Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the continued development of a 3D phone at Amazon, Sony’s plans for the future, and another great Lumia 1020 promo video.
1. Amazon 3D Phone Still in Development
According to an anonymous post made on the Hacker News forum, Amazon is still hard at work on a smartphone with an innovative 3D user interface. It’s designed to use four cameras, one in each corner, to track your head and eye movements, giving you a different view as you look around the screen. It sounds great, but staff changes and development hurdles have seen the release date continually pushed back.
2. Sony Talks About Big Plans for Mobile
In an interview, Sony‘s head of sales and marketing says the firm’s primary target is to snatch 20 percent of the Android smartphone market, which would see it become the third largest manufacturer. At the moment, Sony has 7 percent of the market, so it has a considerable way to go before it reaches that stage, but with exciting hardware like the Xperia Z1 and the rumoured Xperia Z1 Mini, it’s doing all it can to meet it.
Nokia just keeps shooting incredible videos with the Lumia 1020, and the latest is a joint effort between it and Red Bull. The video shows just a brief glimpse of the best freerunners in the world, who gathered together on the beautiful island of Santorini in Greece for the Art of Motion competition. It looks amazing, with the contrast of the white and blue colour scheme of the island, the gorgeous sunlight, and action shots all showing off the phone’s ability.
4. Samsung Adds PayPal Support to App Store.
Buyers in the UK are now able to use PayPal to buy content from Samsung’s own application stores. Samsung Apps and the Samsung Hub provide a wealth of apps, films, eBooks and other digital content to anyone with a Samsung smartphone, and they now no longer need to add their credit card information to make a purchase.
5. Pantech to Hold Event on 10 October
Pantech isn’t very well known outside Asia, although it does sell some hardware in America, but we could take some more notice of its next release. At an event called for 10 October, it’s expected to announce a smartphone/tablet hybrid entry into its Vega range. The specs rival the Galaxy Note 3 with a 5.9-inch 1080p screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a special stylus. The presence of an LTE-Advanced connection means it’s unlikely to leave South Korea though.
6. BlackBerry’s Manufacturer Loses Faith in the Company
One of BlackBerry‘s top manufacturing partners, Jabil Circuit, has indicated it may have to break off its partnership, as it faces the loss of 12 percent of its business, while BlackBerry struggles as a hardware firm. The negative effect on Jabil’s business could see it announce redundancies in the near future.
7. Samsung Defends Gold Galaxy S4 Release
Samsung has announced a gold version of the Galaxy S4, raising many eyebrows in the process. It has subsequently defended its action, subtly pointing out it has sold gold-coloured phones for years, even if the majority are limited editions. In case you missed our review of the flagship, take a look at the video below.
8. Huawei Announces New CEO
Huawei operates a system where a new CEO takes over the firm every six months, an unusual method designed to ensure the company doesn’t become stale or complacent. On 1 October, Eric Xu took over the company until 31 March next year. Will we see Huawei’s strategy alter?
9. Top Samsung Exec Leaves the Company.
It’s being reported Kevin Packingham has left his role of Chief Product Officer at Samsung, although there’s no indication his departure was anything other than voluntary. Packingham played an instrumental part in the successful global launch of the Galaxy S3, which pushed the company into the international spotlight.
10. Vodafone Smart 4G Leaked Again
We recently heard about Vodafone’s first own-brand 4G phone, named the Smart 4G, and now a few other specs have leaked. Apparently, the phone will have a 4.5-inch screen, a Snapdragon processor and an 8-megapixel camera. An unknown version of Android Jelly Bean should be installed.