As Nokia's Lumia 800 phone becomes the latest device with a software-related battery issue, the company may show off its next model early in 2012. While Apple tops the U.K. sales charts as 2011 comes to a close.
Nokia's 900 On Show at CES
New phone models are usually shown at February's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, with the market moving so fast, it looks like Nokia can't wait and will show the bigger Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone at CES in Las Vegas. The event runs from January 10-13 and will possibly see the first word on next-gen interactive TVs (Apple TV anyone), future video games consoles as well as smartphones and other consumer goods.
Nokia will want to launch any new phone quickly in the gap before any iPhone 5 announcement, and has sent out invites to a CES event. It is also trying to get over the battery glitch that's affecting its current headline model...
A Battery of Battery Issues
Is this some trend that phone makers are following? Joining the iPhone 4S, and to a lesser extent the Galaxy Nexus, Nokia's Lumia 800 is the latest to show signs of trouble with its battery software. Users are finding their phone is not making full use of the battery's charge. The company is promising a fix for early 2012, which should make for a smoother U.S. launch, but in Europe and Asia, its becoming an issue.
Showing some seasonal goodwill, Nokia is offering a replacement phone for dissatisfied customers, while promising the update will arrive soon for those willing to hang on. There's an easy test to find out if your phone is affected:
Dialling ##634# opens the diagnostics tool. By accepting the disclaimer and then selecting ‘Battery Status’ from the list of options, anyone will be able to see their available battery charge capacity. If your full charge capacity reads less than 1000 mAh then your phone is affected with this specific issue and you may find it is necessary to charge your phone more frequently than normal.
Apple on Top
Nokia and Microsoft won't be too pleased to hear that its new phone didn't even make the top 10 devices sold in the U.K. as the Christmas shopping season hit full steam. Apple's iPhone 4S led the way with a quarter of all sales and, accounting for other iPhone models, Apple was responsible for 37% of all smartphones sold, according to some new GfK research.
The Samsung Galaxy II was in second place, with the figures coming out just ahead of the Galaxy Nexus launch. BlackBerry is still selling well, despite its troubles, with three Curve models inside the top 10. With smartphones being sold in more general stores and online, there's a degree of estimation in the numbers, but they fit with other analyst estimates.
And to round the year off, word is that the iPad 3 has started being produced in Asian factories, with Apple aiming for that March 2012 showdown with a likely Galaxy Android model. See you in 2012.