Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including a look at the HTC One Max, a possible Android 4.4 release date, and a hint the Lumia 1320 may be announced on 22 October.
1. Nokia Lumia 1320 May Replace the Lumia 625
Nokia may have a Lumia 625 replacement waiting to be announced on 22 October, named the Lumia 1320. The phone has been leaked through the @evleaks Twitter account, and may feature a large screen between 4.7-inches and 5-inches, plus a 5-megapixel camera.
2. HTC One Max Gets Spotted in the Wild
A picture of what could be the HTC One Max has appeared on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo, supposedly taken of someone using the phone in public. It’s impossible to say if it is definitely the One Max, but it certainly looks big enough to accommodate the expected 5.9-inch screen. The rumour is, we’ll find out for sure on 15 October.
3. Samsung Demonstrates the Galaxy Round’s Roll Effect Feature
The new Galaxy Round is an intriguing device thanks to its curved screen. Samsung has added a few software features which take advantage of its shape, such as the Roll Effect, where a tap on the side of the phone sees key information such as the time and your notifications appear on the screen. Take a look at how it works below.
4. Android 4.4 KitKat Coming on 15 October?
A rumour originating from a Google business conference says we should expect the next version of Android to arrive on 15 October. It’s almost certainly going to be joined by the Nexus 5 smartphone, which will be the first phone to officially come with Android KitKat pre-installed. Other rumours placed the launch on 14 October.
5. LG G Pro Lite Official, Drops the Optimus Name
LG has announced a companion device to the Optimus G Pro phablet, but has dropped the Optimus name, leaving it solely as the LG G Pro Lite. The 5.5-inch screen remains, but the resolution has dropped to 960×540 pixels, and the processor has a 1GHz clock speed. The camera has 8-megapixels, and the OS is Android 4.1.2. So far, it’s confirmed for Asia, Russia, the Middle East and China, but no word on a potential UK release.
6. Pantech Vega Secret Note Announced.
Despite its rather clandestine sounding name, the Pantech Vega Secret Note isn’t a secret anymore, as it has been officially announced for the Korean market. It’s impressive too, with a a big 5.9-inch, 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, plus a touch sensor fitted to the rear of the phone. There’s also a stylus and local LTE-Advanced connectivity.
7. Firefox OS Gets its First Update
Mozilla’s Firefox OS isn’t available on many phones, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t hard at work making the software better. Version 1.1 of the OS has now been announced, and will bring various improvements, including MMS messages, push notifications, new contact management options, and many other features. It should be available for Firefox phones, such as the ZTE Open, soon. Have a look at what Firefox OS has to offer in the video below.
8. Nokia Teases 22 October Event Livestream
Nokia will hold a large event on 22 October, where it could announce up to six new devices. Sounds like something not to miss, right? The good news is you can watch the event live as it unfolds, thanks to a stream of the keynote presentation on Nokia’s Conversations blog. The invitation says we can watch it on a device of our choice, and shows a picture of a phone, tablet, and laptop. A hint of what’s to come, perhaps?
9. Samsung W2014 Flip Phone Leaked
Samsung’s still plugging away with flip phone bodied hardware in China, and the latest to leak is the W2014, with the spec being the highest we’ve seen in a device of this type. The processor is said to be a Snapdragon 800, and it could be joined by a 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.3 and dual 3.7-inch displays. Should it be announced, a UK release is very unlikely.
10. ZTE Nubia 5 and Grand S Released in the US
ZTE has been busy this week, having launched two new phones in America. Both have been around for a while in other markets, but this is the first time we’ve seen the Nubia 5 outside China.The phone is interesting due to its unusual 13-megapixel Konica-Minolta camera, which has a scratch resistant sapphire crystal lens. Other features include Android 4.1, a Snapdragon processor and 16GB of memory.