Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including new startup OnePlus and its plans to build the perfect phone, the first Tizen phone’s impending arrival, and a cool Moto X advert.
1. New Startup OnePlus Aims to Build the Perfect Smartphone
OnePlus is a new mobile company started by former Oppo vice president Pete Lau. His goal is to build the best smartphone possible, and to make it available to buyers around the world. He describes the formation of OnePlus as the, “realization of a long standing dream,” and wants the firm to become, “A playground for tech lovers around the globe.” No details on the phone or its spec has been revealed, but Lau says we should, “Expect to hear great things,” over the next 12 months.
2. First Tizen Phone Coming at MWC 2014?
Samsung and Intel may finally be ready to show the world its first smartphone running Tizen. The pair have invited press to an event which will take place the day before Mobile World Congress in late February next year, confirming it’ll have a phone running Tizen on the day. Whether it’ll be announcing its availability is another thing, but at least it’s taking a step in the right direction.
3. Android KitKat Coming to Galaxy S4 and Note 3
According to the French network SFR, Samsung will be delivering Android KitKat as an update to the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3 early next year. The blog post isn’t backed up by confirmation from Samsung, but it seems pretty certain it’ll be sending out the new Android version at the end of January or early in February. We’ll have to wait and see if it comes true, and whether the UK will also get the update at the same time. Take a look at our review of the Galaxy S4 below.
4. LG Talks Android 4.4 Updates
LG has published a blog post announcing the Android KitKat update will soon be arriving on the G2 smartphone, but sadly only for owners in Korea. International G2 phones still have some time to wait, and LG has said only that it’ll be announcing further schedules separately in the future. It looks like we’ll need to wait until 2014 before hearing more.
5. Jolla’s Sailfish OS Phone Available Now
The Jolla smartphone, running the new Sailfish OS software, has already completed a successful pre-order campaign, and the company has confirmed all initial orders will be filled before Christmas. As promised, it has put the phone up for sale on its own website, ready for those who missed the pre-order to purchase the phone. It’s yours for £335, and deliveries are scheduled for the new year.
6. BlackBerry Messenger to be Installed on LG Phones
We quite liked BlackBerry Messenger when we reviewed it recently, but did find it was a relatively quiet place. BlackBerry aims to fix this by getting the app installed as standard by manufacturers, and the first to be announced is LG. According to the press release, the BBM app will be installed on the new LG G Pro Lite, but seemingly only in Asia, Middle East, and India. All of these are key markets for BlackBerry. There’s no news on whether the app will come installed on any UK-bound LG devices yet.
7. See This Amazing Motorola Moto X Ad
Motorola has come up with an ingenious way to promote the Moto X, a U.S.-only smartphone which can be customised prior to purchase. It has created an interactive advert which will be printed in an issue of WIRED magazine. As we’re not going to see it over here, Motorola has uploaded a video of the ad – and its inner workings – on its YouTube account. Take a look at it below.
8. Nokia Illusionist Tablet Cancelled?
Nokia was rumoured to be building a smaller, 8-inch version of its recently released Lumia 2520 tablet, known under the codename Illusionist, or as the Lumia 2020. The last we heard it was being prepared for an early 2014 launch. However, an anonymous source has told fan site My Nokia Blog the Illusionist project has been cancelled, and may not be released at all. No reason was given for the change. It’s worth remembering the Lumia 2020 was nothing but a rumour, so there’s the possibility it was never destined for shop shelves anyway.
9. Oppo Find 7 to Boast 1440p Screen
Oppo is following Vivo’s lead, as the Chinese firm has confirmed its next major smartphone (or potentially, its first tablet), will have a 1440p resolution screen, just like the recently announced XPlay 3S. This means a potential pixel count of 2560×1440, eclipsing the already impressive 1080p resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. While Oppo is already teasing the specs, the Find 7 hasn’t been officially announced, and there’s no information on when it will arrive.
10. Meizu Targets America
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu has confirmed it intends to start selling phones in America, saying in a press release it believes, “There’s room in the U.S. market for another player.” Apparently, it’ll be showing off its range of new phones during CES 2014 in January.