Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including LG relaunching the L90, Samsung’s new fitness band, and a waterproof eBook reader.
1. LG Re-announces the L Series 3 L90 Smartphone
Just in case you missed it the first time, LG has announced the L90 smartphone again. This time it has provided a few more details on the device, confirming its 4.7-inch screen will have a 960×540 pixel resolution, and the OS will be Android KitKat. LG’s standout new software feature, KnockCode, will also come as standard. The phone’s worldwide rollout begins next week,
2. Samsung to Release Another Fitness Band
According to documents filed with the FCC in America, Samsung has another fitness band waiting in the wings. Apparently named the S-Circle, it connects to a phone using Bluetooth Low Energy, and will monitor the wearer’s activity. There’s no word on when it will be announced.
3. More HTC Video Teasers Hint at New One
HTC has released another video which talks a little about a key feature of the HTC One, while also hinting at the spec of the future model, which we’re expecting to be announced 25 March. Again, we get a pixelated shot of the phone, while HTC makes sure we know all about the aluminium unibody. You can take a look at it below.
4. FreedomPop Launches Private Phone
FreedomPop is a U.S. Pay As You Go network, which has released a new device named the Private Phone, but it’s better known under the nickname Snowdon Phone. The device is based on a Samsung Galaxy S2, and features secure voice and SMS, a VPN for anonymous browsing, and the option to repeatedly change telephone numbers.
5. Waterproof eBook Reader Announced
The PocketBook Aqua is a brand new eBook reader, which has a water and dust resistant casing, making it ideal for beach (or bath) use. The screen measures 6-inches and uses E-Ink technology, while a 1GHz processor powers the unit. There’s also 4GB of internal memory and Wi-Fi.
6. Next Meizu Phone Coming Soon?
A rumour this week suggested we’d see a new phone from Chinese manufacturer Meizu on 6 March. This didn’t happen, but the possible spec makes us hope it won’t be too much longer. Apparently, the phone will have a 5.5-inch screen with either a 1080p or 1440p resolution, plus the new Snapdragon 801 processor, or Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chip.
7. Nokia Doesn’t Like Bad Photography
The Oscars generated the most shared picture of all time on Twitter this week, after chat-show host Ellen DeGeneres posted a star-studied selfie. Samsung managed to get its Note 3 front-and-centre in the image, but Nokia didn’t think the quality was up to much, tweeting “Let’s do away with blurry photos, Ellen!” It wants the world to know a PureView camera would have performed far better. You can see that camera in action on the Lumia 1020 in our high-end handset camera comparison video below.
8. Nokia Martini Leaked
Details are thin on this one, as all we have to go on is a codename. Twitter leaker @evleaks posted a cryptic message, saying Nokia fans should watch out for a phone codename Martini soon. When it does arrive, the Martini will have Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 software installed, should the leak prove accurate.
9. BlackBerry Trials Ads in BBM
Beta versions of BlackBerry’s BBM messenger app have a new advertising feature built-in. Sponsored advertising has been added to the Channels feature, and paid-for posts will turn up in users invite section. At the moment, the ads haven’t shown up in the standard app, but it’s only a matter of time.
10. Flipboard Acquires Zite
Flipboard, the popular news aggregation app, has purchases Zite, an app which offers a similar service. The deal is reportedly worth $60 million, and the Zite team will be absorbed into Flipboard, its technology incorporated into the app, and Zite eventually shut down. Zite was owned by CNN, and as part of the deal, Flipboard will launch custom magazines featuring CNN content.