Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including Android 4.1 on the Galaxy S III, a leaked HTC tablet and the continuing tale of the birds and pigs from Angry Birds.
1. Android 4.1 Coming to the Galaxy S III
While the world was concentrating on the announcement of the Galaxy Note II, Samsung slipped this little titbit into its press event: The Galaxy S III and the original Galaxy Note will be getting an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean “very soon”. Exactly when it’ll arrive isn’t clear, but then given Samsung’s problems with Android 4.0 on the Galaxy S II, it’s no surprise they haven’t been more precise.
2. HTC Tablet Leaked
A leaked photo claims to show a future HTC tablet, and it appears to have been taken from a promotional video. Sadly, no information came with the pictures, but we can see the tablet has an innovative design, where a wider section of bezel makes a comfortable grip when held in portrait orientation. Could this be the rumoured Flyer 2?
3. Does This Video Tease the First Nokia Lumia PureView?
There’s not much to it, so all we can do is speculate as to its meaning, but Nokia released this video earlier in the week with the title “Things are about to change”. It features a girl on a bicycle, cycling along a quayside, and many are taking it to be the first example of video from a Nokia Lumia PureView phone, which will run Windows Phone 8. All will be revealed on 5 September, but in the meantime, take a look at the video yourself below:
4. Barnes & Noble Nook Coming to the UK
US book retailer Barnes & Noble has announced it will soon sell its Nook eReader in the UK. It has partnered with John Lewis, Argos, Blackwell’s and the independent bookstore Foyles. As well as the eReader, Barnes & Noble will launch its online bookstore, which will contain more than 2.5 million books, magazines, comics and apps. A release date has yet to be confirmed.
5. Instagram Doesn’t Know How to Make Money
According to a report by Business Insider, Instagram‘s CEO Kevin Systrom admitted that not only has the company not made any money, but they have no idea how to do so. The confession came during a court hearing concerning Facebook’s acquisition of the company. Monetising the photo-sharing social network must be high on Facebook’s list of things to do then.
6. The Nokia Lumia Car
How far would you go for a free Lumia smartphone from Nokia? A fan from Dublin tweeted Nokia that he would be willing to decorate his car in the style of a Windows Phone device, in return for a sweet Lumia 800. Nokia, never one to pass up a good marketing opportunity, said yes, and you can see the final result in the video below. It’s surprisingly good!
7. 5-Inch 1080p Screen Demoed
The Chimeo Innolux company in China has demonstrated a 5-inch smartphone display with a 1080p resolution, beating everything currently on sale, except LG’s prototype 1080p display also seen recently. It boasts 443 pixels-per-inch too, considerably higher than even the iPhone 4S’s Retina Display.
8. Rovio Teases Bad Piggies Game
After the slightly disappointing Amazing Alex game, Rovio is returning to what it knows best – pigs and birds. Bad Piggies appears to be the name of the studio’s next game, and it could be Angry Birds from the pigs perspective. A role reversal game sounds intriguing, so let’s hope we’ve not got long to wait.
9. Everything Everywhere Partners with MasterCard
Everything Everywhere has signed a 5 year deal with MasterCard, with a view to launching an NFC wireless payment system for use with the Orange and T-Mobile networks. The two companies have been working together on the Quick Tap and Orange Cash services already, but this new service will be larger and more comprehensive than previous projects.
10. TomTom Android App Coming Soon
Already incredibly popular on iOS, navigation experts TomTom will be bringing their maps software to Android soon too. A preview of the app was shown during IFA 2012, and included on and offline maps, accurate routing and voice guided directions. October is the likely release date.