Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including Jolla’s interpretation of the MeeGo OS, Google’s rise to being the second most valuable tech company, and news of the next Samsung Nexus phone.
1. Jolla to Show its MeeGo UI in November
Jolla, the startup that has adopted the MeeGo OS, will demonstrate the UI for the first time at the Slush startup conference on 21 November. Jolla has also announced 200 million euros of investment, and its intention to launch its first device in the near future, complete with the new UI codenamed Sailfish.
2. Retailer Documents Mention Samsung Nexus 2 and 32GB Nexus 7
A screenshot taken from a retailer’s computer system suggests that a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 tablet will be coming soon, along with a mysterious “Samsung Nexus 2″ device. Neither of these has been announced, and even the screen only lists an accessory for the Nexus 2, rather than the device itself. We’re coming into the period where Google has traditionally launched a new Nexus phone before, so we could find out the truth behind this rumour soon.
3. Google Becomes World’s Second Most Valuable Tech Firm
This week, Google has passed Microsoft to become the second most valuable technology company in the world, as its share-based value reached $249.9bn, compared to $247.2bn for Microsoft. Apple still leads the way though, with a valuation of $618.1bn, more than Google and Microsoft’s put together.
4. Google Wallet Upgraded for Web Use
Google Wallet still hasn’t come to the UK, but in the USA it has been given a new function: the chance to make micro-payments of between $0.25 and $0.99 online for content. Oxford University Press and DK Publishing have both signed up as partners, and Google offers an unusual 30-minute no questions asked refund option, just in case buyers aren’t satisfied with their purchase.
5. Three’s HTC 8X Pricing Leaked
A document showing UK network Three’s pricing for the HTC 8X has been leaked. HTC remained quiet on the subject on the subject of cost when it announced its range of Windows Phone 8 devices, however, Three’s document indicates the 8X will be £350 on pay as you go, and monthly contracts from £29.
6. Motorola Cancels ICS Update for Certain Phones
Motorola has cancelled the planned Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the following devices: The Atrix 4G, Photon 4G and the Electrify. If you’re rubbing your chin trying to place these phones, don’t worry too much, as they’re only available in the USA.
7. Symbian Belle FP2 for Nokia Phones Released
A new version of Symbian Belle has been released. The new update, named FP2, should be available for the 808 PureView, the Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 603. With it comes an improved keyboard, swipe-to-unlock, a new music player and several other features; so if you own one of those devices, check the Software Updater now.
8. Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ban Lifted
The temporary sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy S III, which has been in place since June, has been lifted by the Californian courts, meaning Samsung can put its tablet back on sale ready for the Christmas rush. The decision follows the Apple/Samsung court battle, where Apple was awarded $1bn, but Samsung was found not to have infringed the patent related to the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s ban.
9. Sharp Begins Manufacturing 5-inch HD Screens
Sharp has announced that it has started producing 5-inch screens with a 1080p resolution, beyond that of any similarly sized display already being produced. They’re destined for smartphones – or more precisely, smartphone/tablet hybrids – in the future, and boast an industry leading pixel density of 443ppi. We’ve yet to hear which device will be first to use the screen though.
10. Amazon calls for Appstore Lawsuit to be Dismissed
Apple sued Amazon over the use of the word “appstore” when it first opened the doors to its Android application store last year, and the trial has been on hold ever since. Amazon has got tired of waiting, and has moved for the case to be dismissed, citing Apple’s use of the phrase “app store” when referring to its competition, along with a lack of proof that any confusion has been caused by Amazon’s use of the controversial phrase.