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Omio Mobile Phone News Weekly Newsletter – 16th December – 20th December 2013

The week began with Omio, reporting that Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS leaked, where Apple’s iOS 7.1 is to have a built-in car feature. Sony’s Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra saw Android 4.3, rolled out. Samsung’s Galaxy Core Advance was announced, with 4.7-inch screen and dedicated hardware buttons. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is launching MWC 2014, with QHD screen and Iris scanner, and Windows Phone 8.1 is to have notification centre and Microsoft’s own Siri.

Earlier on in the week, Nokia cancels Android plans and Illusionist tablet, where Nokia Camera app came to all Lumia mobile phones. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store now has 200,000 apps, and Samsung Smartphone GamePad for mobiles, is coming to the UK. The EE network is to allow 4G roaming, for American travellers.

Midweek, the LG G Flex ‘flexible’ mobile phone came to 4G EE. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in pink, came exclusively to Phones 4u, and Windows Phone 8.1 screen shot leaked, showing lock screen notifications. Amazon’s mobile phone is arriving before end of June, 2014.

Towards the end of the week, HTC One gold version drops £2,750 price tag – where it became available for £29 a month. Sky Go became available for Windows Phone 8, and mobile phones can now be used during take-off and landing, on flights in the UK. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are to get KitKat, in January. A Samsung AMOLED 10.5-inch tablet is being announced at CES, and the Nokia ‘Moneypenny’ mobile phone is to be called Nokia Lumia 630/635

At the end of the week, Motorola’s Moto G Android KitKat rolled out – in the USA only; UK, still on track for January. The Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925 ‘Lumia Black’ update rolled out, and the HTC One mini is to get Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5, in the UK. BlackBerry’s is switching to Apple iPhone maker, and Samsung releasing four new tablets – Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

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The biggest story of the week came from Nokia, where it has reportedly scrapped its supposedly named Nokia Lumia 2020 Windows RT tablet, along with its plans for using the Android OS.

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The next most significant piece was when Samsung saw more info leaked about its purportedly named Samsung Galaxy S5, including display resolution, features and its announcement date.

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The third largest news item came from British Airways, in removing the restrictions of no electronic device powered on, at the start, and end of flights.

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The following most significant story was Microsoft seeing some more details appear online, of its rumoured Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system  – following on from the news of the on-screen touch button article.

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The fifth biggest piece was when 4G EE network and umbrella company, revealed that UK consumers will be able to try out the LG G Flex, flexible, handset in select stores – from the 20th of December, ahead of its release, next year.

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The next most significant news came from Apple seeing aspects of its next mobile device operating system appear online, said to enhance its existing products.

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The seventh largest story was Samsung having another source confirm that its two lead, flagship, Samsung mobile phones are getting the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system – next month.

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The following most significant item came from Amazon seeing some details outed about the supposed Amazon handset, including arrival date and parts.

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The penultimate piece of news was when Nokia supposedly saw details emerge of a new phone, in its actual product name and number: the Nokia Lumia 630/635.

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Lastly, 4G EE mobile phone network has unveiled it is allowing USA network AT&T customers to use its UK network, with 4G mobile broadband speeds.

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Samsung releasing four new tablets – Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

* UPDATED *

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen its tablet plans revealed, with a quartet of devices arriving, early, in 2014.

These are said to be just in the first three months, of next year.

SamMobile has gleaned this knowledge, from one of its insiders, although specifics weren’t passed along.

That title has its finger on the pulse of all things Samsung and has come up with what we might likely see.

It is already aware the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is on the cards, thought to have the product number of SM-T111.

This is stated to have a price tag of around 100 Euros, or around £84.

Its screen size is unknown, but another rumoured device was detailed.

This could be the Galaxy Note 12.2, noted to have a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution display.

Powering it, might be a Snapdragon 800 processor, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage

It is quoted to have an 8-megapixel rear camera, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

That is believed to start a new category for the company, with laptop replacement tablets.

Finally, a possible 13.3-inch slate was mentioned, which could be dual-booting – to both Android and Windows.

UPDATE:

SamMobile has now been tipped off by an insider, these will be the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (SM-T320/T325), Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (SM-T520/T525), Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (SM-P900/P905), and the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T110/T111).

It notes that all of these will come in Wi-Fi and LTE models (with the exception of the Tab 3 Lite, which will only have 3G connectivity).

Samsung AMOLED 10.5-inch tablet being announced at CES

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is reportedly going to unveil a large screen slate, at the Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show 2014 – with technology seen in its mobile phones.

This device is said to have an AMOLED display, which is thought to be only the second time, the company has deployed a screen of that ilk, in a tablet.

That last time was in 2011, in its Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.

The alleged new product is thought to come with a 10.5-inch display, instead of a 7.7-inch screen.

This comes from a report on ETnews, as reported by SamMobile.

The former states the Tab 7.7 didn’t get too good of a market response, although the company is said to be planning a more aggressive attack – this time around.

We reported, earlier in the week, four tablets are arriving next year from Samsung.

That is all within the first three months of the year, where a number of them have already been covered.

There is thought to be an entry-level device, under the name of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

It is believed to be around the 100 Euro mark, or under £85 – in the UK.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to get KitKat, in January

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen another source confirm that its two lead, flagship, Samsung mobile phones are getting the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system – next month.

Android-4.4-Galaxy-S4-Galaxy-Note-3-SFRThis latest piece of info comes from the French mobile phone network, SFR.

It has published the following (translated), on its own website:

“It is still an exclusive news Club SFR Smartphones: the update to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) should be available between late January and early February 2014 for Samsung Galaxy S4 and SFR Galaxy Note 3 SFR”

“Naturally, we will keep you informed of the specific dates as soon as we have more, information Lab SFR”

This news has come before Samsung has officially announced the roll out dates of Android 4.4, to these mobile devices.

It has been spotted by SamMobile, who notes that the carrier has a tracked record of outing information ahead of schedule.

This was done with the Android 4.3 deployment, to the likes of the HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S4, S3 and Note II.

That January-February timeframe has already been written about, on Omio.

Towards the end of November, we covered a piece on a leaked Samsung KitKat roll out schedule, which matched todays’ news; stay tuned for more.

Samsung Galaxy S4 in pink, comes exclusively to Phones 4u

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen its Samsung Galaxy S4 pink edition arrive at Phones 4u – joining the Arctic Blue version.

The pale red colour is only available with the high street retailer, from early January, and throughout that month.

It is now around to pre-order, with no up-front cost, starting at £33 a month.

That is on a Vodafone Red, 24-month, plan – with unlimited minutes and text messaging, plus a 1GB data allowance.

This is on a 3G contract, where the 4G version comes in at £38 a month.

It has the same minutes and texting bundle as above, only with a 6GB data offering.

Phones 4u is packaging free black wireless speakers with this deal – worth £120 – and Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify Premium usage.

The shop now has the widest range of colours on offer, in the Samsung Galaxy S4 range.

That is with its exclusive Arctic Blue; Black Mist, White Frost – and now the pink version.

These are on a phone that has a 5-inch, full high definition 1,920 x 1,080 display.

Powering it is a quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM; 16GB of internal storage and support for 64GB microSD cards.

This is with a 13-megapixel camera, with dual camera capture; Android 4.3 and other additions, such as S Health and Group Play technologies.

Samsung Smartphone GamePad for mobiles, coming to the UK

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has announced the Smartphone GamePad, along with its mobile console app – said to enhance the gaming experience, on its line of Galaxy devices.

Smartphone GamePad

It allows an advanced gaming experience on those mobile phones and phablets, turning the whole shebang into a portable gaming console.

The GamePad is compatible with 4-inch display devices, way up to the 6.3-inch screen based products.

This is with the likes of the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy S III – running Android 4.3.

There is also easy paring over Bluetooth, or via an NFC tag – with quicker access to games, via the ‘Play’ button.

A tap of the latter, accesses the mobile console app. That allows the browsing, and purchasing of game pad supported games.

These include EA’s Need for Speed Most Wanted and Gameloft’s Asphalt8: Airborne, first-person shooter titles such as Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, sports titles such as SEGA’s Virtua Tennis Challenge, and action titles such as Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame.

It is said to be made from a durable steel frame, in an easy-to-carry, premium, design.

This is with an 8 way D-Pad, with 2 Analogue Sticks; 4 Action buttons and 2 Trigger buttons – with availability, in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy S5 launching MWC 2014, with QHD screen and Iris scanner

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen more info leaked about its purportedly named Samsung Galaxy S5, including display resolution, features and its announcement date.

According to internal news from the company, Samsung is said to be introducing its first QHD smartphone – at Mobile World Congress, at the end of February 2014.

This is with a display that has four times the resolution of a high definition screen, with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution – expected to be seen in its next, top-tier mobile phone.

The company is also noted to be past the technology development stage of Iris verification, where it is working out a way to mass-produce it.

This info is cited to have come from the electronics industry, reports ZDNET in South Korea.

The Iris tech is quoted to be an alternative to the fingerprint authentication system, seen on the rival handsets.

Those are the Apple iPhone 5s, which includes it within the home button – on the front of the device.

HTC, has incorporated it on the rear of its HTC One max phablet, where fingerprints can also be used to launch applications.

The Iris tech would supposedly follow on from its use in the recent flagship phones, with the front facing camera.

This is with the S3′s eye recognition tech, not dimming the screen, which was expanded in the S4, in the automatic scrolling of webpages.

Via: SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy Core Advance announced, with 4.7-inch screen and dedicated hardware buttons

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has unveiled its latest Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, in the Core Advance.

Samsung Galaxy Core Advance

The company has said it has a premium design, with a Galaxy user experience and enhanced features.

Traditionally, the Advance range builds on from an existing device, with improved functionality.

This is in the case of the 2012 Samsung Galaxy S Advance, building on from the Samsung Galaxy S.

Only, it doesn’t appear the Samsung Galaxy Core or the Samsung Galaxy Core Plus made it to the UK, judging by its own website.

That leaves the ‘enhanced features’ part of the phone’s description, a little confusing.

It does, however, sport elements taken from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active waterproof phone, but it isn’t the element proof nature.

These are the physical keys, located under the 4.7-inch 800 x 480 screen.

Those complement the other dedicated buttons, which also includes one for a voice recorder.

It boasts the Samsung Galaxy SII’s processor: a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU – with 1GB of RAM; 8GB of storage capacity and support for 64GB microSD cards.

This is along with a 5-megapixel rear, and VGA front-facing camera – with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, running the show.

The company has said the Samsung Galaxy Core Advance will be offered in the colours of deep blue and pearl white, with availability being announced in due course – with a budget price, judging by the specs.

Omio Mobile Phone News Weekly Newsletter – 9th – 13th December

The week started with Omio writing, Nokia Lumia mobile phones now come with £20, free, with O2. Samsung’s budget mobile phones are to get Android KitKat, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 issues were resolved, while Asus PadFone mini 4.3-inch picture leaked, ahead of its launch event.

Earlier on in the week, Google’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolled out. The LG G2 mini is in the works, with a 4.7-inch screen, and Nokia’s Lumia 2020 tablet with an 8.3-inch screen, shipped. Qualcomm announced a 64-bit processor, for low-end mobile phones. The LG V510 is to be a LG G-Pad 8.3-inch screen Google Edition tablet, and the Nokia Lumia 520 got the Nokia Lumia Black update.

Midweek, the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition and Sony Z Ultra Google Play Editions were announced. Nokia is making an Android mobile phone, and the Huawei P7 specs leaked online. Sony’s Xperia Z deal is available with O2, saving £80. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 sells 10 million, and the Google Nexus 7 2013 edition white version, became available.

Towards the end of the week, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10, got £100 off, at O2. Spotify comes to mobile phones and tablets, for free, and the Nokia Lumia with a 5.2-inch screen, made an appearance online. O2 4G £17 a month contract launched; network transferring 3G customers to 4G – at no extra cost. 0800 numbers are to be free to call, from mobile phones, and Sony creates USB flash drives for mobile phones.

At the end of the week, HTC One mobile phones were back on sale, in the UK. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 9 launching late 2014, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Lite enters production. Sony’s Xperia Z1 mini spotted on FCC, with a new name. 4G EE is to improve phone calls next year, with a £275 million investment, and the Apple iWatch is launching October 2014, with wireless charging.

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The biggest story of the week came from HTC, where it has been granted a stay, on the injunction against all HTC devices.

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The next most significant piece was when Nokia was believed to be building its own Android run mobile phone, under the codename of Normandy.

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The third largest news item came from Spotify, where it is now providing streaming access to its millions of tracks, on mobile devices – without the monthly £9.99 cost attached.

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The following most significant story was when Google began to retail two new, almost Nexus, devices on its Google Play store, a tablet from LG and a phablet from Sony.

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The fifth biggest piece was when Apple had more details leaked of its own wearable device, thought to be called the Apple iWatch.

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The next most significant news came when Samsung resumed its roll out of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to its 2012 flagship handset, and also issued a fix to problem handsets – with its initial issues said to have been resolved.

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The seventh largest story was Nokia seeing its yet-to-be-announced, allegedly named Nokia Lumia 2020 slate, spotted on a shipping website.

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The following most significant item came from Nokia, in possibly seeing a large display based Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 mobile phone show up, on the same shipping website.

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The penultimate piece of news was when O2 unveiled a new set of 4G tariffs, along with announcing an update to its 4G roll out schedule.

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Lastly, Microsoft has allegedly seen the particulars of its upcoming roadmap leaked, relating to the purported Windows Phone 9 and the tablet OS.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite enters production

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has allegedly started mass production of a budget version of its flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet, with more wallet friendly specs.

It is thought to have a 5.68-inch screen, which is noted to be of an LCD ilk.

That is opposed to the Super AMOLED screen, found in the version launched in September.

The camera is said to come in at 8-megapixels, whereas the Note 3 has a 13MP snapper.

Internally, there is still supposed to be a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, with 3GB of RAM.

These changes will significantly reduce the price of the device, which has been given the name Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite.

This info comes from industry sources, cites ETNews – reports Unwired View.

The latter states that it assumes the back cover will lose the faux leather finish, and just be a regular plastic one.

That is much like its top-tier mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The company believes that a third of its phablet sales will be made up of the Lite version, according to the source of the article.

Mobile World Congress 2014 is expected to be the launching platform of the Lite; stay tuned for more.