Microsoft adds 75,000 to Windows Phone Store selection in 2012

Microsoft adds 75,000 to Windows Phone Store selection in 2012
Microsoft claims that 75,000 new apps were added to the Windows Phone Store in 2012, meaning Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X owners had access to a much wider selection of games and tools.Although not yet matching dominating operating systems Google Android and Apple iOS, which give users access to over 700,000 apps, the range for Microsoft customers is ever-expanding.The Facebook social networking tool currently…

Must-have accessories for a new mobile phone

Must-have accessories for a new mobile phone
Many lucky people unwrapped a brand new mobile phone on December 25th, and those looking to personalise their handset or improve the experience can purchase a number of accessories.Buying a case is vital, as this will protect the device from scratches and scuffs as well as more severe bumps and drops.More fashion-conscious consumers could opt for a stylish shell, whereas those more practical might buy…

Top apps for a new Apple iPhone

Top apps for a new Apple iPhone
One of the main attractions to an Apple iPhone handset is access to the App Store, which has more than 700,000 tools and games available for download.There are a number of apps which new owners should install in order to make the most out of their mobile phone.YouTube is one of the most popular, and it is free. Users can maximise the potential of the…

Android mobile phone operating system continues to dominate

Android mobile phone operating system continues to dominate
Android continues to dominate the mobile phone operating system in Australia, following 11.3 per cent growth in the past year.The Google creation is now installed on 58 per cent of handsets in the country, including devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and LG Nexus 4.Its popularity may be mainly due to the wide variety of gadgets on offer, which accommodate a range of budgets and…

BlackBerrry maker RIM and Nokia agree patent deal

BlackBerrry maker RIM and Nokia agree patent deal
Mobile phone manufacturers Research in Motion (RIM) and Nokia have come to a legal agreement regarding a patent dispute.All pending actions will be withdrawn once the BlackBerry creator makes a one-off payment to the Finnish firm.RIM also has to make royalty payments to its competitor in order to use its protected intellectual property.Chief intellectual property officer at Nokia Paul Melin said: "We are very pleased…

Google Maps release prompts Apple iPhone iOS 6 downloads

Google Maps release prompts Apple iPhone iOS 6 downloads
The number of Apple iPhone owners who downloaded the latest iOS 6 operating system upgrade jumped by 29 per cent in the five days following the Google Maps release.MoPub believes that the vast proportion of these users have held out for the navigation tool since the firmware was made available on September 19th.The American manufacturer's latest update included improvements to performance, including benefits to battery…

Global LTE mobile phone shipments to reach 275m in 2013

Global LTE mobile phone shipments to reach 275m in 2013
Analysts have predicted that 275 million Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile phones will be shipped in 2013 - a 202.5 per cent increase on this year.Manufacturers are increasingly adopting the new technology and incorporating it into their high-end handsets.Devices like the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One XL have 4G connection capabilities, allowing users to take advantage of speedier networks.Telecommunications providers Telstra…

Samsung first to top Nokia mobile phone shipments since 1998

Samsung first to top Nokia mobile phone shipments since 1998
Samsung is set to topple Nokia from its pedestal this year, as the Galaxy S3 manufacturer might have the highest global mobile phone shipments in 2012.The Finnish company has maintained this top spot for the past 14 years, but as its popularity begins to fade, so do sales.According to IHS predictions, the Lumia creator's share has plummeted from 30 to 24 per cent, while the…