So I’m scanning through the week’s news, trying to find something to inspire my weekly rant, and it’s slim pickings. Hmm, I could moan about Google moaning about Microsoft moaning about Google moaning about Microsoft, but that’s not overly appealing.
Maybe I’ll go for a quick round-up type thing. Set? Go!
Elop & Co announced another Symbian Anna-based smartphone, the Nokia 500, while we’re left wondering if the MeeGo-running N9 will see a UK release. Incidentally, the 500 heralds a new naming convention from the Finns. Qualcomm changed its naming strategy too.
Meanwhile, there were hopes that the Sea Ray might make an appearance at this month’s GamesCom in Germany, but seemingly Nokia and Microsoft’s “party” is merely an attempt to stir up developer interest. Ah well.
Gingerbread finally arrived for the HTC Desire, but the Taiwanese manufacturer warned that only “expert users” should dabble with the ROM. It removes all customisation, and – in some regions – screws up SMS/MMS.
The release date for the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 was confirmed; The Carphone Warehouse leads the charge with August 12. RIM also announced that two Torches – namely the 9810 slider and all-touch 9860 – will join the 9900 in the UK. All three will run BlackBerry’s spanking new OS 7.
In tablet land, we heard a little more about the specs for Sony’s S1 and S2, and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 is expected in October. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 might not be landing in Australia any time soon, but it’s now available in the UK. Sort of. Hit the link for more detail.
The iPhone 5 is thought to be undergoing carrier testing as I write/you read. Not surprising, given that it’s slated for a September unveiling.
Finally, HTC reported record sales in Q2, and hopes to sell even more smartphones in Q3.
Oh yeah, and here’s some obligatory linkage to the patent wars stuff. Yawn.