Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the new Android-based Vertu TI smartphone, Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology and the latest Android 4.2.2 update.
1. Vertu releases the Android-based Vertu TI
Vertu has released its first new phone since being sold by Nokia and purchased by an independent equity group. The phone is the Vertu TI and it has Android 4.0 as its OS, a complete change from the Symbian and S40 software of old. It’s powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 and has a 3.7-inch touchscreen. As usual with Vertu, the phone is beautifully made from high quality materials including titanium and sapphire crystal. Prices start at around £7,000.
2. Qualcomm Reveals Quick Charge
Qualcomm has revealed a new technical innovation called Quick Charge, which reduces the recharge time for your smartphone by 40%, and best of all it could already be installed on the device in your pocket. An official blog post lists the 70 devices which use Quick Charge technology, including the HTC 8X and 8S, the Lumia 920 and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Normally, these devices would recharge in four hours or so, but with Quick Charge they take less than three, on average.
3. Google Now Updated
Google has updated the Google Now feature, introduced with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last year. This is the fourth version of the software, and now has Rotten Tomatoes, Zillow and Fandango integration, although several of the features may only be relevant to US users. Check out the video below to see the new Google Now widget in action, which makes it easier to keep track of Google Now’s suggestions.
4. Asus MeMo Pad Tablet Launched
Asus has announced a new tablet. Named the MeMo Pad, it has a 10-inch screen, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 16GB storage memory and a 5 megapixel camera. The spec list is completed by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but sadly the tablet hasn’t been given a European release date yet. A price of around £230 is possible.
5. Android 4.2.2 Available for Download
If you own a certain Nexus smartphone or tablet, Google has a present for you – Android 4.2.2. This new version of the Android operating system must be downloaded from Google’s developer page and manually installed, so it’s not one for the fainthearted. So, which devices are compatible? The Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 10 are currently listed, but this may expand in the future.
6. Cherry Mobile Thunder = Best Phone Name Ever
Yes, there really is a phone named the Cherry Mobile Thunder, but it’s only available in the Philippines. It has a 4.5-inch screen, a 1GHz MediaTek processor, a 5 megapixel camera and 4GB of storage space, so we’re not missing much; but that name is just a wonderful thing.
7. HTC M7 Teaser Trailer
A keen HTC fan has put together all the short, M7 teaser trailers HTC has released into one, baffling video. There are flashes of something metallic and occasionally curvy, but mostly it’s just bright lights and lens flare. Still, it’s getting us even more excited about HTC’s 19 February event, where the M7 is expected to be revealed.
8. Nokia Asha 310 Announced
Nokia has announced a new addition to its Asha range, the Asha 310, which is the first model to feature both dual-SIM capabilities and Wi-Fi connectivity. It’s a full touch phone with a 3-inch screen, plus it has a 2 megapixel camera a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0 and Series 40 software. So far, Nokia has only announced the phone for Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East and Brazil, where it’ll cost around £65 SIM-free.
9. Three to Stock the Galaxy Fame
The Three network has confirmed it will be stocking the new Galaxy Fame, which was announced alongside the Galaxy Young at the beginning of the month. It’ll be available on a contract and as a pay as you go phone, but no price or release date has been given.
10. HP Could Be Looking at Android for its Tablet Return
Despite not having much luck in the consumer tablet world, following the disastrous release of the HP TouchPad, HP is rumoured to be looking to adopt Android for its next tablet project. Additionally, should the tablet ever become reality, it may be powered by the new NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. As the Tegra 4 isn’t expected to be released until late into the second half of the year, official news is still some way off.