HTC One series released and Ice Cream Sandwich woes in video

Jason presents this week's Phone News video, with news that HTC's One series of Android phones are out and RIM's in trouble. Again.

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Welcome along to this week's episode of Phone News, the video show that does what it says in the, er, title. Jason begins with the glorious news that HTC's One range will be available to buy from Thursday . Even better is the news that, unlike last year's HTC phones, they're not rubbish!

Leading the pack is the HTC One X, the first quad-core phone we've had a chance to test properly. It's incredibly fast in benchmark tests, but alas there's a price to pay, and that's battery life.

There's also the more practical and cheaper HTC One S , which 'only' has a dual-core chip, but it has a decent camera, and the screen is about the right size for most.

Do you have an Android phone? Is it running the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich? If so, you are part of just 2.9 per cent of all active Android users , according to numbers from Android developers. This is up from 1.6 per cent about a month ago -- great success!

Now imagine you're RIM, makers of the BlackBerry. Everyone keeps saying how rubbish you are, and people keep choosing iPhones and Android phones rather than your stuff. You have a big important financial announcement coming up, so you want to make sure everything goes according to plan.

So you say that, although things are going wrong, you're basically giving up the fight for consumers and are going back to the business roots that made you so popular. Good plan.

But then you remember that you've actually got loads of things planned for consumers in the next few months, so you have to rush out a statement saying that actually you are going after consumers after all, it's just that no-one heard you right the first time. So now everyone is confused and no-one knows what's going on. Oh RIM, what happened?

And finally, makers of an iPhone app called Girls Around Me have pulled it from the App Store after privacy concerns. The app combined information from Facebook and Foursquare to help you "see where nearby girls are checking in, what they look like and how to get in touch!" Foursquare cut off its data from the app after the Internet went into a bit of a rage, saying it violated its policy of aggregating information.

The makers of the app have defended it, claiming the app's sole intention is to help people discover nearby venues. It has to be said, the name of the app would suggest otherwise. As would the fact its logo is a woman in a radar.

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