Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including ZTE and Huawei’s Windows Phone 8 plans, Jelly Bean arriving on Three’s Galaxy S III phones, and Tweetbot for Mac’s release.
1. ZTE Windows Phone Coming in 2013
ZTE has confirmed to members of the Italian press that it will release a Windows Phone 8 handset between January and March next year. This will be during the second run of Microsoft’s hardware, with the first phase due out in November. ZTE hasn’t provided any details of the new phone, but we’d expect to hear more about it during Mobile World Congress in 2013.
2. Huawei’s Ascend W1 WP8 Phone Leaks
Images of a possible Windows Phone 8 device made by Huawei have been leaked. Like other WP8 phones, the Ascend W1 has a colourful back panel and a large touchscreen, said to measure 4-inches. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor will power the phone and it will also have a 5 megapixel camera. The 4GB of internal storage confirms that Huawei’s phone will occupy the lower end of the range.
3. Apple Loses Court Appeal
Apple appealed a court ruling made in July this year, forcing it to issue a statement saying Samsung did not copy the iPad’s design, after it lost a battle over design patents earlier in the year. The ruling has been upheld and Apple must publish the statement on its website and in various newspapers.
4. Jelly Bean Update for the Galaxy S III Continues to Seed
UK network Three has taken to Twitter to announce that Jelly Bean is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S III. If you purchased an S III through Three, then keep an eye on the Software Update tool, as it’ll show up there as soon as it’s available. If you’ve got a Three SIM in an unlocked S III, then you’re still going to have to wait for Samsung to push the update out.
5. Tweetbot for Mac Finally Arrives, Commands High Price
Tweetbot is arguably the best Twitter client for the iPhone and the iPad. This week the company has launched a Mac client too, which is available for £13.99. What makes this interesting is the reason why it’s priced higher than many expected. Tapbots says it has a limited number of “tokens” available from Twitter, and once it has run out, the app can no longer be sold. Thus, it needs to make a bit of money while it has the opportunity.
6. Nokia Reports Further Loses
Nokia has reported losses of €969m for the third quarter of the year, a stark comparison to the €68m reported for the same period last year. CEO Stephen Elop said it was “a difficult quarter” and used Nokia Siemens Networks as an example of where the company was improving, as it recorded a €182m profit. It also showed 2.9 million Lumia phones have been sold during the quarter.
7. Jolla Gets a New CEO
Jolla, the company hoping to breathe new life into MeeGo, has had a management reshuffle that has seen Jussi Hurmola move from being CEO to deal directly with Sailfish, the codename given to the company’s forthcoming OS. Jolla will now be under the command of Marc Dillon, who previously served as Jolla’s COO and before that, as Principle Engineer for MeeGo at Nokia.
8. More Details and Pictures of Oppo’s Find 5
Following the announcement of the HTC J Butterfly, we’ve now got some more details and a new look at the Oppo Find 5, one of the other devices to boast a 1080p display. The screen measures 5-inches and the phone has a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and 2GB of RAM. A 12 megapixel camera completes the feature list. It beats the HTC by being a mere 6.8mm thick. The release date is still unknown.
9. Google Nexus 7 to be Upgraded to 32GB
Google is rumoured to be preparing to introduce an updated version of its Nexus 7 tablet, this time with 32GB of internal memory, which should make up for its lack of a microSD card slot. According to a report, the price will remain the same as the current 16GB model, £199. This, and other new Nexus devices, could be announced at the Google event planned for 29 October.
10. Final Galaxy S3 Mini Launch Dates
It looks like the new Samsung Galaxy S III Mini will launch in the UK on 23 November, at least according to one online retailer. Most UK networks, including Vodafone and Orange, have confirmed they’ll be offering the S III Mini, but haven’t provided a release date. Samsung said only that it would be coming this year.