The week in gadgets

20 Feb 2012

A look at gadget happenings, as Apple will offer a US$10,000 gift card to the person who downloads its 25 billionth app, LG reveals the Optimus Vu and Fujitsu reportedly prepares a range of smartphones for Europe.

Apple about to reach 25bn app downloads, offering US$10,000 gift card

Almost 25bn apps have been downloaded across Apple’s App Store, the company announced recently.

Apple is keeping a counter of the number of apps downloaded from its App Store, which sits at 24.4bn downloads at time of writing.

The consumer tech giant is offering a US$10,000 gift card for the person who downloads the 25 billionth app.

Apple launched its iOS App Store in 2008 and it opened its Mac App Store a few years later.

LG reveals Optimus Vu smartphone with 5-inch screen

LG Electronics has unveiled its latest smartphone, the Optimus Vu, prior to next week’s Mobile World Congress.

The device features a 5-inch 1,024 x 768 IPS display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, which LG says is optimised for viewing “documents, books, internet and multimedia content.”

Running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it’s equipped with a 1.5GHz dual core processor and is 8.5mm thick. It also has an 8-megapixel camera with a LED flash at the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera at the front.

Fujitsu to release smartphones and tablets in Europe – report

Fujitsu is reportedly preparing to launch a range of smartphones and tablets in Europe for the first time, the Financial Times reports.

The company will reportedly release high-end LTE Android and Windows Phone devices in Europe which will be NFC enabled. They could also include biometric security – allowing users to access the phone with their fingerprints.

Fujitsu already makes smartphones and tablets for its home market in Japan and is the fifth-highest selling vendor in the region.

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