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 a possible Intel and Apple processor deal, the cancellation of the Samsung ATIV Tab and Google Play’s first birthday.

1. Research Shows Shows Average Smartphone Use Amounts to 23 Days a Year

Research carried out by a mobile insurance company indicates we spend just over 32,800 minutes a year using our phones, which is about 23 days. This is based on an average of 90 minutes per day, a figure which when you think about it, isn’t that much – meaning the 23 days per year may be a conservative estimate.

2. Intel and Apple May Sign Up for Processor Deal

Reuters report has suggested Intel and Apple have had discussions on a possible deal for the chip manufacturer to make Apple’s A series processors found in the iPhone and iPad. While the report doesn’t offer any confirmed details, it’s a possibility for the future as it would enable Apple to become less dependent on arch-rival Samsung.

3. Google Play is One Year Old

It has been a year since Google renamed the Android Market as Google Play, and to celebrate it’s giving us a few presents. Don’t get too excited though, as they mainly consist of in-app exclusive characters and levels, plus a few discounts. You can see what’s on offer here, or watch the promotional birthday video below for a few more details on the deals.

4. Samsung Cancels the ATIV Tab

Samsung’s Windows RT tablet, the ATIV Tab, has had a difficult life. It suffered from delays before it was launched, then Samsung decided not to bother releasing it in the USA. Now it has decided to cancel it in Europe too. While stockists will still have units sitting around, once they’re gone Samsung won’t be replacing them.

5. News Corp Releases Tablet for Schools

A company named Amplify, which is a division of News Corporation, has announced the Amplify Tablet which will come pre-loaded with the firm’s educational software and be sold exclusively to schools in the USA. The tablet has a 10-inch screen and has been produced by Asus. The software includes many interactive features designed to assist teachers, right down to a way to remotely disable apps and tell students to pay attention should their eyes wander.

6. BBC iPlayer Coming to Windows Phone

The BBC is preparing a native version of iPlayer for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8. We hesitate to call it an app, as it’ll contain a shortcut to the browser for watching video, but it will operate properly with Microsoft’s mobile OS and have its own Live Tile. Expect it to arrive before the summer, should everything go to plan.

7. Nokia’s Glam Me App Launches.

You may recall hearing about Glam Me when Nokia announced its new Lumia phones at Mobile World Congress. Well, the app has now been made available inside the Windows Phone Store for everyone to enjoy. It’s a photo editing tool made especially for self-shots taken with the front facing camera, where you can add filters and tweak the colours and even your own look. It’s free to download here.

8. Galaxy Tab 3 Plus Tablet Leaked

Samsung has another high-end tablet up its sleeve, at least according to the latest rumour. Named the Galaxy Tab 3, it’s said to have a 10-inch screen with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution, which puts it in the same league as the iPad and the Nexus 10. A dual-core, 1.7GHz processor will run the Android operating system. The release schedule is unknown, but with Samsung concentrating on the Galaxy S IV, we doubt it’ll be that soon.

9. Android Still Number One in USA

Analytical firm ComScore has published its latest research figures on the U.S. smartphone market. It shows Google Android is still the number one smartphone operating system as it commands 52.3% of the market, followed in second place by Apple with 37.8%. BlackBerry is a very distant third with a 5.9% share, while Microsoft sits in fourth with just 3.1%.

7. O2 Launches Tu Go App

The O2 network has launched an app named Tu Go, which is available across all major smartphone platforms, and lets O2 subscribers make and receive calls and text using a phone, tablet and computer. It’s not free to use, as it uses the minutes and texts included with your monthly allowance, but it is free to download.

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