Here are yesterday’s top mobile news and stories.
- With the advent of the iPhone 5, the iPad 3 and the iPad Mini, development for iOS has changed - the old guard used to be the simple 3.5″ screen, and a 9.7″ tablet. However, new resolutions (and aspect ratios) have completely changed development for iDevices (welcome to Android-land). That said, they only have to worry about 6 or so chipsets, instead of the hundreds of different Android configurations. Via Mashable, more here.
- The Nexus 7 is the best selling Android tablet in the UK - one of the top retailers in the UK is stating that the Nexus 7 has sold more than any other Android tablet in their history. The Nexus 7 is truly a killer product, and has hopefully shown Google the import of quality Nexus devices. Via Android Community, more here.
- Images of the Sony ‘Nexus X’ have leaked - Some images of a Sony smartphone with plain “Google” branding have emerged. The Google branding is usually reserved for Nexus devices only. While in the past only one device at a time has been a Nexus-branded, we already know of the LG phone that will be released. If Google starts rolling out multiple Nexus devices, it will be quite something. Via The Verge, more here.
- Redsn0w, the iOS jailbreak tool has been updated to allow for tethered jailbreak - the iPhone Dev Team has updated their great tool for jailbreaking iDevices. It now makes install of Cydia (the jailbreak app store) far more simple, and decreased the complexity of the overall work. Via TUAW, more here.
- The iPad Mini accessories are already ready! - Accessory manufacturing for iPad Mini accessories is apparently booming in Asia. One analyst “…uncovered over 20 suppliers that showed us accessories for the iPad Mini.” Apple relies heavily on 3rd party accessories to increase the value of their ecosystem. Via TUAW, more here.
- Amazon is apparently attempting to buy TI’s mobile chip manufacturing business - this move really shows how deeply Jeff Bezos believes mobile to be the future of sales and their sales platform. Bezos and company are using mobile apps and a mobile store to increase their bottom line. Via TechCrunch, more here.
- Japanese mobile operator SoftBank is acquiring 70% of Sprint - the deal, worth a reported $20.1B gives Sprint a much needed cash infusion to increase their 4G LTE footprint. The first US carrier with 4G, they backed the wrong horse with the WiMax technology. Via GigaOM, more here.