In its Gingerbread update last month, Sony Ericsson sneaked in some WebGL support. That means that any of its current 2011 line up, including the Xperia Arc, can now take advantage of WebGL graphics directly in their browsers without plugins.
Got an LG phone? I'm sorry. Anyway, if it's an Optimus 2X; Optimus Black or Optimus 3D, good news! LG has announced Ice Cream Sandwich is a-coming, though the exact dates won't be revealed until December. [Facebook via Pocketnow]
Another front in the great patent war is looking grim for HTC, with the phone maker withdrawing its defence from a German patent claim. Which could see all of its smartphones pulled from the German market.
While the tide may be turning for HTC (shares have fallen dramatically; people are turning their backs on Sense), their Chief Financial Officer Winston Yung tld Reuters they're not another Nokia, and that they will be launching "some worldwide flagship products" next year.
Unlocked Motorola Atrix phones have started receiving the Android 2.3 update over-the-air, with Atrix owners still clamped to the teet of Orange or T-Mobile forced to wait a further week. No word on when that milk when turn Ice Cream Sandwich-flavoured, I'm afraid. [Softpedia via TechRadar]
This is why people love Android. You can spend £500 on a Galaxy Nexus, or £99 on a T-Mobile Vivacity. Obviously the Viv isn't as powerful, but Android 2.3 on a 3.5" screen for £100 is "Black Friday" level cheap.
The SIM-free retailers are reporting that Samsung has stopped supplying them with the Galaxy Nexus, presumably so the much-needed volume glitch fix can be applied before Samsung's entire world collapses.
LG's long-running partnership with fashion people Prada will continue in 2012, with both companies announcing a renewed friendship -- and revealing the above sketch of a future Prada branded smartphone.
Designer Sebastien Sauvage's Eclipse phone is certainly a sight to behold with its handset and base unit flowing into each other as a single elliptical sculpture. It's just too bad most of us don't have a use for it anymore.
The rise of data-hungry smartphones is seeing more and more people hit with surprise bills for breaching their download allowances, leading the Communications Ombudsman to ask networks to do more to warn users of the dangers.
Are these two new OS 7-running BlackBerrys enough to dig RIM out of its recent troubles? In a word, no. But the kids will love the new all-touchscreen body of the Curve 9380, and suits will love (read: tolerate) the virtually-unchanged Bold 9790.