Google has announced that it will be selling the Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus (opens in new tab) directly to US customers via Google Play for only $399 as an unlocked and unbranded handset. The phone will get Google Wallet mobile payment application which makes it an excellent all rounder given that it has NFC capabilities and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The first Lumia 900 smartphones will land in the UK (opens in new tab) later than expected (although Nokia never confirmed any official release other than saying that it will happen in Q2 2012). According to some UK retailers, the smartphone was expected to come to the UK on the 27th of April but Nokia now expects the stock shortage to last until mid May.
A judge from the International Trade Commission (ITC) (opens in new tab) has ruled that four patents belonging to Motorola have been infringed by Xbox. The infringed patents concern the wireless networking and video coding found in the games console made by Microsoft. The ruling is subject to a review by a commission consisting of six members, with the power to impose a ban on imports that infringe U.S. patents. If this ruling goes through then Microsoft will have to arrange a settlement with Motorola which allows the distribution of Xbox 360s in the U.S.
Chinese manufacturer ZTE wants to up its game according (opens in new tab) to a report published by news outlet Reuters, by adding a phablet to its product portfolio and compete with the likes of LG or Samsung. Lv Qianhao, head of handset strategy at ZTE, said "We want to come up with the next generation of a Galaxy Note-type product - a combo product of handsets and tablets" possibly because margins are much higher at the top end of the market.
Microsoft is set to launch Windows 8 Release Preview (opens in new tab), the next beta stage of the upcoming operating system one month from now - with sources quoting a release interval between 1st and 7th of June. This version will be the "Release Candidate" of Windows 8 and it's a build some say could be launched too soon, with the first beta (Developer) being unveiled last September and the second (Consumer) just two months ago.