Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the Nexus 4′s Android 4.4 update, the world’s first 128GB phone, and the Microsoft/Nokia deal being approved.
1. Nexus 4 Owners Report Android 4.4 Update Arrival
Although it hasn’t been announced by Google, some Nexus 4 owners are reporting an update to Android KitKat has been sent through to their phones. Google confirmed the update would arrive on the Nexus 4, but hasn’t provided a time for it to do so. However, last week it confirmed the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 would soon be seeing the new software, and also said the Nexus 4 would follow soon afterwards.
2. World’s First 128GB Phone Launches in China
You may not have heard of Meizu, a Chinese smartphone brand, but it has sent ripples through the industry this week with the MX3, the world’s first phone to come with a massive 128GB of internal memory. This is twice what we’re used to, and a figure which can only be matched by unusual phones with 64GB internally, and a big microSD card. The phone won’t be leaving China though, so we’ll have to wait for another firm to give us our first taste of such memory.
3. Take a Closer Look at the BlackBerry Porsche Design P‘9982
BlackBerry launched the P‘9882 earlier this week, but as is often the way with luxury phones, the pictures don’t do the design much justice. It has now released a brief video highlighting the visual differences between it and the Z10, along with a closer look at the special features. The phone has a 4.2-inch screen, a dual-core processor, and a swanky stainless steel body, complete with an Italian leather rear panel. You can take a look at it below.
4. Android 4.4 for the HTC One Coming in 2014
HTC UK has tweeted about the eagerly awaiting Android 4.4 KitKat update for the HTC One. According to the message, the company is working with networks at the moment, and is aiming to have the new version heading out on to UK phones at the end of January next year. It’ll be accompanied by HTC Sense 5.5.
5. Microsoft/Nokia is a Done Deal
Although the sale of Nokia’s Devices division to Microsoft had already been announced, the deal was still subject to approval by Nokia’s board and shareholders. Approval has now been given, with a huge 99.7 percent voting for the sale. The few who didn’t approve were apparently upset with Nokia losing its Finnish roots.
6. MediaTek Announces an Octa-Core Processor
MediaTek, an up and coming producer of reasonably priced mobile processors, has announced an octa-core processor, which is capable of running all eight cores at the same time. The MT6592 chip uses eight Cortex A7 cores, and can run at speeds up to 2GHz, as well as support full HD screen resolutions and 16-megapixel cameras.
7. Smartwatches Not a Popular Xmas Present, Says Gartner
Research firm Gartner has reported it’s not expecting a great rush for smartwatches this Christmas, saying customers find them not only too expensive, but lacking in style too. Apparently, those wanting to try on some wearable tech will instead look at fitness tracking wristbands like Nike’s FuelBand. Gartner says firms must lower prices and improve designs before mainstream audiences pay attention to smartwatches. Nevertheless, if you are thinking of buying a smartwatch for anyone this Christmas, take a look at our review of the Samsung Galaxy Gear below.
8. Zopo ZP998 First to Use MediaTek’s Octa-Core Chip
Chinese manufacturer Zopo hasn’t wasted any time in getting MediaTek’s MT6952 octa-core processor into a smartphone. The ZP988 has a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen, an unusual 14-megapixel camera, and that eight-core chip, which runs at 1.7GHz. Other features include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, NFC and a 5-megapixel video call lens. It’s set for release before the end of the year.
9. Nokia’s Asha 501 Gets WhatsApp
Nokia didn’t include the popular cross-platform messenger WhatsApp as standard on the Asha 501, but has now rectified its oversight by releasing the app separately. Owners won’t need to do much to get it either, as it’ll be coming to the phone through an over-the-air software update.
10. Huawei Ascend P6S Leaks
The sequel to Huawei’s Ascend P6 has been leaked in picture form. We’d already heard a little about the specification, but now we’ve got a look at the phone itself. Visually, Huawei doesn’t seem to have changed the look of the phone at all, but if the information is correct, it may have got slightly thicker. The leak also shows the phone coming with a quad-core processor, rather than the eight-core chip we were expecting. We’ll have to wait until the official announcement to see which source gets it right.