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LG launches swivelling dual-screen smartphone

LG launches swivelling dual-screen smartphone

LG Wing opens into a T-shape

LG Electronics has launched an innovative dual-screen smartphone as the first device in its new 'Explorer Project' range. The LG WING looks like a conventional smartphone but the screen can rotate into landscape format, revealing a smaller display underneath.
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NVIDIA to acquire UK-based chip maker Arm

NVIDIA to acquire UK-based chip maker Arm

Computer graphics pioneer NVIDIA is acquiring UK-based mobile chip specialist Arm in a deal that's valued at $40 billion (approximately £31 billion). It's buying Arm Ltd from SoftBank, which acquired the company four years ago.
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New 5G BlackBerry device expected next year

New 5G BlackBerry device expected next year

OnwardMobility to work with Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile

Mobile security business OnwardMobility has announced a deal to produce new Android-powered BlackBerry 5G smartphones in the first half of 2021. The devices will be manufactured by FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn.
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Ofcom publishes customer satisfaction figures for UK mobile networks

Ofcom publishes customer satisfaction figures for UK mobile networks

Tesco Mobile rated top for mobile satisfaction in 2019

Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, has published its annual customer satisfaction ratings for mobile networks.
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Huawei overtakes Samsung with worldwide smartphone shipments

Huawei overtakes Samsung with worldwide smartphone shipments

Figures from tech analysts Canalys show new leader for Q2 2020

Chinese manufacturer Huawei shipped more smartphones in the second quarter of this year than any other company, marking the first time it's ever overtaken Samsung.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Last week at The Fonecast: 11th March 2013

Thrills for Tesco customers, chills for Android users

Mark Bridge writes:

As Mobile World Congress 2013 disappears behind us, so the frenzy of news releases about new products and services returns to relatively normal levels.

Tesco Mobile found some moral high-ground, announcing a ‘Tariff Promise’ that says it’ll never raise its monthly mobile phone charges during the minimum term of a contract. Terms and conditions apply, naturally.

And there was good news for Europe’s ‘big five’ mobile operators when the European Commission said it was closing its preliminary investigation into their development of future mobile standards. This development work has now been passed to the GSMA, reducing the EC’s fears that smaller companies could be forced out of the market.

With Spring in the air, the thoughts of telecoms companies have turned to nuptial union. SDL has acquired mobile web specialist bemoko, while Newbury-based Arieso has been acquired by American technology business JDSU.

Talking of such unions, there was less happiness at Motorola Mobility. The Google-owned handset business was reported to be cutting 1,200 jobs – which is on top of the 4,000 lost last year. Those people probably won’t be celebrating the first birthday of the Google Play app store.

Finally, given the cold weather that’s arrived in the south of England, it seems only appropriate to end with news from a group of German researchers who’ve managed to break the encryption on a Android smartphone by freezing it. It was – of course – the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android they cracked… using a tool they’ve named Forensic Recovery Of Scrambled Telephones, or ‘FROST’.

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