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 possible name of Tesco’s tablet, the ZTE Open sells out, and another great advert from Nokia.

1. Tesco Tablet to be Named Hudl?

Talk of Tesco’s plans to enter the tablet market spread earlier this week, but little was known about the device itself, other than it was designed to challenge the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and similar cheap tablets. A new rumor has revealed a possible name for Tesco’s tech brand, and it’s Hudl. No, we don’t get it either, but we’re sure there’s a good reason for the name, but we’ll have to wait for Tesco to explain it.

2. ZTE Open Sells Out on eBay

ZTE launched its first Firefox OS smartphone, the ZTE Open, on eBay last week. The super cheap, just £60, phone went on to sell out of the first run of phones over the weekend, showing there are plenty of people interested in trying out Mozilla’s new mobile OS. The phone is also sold in parts of Europe, but no plans to introduce the phone through a network in the UK have been announced.

3. Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo Campaign Fails

Sadly, if you were one of the 27,000 backers of the Ubuntu Edge crowd funding campaign, the phone isn’t going to happen, as Canonical’s $32 million target proved to be too much. The campaign ended this week having raised nearly $13 million, less than half of the required amount. With the project dead, the Ubuntu Mobile OS will now appear on less ambitious phones early next year. However, it’s worth having a peak at what was planned, which you can do with the video below.

4. Samsung Z9000 Tizen Phone Leaked

Tizen is the mobile OS developed by Intel and Samsung, and we’re expecting the first phones to be launched soon. A leak has given us a clue about one of the devices, so far known as the Z9000, and it could have a 720p screen, 4G connectivity, and a Qualcomm processor. What it looks like and when it’ll be released is still a mystery.

5. Windows Phone Popular in Latin America

Latin America is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world, and success there is only going to become more important to hardware and software manufacturers. According to figures from IDC, Microsoft and Nokia are well on their way, as Windows Phone is currently the second most widely used smartphone platform in the region, and the Lumia 520 is the most popular device.

6. Samsung Golden Flip Phone Announced

Samsung is keeping the flip phone form factor alive, at least it is in South Korea, as it has announced the Samsung Golden. The phone has two touchscreens, one on either side of the flip, and both measure 3.3-inches with a 320×480 pixel resolution. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz chip, and has a 5-megapixel camera. We’d be surprised if this retro phone made it to the UK.

7. Amusing Nokia Advert Promotes Lumia 925′s Low Light Photos

Nokia has been making great adverts over the past months, and the latest Lumia 925 ad is no exception. It’s not for the UK, but there are subtitles so you understand what’s going on, and the premise is simple enough. We won’t spoil it here, only that it’s promoting the Lumia 925′s skill at low light photography, while taking subtle swipes at the competition. It’s great, and you can take a look at it below.

8. Apple Buys Mapping Company Embark

Apple Maps didn’t have the best start in life, but Apple is certainly doing its best to make it better, as proven by its latest company acquisition. Embark is a startup that maps public transportation systems, to help users to find their way around. The cost of the purchase hasn’t been confirmed, but the team has said it will be concentrating on Apple Maps integration.

9. LG Enact Launched in America

The Verizon network in America has launched the LG Enact smartphone, and unusually it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a feature rarely seen today. The device has a 4-inch, 480×800 pixel screen, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, and a 5-megapixel camera. Unconnected it’s priced at $350, or about £225. It’s a CDMA phone though, so won’t work in the UK.

10. Delta Airlines Loves Windows Phone

Delta Airlines has signed a deal with Microsoft to supply each of its 19,000 flight attendants with Lumia 820 smartphones. However, instead of being used for normal purposes, they’ll also be called into action as mobile credit card terminals, and as a way to email customers with receipts. It’s part of a three year agreement, during which time the phones will be upgraded to the latest models.

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