Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including leaks of the Galaxy Ativ SE and an all-metal Huawei phone, plus two of our favourite tech April Fools’ jokes.
1. Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Spotted in Germany
A new budget Samsung smartphone has been uncovered in Germany. It’s called the Galaxy Ace Style, and it has a 4-inch touchscreen, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a VGA front cam, and Android KitKat installed. Both a single-SIM and a dual-SIM version are expected, but it’s not clear whether either will make it to the UK.
2. Samsung Ativ SE Leaked, Headed Only for America
Samsung may also be about to release a new Windows Phone 8 device, but only on the Verizon network in America. An image was leaked recently, and has been followed up by a set of possible specs. The device is known as the Ativ SE, and could have a 5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 13 megapixel camera. The announcement is expected later this month.
3. Nokia Gets Personal With the Lumia 930
Nokia’s produced an official, three-minute video looking at the Lumia 930, easily one of the best looking smartphones we’ve seen in a while. Announced during Microsoft’s Build 2014 developer conference, the clip also gives us a great look at the new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Take a look at it below.
4. Benchmarks leaked for Qualcomm Windows Phone
Qualcomm doesn’t produce a smartphone, but it almost certainly uses reference devices to test new processors. A set of benchmarks for a phone known as the Qualcomm Liquid shows a Windows Phone device running the new Adreno 420 graphics processor, which will be mated to the upcoming Snapdragon 805 chip. What this indicates is in the near future, we could see the super powerful processor used inside a Windows Phone 8.1 phone.
5. All-Metal Huawei Flagship Phone Leaked
Following on from the attractive Ascend P6, a leak has given us a look at an all-metal smartphone chassis with Huawei branding, suggesting a new flagship device is on its way. The picture also hints it may have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, just like the HTC One Max. Additionally, it may be powered by an octa-core chip. There’s no indication of when, if ever, we’ll see the phone announced though.
6. Nokia Also Produces a Great April Fool
1 April was the usual joke-fest online, and it was Nokia which came up with one of the best. It pretended to announce the 3310 PureView, a revised version of its 3310 feature phone (first announced in 2000) now with a curvy 3-inch, 720p touchscreen and a massive 41 megapixel camera on the rear. The picture is great, and we’re sure some people out there would quite like it to be real!
7. SwiftKey Flow Hard Wins April Fools’ Day
It was difficult to work through all the April Fools’ jokes out there this week, especially thanks to Google’s traditionally massive output. Here’s one you may have missed, which also happens to be the the funniest we saw. It’s produced by the SwiftKey team – responsible for the cool alternative keyboard on your Android phone – and pretends to introduce the same swipe tech for your desktop computer. You can see it below, and it’s a classic.
8. Motorola Takes 6 Percent of the UK Market
Coming up from almost nothing in the UK smartphone industry is Motorola, and it’s all thanks to the Moto G. The latest market share figures show Motorola now commands 6 percent of the market, despite having almost none towards the end of last year. It’s all down to the success of the Moto G, a phone with excellent features and a reasonable price tag.
9. HTC One M8 Design Mystery Solved
If you’ve been looking at the HTC One (M8) and wondering why there is still a black panel under the screen, despite no longer housing any capacitive keys, we’ve got the answer. It comes from HTC’s global communications manager, who says the panel has to stay, because it hides plenty of circuitry and more importantly, the antenna. Mystery solved!
10. Amazon Launches the Fire TV
Designed to take on the Apple TV, Amazon has launched its own miniature box to sit alongside your TV. It’s called the Fire TV, and provides access to Amazon’s streaming TV and video library, all in 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. It’s on sale only in the US at the moment, where it has been priced at $100, or around £65.