It’s been a jam-packed week for mobile news, with an exciting password management update from Android, rumblings about the mysterious iPhone 7 Pro and the release of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Plus, we have the scoop on a new user-built phone from ZTE and more details about the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7, so let’s dive in!
The future of Android app log-ins
Setting up your new Android phone is about to become far easier thanks to a new open log-in protocol from Google and password manager Dashlane, un-ironically named Open YOLO (You Only Log-in Once). This handy protocol is similar to Google Smart Lock and will allow a password manager of your choice to log you into all of your apps at once, without you having to sift through a long list of jumbled passwords every time – convenient, right?
Although Dashlane is the only password manager to have come out in official support of Open YOLO so far, the fact that it’s an open protocol means that other password managers can choose to implement the feature too. Open YOLO is currently only available on Android devices, but we’re sure that it will be supported on iOS devices before too long and will bring us another step closer to password free mobile technology.
The latest iPhone 7 Pro rumours
There have been recent rumblings in the world of mobile technology about the iPhone 7 Pro – the mysterious third member of the soon to be released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus trifecta. Rumoured to be released in September alongside the other two handsets, the iPhone 7 Pro looks set to be the most interesting, cutting-edge and, of course, expensive of the three. Similar to the iPhone 6S in design – sleek and metallic – but with subtle differences such as a dual-lens camera, the iPhone 7 Pro is rumoured to be dust and water resistant like its sister handsets. We’ve even seen patents for waterproof speakers – underwater party, anyone?
However, it’s not all rosy as there have been rumours that the headphone jack will be removed and that the phone will be keyboard compatible, thanks to the addition of a Smart Connector (three little dots on the back of the handset). These features have already sparked debate and at Tesco Mobile, we’re sure that the enigmatic iPhone 7 Pro will remain a hot topic of conversation long after its release.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow has landed
The long-awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow update has finally been rolled out and it brings a whole host of benefits with it. From extended battery life and standardised fingerprint scanner support to improved app permission controls and easy access to Android Pay – to name but a few – it’s a very exciting time for Android users. Unsurprisingly, Nexus users have received Google’s new software first and we’re already seeing the 6.0.1 update slowly emerging with new emojis and a range of bug fixes. How quickly you get the Marshmallow update (15.2% of devices are currently running it) depends on a number of factors such as region, mobile operator and carrier, but we’re sure that it will be available across the board very soon.
ZTE’s new phone will be built by the people
The Chinese phone maker, ZTE, are creating a new phone based on suggestions from the public via its community forum. Codenamed Project CSX, the phone needs to be affordable and its features need to be technically feasible by 2017 according to ZTE, meaning no diamond-encrusted robot arms just yet. Those whose ideas are accepted and incorporated into the phone’s design will win cash prizes and other impressive rewards such as the getting the chance to test out the device before anyone else, so get your thinking hats on!
Our favourite suggestion so far is definitely an in-built bottle opener and thermometer so you can crack open an ice-cold beer at exactly the right temperature, perfect for the scorching British summer temperatures (maybe an umbrella would be more appropriate). You have until 31 August to put forward your great ideas that could shape the future of smartphone technology, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Just how waterproof is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7?
There’s a new handset to add to our selection of the top five waterproof phones: the good-looking, innovative Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Another key feature to add to its long list of attributes, Samsung demonstrated just how waterproof the IP68 rated Galaxy Note 7 really is on the London leg of its Unpacked tour by dropping the phone into a massive tank of water.
Similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge handsets, the Note 7 can be submerged as deep as five feet (1.5 metres) for 30 minutes, which is impressive in itself. However, what makes it even more impressive is that the smart stylus that comes with the handset, the S Pen, has the same IP rating and is just as waterproof. Even the slot where the stylus fits into the phone is protected, meaning that if you dropped your phone down the loo (as has happened to many of us), it will likely survive and you can save your bag of rice for cooking, rather than burying your phone in it. Also dust tight and resistant to sand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is just as durable as it is stylish and innovative.
That’s it for this week’s mobile news at Tesco Mobile! Be sure to come back next Friday for the latest updates from the world of mobile technology.