As well as offering an even cheaper off-contract Nexus 5 than the Google Play shop at just £295 with free shipping, Carphone Warehouse is also undercutting the competition when it comes to offering Google’s new flagship phone on subsidised monthly deals — offering it for “free” on a £21 Vodafone contract.
The Vodafone SIM is pretty respectable too, offering buyers a decent 300 calling minutes and unlimited text messages for their £21 commitment — but the data limit’s just 250MB. That’s the only downside of such an affordable monthly bundle. Here’s graphic proof. It’s the red one:
It’s a web site exclusive that’s only available online, so head off to Carphone Warehouse here to get yourself the deal.
The newly announced Nexus 5 is now available to order through the Three network, which will do you one on its “all you can eat” unlimited data plan starting from £29 a month with a £49 upfront fee. As well as the unlimited data, this 24-month contract also comes with 500 calling minutes and 5,000 text messages, so is a very usable contract. And they’ve got the white one, but only in 16GB sizes.
The 32GB Nexus 5 model is currently exclusive to O2 in terms of network supply, so head off to O2 if you’re due an upgrade there.
The Nexus 5 is in stock and ready to go through Three, although may not arrive until Monday. Meaning you face a restless weekend of having a rubbish old phone and feeling vaguely inferior for no good reason.
Google’s official developer portal has updated with all the details on the new Android 4.4 or “KitKat” version of the OS, which ought to be available to owners of recent Nexus phones over the coming days as well as arriving on the Nexus 5 .
As far as Google is concerned, the key new feature in Android 4.4 is the ability to have the 4.4 software run comfortably on devices with just 512MB of RAM, which should mean the next generation of budget devices — and any out there lucky enough to get upgrades — can run better than before.
There’s also native support for printing via the cloud or Wi-Fi, step counter tools, screen video recording and a full-screen mode for apps.
And a translucent tweak to the UI. Plus other things. It’s much more of an obvious step forward than the move from 4.2 to 4.3. Read more over at Google’s developer site.
After yet another astonishingly detailed and relentless series of internet leaks, Google has now officially announced this year’s Nexus phone — the Nexus 5. The LG-made phone offers a 4.95-inch display powered by the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series chipset, which operates at 2.3GHz alongside 2GB of RAM. Android 4.4 or the “KitKat” version of Google’s code is the Nexus 5′s OS.
The biggest change comes around the back of the phone, with the 8megapixel camera featuring a form of optical image stabilisation to steady shots, which ought to help capture clear photos no matter how much you’re shaking with rage/laughter/fear. Here it is:
And despite being based on the bonkers LG G2, the Nexus 5′s buttons are on the side. The UK launch date is NOW, with Google saying it leaves the warehouse within the next two days — the price tag is £299 for the 16GB model. And there’s a white one too.
Angry Birds developer Rovio and its Rovio Stars offshoot has released a new free game on Google Play, which it calls Juice Cubes. It is, and we think we’re legally entitled to say this as fair opinion, quite similar to casual smash Candy Crush Saga, offering a familiar kind of colour-matching play style and complete Facebook integration for easy play against desktop-based casual gamers.
Here it is:
It is at the very least something to do with yourself for the next 14 minutes until Google hopefully announces the Nexus 5. Get it here.
Phone chain Phones 4U has secured one of the oddest exclusives we’ve seen in a while, revealing that it’ll be stocking a pink version of the Samsung Galaxy Note III from November 1st. Pink and 5.7-inches across. Nothing funny about that at all. November 1st is literally tomorrow, so it’s out there right now.
If you upgrade to a 4G contract there’s a “free wireless speaker worth £120″ thrown in as part of the deal, too, which you could hide the phone behind. Phones 4U says it’ll cost £47 a month on a “free” basis, with other deals available.
Phones 4U has the exclusive on the pink Note III for November, so presumably it’ll appear through other retailers come December. Here’s the thing. It is “incredibly excited” about it all:
Get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in pink, only at Phones 4u in November
31ST OCTOBER, 2013: Today we’re incredibly excited to announce that we are the exclusive UK retailer of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 pink edition, throughout the month of November.
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The Scottish ITV franchise has spun off four standalone news apps for Android, with STV releasing separate apps that focus on local news in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. The apps are a combination of news feed and event listing guides, offering social listings, news, travel, weather updates and all the sorts of local stuff relevant to life in one of the larger cities.
And look, it even tells you when a famous person flies in:
The news apps are available from STV’s app listing page here.
Virgin Media’s UK developer has launched an app it calls Virgin Media SmartCall, one designed to let customers of its fixed-line service use their home landline minutes on their mobiles. It only works via Wi-Fi, but still. If you have a Virgin Media landline, it means you could quite happily downgrade your mobile contract to one with fewer minutes, as long as you’re happy relying on Wi-Fi connectivity for making calls.
Which seems like a decent idea. Here it is:
And you use your own number AND can call outside of the Virgin loop, meaning the people you’re ringing don’t have to be Virgin customers. And it works overseas, too. Very nice. Check it out here.
Data covering the smartphone scene for the third quarter of 2013 shows that Samsung has increased its lead over Apple and the rest of the world’s telephone manufacturers, with the Korean giant now responsible for 35.2% of all smartphone shipments around the world. Apple’s in second, with its share dropping to 13.4% from 15.6% during the same period of 2012.
Huawei is a distant third, accounting for 5.1% of smartphone shipments (but increasing its unit sales by 67%), with LG fourth on 4.8%. Lenovo’s in fifth, with poor old Sony and the rest relegated to the “others” segment. Here’s some HARD DATA on the global smartphone scene.
The sales numbers are astonishing. Samsung shipped an amazing 88.4m smartphones in Q3 of 2013, way, way, way ahead of Apple’s 33.8m. Read more in depth analysis than we can manage over at the Strategy Analytics blog.
LG has now confirmed the existence of its take on the curved smartphone, in the wonky form of the LG G Flex. This phone features a 6-inch display that’s curved along the other axis when compared against Samsung’s Galaxy Round, plus LG is repeating the button placement magic it worked with the LG G2 by putting the controls bang in the centre of the back of the G Flex.
Internally, the 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor is joined by 2GB of RAM, dual cameras (13MP and 2.1MP), a large 3,500mAh capacity battery, Android 4.2.2 and LTE/4G support. Brace yourselves, sit down and swallow your tea, here it is:
As with Samsung’s curved Galaxy Round, availability is limited to Korea at first, where it’ll launch this November. We might get it at some point after that if people over there don’t point, laugh and ignore it. Here’s the thing from LG with tech specs beneath:
LG UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST “REAL” CURVED SMARTPHONE
LG G Flex Stays Ahead of the Curve to Lead Evolution of Smartphones with Breakthrough Innovations
SEOUL, Oct. 29, 2013 — Setting a new milestone in the evolution of the smartphone, LG Electronics (LG) today officially took the wraps off the LG G Flex, a smartphone curved to follow the contour of the face, the first device to offer such a design in the smartphone market. The latest device in LG’s premium G Series, the G Flex incorporates proprietary innovations from other LG companies in the form of the display and battery that have never been seen before. The LG G Flex also boasts new user experience (UX) features that take advantage of the curved form factor.
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