Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone offers a fast processor, a good screen, and the most up-to-date Android software you’re likely to find. But if you’re not fond of phones that come in stark black or white, you currently need to slap a case on the phone to give it a splash of color.
But there’s mounting evidence that the Nexus 5 will be available in at least one more color… and it could be coming soon.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Red Nexus 5 could launch Feb 4th
We’ve seen the Nexus 5 in red. Now we’re seeing an expected launch date of February 5th… if a leaked Sprint document is anything to go by. [Android Police]
- LibreOffice 4.2 is ready for download
One of the best open source alternatives to Microsoft Office gets an update with a new start screen, GPU support for calculations in the spreadsheet app, and better integration with the Windows 7 and later user interface, among other things. [LibreOffice]
- Facebook launches Paper for iOS: A new way to read your news feed (and post to FB)
If Facebook’s mobile app looks a bit 2009ish to you, there’s now an alternative (for iOS users). The company’s new Paper app provides a more magazine-style view of your social connections and news. [Facebook]
- User/hacker review of the Zopo ZP980 octa-core smartphone
The Zopo ZP980 is one of the first smartphones to feature MediaTek’s 8-core MTK6592 processor… and according to a review from deadhp1 it’s pretty fast, well-built, and supports AT&T’s 3G network, unlike many Chinese phones. [ArmTvTech]
- Report: Samsung agrees to adhere more tightly to Google’s vision of Android
Samsung and Google recently agreed to a patent sharing deal. Now it looks like the companies might be cozying up in another way: Samsung has reportedly agreed to back off from some of its software tweaks that makes Android look nothing like Android on upcoming devices. [Recode]