Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including talk of Samsung’s Google Glass competitor, the Xiaomi Mi Pad tablet’s launch, and a revealing LG G3 teaser video.
1. Samsung’s Google Glass Competitor Expected in September
A report published in the Korean media has stated Samsung will soon announce its own smart glasses to compete with Google Glass. Apparently, we should look out for them in September, potentially at the IFA 2014 tech trade show, which is also traditionally the setting for the latest Galaxy Note smartphone to be revealed. The current codename for Samsung’s specs is Gear Glass.
2. Xiaomi Mi Pad Tablet Targets the iPad Mini
Chinese company Xiaomi has announced its very first tablet, the Mi Pad, with a screen that measures 7.9-inches and has a 2048×1536 pixel resolution. The body comes in various bright colours, and Xiaomi has stuffed the brand new Nvidia Tegra K1 processor inside, along with 2GB of RAM. It’s priced at just £140, but is unlikely to ever go on sale in the UK.
3. Watch the Excellent Moto E Advert
The Moto E is the latest budget smartphone from Motorola, and at around £90 without a contract, it’s the ideal upgrade from a feature phone. To celebrate its launch, Motorola produced a fun, and very creative advert which you can see below. We love the green Android robot’s cameo halfway through!
4. Google Adds Travel Apps to Glass
Google has announced the release of three new apps for its Glass smart specs, and they’re all related to travel. The first is Foursquare, which lets you check-in and search for new venues while out and about, and the second is OpenTable, where you can make automatic reservations at local restaurants. Finally, there’s TripIt, the popular travel planning app, which provides all your flight details on Glass’s screen.
5. Google Glass Available to Buy in the U.S. Without an Invitation
Google Glass has long been an invitation-only product, but as of this week, that’s no longer the case. The smart glasses are now available for any US resident to purchase, provided they have $1500, or about £890, to spare. We’re still waiting for it to be released in the UK, and for the price to drop by about half.
6. Moto G Ferrari Edition Confirmed for Mexico
Bad luck UK-based Ferrari fans, the rumoured Ferrari Edition of the Moto G smartphone has been made official, but so far only in Mexico. The phone is based on the 16GB Moto G, and comes with a Kevlar rear panel, Ferrari branding, and special exclusive content pre-installed on the phone.
7. LG G3 Gets Teased on Video
LG’s exciting G3 smartphone is almost here, and to make sure our anticipation levels are suitably high, LG has published a short teaser video. It’s surprisingly revealing, and shows the phone will have a metal-look rear panel, a cool new lock screen interface, and a revised set of rear controls. The phone should launch at an event on 27 May. Take a look at the video below.
8. Foursquare Becomes Swarm
The Foursquare app has split into two, and the social side of the app is now known as Swarm. That means check-ins, status updates, and contacts are all transferred over to the new app, leaving the recommendations and discovery aspect to live alone inside the original app.
9. Prestigio’s Windows Phone Leaked
Prestigio may not be the most familiar name, but it’s hoping to make a splash with a Windows Phone device in the near future, after being announced as a new Microsoft partner during Build 2014. It’s debut effort has been leaked online, and looks quite swish, complete with a leather-look rear panel, and a slim metal chassis. The spec is expected to be in the mid-range though, and currently there’s no talk of a release date.
10. BlackBerry Z3 On Sale in Indonesia
Struggling manufacturer BlackBerry has confirmed its Z3 smartphone will go on sale exclusively in Indonesia on 15 May. The phone has always been destined for the country, and has been modified for use with the local language, along with special content particular to the region.