Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including the new Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 tablet, Max Payne released for iOS and possible Nexus tablet delays.
1. Nexus Tablet Delayed?
As to how much you can delay something that hasn’t been announced, we don’t know, but the latest rumour concerning the Google Nexus tablet suggests we won’t be seeing it until July. The extra time is believed to allow Google to drive the price down to its preferred $199/£125 mark, and if that’s the case, we’re happy to wait just that little while longer.
2. UK Ad Regulators Investigating iPad 4G
Following a similar complaint in Australia, the Advertising Standards Authority here in the UK is looking at Apple’s new iPad and its use of 4G in the promotional material. Their interest comes after receiving 24 complaints about Apple indicating it is a 4G device, despite there being no UK 4G network. No action has been taken as yet.
3. Lenovo Announces the IdeaTab S2109
Lenovo has announced a new member of its IdeaTab tablet range. Named the S2109, it features Android Ice Cream Sandwich and a 9.7-inch, 4:3 ratio, 1024 x 768 pixel resolution screen; the same as the original Apple iPad. There’s no news on the processor inside, but the tablet does have an 8.9mm thick unibody chassis, a 1.3 megapixel camera, microSD card slot, a micro HDMI port and a 10 hour battery. Pricing has yet to be announced, but you can watch the preview video here.
4. Nokia to Introduce All-Touch S40 Phones Soon
Nokia’s S40 software has so far been seen on devices with alphanumeric or QWERTY keyboards, but that could all change soon, as Nokia is rumoured to be adding full-touch S40 phones to its range. Potentially announced within the next four months, a user manual has appeared for the Nokia 306, which promises a complete S40 touch experience including multiple homescreens, gestures and pinch-to-zoom.
5. Max Payne Out Now for iOS
Rockstar’s action shooter Max Payne has been released for the iPhone and the iPad, complete with high-definition graphics, and a new control system. After the excellent job Rockstar made of bringing Grand Theft Auto III to iOS, we’ve got high hopes for this one. It’s yours for £1.99.
6. More iPad Nano Rumours
Apple reporter John Gruber, he of Daring Fireball fame, has added his own comment concerning a smaller Apple iPad. He says Apple is testing a 7.85-inch screen iPad in its labs at the moment, and it has the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad 1 and 2, allowing it to run all available applications without a problem. He also adds there is a chance this is only a concept, and it may never make it to stores.
7. Pebble E-Paper Watch Gets Kickstarted
Further proof that if you want a successful Kickstarter project, simply make whatever your product is compatible with the iPhone. The Pebble is an exciting Bluetooth watch which works with both the iPhone and Android, showing call details, email, the weather and a calender. Additionally, it uses custom apps to provide you with all sorts of helpful information, from exercise performance to the latest tweets and Facebook updates. Amazingly, the project has attracted over a $1 million in Kickstarter funding in a little over a day! Take a look at the video to see the Pebble in action.
8. Netflix App Out Now for Windows Phone
With streaming video service Netflix gaining in popularity in the UK, it’s good to see the provider offering as many mobile viewing options as possible, and this week Windows Phone has received its own Netflix app. Joining existing iOS and Android apps, it’s free to download, but you’ll need a Netflix subscription to view movies.
9. Special Price Reductions in Windows Marketplace
Netflix isn’t the only app you need to pick up for your Windows Phone this weekend, as Microsoft has discounted seven great apps by 66%, and with titles like Angry Birds, Burn the Rope, Toy Soldiers Bootcamp and Doodle God, it would be wise to grab them before they go back to full price.
10. Sony Cuts 10,000 Jobs
As part of new restructuring plans, Sony has announced it will be cutting a total of 10,000 jobs during the remainder of the year. The losses will occur both internally and as a result of selling some areas of the business, and the news follows the announcement of a $6.4 billion loss for Sony this previous year.