Enjoy our roundup of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week, including a Galaxy Tab update, a new tough tablet from Panasonic, T-Mobile’s latest viral advert and good news on the UK release of the Sony Ericsson Ray.
1. Sony Ericsson Ray Coming to Three
If you’re excited about the new Sony Ericsson Ray announced earlier this week, then you’ll be pleased to know UK network Three has picked it up. They’re keeping quiet on when exactly it’ll arrive – Sony Ericsson gave it a Q3 release date – but they’ve produced the teaser video below to keep you interested in the meantime.
2. New Galaxy Tab 7 Coming Soon?
The original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab has been a big success, so it makes sense for Samsung to plan an update. Rumours are gathering that the new 7-inch tablet will be coming in September and will have a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM, but oddly it may use Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 rather than the 7-inch-friendly Honeycomb 3.2.
3. HP to Help You Discover Apps with New Magazine
HP are planning to publish a monthly digital magazine to help owners of the HP TouchPad discover new apps. The magazine will be called webOS Pivot and will launch on 1 July.
4. Xoom Update Out Soon
European owners of the Motorola Xoom tablet should soon be able to upgrade to Honeycomb 3.1. Although the exact change list has yet to be revealed, it’s said that the SD card slot will be activated. The update will be rolled out over the coming weeks.
5. Panasonic Toughbook Announced
Panasonic has announced the Toughbook tablet, for those who are a little too clumsy for delicate flowers like the iPad 2! It’s out at the end of the year and has a 10.1-inch screen, 4G connectivity in the US and GPS too. It’s actually more suited to mobile workers who need something sturdy to use every day.
6. LG Optimus 3D to Become Thrill in US
The first of two phones to be renamed in the US this week is the LG Optimus 3D. When it launches on AT&T later this summer it’ll have gained a 4G-capable radio and be known as the LG Thrill 4G. The specification is exactly the same though.
7. HTC ChaCha to Become Status in US
Our second rename is actually quite good, as it changes the ridiculous ChaCha to the Status; a rather fitting name for a smartphone with a dedicated Facebook button. It’s coming AT&T very soon and again, the specs remain the same.
8. 4G Confusion to End in US?
A bill is being put to Congress in the US which will force networks to be more open on the data speeds customers can expect from so-called 4G. Information such as minimum speeds, average download speeds and a detailed coverage map will have to be made available; which networks say isn’t possible as it varies from customer to customer. The bill has yet to be passed.
9. Windows Phone 7 Running on a TG01
The Toshiba TG01 is an older device which once ran Windows Mobile 6.1, but the version shown in the video below is running WP7. There are a couple of possible explanations for this: it could be a development mule, a secret Toshiba project or the work of a clever hacker.
10.Archos G9 Offers Honeycomb on a Budget
French manufacturer Archos has stepped up the Honeycomb competition a notch after unveiling the Archos G9. As well as sporting the latest Android OS for tablets, the device (which is available in 8 and 10-inch models) sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1080p playback and a whopping 250GB of storage. The G9 will be out in September with an 8-inch version costing £200 and a 10-inch device being priced at £250. Ker-ching!