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Mobile Miscellany: week of July 22nd, 2013

Mobile Miscellany: week of July 22nd, 2013
Zachary Lutz
Zachary Lutz|July 27, 2013 9:55 PM

If you didn't get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we've opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week brought hints of a jumbo-sized Lumia smartphone, an early preview of an advanced camera app for CyanogenMod and the arrival of the Meizu MX2 in white. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore all that's happening in the mobile world for this week of July 22nd, 2013.

Jumbo-sized Nokia display bezel leaks

Mobile Miscellany week of July 22nd, 2013

Rumors of an extra large Lumia aren't entirely new, but the story gained substantiation this week with the leak of a display bezel that seems destined for such a smartphone. While it's difficult to gauge the exact measurements of the display, it's purported to be approximately six inches in size. Since Windows Phone 8 is currently limited to WXGA (1,280 x 768) as a maximum resolution, the release of such a large smartphone would likely be dictated by the forthcoming GDR3 release, which is rumored to endow Windows Phone 8 with 1080p capabilities. [PhoneArena]

CyanogenMod intros Focal, its own camera app

Mobile Miscellany week of July 22nd, 2013

It's no secret that the camera app in stock Android leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, the folks of CyanogenMod are now taking things into their own hands with an app known as Focal. It features a number of goodies such as a customizable interface, auto-enhancement of photos and live exposure adjustments. Focal is in early stages of development, but it's reason enough to be encouraged for what's to come. [Android Police]

Meizu MX2 is reborn in white

Mobile Miscellany week of July 22nd, 2013

The Meizu MX2 has been available in China for the better part of a year now, but it found a new lease on life this week by making its debut in white. Our colleagues at Engadget China were among the first to greet the new arrival, which is set to become available next month. Other than the new exterior, the white MX2 is otherwise a clone of its former self, which includes a 4.4-inch, 1,280 x 800 display, a quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and an 8MP f/2.4 camera. [Engadget China]


Other random tidbits

  • Remember seeing a Droid Ultra that sports a red stripe down the center? Turns out, the limited edition phone is an exclusive to Verizon employees, which is sold at $100 on-contract. [Droid Life]
  • Keeping in line with MetroPCS, a leaked press shot suggests that T-Mobile will soon begin carrying its own Optimus F3. Upon arrival, it'll undoubtedly be one of the carrier's cheapest Android smartphones. [@evleaks (Twitter)]
  • A pair of simple video apps are now available from Nokia for Windows Phone 8. One is for trimming movie clips, while the other is a YouTube upload utility. [WPCentral 1, 2]
  • The LG Optimus L5 II is now available from SaskTel, where it ranges in price between $100 on-contract and $200 outright. [MobileSyrup]
  • Beginning July 30th, LTE service from Sprint will be available to customers in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Furthermore, the carrier intends to bring LTE to Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens over the coming months. [Sprint]

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Mobile Miscellany: week of July 22nd, 2013