Nokia wins environmental award

Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has been recognised for its efforts to improve the mobile industry's actions in tackling environmental issues.The company has been given the award for Outstanding Environmental Contribution by communications body the GSM Association at the 2009 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona."It is an honour to accept this on behalf of the thousands of Nokia people who have made sustainable, environmentally sensitive practices…

New solar powered phone unveiled

A new solar powered phone has been developed as mobile manufacturers increasingly look to environmentally-friendly technologies.Portable renewable energy device manufacturer Better Energy Systems has announced that it is launching a new solar-powered hands-free speaker phone that will provide users with "virtually unlimited talk-time".The company unveiled its new Solio Communicator, which uses an integrated solar panel to store the sun's energy in its internal Lithium-ion battery…

New Windows mobile phones announced

Microsoft has announced that its partners around the world are preparing to launch a new wave of mobile phones with the software giant's Windows operating system installed.Mobile operator Orange is planning to unveil an updated range of options that will allow users to access Windows tools on their mobile.The offering will deliver improved browsing capabilities as well as increased personalisation of the service, so that…

Mobile industry looks to universal chargers

The mobile phone industry is set to work together to develop a universal charger that will fit all future handsets.A collaborative effort between the manufacturers was announced at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona and will see 17 operators working together on the project.As well as delivering a common platform for mobile phone charging, the effort is also designed to improve the energy efficiency…

Environmental initiatives ‘the future of mobile industry’

Improvements in the environmentally-friendly nature of mobile phones will help to drive the industry during the global economic slump, it has been claimed.Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told delegates at a press conference at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona that 2009 would be a challenging year for the mobile industry, but suggested Nokia's "environmental leadership" would help the firm to weather the storm."Environmental…

Sony Ericsson to launch Idou smartphone

A leading mobile phone firm has announced the launch of its latest device. Sony Ericsson revealed it is set to produce its Idou smartphone as one of several large-scale projects for 2009. The company claims it is fusing entertainment and communications with its latest batch of ventures, which come under the Entertainment Unlimited brand. At the forthcoming Mobile World Congress event, Sony Ericsson will show…

Samsung unveils solar-powered phone

Samsung has revealed its latest mobile phone, which is set to do its fair share for the eco-system. The Blue Earth device is a full-touch screen, solar powered handset, which the company claims is part of its vision of environmental sustainability. Not only does the mobile phone show its green credentials through this feature, it is also made from recycled materials which have been extracted…

Lego mobile phone details leaked

Details of a mobile phone being developed by toy manufacturer Lego have been leaked on the internet.The Danish company is looking to include an mp3 player and a digital camera inside the device, along with a walkie-talkie function.Alcatel has been designing the mobile, which has a casing made from Lego's trademark colourful bricks.Users of the slimline handset can modify it by removing the bricks and…