Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including HTC committing to Windows Phone, Photoshop Touch for the iPhone and Android, plus the Alcatel One Touch Snap.
1. Windows Phone Store Continues to Grow
Microsoft has announced its Windows Phone Store now contains 130,000 apps available for download, however just 15,000 of them are specifically designed for Windows Phone 8. Other official figures include a quoted average of 55 app downloads per Windows Phone owner, and a 91% increase in revenue from paid apps.
2. HTC Commits to Windows Phone
HTC has indicated it’s fully committed to producing smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8, and will be releasing another model later this year. HTC currently has the 8X and 8S in its WP8-powered range, and any future release will probably sit below the range-topping 8X, based on comments made by a company executive about the lack of plans for a device with an even larger screen. HTC wants to keep its Android and WP8 designs separate too, confirming it won’t use elements from the HTC One’s design on any future Windows Phone hardware.
3. Photoshop Touch Released for iPhone and Android
Adobe has released Photoshop Touch for the iPhone and Android smartphones, bringing the majority of the features seen on the tablet versions to the small screen. It’s priced at $4.99 in both stores and you’ll need an iPhone 4S or later, or an Android phone with at least Ice Cream Sandwich installed.
4. Apple’s Kawasaki Goes to Motorola
Guy Kawasaki was one of the people responsible for marketing the Macintosh computer in the early eighties, and is one of the members of the legendary Apple Fellowship. However, he has announced he will be joining Motorola as an advisor very soon. Motorola, don’t forget, is owned by Google and according to Kawasaki the firm reminds him of how Apple was in the late nineties, calling it, “ripe for innovation.”
5. Updated Compatibility List for Developer Version of Ubuntu for Mobile
The early developer preview of Ubuntu for Mobile is only available for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 at the moment, but in the coming weeks this list will grow much larger, as Canonical will add at least another 20 devices. These include the Galaxy S III, Xperia T, Xperia S, Galaxy Note and Note 2, HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X and several tablets such as the Asus Transformer Pad and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
6. Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Gets a Release Date.
One of the standout products at CES this year, the Razer Edge, has been given an official release date of 1 March and it can be pre-ordered from now. The tablet has a 10.1-inch screen and a choice of Intel processors, plus specially designed gaming controls on either side of the screen. It starts at $999, or £660, for the Core i5 1.7GHz version, and goes up to $1449 for the Core i7 model. It’s only available in the US at the moment.
7. BlackBerry 10 Accessories Demoed on Video
BlackBerry 10 phones are already available in the shops and BlackBerry has an extensive range of accessories to go along with them. You can see those which are compatible with the BlackBerry Z10 in this video, which shows as battery pack for recharging on the go, a Bluetooth speaker and two cases – a leather pouch and a Smart Cover-style case – for the phone.
8. Corning’s Flexible Glass Not Expected for Three Years
Any dreams of phones with flexible screens may have to be put on hold, at least if they’re to be covered in Corning’s Willow flexible glass, as according to Bloomberg, the company thinks it’ll be another three years before products start to go on sale. The reasons are to do with designing hardware which takes advantage of Willow’s flexible nature, rather than delays with the product.
9. Alcatel Announces One Touch Snap
The One Touch Snap is the latest smartphone from Alcatel, announced late into Mobile World Congress. It has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch display, an 8 megapixel camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It’s joined by an LTE version where the display is slightly larger at 4.65-inches, but Android is version 4.1 and the processor is a dual-core chip with a 1.4GHz clock speed.
10. HTC Sense 5 Coming to Other Phones
HTC has confirmed it will bring the new HTC Sense 5 user interface to phones other than the new HTC One. Lucky owners of the One X, One X+, the One S and the Butterfly should look out for the update in the future, although the company hasn’t confirmed when exactly it would arrive.