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 a possible Galaxy S5 launch date, the Acer Liquid Z5 in the UK, and a look at Jolla’s Sailfish OS on the Nexus 5.

1. Acer to Sell Liquid Z5 in UK

Acer will sell the new Liquid Z5 in the UK this month, along with other European countries, and Acer’s home country of Taiwan. The Z5 has a 5-inch screen with a 480×854 pixel resolution, a dual-core processor, and Android 4.2.2. What makes it standout is the unusual user interface over Android, which looks more like Windows Phone than it does Google’s OS. The phone’s estimated price is 160 euros, which is about £130.

2. Galaxy S5 Launch on 23 February?

Noted mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin has tweeted Samsung will launch the Galaxy S5 at the end of next month. Apparently, it’ll be announced at an event just before the start of Mobile World Congress, on 23 February at 6pm. He follows this up by adding the device will then go on sale in April. Samsung has previously avoided the MWC rush when announcing its Galaxy flagship smartphone, will that change this year?

3. Samsung to Release La Fleur Edition of the Galaxy S4

Samsung’s female-focused La Fleur range is about to get a new addition, and it’s the range-topping Galaxy S4. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the La Fleur Galaxy S4 will be coming to unnamed European countries, and will have a custom, flowery design on the rear panel to differentiate it. Buyers will also get a selection of new wallpapers, but otherwise it’s the same spec as the regular Galaxy S4. Samsung hasn’t officially confirmed the device’s release date, but has sent out official imagery. You can take a look at our review of the Galaxy S4 below.

4. New Nexus 5 Colours Incoming?

A new leak has indicated Google may be preparing to announce a range of new colours for the Nexus 5 smartphone. In addition to the standard black and white, we can expect models in red, orange, blue, green, purple and yellow, should the rumour prove accurate. Google’s Nexus range has never been overly colourful, so this would be quite a departure for the company. There’s no indication when the new hues will arrive.

5. LG to Include Fingerprint Scanner on G3?

A new rumour from Korean news site ETNews suggests the LG G3 may include a fingerprint scanner. The report says both LG and local smartphone manufacturer Pantech are experimenting with the technology. We’re expecting the G3 smartphone to be released before the summer, and for it to challenge the Galaxy S5.

6. Fast Mobile Internet Coming to Planes, Trains and Boats

Ofcom has announced it’s going to open up fast broadband Internet connections for use on planes, trains and on boats. Speeds of around 10Mbit/s are expected for each passenger, and the connection is made to a satellite in geostationary orbit. Ofcom wants to start issuing licenses next month, so we should see the benefits on our travels before the end of the year.

7. Nexus 5 Gets Sailfish OS Port

Jolla’s Sailfish OS is only officially available on one phone, but a clever developer has managed to port the new software over to the Google Nexus 5. Sailfish has close ties to both the old MeeGo platform, on which it’s based, and with Android, as it can run apps suitable for Google’s OS. You can see a video of the port in action below, and although it’s clearly not for regular use, it’s a cool tech demo.

8. Tablet for Babies Set for Christmas Release

The Vtech InnoTab 3 is a tablet specifically designed to be used by babies, and is equipped with a rough and tumble body, with big handles and friendly buttons. It’s suitable for kids as young as 12 months, and comes with a little stylus and a dozen pre-loaded songs especially for little ones. It’ll cost £80 when it goes on sale this Christmas.

9. Tizen to Get MWC Demo on ZTE Phone

According to the Tizen Association’s website, it’ll be demonstrating the Samsung/Intel operating system during Mobile World Congress next month. However, it won’t be on a Samsung phone, but on a ZTE device called the Geek. The ZTE Geek has been released in two different forms, once with an Intel chip and again with a Tegra 4, and it’s the former which is expected to run Tizen.

10. Nokia Lumia Icon Coming to the U.S.

An unofficial smartphone named the Lumia Icon briefly appeared on Verizon’s website this week. The phone had a 5-inch, 1080p screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 20-megapixel camera, making it a slightly smaller version of the Lumia 1520. The Icon is unlike any device on sale in Europe, so we could see its equivalent launched at Mobile World Congress.

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