A 3D touchscreen LCD display for mobile phones is being developed by Sharp Corporation. Described as having the industry's highest brightness, the new display lets users view three-dimensional images without needing to wear special glasses. In addition, the display can switch between 2D and 3D modes.
Research company comScore has published smartphone uptake figures for Europe. It says the UK market grew by 70% in the last year to more than 11 million smartphone users. That splits into a 76% growth in smartphone users spending less than £35 a month; 60% growth in higher-priced monthly tariffs.
Italy has the largest number of smartphone subscribers overall - 15 million – but only saw 11% growth in the last 12 months.
In the five countries surveyed, Italy had the highest proportion of smartphone users – 32% – followed by Spain with 28.3%, the UK with 22.9%, Germany with 16.5% and finally France with 15.2%.
The Linux-based MeeGo operating system, revealed in February when Maemo and Moblin announced their merger plans, is now available to developers who want to test the system.