Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the international rollout of the LG G Flex begins, Android 4.4.1 gets spotted, and we get to see how tough Nokia’s Asha phones really are.
1. LG G Flex Goes on Sale Internationally
The LG G Flex has started its journey out of Korea, and has been announced for imminent release in Hong Kong and Singapore. The G Flex is one of the first smartphones to have a flexible screen, increasing its durability, and it also features a cool self-healing rear panel. The press release says other global markets, which we hope will include the UK, will follow in the coming months.
2. Stolen Phone Bill Cap to be Introduced
Vodafone, Virgin, EE and Three have all agreed to introduce a cap on charges incurred after a phone has been reported lost or stolen, in a similar way to the way credit cards work. Strangely, at this stage, O2 hasn’t confirmed it will sign the same deal. No figure has been confirmed for the cap, but more details should be released soon.
3. Nokia Demonstrates Asha’s Durability
Think it’s only old Nokia phones that can stand up to some punishment? Nokia doesn’t agree, and has made a video showing its budget Asha phones are just as tough. Various Asha phones are put through a series of tests, ranging from body shell flexes to high humidity, and they all continue to work. Take a look at the clip below.
4. Android 4.4.1 Spotted, Release Could Come Soon
Android 4.4 is only available on a few phones at the moment, but some server logs are already showing hardware with Android 4.4.1 being tested, which indicates we’ll be getting the first update to KitKat soon. There’s no information on the features we can expect, but as it’s a small release, it’ll probably mostly contain bug fixes and slight performance improvements.
5. LG predicts curved smartphones will be huge
More news from LG, as the Korean firm has stated that it believes curved phones will account for 40% of the smartphone market by 2018, having taken 12% by the end of next year. We haven’t had a chance to try out the LG G Flex yet, but it will be interesting to see if these predictions prove to be accurate.
6. Pantech Vega Secret Up Announced
Pantech makes phones primarily for the Korean market, but it does produce some interesting hardware, such as the new Vega Secret Up. The phone is another to include a fingerprint sensor, which can be found below the camera lens on the back, plus the screen can’t be viewed from the side, increasing security. It features a 5.6-inch screen, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera.
7. Oppo Promotes its N1 in Brief Video
The Oppo N1 went on sale earlier this week, and features a highly unusual rotating camera module, which houses a 13-megapixel camera and a clever adjustable flash unit. To help push its abilities, Oppo has made this incredibly brief, but quite fun, promo video.
8. Samsung Launches the Galaxy Win Pro
Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy Win is the Galaxy Win Pro, launched this week. It has a 4.5-inch, 960×540 pixel display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and Android 4.2.2. The design is reminiscent of most Samsung smartphones, and will be sold with dual-SIM support in certain markets, but has so far only been announced for China.
9. HP Releases New Android Tablets
HP has put four new Android tablets on sale. The Slate 7 Plus has a 7-inch, 1280×800 pixel screen and a Tegra 3 processor, while the Slate 7 Extreme swaps the processor for a Tegra 4 chip. Nvidia’s new super chip also powers the Slate 8 Pro, which has a 8-inch screen with a 1600×1200 pixel resolution. Finally, there’s the Slate 10 HD with a 10-inch screen and a 1280×800 resolution, which is powered by a dual-core Marvell chip. So far, they’re only available in the U.S., but this should change in the future.
10. Huawei Pulls Out of America
Huawei has faced some well-publicised problems in the U.S, following the accusation that it was a threat to national security late last year. While it still intends to sell smartphones there, the founder of the company has confirmed it’s abandoning plans to build its network and infrastructure business there. Instead, it’s going to shift its focus to Europe, which it says is, “Welcomes competition and investment.”