We are getting a new phone from Nokia and possibly a new device dongle from Mozilla. Meanwhile, Chinese clones are getting banned.
Nokia is teasing a new event to come this June 24th, which is next week. The teaser is an image displaying what looks like a green device, and Nokia has “Green with envy” written all over the page.
Some believe this could be about the Nokia X2, due to its colorful similarities with the Nokia X series. I wouldn’t be sure Nokia is ready to release a second iteration so soon, but stranger things have happened in the past.
Opinion: Let’s just wait for Tuesday and see what Nokia has for us. If it is the Nokia X2, though, it’s rumored to be a very affordable smartphone with mid-end specs. It is said to have a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch 800x480p display.
Mozilla is rumored to be making a Chromecast competitor, which would be based on Firefox OS. The advantage would be the nature of the operating system, which follows an “open” philosophy. Not only will it work like a Chromecast, but it even supports some Chromecast apps! In addition, developers would be able to expand their work to other platforms, like Windows Phone, which is currently not supported by Google.
Gigaom managed to get a prototype and has some goodies to show us in the form of a nifty video. We see it working very well, and can take a good look at the interface. It honestly does need some work, but this pre-production device should change before its launch.
Opinion: If Mozilla can make this device compatible with Chromecast, as well as other platforms, they can take on a niche market. The same market that has been in love with Firefox for many years. More information should be released in “a few weeks”, so let’s stay tuned.
eBay has banned a specific device from its storefront – the Star N9500. This happens to be a clone of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Clones can offer good deals on devices that look amazingly similar to popular smartphones, one of them being the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Not every manufacturer is to be trusted, though, and the Star N9500 wasn’t even close to being a worthy smartphone. The device came with malware out of the box, and it was sending private information to a server in China.
Opinion: Such press scandal can’t be good for honest clone manufacturers, but at least we don’t have to worry about Star taking all your information anymore.