Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week

Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including Texas Instruments deciding to leave the mobile market behind, discounts in the Google Play store and the Samsung Galaxy Music is leaked.

1. Texas Instruments to End Mobile Processor Investment

Texas Instruments, better known as TI and the makers of the OMAP series of mobile processors, has announced it’s to slow down on investment in that area to concentrate on chips to go in appliances and cars instead. The company said the mobile market was no longer attractive to them, and that it was dominated by a two big players. TI supplies the processors used in devices such as the Amazon Kindle tablets, the new Barnes & Noble tablets and phones made by Panasonic, Motorola and Huawei.

2. Big Discounts in the Google Play Store

To celebrate 25 billion downloaded apps, Google has slashed the prices of a wide variety of apps in the Google Play Store down to – you’ve guessed it – 25 pence. Among the titles on sale you’ll find Angry Birds SpaceAsphalt 7: HeatRuntastic Pro and Office Suite Pro too. Grab them quickly if you want them though, as they’ll be back to full price in five days time.

3. Samsung Picks on Apple in New TV Ad

Samsung has produced a series of TV ads for its Galaxy S III, which poke fun at those waiting in line for an iPhone 5, saying that “The Next Big Thing” is already here. They’re not very subtle, and once again push specification over everything else, but they’ll make Android fanboys happy and iPhone fanboys mad. Here’s a full-length edit of the three spots for you to watch:

4. Apple is UK’s Coolest Brand

According to the 2012/2013 CoolBrands UK survey, Apple is the UK’s number one coolest brand, beating previous title holder Aston Martin. The top 20 consists of nine other tech companies, including YouTube, Twitter, Google and the BBC iPlayer, which CoolBrands says shows how interest is shifting away from luxury goods towards online – and often free – brands.

5. Samsung Galaxy Music Leaked

Samsung is gearing up to launch another iPod competitor with the Galaxy Music. A leaked image shows a small device with a 3-inch display and stereo speakers, plus an Android homescreen. Other possible features include an 850MHz processor, a 3 megapixel camera and a 4GB memory. The launch could be set for October 11.

6. Amazon hints at HTC 8X Release Date

Amazon has put the HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset up for pre-order, along with a tentative release date of 8 November. Microsoft has yet to confirm the date on which Windows Phone 8 will arrive, however, Windows 8 for the desktop is out on 26 October, so Amazon’s date sounds at least possible. The price is a hefty £531 for the SIM-free phone.

7. HTC One XC Announced

Currently exclusive to China, the One XC uses Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon Pro processor, along with 1GB of RAM. The screen measures 4.7-inches and has a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, plus there is an 8 megapixel camera on the back of the black and gold chassis. It’s very similar to the European One X, so it’s unlikely to make the journey over here in the future.

8. Pantech Announces the Vega R3

Pantech is an up-and-coming manufacturer in Korea, and the new smartphone/tablet hybrid Vega R3 is its latest device. Like the Galaxy Note, it has a 5.3-inch screen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, a 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel camera. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is its operating system, and it’s set to go on sale in Korea this week. Don’t expect a UK release anytime soon though.

9. Want a Pink Samsung Galaxy S III?

If you do, you’re going to have to pop over to Korea, as Samsung has launched its limited edition pink version over there, with no news on whether the phone will also be released internationally. It’s not a bright pink either, but more a pastel shade. It’s horrid, obviously, but not as horrid as it could have been. Oh, and instead of calling it “Girly Pink” or something similar, they’ve inexplicably called the colour “Martian Pink”!

10. Nokia May Cancel Dividends for First Time

Investors and analysts are suggesting that Nokia could cancel its dividend payment this year, as its cash depletes and the wait for profitability to return continues. It’s notable because Nokia has never taken this action before, and there are concerns that the company is not adapting well to its smaller size. Nokia has declined to comment.

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