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Features to expect from Nokia's Android 'X' phone

According to reports, Nokia is expected to launch it's first ever Android smartphone, rumoured to be called the X.

Here are its reported features:

  • A handset at the lower end of the smartphone budget
  • An interface that looks more like Windows than Android
  • Microsoft and Nokia services rather than those made by Android-maker Google
  • Nokia's mapping service instead of Google Maps
  • A Nokia store with Android apps, instead of Google Play
  • A four-inch screen with a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 512MB of memory
  • 4GB of storage
  • a microSD card slot
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • Six colour options.

Nokia expected to launch the 'X' smartphone

Nokia is widely expected to launch its first Android smartphone at the Mobile World Congress tomorrow - and has hinted that it's new device will be called the X.

Nokia is widely expected to launch its first Android smartphone at the Mobile World Congress and has hinted that it will be called the X. Credit: Reuters

The manufacturer is expected to reveal the hotly-anticipated device at the world's largest mobile trade show, Barcelona's Mobile World Congress.

On the Finnish company's official blog, it has teased the new smartphone's name with four black arrow signs against a green background forming the letter X.

The handset - which is thought to be at the lower end of smartphone pricing - follows Microsoft buying Nokia's struggling mobile business in September in an effort to "accelerate" its challenge to Apple and Google.

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HTC reportedly developing Android smartwatch

HTC is reportedly developing a smartwatch that will run on Google's Android operating system.

The Taiwanese smartphone maker plans to release the smartphone, which will have a camera, by the second half of 2014, Bloomberg reports citing an unnamed source.

HTC is said to be developing an Android smartwatch that will have a camera. Credit: Robert Schlesinger/DPA/Press Association Images

A spokesperson for HTC told Bloomberg they "do not comment on rumours or speculation."

Google tie-up with KitKat for Android operating system

Google has announced the next version of its Android operating system will be named KitKat - after the chocolate bar.

In what technology website AllThingsD called a "first-of-its-kind promotion," branded KitKat bars will feature an Android robot eating the treat and offer a chance to win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit.

The next version of Google's Android will be named KitKat. Credit: Android.com

Google posted an official Android KitKat landing page, saying, "Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert."

Previous Android versions include Cupcake, Eclair, Gingerbread and Jelly Bean.

Facebook's fanfare is 'not a game changer'

Is it a game changer for Facebook? Almost certainly not. I suspect it will appeal to the die hard FB addicts but do consumers really want FB content to take over their whole phone?

What about all the other live feeds already available on your phone? What about all the other things you care about outside of FB connections?

Why would anyone want to put a FB soul into their phone? Will Apple or Samsung worry? Why would they? There isn't much here despite the fanfare.

– Paul Thompson, mobile advertising firm BlisMedia

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Zuckerberg: Only a third of the world is on the internet

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said: "I grew up with the internet, but only a third of the world is on it today. We are really close to the beginning of this. The majority of people in the world have never seen anything like what you and I would call a computer."

Facebook's bold new look for Android becomes available from April 12.

Facebook announced their new integration for Android today Credit: Facebook

Facebook content to take over entire homescreen

  • Facebook's new offering on Android essentially means it will deeply integrate itself on devices
  • It puts people first and not apps by sending Facebook updates direct to the home screen via 'Cover Feed'
  • That means Facebook content will take over the whole of your screen
  • You can still get to other apps, but you have to swipe via a launcher

Zuckerberg: See the world though people not apps

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says he's not building a phone or an operating system - but is reinventing the homescreen "the soul of your phone".

Facebook unveils new homescreen on Android Credit: Facebook

Zuckerberg says you look at your homescreen "100 times a day" so it should be "deeply personal" and you should see the world through people not apps.

Facebook starts to unveil 'new home on Android'

Facebook is unveiling what's expected to be a big change in the way millions of mobile users access the site on their mobiles. The company gave little away before today's event in the US about its "new home on Android", but it could mean a new homescreen for many smartphones.

Mark Zuckerberg at the launch in California Credit: Facebook

The launch of an "enhanced app" will reinforce Facebook's "mobile first" as users increasingly monitor the social networking site from smartphones and tablets, rather than desktop computers.

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