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 the news on the Black Edition Galaxy phones, Oppo’s Find 7, and an Android 4.3 update for various Sony Xperia phones.

1. Oppo Find 7 Smartphone to Launch in March

Oppo, the up and coming Chinese manufacturer known for the N1 camera phone, has taken to its official Facebook page to confirm the imminent arrival of its next smartphone. Called the Find 7, it will make its debut on 19 March at an event in Beijing. Although it hasn’t shared any specs, it has hinted the phone will have a 5.5-inch display, with a 2560×1440 pixel resolution. It may also be Oppo’s first device to feature 4G LTE connectivity.

2. Android 4.3 Coming to More Xperia Phones

Sony has confirmed it has started sending out an Android 4.3 update for some of its older phones. According to its official blog, the Xperia T, Xperia TX, Xperia SP and the Xperia V should be receiving the new software soon. In addition to the smoother performance provided by Android 4.3, Sony has updated its standard apps, added new themes, and tweaked the user interface on its Walkman and other media apps. Look out for Android 4.3 soon, once it has been approved by the networks.

3. Samsung’s Black Edition Galaxy Phones Coming to the UK

Samsung recently announced special Black Editions of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini, which feature a sleek black finish and Galaxy Note 3-style leather-look rear panels. They look fantastic, and according to tech site CNet, Samsung will launch the pair in the UK at a later date. Take a look at our Galaxy S4 review below.

4. Two Wireless Charging Groups Agree to Work Together

Wireless charging hasn’t caught on in the way one would expect, due in no small part to the three different, competing standards available in the industry, making it awkward for manufacturers to choose a side. This week, two of those standards, the Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance, have signed an agreement to share technical details with each other. Although they’ll continue developing separately, a dual-mode wireless charger is a possibility for the future. This leaves the Wireless Power Consortium as a single competitor.

5. Vivo Xplay 3S Delayed

The Vivo XPlay 3S is one of the most interesting devices to come out this year, or rather, it will be when it finally reaches stores. The phone is the first to feature a 2560×1440 pixel display, or 1440p, and was scheduled to go on sale by the end of January. However, retailers are saying the phone has been delayed for at least a month. Vivo hasn’t officially commented, but according to rumours, the phone may be suffering from software problems.

6. LG Targets Number Three Slot

According to LG’s Vice President for Mobile Products, Andy Kim, the company is targeting the number three slot in the world smartphone market, behind Samsung and Apple. He’s quoted as saying ‘We have a firm target of achieving third place in terms of market share by the end of this year, and we’re preparing products with that in mind.’ The company has just announced the G Pro 2, and has the G2 Mini waiting for an MWC launch, plus rumors on an exciting G3 smartphone for later in the year.

7. Nokia Launches the Lumia Icon with Verizon

Nokia has announced a new smartphone in America, and it’s an exclusive to the Verizon network. The phone is the Lumia Icon, and it’s a slightly smaller version of the Lumia 1520, with a 5-inch 1080p screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. The camera has 20-megapixels, records 1080p video, and has four high-performance microphones for great audio. To demonstrate this, Nokia has shot a video, featuring two very hot cars, to show the difference between recording on a Galaxy S4 and a Lumia Icon. Take a look at it below.

8. Sony to Hold MWC 2014 Press Event on 24 February?

Although it hasn’t been confirmed by Sony, fan site XperiaBlog says it has been informed Sony will hold a press conference during Mobile World Congress. It’s apparently scheduled for 24 February at 08:30, which is the same time as Nokia’s MWC get-together, so let’s hope it alters the time before the big day. Rumour has it we’ll see a new smartphone, and potentially, a sequel to the Xperia Z Tablet too.

9. 64-Bit BlackBerry Phone Coming Later This Year

A new rumour has linked BlackBerry with the development of a smartphone using a 64-bit processor. The unnamed phone could make its debut before the end of 2014, rather than in 2015 as some previous reports suggested. There’s no information on the potential specs, but it’s almost certain it’ll run BlackBerry 10.

10. HTC Rumoured to be Working on Nexus 10 Tablet

According to a rumour published by tech site DigiTimes, Google will be working with HTC on the next Nexus 10 tablet. The existing Nexus 10 is built by Samsung, and Asus is Google’s partner for the Nexus 7, making HTC an unusual choice. HTC has worked on Nexus products before though – it built the Nexus One for Google – but hasn’t had much success making tablets.

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