Sony Outs Xperia Ion HSPA For Poor 4G-Lacking Citizens
Sony Mobile casually dropped onto its website that in addition to the expected Xperia Ion flagship, it's also releasing an Xperia Ion HSPA. The handset's only readily apparent feature is its reduced modem, and in every other way looks to match its 4G-enabled brother, with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 12-megapixel camera and Gingerbread.

Sony Xperia Ion

HTC Will Acquire S3 Graphics, Improve Its Patent Portfolio
HTC has reportedly decided to complete its purchase of S3 Graphics, an acquisition that will help it better its position in its patent fight with Apple. HTC’s general counsel, Grace Lei reportedly announced company’s plans to acquire S3 Graphics during the company’s annual shareholders’ general meeting.

Samsung Unveils TecTiles: Programmable NFC Tags For Galaxy S III, Others
Samsung on Wednesday announced a new NFC-based product called TecTiles. Available for $14.99 in packs of five from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, TecTiles are small stickers that include embedded NFC tags. An accompanying app allows users to program each tag to perform a specific function, and a tap with an NFC-enabled Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy S III will automatically trigger the related actions.

Samsung Building A Social Networking Site To Take On Facebook, Internal Code Name Is “Samsung Facebook”
Even though Facebook is closing in a 1 billion users, LinkedIn has 150 million users, then there’s Twitter, Orkut, Badoo, MySpace and so many others. Social networking has gone way beyond a buzz word and has become massive business. According to a report in the Korea Times Samsung is preparing to enter the social networking space next year and will launch a service to rival Facebook. Samsung reps state they’ve already have the framework designed and will reportedly spin of their current “Family Story” app – which focusses on photo sharing, messaging and events.