the same wireless networks will share video, pictures and music, using DLNA streaming technology in a similar way to Apple’s AirPlay. Check out the video below:
8. Sony Xperia SL Spotted
Sony could be about to add a new smartphone to its ranks. A leaked document lists the Xperia SL, which has the model number LT26ii, but doesn’t expand on the mystery phone’s feature list, leaving it down to us to guess. While the “L” could stand for “Large”, and the Xperia S is about to get a bigger screen, it could also be for “LTE,” and the Xperia SL will be headed to those countries with a 4G LTE network.
9. Pantech Vega S5 Announced
Another new Korean smartphone has been announced, and this time it’s the Pantech Vega S5. It features a 5-inch touchscreen with a 720p HD resolution, an S4 Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal memory and a massive 13-megapixel camera. It launches soon, but is unlikely to make it out of the country.
An article published at Mobile-Review, written by industry insider Eldar Murtazin, suggests that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will be leaving the company this year. The article is a scathing look at Elop’s command of the company, and despite it being translated from Russian, the meaning of the final sentence is difficult to misinterpret. Was Elop’s tenure always a temporary thing? Was he only there to usher in Windows Phone for Microsoft?