Here’s a quick round up of interesting news from around the mobile world this week.
Motorola announced the Moto E – for those who want a cheaper Moto G, or something of the sort. The E has a 4.3″ display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It runs Android KitKat and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor. Add 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot, and the picture is near perfect. And there is a 5 megapixel camera and water-resistant splash guard. At 89 GBP, we are looking at something in the range of N24,000. Not bad at all if Lenovo/Motorola make it available here officially. If not, expect to pay more.
Microsoft now has 17 manufacturers behind Windows Phone OS. That sounds like significant progress. With licensing fee for WP removed, interest in the platform by manufacturers was bound to grow. We are hearing of Windows Phone leaks from OEMs like ZTE, LG, Micromax and Prestigio. Will 2014 mark a year of significant growth for Windows Phone?
Mobile West Africa 2014 has been running since Tuesday here in Lagos, Nigeria. Featuring a long line-up of industry players, this event has world’s number one speaker in the mobile industry, Tomi Ahonen speaking. Today, Friday, he is running a full-day workshop. This is the 4th consecutive year of Mobile West Africa in Lagos. It is an event that has grown bigger and bigger with each passing year.
That’s my round up. Did I miss anything interesting? Please share in the comments.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.