Android News 20 February 2014 – 12:00 GMT / 07:00 EST:
  • LG G2 Mini official, Will be launch in March
  • Meizu and BQ Readers will ship Ubuntu phones this year
  • Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $16 billion

LG G2 Mini official, Will be launche in March

(Bringing the great parts of the LG G2 to a smaller form factor while cutting the specs at the same time)

LG released details and pictures the details on the upcoming smartphone, that would debut at the MWC, G2 mini. The 5.2-inch LG G2 will soon have a 4.7-inch "mini" version,

"The G2 mini is all about bringing the best user experience of the G2 to a more compact, mid-tier device, giving millions of customers the opportunity to benefit from the LG premium experience. This device offers the perfect balance of modern design and practical UX in a compact package without compromising performance.” Said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG Mobile.

Some specs:

  • Chipset: 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core MSM8926 (LTE) / MSM8226 (3G); 1.7GHz Nvidia Quad Core Tegra 4i (LATAM LTE version)
  • Display: 4.7-inch qHD IPS (960 x 540)
  • Memory: 8GB eMMC / 1GB RAM / SD Card Slot
  • Camera: Rear 8.0MP / 13.0MP (LATAM LTE version) / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 2,440mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 129.6 x 66.0 x 9.8mm
  • Weight: 121g
  • Network: Cat. 4 & VoLTE / Cat. 3(LATAM), HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), A-GPS, NFC (4G LTE version only)
  • Colors: Titan Black, Lunar White, Red, Gold (depending on region)
  • Other: Plug & Pop, Guest Mode, Clip Tray, Quick Window, etc.

Meizu and BQ Readers will ship Ubuntu phones this year

Ubuntu smartphone will come to markets, Canonical announced its first hardware partners which will manufacture Ubuntu smartphones, Meizu and the Spanish manufacturer BQ Readers will ship Ubuntu handsets globally this year.
Ubuntu’s founder Mark Shuttleworth pointed that the initial partners were chosen because of their expertise in penetrating emerging markets. More established manufacturers are expected to hop on the Ubuntu bandwagon in 2015.
They will announce Ubuntu smartphone at MWC in Barcelona next week.

Ubuntu handsets


Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $16 billion

WhatsApp, is one of the biggest app in massaging apps, which has over 450 million monthly active users. And is adding one million users to its service every day, So, Mark Zuckerberg’s company wants to buy it for a total of $16 billio, split between cash and stock.
In a post on WhatsApp company blog, WhatsApp reiterates that nothing will change from a user perspective after the buyout, and the word "partnership" is being regularly thrown around from both companies.

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