Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including Tizen on the Galaxy Gear 2, the world’s thinnest smartphone, and the new Nokia Treasure Tag.
1. Samsung to Ditch Android on Gear 2
Joining the rumour Samsung will launch a sequel to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Mobile World Congress next week, is the news the new device will run Tizen and not Android. Tizen is the operating system developed by Samsung and Intel, which hasn’t had the best of starts thanks to several delays. If Samsung does select Tizen for the Gear 2, the new watch will use HTML5 apps, and won’t provide access to Google Play.
2. Gionee Grabs World’s Thinnest Smartphone Title
You may not have heard about Gionee, a Chinese smartphone brand, but it has grabbed headlines this week. Its new Elife S5.5 smartphone has become the world’s thinnest smartphone, measuring a mere 5.5mm thick, and grabbing the title from the 5.75mm thick Vivo X3. The phone has a 5-inch screen, an octa-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera.
3. Huawei’s Ready to Amaze at MWC
Huawei has released a short teaser video giving us a glimpse at what’s in store at Mobile World Congress. However, rather than a few abstract images, Huawei has decided to have a dig at Apple and Samsung while talking about its new hardware. We should see a new smartphone and a pair of tablets. Check out the video below to see Huawei mock the competition.
4. Nokia Launches the Treasure Tag
Nokia’s Treasure Tag is a remote locator which you attach to your keys, wallet or a bag. It connects using Bluetooth and NFC to your Windows Phone, and an alarm will sound if it loses contact with the tag. It’s designed to stop you leaving important possessions behind, but can also locate stolen items, as the tag’s position shows up on a Here map. The price is around £20, and it’ll go on sale in April.
5. Canonical Signs Up Meizu and bq to Produce Ubuntu Phones
Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu operating system, has confirmed it has signed up Chinese manufacturer Meizu, and Spanish brand bq, to make the first phones running Ubuntu Mobile software. Apparently, they’ll be mid-to-high-end devices, and will go on sale around the world before the end of 2014.
6. Acer Announces the Liquid E3
Acer isn’t taking the Moto G’s release lightly, and has announced its own low-priced, well-specced Android phone. It’s the Liquid E3, and it has a 4.7-inch 720p display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and an impressive sounding 13-megapixel camera. The phone will go on sale in April with a £165 price tag.
7. Vodafone Leak Indicates Gold Galaxy S5
A leaked screenshot supposedly taken from a Vodafone computer system shows the network will be stocking a gold version of the Galaxy S5. It’s listed alongside other gold phones, such as the HTC One. Samsung’s next flagship phone is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress next week, and the company already offers the Galaxy S4 in gold. Not whatched our Galaxy S4 review yet? Take a look below.
8. Samsung Teases Exynos Infinity Chip
The big Samsung news at MWC 2014 could be the Galaxy S5, but a tweet from its Exynos Twitter account suggests we could be seeing a new processor too. A picture with the words “Exynos Infinity in Barcelona” against a star field background was posted, indicating a brand new Exynos chip will be announced. Could this be a 64-bit processor, which Samsung has promised it would release this year?
9. Huawei Y530 Announced
A new mid-range phone from Huawei has been announced for the UK. The Y530 has a 4.5-inch display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor, plus Android 4.3 is installed. A 5-megapixel camera is found on the rear. The Y530 will be sold by various retailers from March onwards, with a price to be confirmed.
10. Google Announces I/O Conference Dates
Google I/O is Google’s annual developer conference, and the 2014 get-together has been scheduled for 25 June and 26 June this year. It’ll take place in San Francisco, and is always an exciting event. In the past, new versions of Android have been announced, along with cool hardware such as Google Glass. We can’t wait to see what it’ll have for us this year.