Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including rumours of a waterproof LG G3, changes to Huawei’s plans for a dual-OS phone, and the global launch of the LG G Pro 2.
1. Rumours Say LG G3 and Galaxy Note 4 Will be Waterproof
According to the latest rumours, two of the biggest phones yet to be released in 2014 will be waterproof. We’re talking about the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. A Korean news source says LG is working on its own waterproofing technology, while Samsung will use the same technique seen on the new Galaxy S5.
2. Huawei Backtracks on Dual-OS Phone
Despite an executive saying it would, Huawei has now denied it’s planning to release a smartphone running both Android and Windows Phone. Apparently, plans have changed since the statement was made, and the company will only release standalone Windows Phone and Android devices over the coming year.
3. Amazing Nokia Video Shot in Rio de Janeiro
Nokia loves showing off the video and stills capabilities of the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 1520. It’s latest mouth-watering video is shot by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, and captures a stay in Rio de Janeiro. The result is really fantastic, and you can watch the video below. Make sure you up the resolution to match your display, as the 1080p image is worth seeing if you can.
4. Xiaomi Announces the Redmi Note
Xiaomi, a popular Chinese smartphone brand, has announced the Redmi Note, a competitively priced phablet. It has a 5.5-inch, 720p display, and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor. There’s a choice of two versions, one with a 1.4GHz speed and 1GB of RAM, and the other running at 1.7GHz with 2GB of RAM. It also has a 13 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel front camera. It’s only for Asian markets for now, but a wider launch may happen in the future.
5. LG Lifeband Touch Coming to UK Soon
LG’s Lifeband Touch fitness tracker, and its unusual heart rate monitoring earphones, are both coming to the UK in April, according to a report by tech site Pocket Lint. The Lifeband Touch is the company’s first attempt at a wearable fitness monitor, and is ready to take on Samsung’s new Gear Fit, which is also scheduled for release in April. The price hasn’t been confirmed.
6. Nokia Lumia 530 Rumoured
A tweet has suggested Nokia is working on a sequel to the popular Lumia 520, under the codename Rock. It’s possible the phone will be called the Lumia 530 should it make it on sale. Nokia’s Lumia 520 has been a huge success, thanks to a strong spec and a low price, meaning it’ll be a tough act to follow.
7. Check Out the Making of Unnumbered Sparks Art Installation
Unnumbered Sparks is an interactive art installation on display in Vancouver, Canada. It’s a huge, floating canvas which instead of being painted, is digitally decorated in real-time, by observers using their mobile phones. A special app tracks swipes on the touchscreen, then sends the data to a server, and in turn to the canvas. The result is mesmerizing, and can be seen in the video below.
8. LG Starts Global Launch of G Pro 2
LG launched the G Pro 2 during Mobile World Congress, but didn’t provide much information on its final release date. It has now confirmed the phone is on sale in several Asian countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia. The press release says this is the beginning of the device’s international launch, and it’ll be confirming other dates very soon.
9. Google Launches a New Nexus… Charger
We’re used to Nexus-branded hardware being an exciting phone or tablet, but Google has now added the name to a wall charger. It’s designed for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and the two Nexus 7 tablets, and comes as a single unit with a detachable mini USB cable.
10. No Medical Certification Needed for Galaxy S5
Samsung has been waiting to hear whether its Galaxy S5 smartphone would be classified as a “healthcare instrument” in South Korea, after fitting the device with a heart rate monitor. If it was declared a medical device, further certification would have been needed, potentially delaying its launch. Now, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in Korea has said the phone doesn’t meet the requirements, so no action will be taken.