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 BlackBerry’s most recent sales performance, a pair of leaked HTC Desire phones, and talk of a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

1. BlackBerry Publishes Last Quarter Financial Results

BlackBerry has made its financial results for the final quarter of 2012 public. According to the figures, the firm sold 6 million phones between December 2012 and the beginning of March 2013, one million of which were BlackBerry 10 phones. Its subscriber base has fallen again, and now stands at 76 million. These figures do not take into account the recent BlackBerry 10 launch in the U.S.

2. HTC Desire P and Desire Q Leaked

A pair of pictures showing two new HTC phones have been leaked. The Desire P has a 4.3-inch screen, a dual-core 1GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera. The Desire Q has a 4-inch screen, but the processor and camera specs are unknown. Both appear to be headed to China, judging by the text on the teaser posters.

3. Amazon Smartphone Rumoured Again

An Amazon Kindle smartphone has been rumoured before, most recently when the release was said to be delayed due to problems with screen suppliers. A T-Mobile rumour has shown up which could explain this, as it says Amazon has ditched plans for a 4.3-inch screen and chosen to use a 4.7-inch screen instead. The Kindle smartphone remains unofficial at this time.

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4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Coming Soon?

A report by Bloomberg detailing Samsung’s rise to power in the mobile industry contains a reference to a Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone, and suggests the device will be launching soon. Samsung made a Mini version of the Galaxy S III, but it shared nothing aside from the name and design with its larger brother. We can expect the same from the S4 Mini, but the article doesn’t provide any firm information on when it may arrive.

5. Zinio Comes to Windows Phone

Popular magazine reseller Zinio has launched a Windows Phone 8 app, and it’s exclusive to Nokia Lumia devices. Zinio is great on iOS, and the WP8 app offers the same options, such as purchasing single issues or subscriptions, and background downloading, plus its own Live Tile and an enhanced mode made especially for smartphone screens.

6. Nokia Transit App Released for S40

Nokia has released its Transit app, which is a journey planning app for people using public transport, for its S40-powered Asha touchscreen phones. It’s a beta app and therefore available though Nokia’s BetaLabs site, and is compatible with the Asha 305, Asha 306, Asha 308, Asha 309 and finally, the Asha 311.

7. BlackBerry Q10 Hits Network Test Phase

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has said in an interview the next BlackBerry 10 phone, the QWERTY-equipped Q10, is currently being tested by 40 different networks in 20 different countries. He didn’t confirm which countries, but we’re expecting the Q10 to be released sometime in April.

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8. Apple’s Plans for India Suggest Low-cost iPhone

Apple has reportedly asked its resellers in India to increase the amount of stores to 200 by 2015, effectively tripling what it has now. This has fuelled speculation the company is about to launch a low-cost iPhone, designed to make owning hardware made by the brand more affordable, in developing markets such as India.

9. Galaxy S4 Won’t Shoot 60fps Video

Recently, Qualcomm wrote a blog post and labelled the Galaxy S4 as being able to shoot 1080p video at 60fps, something which no other smartphone has been able to achieve. However this has been revealed as an error, and the Galaxy S4′s 13 megapixel camera will record its 1080p video at 30fps.

10. T-Mobile Launches the iPhone in the U.S.

At an event in New York, T-Mobile USA revealed a brave new strategy, where it has dumped contracts and simplified its tariffs. While the new approach is different for the U.S., it’s not all that different to rolling contracts in the UK. Additionally, T-Mobile has introduced its 4G LTE network and the availability of the iPhone 5, which will go on sale for the first time on 12 April.

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