Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including leaks of the Lumia 928 and the Huawei Edge, a cool iOS 7 concept video, and LinkedIn’s purchase of the Pulse Newsreader app.
1. White Nokia Lumia 928 Leaked
The Lumia 928 is believed to be a variant of the Lumia 920 headed for the Verizon network in the USA, and an image of the white version has been leaked. The picture, if real, indicates the dual-LED flash will be replaced with a xenon flash, however it’s not clear whether the phone will have an aluminium body, as has been suggested in previous leaks. The official announcement is expected soon, and we’re hoping for an international version should the alterations make it into production.
2. ZTE Geek Launched at Intel Show
ZTE has announced the ZTE Geek, yet another poorly named phone to come out this year, at an Intel developer show in Beijing. The Geek has a 5-inch, 720p display, an 8 megapixel camera and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The stand-out feature is the processor, which instead of an ARM-based Snapdragon or NVIDIA chip, it’s the latest dual-core, 2.0GHz Intel Z2580 Clover Trail+. There’s no word on whether the Geek will see an international launch.
3. Check Out This Brilliant iOS 7 Concept Video
We all know iOS 7 will arrive this year, but we’re not sure how many new features will be included, or how much the design will have changed. In the meantime, take a look at this brilliant concept video, in which we see examples of changes to iOS which would be welcomed by users.
4. Asus Fonepad ready for sale in the UK
Announced during Mobile World Congress, the Asus Fonepad is a 7-inch tablet which can also be used as a phone, thanks to a SIM card slot and a modem. It has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution screen, a 1.2GHz Intel processor and runs Android 4.1.2. It has been priced at £180, which sounds reasonable for a tablet which makes phone calls.
5. Optimus G Pro Value Pack Demoed on Video
LG has released the first details of a software update for its Optimus G Pro smartphone/tablet hybrid. Called the Value Pack, it adds a Dual Camera feature for stills as well as video, eye-tracking for pausing and restarting video when you look away, plus a clever stop and start video recording mode. Take a look at the video for a demonstration of the features.
6. Metal-bodied Huawei Edge Leaked
A new leak has given us an early look at the Huawei Edge, a gorgeous, super-slim aluminium bodied phone which is part Lumia 920 and part designer fashion phone. It’s said to have a 4.9-inch 1080p screen, a 13 megapixel camera and a quad-core processor. Whether the bare metal shell will make it through to production isn’t known, but we really hope it does.
7. T-Mobile USA Gets Lumia 520 Variant
T-Mobile in the USA has announced the availability of its own Nokia Lumia 520. Named the Lumia 521, the phone carries network branding, but retains the same 4-inch, 480 x 800 pixel resolution screen, 1GHz processor and 5 megapixel camera seen on the Lumia 520. It’ll go on sale in May.
8. First Facebook Home TV Ad Makes its Debut
Just in case you missed the Facebook Home launch event, here’s a video of the social network’s first TV ad advertising the new launcher. It’s a little strange, as everything which appears on a traveller’s Cover Feed suddenly appears in the aeroplane around him. Bizarre, certainly, but it does catch your attention.
9. Nokia Owns the Windows Phone Market
New market research shows Nokia controls a huge 80% of the Windows Phone hardware market, with HTC a distant second with just 14%. In the USA, the Lumia 822 (a Verizon exclusive and a variant of the Lumia 820) is the most popular device, while in Germany, the Lumia 920 rules the charts. In France, things change slightly, as the HTC 8S comes out on top, with the Lumia 920 in second place.
10. Pulse Newsreader Purchased by LinkedIn
The business social network LinkedIn has purchased the company behind news aggregation app Pulse for a reported $90m. A popular app for iOS, the acquisition was rumoured several weeks ago, but has only now been made official. According to Pulse, it has 30 million users around the world, and ten million stories are read through the app each day.