Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the rollout of Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S4, the UK release of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and a trailer for Angry Birds Go.
1. 4G Nexus 4 to Emerge Alongside Nexus 5
Rumours are that Google is very close to releasing the next iteration of its stock Android-running Nexus range, in the form of the LG-built Nexus 5. However, tech site Mobot has this week cited an unnamed source in suggesting that the search giant will also unveil a LTE-compatible version of its older Nexus 4 device, offering a 4G handset that will effectively cover the mid-range of the Android market.
2. Vodafone Secures Exclusive 4G Amazon Kindle Tablets
Vodafone has announced it will be adding its 4G LTE network to the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablets. They’ll be offering both Pay As You Go and contract deals on the 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions, with prices starting at £270 for the former, and £400 for the latter. Expect deliveries to begin in late November and early December.
3. Samsung Starts Android 4.3 Update for Galaxy S4
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S4, keep a watch of your Software Update screen, as Samsung has started sending out its update to Android 4.3. According to online trackers, it has recently been made available in Germany, with other countries to follow soon. It’s a comprehensive update, and includes a new keyboard, camera firmware and web browser, plus an improved TouchWiz launcher and support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. You can take a look at our review of the Galaxy S4, with its out-of-the-box Android 4.2.2 OS, in the video below.
4. Nike FuelBand SE Announced
Nike has released a sequel to the original FuelBand, called the FuelBand SE. The fitness bracelet now uses Bluetooth 4.0 to continually communicate with your smartphone – still iOS only, with no Android app announced – plus its sensors have been upgraded to recognise more activities, with more accuracy. The device will be out at the end of November.
5. LG G Pad 8.3 Ready for October Launch
LG announced its new G Pad tablet a short while ago, but failed to give us a release date. Now, through an official blog post, it has confirmed the tablet will go on sale for £260. The G Pad 8.3 has a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, a 1920×1200 pixel resolution screen, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as its OS.
6. Tesco Adds 4G to its Mobile Network
Tesco, hot on the heels of its first tablet release, has announced those connected to its mobile network can now pay an extra £2.50 per month to get 4G data speeds. Tesco doesn’t increase your allowance though, only the speed, so you may eat through it a little quicker. As Tesco partners with O2, its 4G network is only available in a few cities, including London, at the moment.
7. Angry Birds Go Trailer Released
The next game to feature the Angry Birds has been given a trailer. Called Angry Birds Go, the game is a Mario Kart style downhill racer, featuring all the birds and pigs in rickety-looking go-karts. The game lets you upgrade your car, and use special features during the race. The app is going to be released for free, so expect plenty of in-app purchases, on 11 December.
8. BlackBerry Convinces KPMG to Buy 3500 BlackBerry 10 Phones
Some good new for BlackBerry this week, as the company has announced it will continue its relationship with consultancy firm KPMG, which will purchase 3500 BlackBerry 10 smartphones. It’s a positive move, which continues the association that BlackBerry has long had with the business world.
9. Nokia Teams Up With NetFlix
If you buy a Lumia 1020, a Lumia 925 or a Lumia 920 through Vodafone, you could snag yourself a NetFlix subscription free for a year. The offer started on 1 October and runs until the end of the year, and is valid in stores and online. Phones4U is also offering a similar deal, and provides a NetFlix subscription with the same phones for six months.
10. Ubuntu Touch Gets First Stable Release
Canonical has released version 13.10 of its Ubuntu operating system, and with it comes the first stable release of Ubuntu Touch, its mobile OS. If you’re keen, the OS can be installed on Google’s Nexus devices, but there aren’t any dedicated Ubuntu phones just yet.