Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including news of a 6-inch, Quad HD display, Android 4.4.3 and a new hybrid product from Asus.
1. LG’s Working on a 6-Inch qHD Display
The LG G3 smartphone has a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, boasting an amazing 2560×1440 pixel resolution, but the company isn’t finished with us yet. According to a representative working for LG Display, the company is busily preparing a 6-inch version of the Quad HD display, which will debut at an industry event in June. There’s no word on when it’ll make it on to a smartphone we can buy though.
2. Google Camera App Updated
We reviewed Google’s latest camera app recently, and were suitably impressed with the new features. Now, Google has pushed an update containing a few new additions, including a timer mode, and the chance to take still images while shooting video. There’s also the option to switch between a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. Check it out on Google Play if you haven’t already downloaded it.
3. Asus Teases Padfone Laptop for Computex Show
Asus has put out a very brief teaser video regarding a new product to launch during the Computex trade show. It shows a phone, tablet and a laptop being placed in a blender, before magically turning into something… else. It sounds like a Padfone laptop device, but we can’t be sure until the launch event. Take a look at the video below.
4. Android 4.4.3 Being Tested on Samsung Hardware
Test logs have shown the next version of Android KitKat is already being tested by Samsung, apparently on the Galaxy S5 and the Korean Galaxy S4 with LTE-Advanced connectivity. It’s listed as Android 4.4.3, which could be announced during Google I/O next month, although there aren’t any details on its features just yet. However, as it’s not a major change in the version number, don’t expect many new features.
5. Google’s Still Not Sure When Glass Will Go On Sale
Google Glass has been around for about two years, but sales are still restricted to those living in America, and with $1500 in their pocket. An official, public version has yet to make its debut, and according to Google’s Sergey Brin, it may not be coming any time soon. In an interview, Brin said he hoped Glass would be ready by the end of this year, but added he wasn’t sure this would happen.
6. Android 4.4 Coming to the LG L9 2 and G Pro Lite
If you’re the proud owner of either the LG L9 2 or the G Pro Lite, two if LG’s lesser known models released late last year, then you’re in for a treat. According to LG’s Italian Facebook page, an update to Android KitKat is ready, and should be coming to both smartphones soon. By choosing Android 4.4 for these phones, LG has decided to skip Android 4.3 completely, so it’ll be quite a significant change.
7. Mysterious HTC Phone Shows Up in China
HTC has posted a picture of an unknown smartphone on its Chinese website. The device resembles last year’s HTC One, but may not have the same aluminium body shell. The picture confirms a pair of BoomSound speakers, and a single camera lens on the rear. Whether the final product makes its debut internationally, or what its name will be, remains to be seen. In the meantime, take a look at our review of the HTC One (M8) below.
8. Samsung Patent Shows Round Smartwatch
Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch is best known for having a round watch face, but if a new patent accurately shows a product Samsung is working on, then the Korean manufacturer may be planning to announce a rival. Not only that, the information reveals a complicated gesture control system, and a jog dial built into the bezel. Sadly, there’s no information on when, or if, the watch will be made official.
9. LG’s G Watch Visits the FCC
The LG G Watch, likely to be the first smartwatch on sale with Android Wear installed, has been sent to the FCC for approval. This indicates its announcement can’t be far away, and could come during Google I/O at the end of June.
10. Unknown ZTE Phone Could Feature Octa-Core Chip with LTE
MediaTek’s forthcoming octa-core processor with LTE connectivity may debut in an unknown ZTE phone, which was leaked recently. Believed to be a new “Red Bull” range, the phone looks similar to the iPhone, and could have a mid-range spec sheet featuring a 5-inch, 720p screen, and an 8 megapixel camera. An international release is unlikely.