Mobile Morning Coffee (01/06/12)
The most relevant mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.
Today: Samsung posts record numbers, Nokia buys a feature phone company, and oodles of Apple rumours to take you into the weekend.
Apple may launch iPad 3 in March, iPad 4 in October
Friday Apple rumours make the weekend come that much sooner.
Apple’s iOS 5.1 beta reveals quad-core chips for next-gen iPhone, iPad (via BGR)
Apple may include new quad-core A6 chips in its third-generation iPad and sixth-generation iPhone, both rumoured to launch later this year.
The iPhone 4S gulps twice as much data as iPhone 4 (via GigaOM)
Sweet lord! This probably partially explains the next story.
There are limits to Sprint’s unlimited plan, after all (via GigaOM)
Because carriers don’t know what to do with devices that can pull down so much data so quickly.
Nokia Acquires Norwegian Mobile OS Company Smarterphone (via TechCrunch)
Smarterphone builds a mobile operating system for feature phones. A talent grab, or a prelude to the rumoured Microsoft purchase?
Samsung Posts Record Q4 Numbers, 35 Million Smartphones Sold (via TechCrunch)
Samsung’s operating profits have soared to 5.2 trillion won (US $4.47 billion), representing a 73 percent year-over-year increase.
Forecast: Mobile Phone Shipments’ Growth Slows In 2012, But Nokia/Microsoft May Survive (via TechCrunch)
Analysts at Credit Suisse are forecasting slower growth in mobile phone shipments worldwide for this year, at a growth rate of 2%. The increase is higher than previous forecasts but is down from the 12% growth it had projected for 2011.
Apptopia’s New Marketplace Will Help Broker Sales Of Mobile Apps (via TechCrunch)
A new marketplace called Apptopia will launch in February, allowing developers to sell their mobile apps, source code and all.
How Attaching Smartphones to Microscopes Could Change Global Health (via Mashable)
Andrew Miller spent his senior year of college designing a portable, battery-powered $240 microscope similar to devices that retail for as much as $40,000.