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 news of Windows Phone 9, an amazing new Nokia video, and a patent for the Samsung Gear Blink.

1. Windows Phone 9 Coming Mid 2015

While we’re still waiting for Windows Phone 8.1 to be released, a Microsoft roadmap has revealed it’s planning to launch Windows Phone 9 during the summer in 2015. The approximate release details say it’ll be between April and October, and that a preview version will be first on the agenda.

2. Nokia’s Dizzying Living Moments Video is Amazing

Don’t watch this if you get a bit dizzy, or after a really big lunch! Nokia and filmmaker Paul Trillo have made Living Moments, an incredible short film created using still images shot with 50 Lumia smartphones. The end result is beautiful, disorientating, and really creative. Have a look below.

3. Lenovo Plans Windows Phone Device

In an interview, Lenovo’s mobile division president has said the company intends to release a smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 by the end of the year. It has been a Microsoft partner since February, but has yet to announce its first device. There’s no indication whether this will be a mid-range or a high-end device, or if it’ll be released internationally.

4.  Motorola Denies Moto 360 Price Tag Rumour

A rumour the Moto 360 smartwatch would end up costing $250 when it’s released has been denied by Motorola. The price came about in a competition, where it was listed as the smartwatch’s approximate retail value. As the news spread, Motorola posted a reply on Google+, saying this should not be taken as the final purchase price. Whether it’ll be higher or lower is still a mystery.

5. The Galaxy S5 Active Caught On Video Again

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has already been leaked this week, and now another video of the phone has shown up on YouTube. This time it highlights several features which aren’t included on the standard Galaxy S5, including an Activity Zone, which has a barometer, and a programmable “Active” key.

6. Samsung Patents Gear Blink Name

We’ve been hearing rumours about Samsung’s plan to release a Google Glass competitor later this year, and the name associated with the device was Gear Glass. Now, a patent has been uncovered with the name Gear Blink, which does lend itself very well to a pair of smart glasses. It’s expected to launch alongside the Galaxy Note 4 later this year.

7. Did Microsoft Cancel its Surface Mini Plans?

Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3 tablet this week, although prior to the event, it was expected to launch the Surface Mini tablet. According to a Bloomberg report, this was the plan right up until the last minute, when CEO Satya Nadella decided to cancel the announcement and focus on the Pro 3 instead. An analyst told the site we may not see the Surface Mini until 2015 now.

8. Sony Releases Helpful How-To Video for the Smartband

If our review of Sony’s Lifelog app prompted you to pick up Sony’s Smartband wearable, then you may want to take a look at this newly published how-to video. It takes you through the setup process, and shows prospective buyers the Lifelog app in action. Check it out below.

9. Sony Sends Out Android KitKat Update for Xperia Phones

If you own a Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, or the Xperia Tablet Z, then look out for an update to Android 4.4 KitKat very soon. The company has confirmed the new software is complete, and that it’ll be getting a staggered rollout starting this week. In addition to the new OS, all Sony’s standard apps have been given an overhaul, bringing a new look and new features.

10. EE Now Has its Own 4G LTE Tablet

The EE network has released an Android tablet under its own brand name. It’s called the EE Eagle, and it’s based on an existing Huawei slate. The screen measures 8-inches, and the device is powered by a quad-core processor, plus there is a 5 megapixel camera on the rear. The big news is it comes with 4G LTE connectivity.

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