Noon News: Nokia Lumia 900 Announced, Ford SYNC on New B-Max, Unnamed Toshiba 7.7-inch Tegra 3 Tablet

Nokia has announced at Mobile World Congress 2012, a non-LTE version of their Windows Phone OS powered Lumia 900 mobile - where ITProPortal is now publishing this hands-on walkthrough of the new Finnish phone. The Lumia 900 was initially unveiled at Las Vegas' CES, for the American market and running off the 4G LTE network.

At the Mobile World Congress 2012 at Barcelona, Ford unveiled its Europe B-MAX car and revealed that it will be first car to have the company's voice-activated in-car connectivity system, SYNC. The voice activated in-car connectivity system will make its debut in Europe and is part of company's plan to have 13 million SYNC worldwide customers and 3.5 million cars with SYNC feature on the European roads by the year 2015.

Nvidia had a working unit of a yet-to-be-announced Nvidia Tegra 3 based Toshiba tablet with a 7.7-inch display at a gamers' event yesterday in Barcelona. While it doesn't carry any specific branding, we expect it to be part of the Thrive/Excite family.

Intel has joined forces with Visa with the vision of simplifying mobile payment procedures for handsets as well as tablet devices running on its own chips. In a joint statement both the companies announced that with this new deal owners of mobile devices powered by Intel chips will be able to make payment at retail stores by just waving their NFC (near field communication) equipped smartphones (or tablets) over payment counters.

Ever since Google stepped into the smartphone market with the launch of its flagship Android OS platform, its once-friendly relationship with Apple Inc. turned bitter. In fact the relationship between the two companies soured to such an extent that the Late Steve Jobs even threaded to go "thermo nuclear" against the search giant. However, in a turn of events both these rival companies may be joining hands to fight a patent infringement suit filed against both these companies.