Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the last of the Symbian phones, the end of the Optimus name, and a new BBC weather app.
1. LG to Drop Optimus Name?
A rumor is spreading that LG may be considering a name change for the Optimus G2, which could be as drastic as dropping the Optimus name entirely. While the report doesn’t indicate what it may replace the name with, it could be as simple as the device being known as the LG G2. The phone isn’t expected to launch until the autumn.
2. Nokia to Stop Shipping Symbian Devices
According to a report published by the Financial Times, Nokia is winding down the shipments of Symbian hardware, and the last examples will leave the warehouse during the summer. This will mean the company will rely solely on its Windows Phone hardware and its Asha devices.
3. Samsung Releases Galaxy S4 Zoom Teaser Video
Samsung announced the 16 megapixel Galaxy S4 Zoom earlier this week, and has now put up an accompanying video on its YouTube channel. The video, described as a, “Lifestyle” demonstration, gives us a good idea of how the S4 Zoom works, particularly its unusual Zoom Ring. You can take a look at the video below, and look out for more details on the Galaxy S4 Zoom at Samsung’s 20 June event.
4. Angry Birds Go Announced
Rovio has announced another Angry Birds game, entitled Angry Birds Go. A teaser website gives the hint it’s going to be a racing game, as something shoots down a street in a cloud of dust and feathers. It concludes by saying, “Something new is coming,” but sadly doesn’t provide a date for its release.
5. BBC Launches Official Android and iOS Weather App
The BBC has taken its popular weather report mobile, and has produced an official weather app for iOS and Android. The app is free to download, and provides an overview of the day’s weather, an hourly report for the coming 48 hours, plus detailed information on pollen, temperature, and even UV readings.
6. NVIDIA Tegra 4i Reference Phone Spotted
A NVIDIA produced reference phone running the new Tegra 4i processor has been spotted, and given a quick hands-on test by tech site Anandtech. The phone has a 4.8-inch screen with a 720p resolution, a 13 megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, plus a 4G LTE radio. NVIDIA plans to license the phone to other companies, and hopes to have an example on sale early next year.
7. Getac Bomb Proof Tablet is as Rugged as They Get
The Z710-Ex made by Getac is a tablet which is designed to be used in hazardous environments, where there’s a chance of, um, explosions. It weighs a substantial 800 grams, but also meets military standards of protection against water and dust. The tech isn’t so special though, as it has a 7-inch screen and a 1GHz, dual-c0re processor. You can take a look at a video showing off the tablet below.
8. Vodafone Announces Smart Mini
Vodafone has announced a new, own-brand smartphone named the Smart Mini. It’s a very basic little phone, but it’s available at a very low price. It has a 3.5-inch screen with a 480×320 pixel resolution, a 1GHz processor, 4GB of storage space and a 2 megapixel camera. It runs Android Jelly Bean, and only costs £50.
9. Mobile Shopping Continues to Grow
Retailer Argos has announced it has seen a massive 114% increase in sales made online using a mobile device during the second quarter this year, compared to the same period last year. Argos has made several advancements in mobile shopping, and it expects further gains later this year, when 4G becomes more widely available.
10. Sony Opens Up its SmartWatch to Developers
In a move designed to increase interest in its SmartWatch, Sony has opened up the platform for development, allowing keen coders to create custom firmware for the watch. As it’s based on Android, the software will be made available through Google Play, and it’s going to be interesting to see what’s made available.