The month began with Omio reporting that HTC 8S is now available from £21 With Phones4U, and in the USA, LTE accounts for 7% of mobile connections. Google Nexus 7 tablet is available on a contract with Three and Text messaging turned 20, while automatic photo uploading comes to Facebook apps and Sony Xperia phones get a new OS.
Earlier in the first week, a new version of Samsung Galaxy Pocket is said be announced soon and the WhatsApp could be merging with Facebook. Android Key Lime Pie was leaked by a Google staffer and a Samsung Galaxy Note II budget version is on the way. LG is set to make its own chips and the Huawei Ascend G 330 is now available for £10 a month. The Google Nexus 4 became available at 5pm on that day and the Google Nexus 7 price dropped to £50.
Midweek, we reported that Facebook no longer needs an email address and the Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 mobile was announced and we ran photos and video of the device. Android Jelly Bean 5.0 Key Lime Pie is to be announced in May 2013 and the Sony Xperia E low-cost phone was unveiled, we also published photos and video of the handset – while BlackBerry banned passwords were found.
Toward the end of the week, a new Apple iPhone 5 was leaked and EE is to offer 4G Apple iPad 4 and iPad mini. HTC M7 5-inch HD mobile phone is to launch before March. Huawei is to make its own 6.1-inch HD 1080p Samsung Galaxy Note II and Facebook was updated with BlackBerry Messenger built in, where Google Now became updated for Christmas travelling
At the end of the first week, HTC Butterfly mobile phone with a 1080 HD screen was announced for the UK and we brought out the handset’s photos and on video. Skype is to offer video messaging and Samsung Galaxy S3 successor is to have an unbreakable display. The Samsung Galaxy S3 premium suite update was caught on video and we published the Apple iPad mini contract and prices compared, while Samsung ATIV S is to go on sale in the UK Tuesday 11th of December.
The second week started with Jelly Bean 4.1 coming to the RAZR i before April, and EE is to lose the Nokia Lumia 920 exclusivity. HTC 8S is available with Three for just £17 and LG sells 10 million mobile phones, while the HTC Butterfly became available to buy in the UK and Angry Birds came to older mobile phones.
Earlier on in the week, the Samsung Galaxy S3 premium suite update was caught on video and Sky Go became available for Nexus 4 and the Jelly Bean OS. Free calling came to BlackBerry handsets through BBM, while the HTC Jelly Bean update schedule was leaked. The Sony Xperia E low-cost phone prices were made public; HTC mobile phones gained Sony PlayStation access and we published an abridged Christmas present ideas article – from a guest post on the Expansys website, while Microsoft Office for iPhone and iPad leaked.
Midweek, Windows 7.8 feature set was leaked in a survey. Apple iPhone 5S will be available in up to 8 colours and Microsoft rolled out its first Windows Phone 8 update. O2 is increasing monthly costs, and we published a guest post by Phones 4u entitled – Windows Phone 8 Face-Off – HTC 8X vs. Samsung ATIV S vs. Nokia Lumia 920. Samsung Galaxy Note II gained a new Jelly Bean OS; HTC One SV 4G mobile phone comes to EE and is now available to order for £349.99. Omio run Nokia Lumia 620 hands-on photos and a hands-on walkthrough on video.
Toward the end of the week, Google Nexus 4 became available on Three and Google Maps came to Apple iOS. BlackBerry 10 OS L-Series mobile phone leaked in best photos to date and with a hands-on video. 17 more places are to get 4G from EE and the Nokia Lumia 920 has a disabled radio. Vodafone unveils new Femtocell Sure Signal device and Windows Phone apps are up by 40 per cent.
At the end of the second week, we brought out the news that Nokia has no plans for a Lumia 710 successor Windows Phone 8 handset and Windows Phone 7.8 became available, Facebook 2.0 is now out for Android and Android tablets come to 4G EE. We published an updated piece on the Apple iPad mini contract and prices compared: Three, EE, Orange, T-Mobile and now Vodafone; BBC iPlayer coming to Android Jelly Bean.
The third week commenced with Omio reported on Windows Phone 7.8 is being deployed to Nokia Lumia 800 handsets. TalkTalk launched new SIM only plans and the Samsung ATIV S is now on sale. Apple iPhone 5 sells another five million, while the Nokia Lumia phones ships with Windows Phone 7.8. Google is to ends Microsoft Exchange support; Nokia Windows Phone 8 phablet caught on video and we published the BlackBerry 10 OS keyboard: hands-on video walkthrough, where the Nokia Lumia 620 price and arrival date was announced.
Earlier on in the week, we wrote that BlackBerry 10 OS is to be launched globally and the HTC M7 specifications leaked. Leaked Sony Xperia mobile phone with a 5-inch 1080p screen gets reviewed where the HTC One SV is available from £20.50 per month. Google Maps for iOS hit 10 million downloads; the Samsung Galaxy Grand was announced and Sony Xperia mobile phones are to get Jelly Bean in February.
Midweek, Samsung ATIV S became available with O2 for £34 a month. BlackBerry 10 OS mobile phones are coming to Three, O2, Vodafone and EE; NVIDIA next mobile processor was leaked and the Motorola RAZR i in white arrives at Phones 4u.
Towards the end of the week, we reported that the Nokia Lumia 920 is coming to Vodafone and the Samsung Galaxy S3 vulnerability to malware is to be fixed soon. Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 update is rolling out; BlackBerry 10 OS web browser vs. Windows Phone 8 IE and Apple iOS 6 Safari is caught on video and the 4G bidders were announced. And the Samsung Galaxy S3 premium suite update became available.
At the end of the week, BlackBerry Z10 picture leaks and Three reduced the Apple iPhone by £100 on PAYG. Twitter brought out is most popular retweets and Samsung Windows Phone 7 mobile phones are to get Windows Phone 7.8. HTC is to make Windows 8 tablets and we published a mobile phone review round up of the HTC 8S. Three is now selling the Asus Windows 8 tablet on a £30.99 a month contract and Top 10 tell-tale signs your mobile phone needs upgrading
The fourth week began with Omio reporting that the Nokia Lumia 920 will be available with Three and Carphone Warehouse next month, and BlackBerry 10 OS Z10 mobile phone was seen at Carphone Warehouse. This is along with Archos launching a tablet with Apple iPad screen
Towards the end of the week, ZTE nubia Z5 mobile phone was announced with a full HD screen and the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry X10 were leaked in a photo.
At the end of the week, 17 million Apple and Android devices were given as Christmas presents and petition starts online for Windows Phone OS to get Google apps.
The biggest story of the month came from Research In Motion, which had the purported official name leaked for its inaugural BlackBerry 10 OS run mobile phone – BlackBerry Z10.
The next most significant piece came from Research In Motion, which had photos its upcoming full touch screen L-Series handset published online.
The third largest news item of the month was from Apple, when a purportedly photo of its next iPhone 5 was leaked.
The following most significant story was when Google announced its Maps app for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.
The fifth biggest piece of the month came when HTC unveiled a global version of its first full high definition 5-inch display based handset, under the name of HTC Butterfly.