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 the 50 billionth iTunes app download, Samsung‘s massive Android profits, and a new Archos Android tablet.

1. Apple Celebrates 50 Billion App Downloads

Apple has been preparing for its 50 billionth app download from the App Store for a while, and on Thursday, it finally reached the magic number. The app in question was a game called Say the Same Thing, and the person who downloaded it won a $10,000 iTunes gift certificate.

2. Research Shows Samsung Earns 95% of Global Android Profit

According to data analysis firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung earned nearly 95% of the total amount of profit generated by Android devices over the first quarter of 2013. The report shows Android making $5.3bn globally, while Samsung’s Android device shipments made $5.1bn for the company. LG is second with a lowly 2.5%.

3. Jolla to Announce First Sailfish Phone on 20 May

Jolla, the company behind the Sailfish OS, will hold an event on 20 May, where it will take the covers off its very first smartphone. The Sailfish software has evolved from MeeGo, and the gesture-intensive interface is similar to that seen on the Nokia N9. We’re not sure what to expect yet, but Jolla has given us a teaser video that you can watch below.

4. BBC iPlayer Comes to Windows Phone 8

The BBC has confirmed the launch of a dedicated iPlayer app for Windows Phone 8, although anyone hoping for something more complex than a few shortcuts to the mobile site will be in for a disappointment. Still, it does make things easier; it works over 3G and Wi-Fi, and it’s a free download. The app is available from the Windows Phone Store.

5. Asus Fonepad Upgraded

Although it was only announced at Mobile World Congress, Asus has already updated its Fonepad tablet. Now, the slate comes with a new Intel Z2460, 1.6GHz chip and 32GB of internal storage; small changes, but significant enough to make the Fonepad an even more attractive device. The remaining specs – 7-inch, 1280×800 pixel screen, 3G connectivity and a 3 megapixel camera – stay the same.

6. ZTE Grand X2 Announced

ZTE has announced another Intel-powered device, the Grand X2. It uses the latest Atom Z2580 processor with a clock speed of 2GHz, and runs Android Jelly Bean. Its screen measures 4.5-inches and has a resolution of 1280×720, plus there is an 8 megapixel camera on the rear, 8GB of storage space, and a microSD card slot. ZTE will put the Grand X2 on sale in Europe after the summer.

7. Hands-on Video With a White Nexus 4

A white version of the Nexus 4 has shown up several times in the past, but not in as much detail as a recent video shot when the phone made an appearance at a mobile phone show in Dubai. Despite the various sightings, a white version of the phone has never gone on sale, but there are rumours this could all change very soon. You can take a look at the video below.

8. Nokia Grabs Man of Steel Licence

Following up its license to produce tie-in merchandise for The Dark Knight Rises, Nokia has also snapped up the rights to the new Superman film, Man of Steel. Tech site Pocket-Lint got a glimpse of several of the accessories we can expect to go on sale, including a fantastic Man of Steel Fatboy wireless charging pillow. Other items will include cases and a dedicated mobile app.

9. Archos Announces the 80 Xenon Tablet

Archos has added yet another low-cost Android tablet to its range. This time it’s the 80 Xenon, which has an 8-inch, 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, and is powered by a 1.2GHz, quad-core Snapdragon processor. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and has 4GB of memory with a microSD card slot. Archos will sell the tablet for £160 in the UK this June.

10. Sony Xperia UL Leaked

Sony may have another high-end smartphone in the works, as a leak has revealed the Xperia UL. Apparently, it’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and will come with a 1080p display of an unknown size. It’s also speculated the phone will be water and dust proof, just like the Xperia Z. At the moment though, there is no information on when the Xperia UL will arrive.

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