Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including talks between Asus and Microsoft, LG’s possible return to Windows Phone and a new Sony tablet.
1. LG Planning Windows Phone Return
According to the Korea Times newspaper, LG is looking at launching a new Windows Phone handset, after having abandoned Microsoft’s operating system for over a year to concentrate on Google Android. The firm has promised a selection of new, high-end smartphone releases throughout the coming year, although there’s no confirmation one will use Windows Phone.
2. Asus Interested in Windows Phone 8
A report in the Wall Street Journal says Asus is in the process of licensing Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft, and should it be successful, it’s planning to put the mobile operating system to use on a new version of its PadFone. Asus’ PadFone runs on Android, and consists of a smartphone with a tablet dock. A vastly improved second edition of the device was launched in October last year. The spokesperson for the company couldn’t provide any information on when such a product would go on sale.
3. Sony Xperia Tablet Z Leaked
Sony may be about to release a new tablet, based around its new Z range of smartphones. A leak suggests the device will have a 10.1-inch screen with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon processor and like the Xperia Z phone, be splash and dust proof too.
4. Windows Phone Update for Nokia Lumia 920 and 820
A software update has started to show up on more international versions of the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, which should fix problems with Wi-Fi and improve camera performance. Known as Portico, the update can be found in Windows Phone 8′s Software Update section, so if it hasn’t already reached your phone – unlocked Lumia 920 devices started receiving Portico over Christmas – make sure to check it soon.
5. Apple and Amazon Told to Settle App Store Case
Apple has been fighting with Amazon about whether the phrase App Store can be used freely ever since the online retailer opened its Android application store last year. Now, the trial is about to begin in America, and the Judge has told the two companies to sit down and attempt to settle the case before it starts. Apple and Samsung were told the same thing by a different Judge, and we all know how that turned out. Apple is arguing customers could confuse its iTunes App Store with the Amazon store, should Amazon be allowed to call it an “app store”.
6. Oppo Find 5 to be Released in Europe
The Oppo Find 5 is about to be released in China, but the firm also wants to bring the phone to Europe and the USA too. The super slim phone – just 6.65mm thick – has a 5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, a quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The converted price is around £300 SIM-free.
7. Qualcomm Dismisses Samsung’s Eight-Core Processor
Qualcomm’s CEO Paul Jacobs has said Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor, introduced at CES 2013 and boasting a massive eight-cores, is nothing more than a, “publicity stunt”. He added the more cores there are, the harder it is to manage temperatures and power consumption, and speculated that the “core wars” – where manufacturers have convinced the public that more cores equals a better product – would soon end.
8. O2 Says No-Charger Scheme Was a Success
O2 has been selling the HTC One X+ without a wall charger for around three months, providing customers only with a microUSB cable and urging them to use their own or charge through a computer. It says 82% of buyers were happy with the cable-only option, up from the 70% it wanted to achieve.
9. Instagram Reveals User Data
Photo-sharing application Instagram has revealed it has 90 million subscribers, who produce an astonishing 40 million photos per day and tap the Like button 8500 times per second. CEO Kevin Systrom says the company, “Continues to see very strong growth around the world,” despite some recent problems with a terms and conditions alteration, where it appeared Instagram could sell photos onto third parties. It has since clarified the change.
10. Huawei Announces the G510
After the excitement surrounding the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate, Huawei has brought us back down to Earth with the G510, a solid mid-range phone. It’s equipped with a 4.5-inch screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 and a 5 megapixel camera. Like many of the manufacturer’s phones, it’s not clear where the G510 will go on sale.