Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the announcement of a red Nexus 5, Microsoft’s new CEO, and a Motorola event at Mobile World Congress.
1. Red Nexus 5 Released
Google has added a new, and very bright colour, to its Nexus 5 range. Google’s super smartphone now has a red option to join the black and white models. The specs remain the same, so you’ll get a 5-inch, 1080p screen and a Snapdragon 800 processor, plus an 8-megapixel camera. The price is also identical, making the 16GB model is £300.
2. Motorola Calls MWC Event for 25 February
Mobile World Congress begins on 24 February, and Motorola has called a press event for 25 February. Motorola, which has recently been sold to Lenovo by Google, has indicated we shouldn’t expect any hardware announcements. Instead, we’ll be hearing more about the changeover from CEO Dennis Woodside.
3. See the #NokiaGloveLove Billboard in Action
Nokia held a cool (in every sense of the word) promotion during January, which pushed the Lumia’s ability to be used when wearing gloves. Billboards scattered around London with the message “Make Love” written on them, but this soon changed to another phrase the colder it got. See what the real message was in the video below.
4. Huawei to Release Firefox OS Phone Soon
A Huawei smartphone running Mozilla’s Firefox OS was spotted at CES 2014. The phone was the Ascend Y300 II, and it had a 4-inch, 480×800 pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, and a dual-core 1GHz processor. This makes it slightly more impressive than existing Firefox phones. A release date hasn’t been confirmed, but the UK is unlikely to see the device.
5. Satya Nadella Confirmed as Microsoft’s New CEO
Microsoft has announced its third CEO, and successor to Steve Ballmer, as Satya Nadella, a 22-year veteran of the firm. He has worked in a variety of departments, including those related to the cloud and Microsoft’s Server Business. Steve Ballmer called him “The right leader at the right time.” Additionally, founder Bill Gates will move to a new board role, as Technology Advisor.
6. INQ Mobile Closes Down
Sad news, British mobile tech firm INQ Mobile has closed, after posting a goodbye message on its website. While the company hasn’t made mobile hardware for sometime, it has been hard at work on Android-based software. Several years ago, INQ captured headlines for its so-called Facebook phone, and more recently for the Cloud Touch.
7. Samsung Teams Up With Swarovski for Note 3 Cases
Samsung has teamed up with Swarovski to create some very sparkly, and very expensive cases for the Galaxy Note 3. They come in three different colours, black, blue, and silver, and are absolutely covered in the crystals. For this reason, they’re pricey little things, coming in at $300, or £185 each. Take a look at our review of the Galaxy Note 3 below.
8. FIFA Sony Smartwatch 2 Coming Soon
Sony is making the most of its FIFA World Cup sponsorship, and will release a 2014 World Cup special edition of its SmartWatch 2. It’ll come with a strap in the colours of the Brazilian flag, but otherwise the spec will be identical to the standard watch. Priced at £130, it’ll go on sale in March.
9. BlackBerry Free App Promotion Launches
If you own a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, then make sure you visit the App World store for some free apps between 8 February and 14 February. A different app per day will be offered, but none are particularly inspiring. The include a call recording app, a yoga app, an emoji collection, and a wallpaper app.
10. LG Announces L1 Phone With Not One or Two, But Three SIM slots
The LG Optimus L1 II Tri (not the best name, we’ll agree) has been announced, and while we’re used to seeing dual-SIM phones, this is a triple-SIM device! It’s only out in Brazil at the moment, a market where multi-SIM phones are popular. As you’d expect from an L1 variant, it’s pretty basic, with a 3-inch, 320 x 240 pixel resolution, a 1GHz processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.