Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including Lenovo’s plan to sell its smartphones internationally, Microsoft Office coming to iOS and Android, plus a selection of new global phone releases.
1. Lenovo to Sell its Smartphones Outside China
Lenovo has announced via its official Facebook page that it’s planning to take its smartphone range international for the first time. Until now, Lenovo has always sold its phones in the East, but thanks to the global downturn in PC sales, it’s fully aware the future lies in smartphones and tablets. There’s no dates attached as yet, but it’ll be great to see another manufacturer enter the fray.
2. Microsoft Office Coming to iOS in 2013
A Microsoft product manager has told reporters that the company is readying its popular Office suite for release on iOS and Android, and it’s expected to launch in March 2013. Although a press release was issued to back this up, it came from a satellite office in the Czech Republic, and hasn’t been confirmed by Microsoft’s head office.
3. Japan Gets Faster Galaxy S III
Samsung has announced a slightly revised Galaxy S III for Japan, which it calls the Galaxy S III Alpha. The primary difference is the processor, which is now clocked at 1.6GHz, and the doubling of the RAM to 2GB. It will also come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed, and will go on sale in December.
4. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Coming to UK
Amazon’s front lit eReader, the Paperwhite, was announced at its US event last month, but wasn’t given a UK release date. This has now changed and the Paperwhite will be coming to the UK on 25 October. It’ll cost £109 for the Wi-Fi model, or £169 for the Wi-Fi with 3G Paperwhite, and it’s up for pre-order now.
5. RIM Start Accepting App Submissions
Despite rumours of another delay, Research in Motion has started to accept app submissions from its developers, ready for BlackBerry 10′s launch in 2013. It’s important for both RIM and the developers to get started on apps too, as those submitted this month and next are guaranteed to be ready for BB10′s App World launch when the time comes.
6. Nokia Lumia 810 Available in the USA
Here’s a variant of the Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 handset, and it’s headed for T-Mobile USA very soon. Don’t worry, you’re not missing out on much, as aside from a slight redesign, the Lumia 810 is identical to the 820 – it has a 4.3-inch screen, an 8 megapixel camera and a dual-core Snapdragon chip – but it’s specially made for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network.
7. LG Mach Launches in USA
US networks still like a QWERTY slider phone, and LG has no problem making them, and the Mach is the latest to be announced. It has a 4-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5 megapixel camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s exclusive to the Sprint network in the US.
8. Nokia Product Marketing VP Resigns
Nokia’s Ilari Nurmi, an executive with 15-years of experience with the company, has left this month. Although no reason was given, he was responsible for product marketing, and therefore worked on the Microsoft/Lumia campaigns, and his departure could be due to the changing environment within the Finnish firm.
9. Google Sends Out Nexus 7 Update
Owners of Nexus 7 tablets should check for a software update, as Google has begun sending out version 4.1.2 of Android Jelly Bean. While the new tablet is first on the list, it’ll soon be joined by the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom. The update is primarily bug fixes and performance improvements, but it also adds landscape orientation to the home and lock screens.
10. Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta Announced in Japan
The Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E, announced this week in Japan, is notable for its use of an IGZO display, which uses a different technology to standard LCD screens to reduce backlighting and improve battery life. The phone also has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, a 16-megapixel camera and a 4.9-inch HD touchscreen.