Morning Briefing: Samsung’s next Galaxy, Skype leaves beta on Windows Phone and Asus launches the Transformer Pad 300

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Monday the 23rd of April, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web that broke while you were sleeping and what we are watching here at

Happy Monday. Here’s what we are watching:

  • Skype for Windows Phone has gone all 1.0 on us, with the app now considered non-beta. The update adds search and lets you add new contacts to your account. Sadly, it is still a showcase for the problems with Windows Phone, with the app featuring no background functionality, with a spokesperson telling The Verge that it’s because of “a combination of how Skype works and how the Windows Phone OS works.”
  • Samsung has begun its countdown for “the next Galaxy”, with the clock currently at 15 hours, 22 minutes at the time this is published. The end of the countdown will likely lead to a teaser video, mainly because Samsung is 100% having a conference on May 3, UK time.
  • Asus has launched the Transformer Pad 300 running ICS while rocking a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and an 8-megapixel rear camera. There is also a 10-hour battery, according to Asus, and with the extra laptop-dock that will extend to 15 hours.