Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the future of Nokia’s PureView technology, Windows Phone’s increasing market share and a highlights video from Qualcomm’s bizarre CES keynote presentation.
1. More PureView Tech Coming Soon
Nokia’s head of imaging technology has spoken to the Nokia Conversations blog, saying the company is working on some new PureView camera technology, and that it’s “very cool.” The first PureView camera phone, the 808 PureView, was released at Mobile World Congress 2012, so could Nokia be planning something special for MWC 2013?
2. Windows Phone 8 Market Share Increases
According to Microsoft’s Marketing Manager for Windows Phone, the global market share for the firm’s new mobile operating system has increased to 5%. He cited China and the USA as being the places where it’s selling best, and that it’s Nokia’s Lumia phones proving most popular.
3. Firefox OS Backed by ZTE
Mozilla’s Firefox OS, one of this year’s new mobile operating systems, will be coming to Europe and America courtesy of ZTE. The Chinese manufacturer confirmed at CES it was working with a network in Europe to bring out a Firefox OS phone soon. The phones are expected to be basic devices and could cost around $100,or £60.
4. Nokia Success = Windows Phone Success
Microsoft claims Nokia has helped increase Windows Phone’s market share, and in turn, Nokia has confirmed it has sold 4.4 million Lumia phones over the three month Christmas period, but is struggling to keep up with demand. It has also said its Asha range is performing well in other international markets.
5. Lenovo Wants to Make a Windows Phone Handset
Lenovo is planning to produce a Windows Phone 8 device, and should the management decide to go ahead, it could be released later this year. Lenovo already supports Android, but wants to look at other options just in case the OS falls out of favour with consumers. Lenovo will make a decision in April.
6. Sony Xperia P Update Released
If you own an Xperia P, take a look at the Software Updates page, as you could find Android 4.1 Jelly Bean waiting for you. At least that’s the hope, as a firmware update has been spotted online for Sony phones using the NovaThor U8500 chip, with the Xperia P first on the list.
7. Enjoy the Highlights of CES’s Craziest Keynote Presentation
Qualcomm took over from Microsoft as the company designated to give the CES 2013 keynote presentation, but instead of a stuffy all-business event, it decided to something a bit different. To understand exactly how different it was, take a look at the video below, which pulls together all the most bizarre moments from what has become known as the “Most insane keynote ever”.
8. Archos Announces Titanium Tablet Range
Archos has announced four Android tablets at CES, all under the new Titanium name. They’re available in 7-inch, 8-inch, 9.7-inch and 10.1-inch screen sizes, and all are equipped with a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The 9.7-inch Titanium tablet boasts a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, the same as the Apple iPad.
9. Mysterious Samsung Phone Appears Online
A device named the GT-i9500X has appeared on a Samsung website, where software and documentation can be downloaded, however, nothing was available for this phone. Its appearance has sparked rumours it could be the model number of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV, or the first phone to run Tizen software.
10. Kogan Agora Now Available Online
Australian firm Kogan has finally released the Agora, a phone rumoured for sometime. It’s a basic Android phone available only through the company’s website and it’s priced at £120. For this you get a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 5-inch screen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution and a 5 megapixel camera.