Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week

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Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including both Apple and Nokia’s financial reports from Q4 2012, Twitter’s new video sharing app and a look at the rumoured Huawei Ascend P2.

1. Apple Sets New Record by Selling 47 million iPhones

Apple revealed its financial details for the fourth quarter of 2012 this week, confirming it had sold 47.8 million iPhone handsets, smashing last year’s record of 37 million units sold. Additionally, 22.9 million iPad tablets and 12.7 million iPods also flew out of Apple’s warehouse, leading the company to $54bn in revenue and $13bn profit.

2. Nokia Returns to Profit

Nokia has also released its Q4 2012 financial information, and is pleased to report a €439m profit on its €8bn revenue. This is a big thing for Nokia, as for Q3 2012, it reported a €576m euro loss. It also revealed it sold 4.4 million Lumia handsets during the same period, along with 9.3 million Asha phones and 2.2 million Symbian devices.

3. Twitter’s Quirky Video Sharing App Launched

Twitter has launched Vine, a new social network that’s best described as Instagram for GIFs. The idea is users can share six second looping videos, which can be embedded into a Twitter feed for all to watch. Twitter acquired Vine last year and has finally debuted the standalone app on iOS, plus it has been confirmed an Android version will follow. The app is free to download here.

4. Huawei Ascend P2 Leaked

The Huawei Ascend P2 is the rumoured follow-up to the super-thin Ascend P1 launched this time last year, and a press shot has been leaked ahead of its possible launch at next month’s Mobile World Congress show. The phone is supposed to have an equally thin body, a quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel camera and a 4.5-inch, 1080p touchscreen.

5. Huawei Announces the Ascend G615

Currently headed for Germany, Huawei has revealed the Ascend G615, a new high-range Android smartphone. It’s equipped with a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 720p resolution, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage space and a 9 megapixel camera. The only downside is the phone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it is very reasonably priced at €299 (£250). Whether it’ll make it to the UK in the future remains unknown.

6. Galaxy S III Mini Upgraded with NFC

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini has received a mid-life makeover, adding NFC into the mix. It’s the only change though, so the Mini’s 4-inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera and dual-core, 1GHz processor all remain untouched. No price change has been announced, so the £250 – £300 PAYG average should stay the same too.

7. First Look at Steve Jobs Biopic jOBS

If you’re looking forward to the Steve Jobs biopic entitled jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, then you’ll want to take a look at the footage in the video below. It’s a sneak peak at a scene from the film, with Kutcher’s Jobs talking to Josh Gad’s Steve Wozniak about the creation of their first computer operating system. It looks promising, although Kutcher’s accent is a little wobbly, but we’re intrigued enough to want to see more. The film will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival and will hit U.S. cinemas in April.

8. Sony Xperia Z Tablet up for Euro Pre-order

The interesting new Sony Xperia Tablet Z has been made available as a pre-order in Europe, giving us an idea of its possible price in the UK when it’s eventually released. The tablet has a hefty €799 euro price tag attached in Finland, which equates to £676 at current conversion rates. We’d imagine this is an inflated cost, so don’t panic too much if this is out of your budget. Knowing Sony though, we’re not expecting much change out of £500 for the Xperia Tablet Z.

9. Asus VivoTab ME400 Priced in the UK

Asus announced the ViviTab Smart tablet for the U.S. during CES, and has now revealed it will be known as the VivoTab ME400 in the UK. It has a 10-inch screen and a 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, and is notable because it runs Windows 8 – the full version, not Windows RT – and could be yours for £399 when it reaches stores on 31 January. Asus will also release a standard cover for £40 and one with a built-in keyboard for £90.

10. Check Your Phones, as Samsung May Have Released Android Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II

SamMobile is getting reports from Samsung Galaxy S II owners saying they’re receiving an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update was confirmed back in September last year, and we recently got a sneak peak of what the new software would contain when the Galaxy S II Plus was announced. Owners of unlocked phones should check Software Update on their handsets, just in case it’s ready to go. Expect to find all the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features and Google Now, plus Samsung’s Nature UX, S Voice, Pop-up Play and plenty more once you’ve upgraded.

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