Enjoy our roundup of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week, including four new US handsets which look very familiar to us, some big Nokia news, Samsung’s latest app download figures and a very disconcerting dancing Android.
1. Samsung Passes 100 Milli0n App Downloads
Since its launch in June 2010, Samsung Apps has grown to incorporate apps for other devices such as televisions, and has this week passed 100 million downloads. Not bad at all when you take into consideration there are only 13000 apps available, however the store is accessible in 120 countries around the world.
2. Android Rocks Out!
There is something faintly disconcerting about this dancing, green Android. We know it’s a man in a suit, but the way he dances about just looks so strange you begin to wonder if maybe it’s not. We don’t know if it’s the funny little arms, or the rigid body that’s more freaky; just that it is. It’s an Xperia Android too, meaning it could be related to that Android with the human thumbs. We’re going to stop thinking about it now.
3. Are You ‘In’ Enough to Use Color?
If you own an Android device or an iPhone, grab Color from your friendly app store and give it a try. The new photo-sharing app has been all over the news this week after attracting more than $40 million-worth of investment. It’s something like a public diary/scrapbook, which shares your pictures with anyone using the app in a 50ft radius, and vice versa. Only trouble is, if no-one else is using it, not much sharing goes on, so you’ll need to be hanging with the cool kids to get the most out of this one.
4. LG’s Optimus G2X Announced Stateside
The first of four new phones announced for the US we’re going to cover, however all but one are devices already out or announced for Europe too. The first is the LG Optimus G2X, a Tegra 2-powered smartphone running Android. Think it looks familiar? Well, it is, as we know it simply as the Optimus 2X. The difference seems to be on the connectivity side, as the G2X will work on T-Mobile USA’s ’4G’ network.
5. Nokia Astound Hits the US Market
Just in case you’ve seen the Nokia Astound’s name about over the past few days and thought ‘wow, that’s a nice looking phone’ and tried to find it for sale in the UK; don’t bother. The Astound is T-Mobile USA’s name for the Nokia C7, a 3.5″ touchscreen phone with Symbian^3 and an 8 megapixel camera. This is the version you need to look for!
6. AT&T Launch the LG Thrill 4G
The CTIA 2011 show didn’t make quite such an impact on Europe, as the majority of new devices unveiled were for US networks. The LG Thrill will be coming to AT&T and will be compatible with their ’4G’ network. It has a 4.3″ touchscreen with glasses-free 3D, a 1Ghz dual core processor and a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot 3D stills and video.
7. AT&T Also Launch the HTC HD7S
Another CTIA 2011 announcement, this time from US network AT&T. The HTC HD7S is a rebadged version of the familiar HTC HD7, therefore running Windows Phone 7. The phone has a 1Ghz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 4.3″ touchscreen and most interestingly of all, the NoDo update already up and running.
8. Google’s Think Quarterly Publication Appears Online
If you’re a business type or have a strange obsession with data, sharing, metrics and advertising, you may be interested to read through Google’s Think Quarterly book which has appeared online. Inside there are interviews with Vodafone UK’s CEO, Google’s economist Hal Varian and some pretty pictures for the rest of us. Download it or view it online using the link above.
9. Nokia Launches an Exciting New…Font!
Wow, this should get everybody talking! Nokia have revealed their new corporate font, called Nokia Pure, and it has been described by their brand and marketing director as having a ‘natural, flowing form’ while still being ‘highly functional and neutral’. Of course it is.
10. iPhone Survives 1000ft Fall
Maybe that glass rear panel isn’t so delicate after all! A US Air Force Combat Controller clumsily let his iPhone 4 fall from his pocket, but rather than being a few feet away from the ground, he was in a plane 1000ft up in the air at the time! Once back on the ground, he located and recovered his phone using MobileMe’s Find My iPhone service, and amazingly, it had survived and worked perfectly!