Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including Google Chrome for Android, the new Samsung Tocco Lite 2 and a Windows 8 preview at Mobile World Congress.
1. Samsung Tocco Lite 2 Made Official
Remember the Tocco? It’s one of Samsung’s best-selling feature phones, and a successor has now been announced. The Tocco Lite 2 has a 3-inch screen with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0 and Samsung’s range of messaging and chat apps. It’s set for release in March.
2. LG Confirms MWC 2012 Event
We’ve seen a lot of LG devices leak out this week, and some could become official during Mobile World Congress. LG has now begun sending out invitations to their press conference, which will take place on the 27 February. They’re calling it a chance to ‘discover new revolutionary smartphones’, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll be launching.
3. Windows 8 Consumer Preview Coming to MWC
Microsoft has taken the unusual step to announce that it will launch the preview edition of Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress. At the moment, the software is believed to be for PCs only, but this choice of venue could indicate it’ll be far more integrated with mobile than expected. There’s also a chance we’ll find out more about the next version of Windows Phone too.
4. Google Chrome Out Now For Android
Google’s popular Chrome web browser has finally made the transition to the small screen, with the launch of Chrome for Android. It’s available through the Android Market for free, except there is a catch – your phone has to be running Ice Cream Sandwich. Which, as we know all too well, there aren’t all that many of those. If you’re not one of the lucky ones, you can watch the introduction video below to see what you’re missing:
5. Motorola Could Target Other Markets with Tablet Range
Motorola has indicated it may branch out into education and healthcare with a range of specially modified tablets. Some of the features being considered include improved durability and water resistance, much like its rugged Defy series of smartphones. Another area is retail, where special point-of-sale apps would be used instead of traditional equipment.
6. Path and Hipster Apologise for Address Book Problems
The makers of the Path and Hipster iPhone apps have apologised to their users, after it was revealed the apps uploaded a phone’s entire contact list to their servers without permission. Blaming programming errors, all details have been deleted and the apps updated to cure the issue.
7. Android Coming to the Nokia N9
The team behind the project to port Android over to the Nokia N900 has begun work on an Android port to the N9 too. It’s not just any version of Android either, as they’re using the latest 4.0 build. Amazingly, when it does finally reach the phone, it’ll come as a dual-boot system, so users will be able to keep MeeGo as well as have the option to run Android.
8. Cool Nokia Tablet Concept
Designed by a fan of Nokia products, this cool concept is called the Lumia ‘Coffee’ Tab, and would sport a 9.7-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, a 1.4GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera. It would take its design cues from the Lumia smartphones, and use Windows 8 as its operating system. It looks excellent, but will one like it ever become reality?
9. OneNote Hits Android
Chrome isn’t the only big-name Android app out this week, as Microsoft has launched its OneNote notepad app in the Market too. Already available for iOS and for Windows Phone, the app provides cloud storage for all your notes using SkyDrive. A total of 500 notes can be stored for free, after which a payment of £2.99 will be needed to store more.
10. White HTC Sensation Out Soon
The white version of HTC’s Sensation XE Android phone is expected to be released in the UK on 20 February. The phone features Beats Audio technology, a 1.5GHz processor, a 4.3-inch Super LCD screen, an 8 megapixel camera and of course, a gorgeous white chassis.