Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week


Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition, Google’s wearable tech SDK, and a leak indicating the LG G3 will have a very high-res screen.

1. Google Preps Wearable SDK

Google’s Sundar Pichai has confirmed the company is about to release a  dedicated Android software development kit for wearable devices. While it may apply primarily to smartwatches at first, Google wants developers to push the boundaries, and come up with other form factors too.

2. Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition Announced

Just when you thought Samsung’s naming system couldn’t get any more awkward, it comes out with the Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition. It’s a slightly updated Galaxy S3 Mini, with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.2 installed. Otherwise, the five megapixel camera, 4-inch display, and 8GB of internal memory all remain the same. Only buyers in the Netherlands can pick the phone up at the moment.

3. Microsoft’s Camera App Demoed on Video

Microsoft has a new camera app ready to debut inside Windows Phone 8.1, the next version of its mobile operating system. We’re expecting it to be announced in April, but if you can’t wait to see the new app, a comprehensive video can be seen below, which gives us an early glimpse.

4. LG G3 to Have 1440p Resolution Screen?

Rumours gathered the LG G Pro 3 would have a high-res 2560×1440 pixel touchscreen, but as we know, it ended up having a 1920×1080 pixel screen. However, a tweet from @evleaks hints the forthcoming (and inevitable) LG G3 will be the company’s first smartphone to embrace 1440p.

5. Microsoft Drops Windows Phone License Fee

According to a new report, Microsoft has dropped its license fee for two Indian manufacturers. The two companies, Karbonn and Lava, now get to use the OS for free. It’s believed to be another attempt by Microsoft to help Windows Phone catch up with its competitors, primarily Android, which is offered to manufacturers for free already.

6. 7Digital Announces First Tizen Music App

Streaming music provider 7Digital has announced it’s porting its app over to the Tizen operating system, and that when it arrives in the coming months, it’ll be the first of its type. Not only that, it’ll also operate with Samsung’s new Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. An exact launch date hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s expected before the end of June.

7. Nokia Talks Treasure Tags

Nokia quietly announced its Treasure Tags just before Mobile World Congress, but has only just got around to releasing an explanatory video regarding the tiny square gadgets. It’s only a short piece, but it tells you everything you need to know about them. We think they’re cool, and love that they’re compatible with Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Take a look below.

8. Jawbone Updates UP24 App, Adds Android Support

Jawbone has released an update to its Android app, adding support for the latest UP24 fitness wristband. Previously only compatible with iOS, the UP24 uses Bluetooth 4.0 to remain in contact with your phone, and no longer needs to be physically connected to sync. The app provides all the usual fitness stats, plus sleep monitoring and a food diary.

9. Samsung Launches Milk Music Service in America

Samsung has launched its own streaming music service. Named Milk, it uses Slacker’s library with a limit of six skips per hour, which matches Nokia’s own MixRadio. It’s an ad-free app which is free to download from Google Play, but is currently only for US Samsung phone owners.

10. Yet Another All New HTC One Leak

If we hadn’t already seen enough of the All New HTC One prior to its official announcement, case manufacturer Spigen has chimed in. It has put a case for the new HTC flagship phone up for pre-order on its website, which shows the dual-camera and dual-LED flash in great detail, along with the slightly revised design. HTC will officially announce the phone on 25 March.

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