Mobile Lowdown 7-13-11: iPhone 5; Lodsys; RIM; Android Tablets/Newspapers

VoLTE could make video chat features like Apple's Facetime standard on all 4G phones (source: Apple)

A look at some of the big stories in mobile today:

iPhone 5: Another analyst’s view on what to expect with the next iPhone; this time, it’s about the carriers rather than the device. First, predictions that Sprint (NYSE: S) and T-Mobile will both offer the next device. Second, another claim that China Mobile will also have it by year’s end. (via CNET, Reuters)

Lodsys: The controversial patent holder is getting more creative with its royalty demands on developers. The next stage is cross-app promotions. (via TouchArcade)A

RIM: The handset maker has six months to prove to shareholders that its co-CEO structure remains a good idea, while one of its comeback strategies appears to be getting cozier with mobile operators. (via Bloomberg, New York Times)

Android tablets: The two largest newspapers in Philadelphia are offering discounted Android tablets to customers who take out long-term subscriptions to their Android apps. (via Chron/AP)

TV iPad apps: Channel 4 in the UK has launched a new app for its Channel 4 News program. The free app will inititially be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. (via Channel 4)

TouchPad: Aggressive marketing strategy alert… HP (NYSE: HPQ) is “heavily” discounting its TouchPad tablet, just two weeks into its commercial launch. (via TechCrunch)

Windows Phone 7: Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) says it doesn’t seen its mobile OS going into tablets, which they view as an extension of PCs rather than smartphones. (via Electronista)

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