Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including Android KitKat’s release on Nexus tablets, a last minute name change for the Nexus 5, and the Jolla phone’s release date.
1. Android Kitkat Comes to Nexus Tablets
If you own a Nexus tablet, either the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10, then keep an eye on Software Updates, as Google says Android KitKat is ready for distribution, and these are the first devices to receive it. Android 4.4 made its debut on the Nexus 5 smartphone earlier this month, but we’re still waiting to hear when it’ll come to its predecessor, the Nexus 4.
2. Nexus 5 Could Have Been Called the Nexus G
A report published by a Korean newspaper says LG wanted to call the Nexus 5 the Nexus G, so it could link it back to its own popular hardware line. Obviously, this never happened, with Google clearly preferring its hardware partners to be anonymous. LG recently dropped the Optimus branding from its range-topping hardware, and instead ran with the letter G. The Nexus 5 is a stripped down version of its own LG G2.
3. See the LG G Flex Heal Itself
There’s a strong possibility LG will release the G Flex smartphone in the UK soon, and to prepare us, it has added a video to its YouTube channel. It shows the G Flex’s special self-healing rear panel in action, where scratches made with a bronze brush disappear after just a few minutes. It’s impressive stuff, and the video goes on to show how the curved display can resist heavy weights. Take a look at it below.
4. First Jolla Smartphone Out 27 November
Jolla put its first Sailfish OS smartphone up for pre-order earlier this year, but it looks like those who signed up won’t be the first to receive it, as it has been announced the Finnish network DNA will release the device on 27 November. The phone has been priced at 400 euros, and features a 4.5-inch screen, a dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera. There’s no word on when those who pre-ordered will have the chance to buy the device.
5. Lenovo Vibe Z Ready for China Release
Lenovo announced the Vibe Z smartphone, vaguely at least, earlier this year, but has now confirmed its full specification and put it up for pre-order in China. The phone has a big 5.5-inch display with a 1080p resolution, a Snapdragon 800 processor and a 13-megapixel camera. There’s a chance it could end up being Lenovo’s first phone to go on sale internationally, as it supports worldwide GSM and 4G LTE bands.
6. Lenovo Now World’s Number Three Smartphone Maker
Following on from the announcement of the Lenovo Vibe Z, figures from research firm Gartner show the company is now the world’s number three smartphone maker, pushing LG down to number four, just ahead of Huawei. Samsung still holds the top spot, with Apple in second place.
7. Nokia PureView handset get camera software upgrade
Nokia is rolling out an upgrade to the native camera functions for several of its PureView-powered handsets. The new iteration, version 18.104.22.168 is a combination of two of the firms recent software innovations, Pro Cam and Smart Cam, allowing users to fine tune their shots before taking them and apply a range of excellent effects afterwards. We recently took a look at how the Lumia 1020′s camera stand up to other high-end handsets, and you can see the results in our video below.
8. Tizen Lite May Come to Low-Cost Phones
A more basic version of the Samsung/Intel mobile OS Tizen is in the works. Known as Tizen Mobile Lite, it’s destined for phones with between 256MB and 512MB of RAM, and low resolution screens, much like Mozilla’s Firefox OS. The full version of Tizen will support better hardware, but we’re unlikely to see the first smartphone running the OS until 2014.
9. HTC’s Gramohorn II is a Horny Accessory For Your HTC One
UK designers working on HTC’s Here’s To Creativity project have come up with the Gramohorn II, an usual amplification system for the HTC One. It doesn’t require any power, and instead uses a clever design to amplify the audio produced by the One and its BoomSound speakers. It’s 3D printed, and costs £1000 direct from the company.
10. Google Now gets an upgrade
Google Now, one of the best features added to Android of late, is getting an increase to its functionality. In a move that sounds like it might ape the likes of news reader app Flipboard, users will now be able to have their favourite blogs appear int their updates, along with news articles on subjects that they’re interested in. Users will also be able to set repeat reminders and get results for rugby matches.