judgecorp writes: "VascoDe can offer web applications such as Twitter, Facebook, Skype and more on low end phones that don't even have 3G capability, without even using SMS messages. The service, which is available through operators in South Africa and Indiia, uses the USSD protocol, part of the GSM network used for operators' messages, and hosts text-based interfaces to popular web applications no servers on the operators' network. VascoDe has an impressive video showing the approach actually works, and is planning to use it to bring richer servicse to the world's 5.4 billion feature phones."
judgecorp writes: "Microsoft is reported to be testing its own Windows Phone 8 design with Asian component suppliers. The move might be unpopular with phone makers, just as its decision to make its own Surface tablet has alienated hardware makers."
judgecorp writes: "New leaks about the Nokia Lumia 920 suggest the Windows 8 phone will have wireless charging compatible with the Qi standard. However, rumours that it would match the Nokia PureView 808's 41Mpixel camera seem not to be true. Sources expect a regular 8Mpixel camera"
judgecorp writes: "A leaked Nokia memo has revealed what users of Nokia's Lumia phone can expect as a consolation when Windows Phone 8 comes out. The Lumia runs WP7, and will never run WP8 — but apparently a version called Windows Phone 7.8 will give users some crumbs. UInfortunately, not real multitasking, Internet Explorer 10, the Wallet app, secure boot and encryption, device management and some other enterprise-ready features. Bad news, people."
judgecorp writes: "Nokia has closed down the Meltemi low-end Linux phone which was supposed to replace its System 40 devices. The platform had never been officially announced and now, apparently, will never see the light of day. Feature phones still make up a giant market where Nokia has dominated, but this leaves its upgrade path in question."
judgecorp writes: "British people now make more texts than calls, according to a giant report on the state of the nation's telecoms, from UK regulator Ofcom. Expect other stories to emerge from the study — such as the fact that 92 percent of the population have a mobile phone, of which 39 percent have a smartphone."
judgecorp writes: "One tenth of Android devices now run Ice Cream Sandwich — version 4. It got off to a slow start, and faced confusion with the Honeycomb tablet version, but has got underway (based on what devices access the Google Play app store)."
judgecorp writes: "The first devices running Firefox Mobile OS, originally known as Boot to Gecko, have been announced. TCL and ZTE are making the phones, which will show up on Brazil's Telefonica Vivo network. Other operators are planning to give the phones a try."
judgecorp writes: "The first Intel-based smartphone in a Western market was launched in London today — the San Diego smartphone from Orange. The device, running Android Gingerbread, will cost £200 on pay-as-you-go, or can be had on a £15.50 plan."
judgecorp writes: "We aren't sure what's the strangest thing about Nokia's new offering, the fact that it's got a 41 Megapixel camera or the fact that it runs Symbian. It has a very high resolution sensor and uses oversampling, apparently producing good results in low light. Users can either save a mazimum of 38Mpixels, or else zoom and crop for normal resolution images. Observers expected a maximum of one more Symbian phone before Nokia shifts over to Windows Phone. This suggests either a longer life for Symbian — or maybe Symbian was just an easier platform to make a show-stopping device that may turn out to be more of a concept phone."