– iPhone Nano: The lastest iPhone Nano rumor is based on a report that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) are set to get the contract to make chips for an iPhone Nano. The interesting part is that it’s rumored to be heading to China first as a lower-cost phone. It’ll have to compete with the knock-offs which are already there…(CNet)
– No Video For G1 The T-Mobile G1 can’t record video, but being an Android phone you’d think an application could be coded. Apparently not — Sadko Mobile claims to have recorded the first video on a G1, but it resembles the image you get when the channel has gone offline. The company says the problem is the video codecs in the firmware, which only the manufacturer can change. So until there’s a firmware update or a new phone, a video app is out. (via VentureBeat)
– Android Roadmap Leaked: Handset manufacturer HTC appears to have accidentally leaked a large part of its roadmap, revealing Android handsets planned for Vodafone (NYSE: VOD), DoCoMo (NYSE: DCM) and T-Mobile. WM Poweruser has the photos of the “Sapphire”.
– Mobile Scanning Standards: UK data standards body GS1 UK is working with Carrefour, Nestlé, L’Oreal and Proctor & Gamble (P&G) to promote a common mobile barcode scanning application. People with the app can then get extra info on the product. The idea has been around for a while, but what is really needed is uniform standards so everything can interoperable. Whether those involved are enough to get this standard accepted remains to be seen.
– Clamshells Out Of Style: It appears clamshell phones are going out of style in the U.S. and Western Europe, with the slider phone coming into fashion. Strategy Analytics notes that clamshells are still the most popular form in the U.S., but “interest has declined by 16 points since 2006.”