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 talk of a Vodafone takeover by American network AT&T, no Android 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus, and the launch of two new 4G Pay As You Go options.

1. Vodafone Takeover Rumoured

A report published by Bloomberg says Vodafone is in talks with American network AT&T about a possible takeover. The talks centre around which assets America’s largest carrier would acquire, and should an agreement be reached, the deal could go through next year. Apparently, if the Vodafone deal falls through, AT&T may have its eye on EE too.

2. No Android 4.4 Update for the Galaxy Nexus

Google has confirmed it won’t be releasing its new Android 4.4 KitKat software update for the Galaxy Nexus. The two year old phone will stay on Android 4.3, a version it received recently, so it’s well beyond Google’s 18-month guarantee of providing updates.

3. Google Posts Introduction to Android 4.4 Video

Following the announcement of the Nexus 5, Google has posted an introductory video to the  Android 4.4 KitKat software on its YouTube channel. It’s a comprehensive run through of the OS, highlighting all the new features, and while it’s primarily aimed at developers, it’s handy for us regular folk to get a good look at KitKat too.

4. Get 4G On Pay As You Go With EE

If you’d prefer to get your high-speed data kicks without a contract, EE has announced its first 4G PAYG plans. Its plans vary as to your needs, and you can mix and match to ensure you get a tariff which suits you. Alternatively, you can buy 4G ready phones without a contract, the cheapest being the Nokia Lumia 625 for £130.

5. Porsche Version of BlackBerry Z10 Coming Soon?

BlackBerry has already teamed up with Porsche once, as they produced the  expensive P9881 last year, and now the pair are rumoured to be working on another phone, this time based on the touchscreen Z10 and potentially named the P9882. Expect the specs to be the same, but with a flashier aluminium body and some software tweaks. 21 November is being touted as a possible launch date.

6. O2 Launches 4G LTE Pay As You Go

O2 is the second network to announce 4G LTE Pay As You Go plans this week, and its “Pay As You Go Go Go” option is priced at £15 per month, which includes 75 minutes of talktime, 500 SMS and 500MB of data. Stay with O2 and you’ll receive little upgrades over time, with 1GB of data arriving with twice the amount of texts and talktime, after six months.

7. Nike FuelBand Update to Bring SE Features to Old Model

The new Nike FuelBand SE is due for release on 6 November, and the good news for owners of the current FuelBand is, they’ll be getting most of the new features via a software update. This will include the new monitoring system and a double-button press for the time. However, the Bluetooth Low Energy reliant, always connected feature won’t be added due to hardware restrictions. You can take a look at what the FuelBand promises in the video below.

8. Price Seen As Barrier to Wearable Tech Adoption

A study carried out by research company GfK shows people are open to the idea of wearable technology, but see price as a barrier to buying it. Apparently, six in ten 16 to 24-year olds surveyed liked the idea of a smartwatch, and half of them would consider buying one. However, on hearing the price could be £150 to £200, only one in ten said they would go ahead.

9. Asus Confirms UK Launch for the Transformer Book T100

Announced back in August, a UK release for the Asus Transformer Book T100 tablet was in doubt, as no details were available at the time. However, Asus has now confirmed the device will be out in the UK very soon, and it’s going to cost a very reasonable £350. That makes it the cheapest Windows 8.1 tablet convertible on sale.

10. New Blade Q Smartphone Range Announced by ZTE

ZTE has announced a trio of new Android phones, the Blade Q, Blade Q Mini and the Blade Q Maxi. All three are separated by their screen sizes alone, with the Q Mini having a 4-inch, 480×800 pixel resolution screen, and the Blade Q a 4.5-inch display with a 480×854 pixel resolution. The Blade Q Maxi has the same resolution, but on a 5-inch screen. ZTE says the Blade Q series will be sold in Europe, but hasn’t confirmed a launch date or any prices.

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