Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including HTC and Apple’s patent deal, a delay in the opening of Apple’s new spaceship-like Campus 2, plus the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for iOS and Android.
1. HTC and Apple Reach 10-year Licence Agreement
After spending two-years battling it out in court, Apple and HTC have reached a truce, with the pair agreeing to license patents to one another for the next 10 years. No further courtroom action will take place, but the terms of the agreement haven’t been announced.
2. Apple/HTC Settlement Estimates Dismissed by HTC Boss
Following the announcement of Apple and HTC’s legal settlement, rumours started that the deal involved HTC paying Apple between $6 and $8 (about £3 to £5) per Android phone it sells from now on, potentially netting Apple a cool $280 million per year based on HTC’s current output. HTC’s CEO Peter Chou has dismissed these claims, telling the media at an event last week that the estimates are “baseless and very, very wrong”, as well as “outrageous”.
3. Apple Campus 2 Faces Delay
Apple’s amazing new headquarters, which will be one of the world’s largest buildings when it’s completed, has been delayed. Initially planned to start operating in 2015, a longer than expected environmental survey and some last minute changes to the plans by Apple have seen that date slip until 2016. When it’s finished, it will house more than 14,000 Apple staff.
4. Sailfish OS Hands-on
This week, Jolla gave us our first look at its Sailfish OS, the spiritual successor to MeeGo. In addition to the company releasing the teaser video we showed you at the time, a developer phone was doing the rounds after the show, where this hands-on videowas recorded. It gives us a much better idea of Sailfish’s operation, and it looks really great. See what you think.
5. Samsung’s 1080p Screens Could be Causing Trouble.
Samsung is believed to have started producing 1080p screens measuring 4.99-inches, and was supposed to be debuting them during CES 2013, however a new report indicates the company has hit some production problems, and has reached out to experts 3M for assistance. There’s a chance this delay could impact its plans for CES 2013, as well as any chance of the screen to appear on the rumoured Galaxy S IV.
6. The People’s Operator Launches in the UK.
A new MVNO with a difference has launched in the UK. Named The People’s Network, it pledges to give 25% of its profits to charity, plus should you so wish, 10% of the money made from your calls and texts too. While it has a selection of its own preferred charities, subscribers can add their favourites too. Currently it only sells SIM-only packages, but has promised monthly contracts will be coming soon. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s widely thought the MVNO uses EE’s network.
7. GTA: Vice City Out Soon for iOS and Android.
Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will be released for Android and iOS on 6 December. It’s in celebration of its 10th anniversary, and like Grand Theft Auto III last year, Rockstar has treated it to a new look, with improved character graphics and lighting effects, plus a revised targeting and shooting system. It’ll be enhanced for Retina Display devices, plus it’s compatible with a wide range of Android phones including the Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. Considering how much we loved GTA: III, this can’t come soon enough.
8. New LG Phone Hinted at in Benchmarks
The LG F240K could be LG’s first smartphone with a 1080p display, as it has appeared in a set of benchmarks boasting a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The phone also seems to have a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. No release date has been leaked, but benchmarking tests could mean it isn’t too far away.
9. Lenovo Could Take Control of Chinese Mobile Market
This month has seen Lenovo take second place behind Samsung as China’s most popular mobile phone brand, despite it better known for laptops elsewhere in the world. Industry analysts Gartner say it has a good chance of being number one in the important market, judging by its current momentum.
10. Budget Alcatel One Touch 983 Launches on O2.
Fancy a cheap, but dated, Android phone? O2 may have the solution, as it has released the Alcatel One Touch 983, a phone with a 3.5-inch screen, a 1GHz processor, a 3 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi. It’s priced at only £40, but it comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread installed, which is several versions out of date.