Mobile News In Brief: Phablets And BlackBerries

News Roundup

It’s Friday again, and that means the end of a busy week has finally arrived. This also means it’s Mobile News In Brief time, and a chance to catch up on everything that’s been occurring with mobile leaks, news and reviews. A lot’s gone on, so enjoy reading and we will see you next time for another installment. Have a good weekend.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Another Samsung Galaxy handset could be arriving soon after an ‘insider’ suggested the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could land as early as September. The device has already been confirmed after a leak on the company’s own website, but this is the first indication we’ve had as to its availability. We expect more information to arrive pretty soon.

Mozilla Firefox OS

The first Mozilla Firefox OS handsets have landed after a long period of hype, with the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire being the first past the line. The platform will reportedly target emerging markets first, and more devices are expected to be arriving imminently. We look forward to getting our hands on these as soon as possible.

BlackBerry Q5

BlackBerry has been busy recently, and this week we reviewed its latest output, the BlackBerry Q5. Harking back to the more affordable Curve handsets of old, it showed strong design quirks around an impressive OS. Don’t listen to a description though, just watch the BlackBerry Q5 below in full.


It’s been a bad week for HTC One S owners after the company revealed the handset will no longer be receiving software updates. With the device stuck on Android 4.1, the Taiwanese firm has confirmed no further iterations will be made available, a harsh fate for a handset just over 12 months old. Feel free to leave your disapproval in the comments section.

Motorola X Phone

It’s not a week in tech without another Motorola X Phone story, and this time around the device’s extensive customisation options have been heavily talked up. Rather than just accessories, a leaked advertising campaign is suggesting users will be able to choose the colour of their device, as well as be able to engrave text onto it. Fancy.

HTC One Mini/Max

More HTC news, but this is slightly more positive. After being rumoured for many weeks it seems the HTC One Mini won’t be too far off, having been spotted in a leaked document. Even better is that it was seen alongside the HTC One Max, a phablet variant of the popular flagship. Although there were no accompanying dates, it looks like their arrival could be imminent.