Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week

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Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including an LG press event on 30 May, a new Nokia portable charger and talk of a flagship Firefox OS phone from Sony.

1. LG to Hold Press Event on 30 May

LG has sent invitations out to a special event on 30 May and is dropping a very heavy hint we’ll be seeing another Optimus G phone. Before you ask whether it’ll be the Optimus G2, we don’t think it will be, as the event will be held in Macau, China, and the invitation shows a picture of the Optimus G Pro. We take it to mean it’s to celebrate the local launch of LG’s smartphone/tablet hybrid.

2. Nokia Releases Lego-Like Battery Pack

To coincide with the launch of the Asha 501, Nokia has also released a new portable battery pack for its phones. What makes the DC-18 standout is the block-like design, the funky light-up battery logo and the incredibly bright colour schemes, all ready to match your Asha or Lumia phone. Inside is a 1720mAh cell, which should charge most smartphones up almost to capacity before needing a recharge itself. Pricing has yet to be announced.

3. Sony to Launch a High-end Firefox OS Phone

Mozilla’s Firefox OS has so far only been seen on entry-level hardware aimed at developing markets, but according to a Mozilla executive it’s in talks with Sony to launch a top-of-the-range phone too. Sony has already agreed to support Firefox OS, but on hardware like the Xperia E, so this is a pleasant surprise. Mozilla aims to make Firefox the world’s number three smartphone operating system. You can take a look at a demo of the new platform in the video below.

4. BlackBerry Q10 Shows Up On EE

The first BlackBerry 10 QWERTY phone, the BlackBerry Q10 is nearly here, and it has shown up in an EE magazine complete with pricing. The phone will apparently cost £140 on a £41 4G monthly contract, or £450 on pay as you go. A release date isn’t stated, but it should be right around the corner.

5. Super-Slim Huawei P6-U06 Leaked

The Huawei P6-U06 has been leaked, and is set to claim the worlds-thinnest-smartphone crown should it be released. Apparently, the device is a mere 6.18mm thick, and boasts a 4.7-inch screen with a 720p resolution, a quad-core processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It also has a very sleek design, and is one of the best looking Huawei phones we’ve seen. The leak doesn’t include any information on when the phone could be launched.

6. Else Intuition UI Launched as Android Launcher

Remember the First Else smartphone from 2009? Although it never went on sale, the Intuition user interface was a really interesting take on one-hand/one-thumb use, and the great news is you can now try it out for yourself. Else has renamed Intuition as Splay, and released it as a launcher for your Android phone. It looks fantastic, and can be downloaded for free from Google Play now.

7. First Jolla Phone Nears Release
Jolla, the company behind the Sailfish OS, is getting ready to release its first smartphone and Marc Dillon, the firm’s head of software development, gave those at the GMIC conference in Beijing an early look this week. Don’t get too excited though, as all he revealed was an orange rear panel. He did confirm the phone would get its official debut in the next couple of weeks. You can take a look at Jolla’s mobile OS in this short video.

8. Custom, Gold BlackBerry Q10 Yours for a small fortune

If you thought EE’s BlackBerry Q10 sounded expensive, Goldgenie has one that’s even more so. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s covered in gold and comes in a fancy box, for which you’ll pay just shy of £1600. Gold nastiness aside, it’s the same Q10 phone underneath, with a 3.1-inch screen and a QWERTY keyboard.

9. No More PlayStation License Fee

Sony has stopped charging developers $100 to write PlayStation Mobile apps, as it attempts to drum up business. Previously, the fee needed to be paid if developers wanted to promote their games inside the Sony Mobile stores on PlayStation Certified phones, but as of 7 May, this was no longer the case.

10. Huawei W1 Goes on Sale in America

Walmart will be stocking Huawei’s budget Windows Phone 8 offering, the Ascend W1, in America later this month. The device has a 4-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It’s aimed at the pay as you go market, but a price hasn’t been stated. Although the phone isn’t new, it’s the first time it’s available in the US, and could make it elsewhere in the world soon.

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