Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s been an exciting week for mobile news with lots to look forward to in the world of mobile technology! Sony has confirmed when its new small smartphone, the Sony Xperia X Compact, will be available in the UK; Apple has revealed new Siri features; and Pokémon GO promises a fun new update. We also have news on the Snapdragon 821, but let’s get started with why the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 UK release has been delayed…

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release delayed

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, then we’re afraid you’re going to have to wait a bit longer! The Note 7 is facing a mass recall of models, as there have been two separate instances of fires whilst charging reported. The recall has already begun in Australia and it looks like there will be a delay on the UK release of Samsung’s new phablet, until the company has fixed this major safety issue.

Sony Xperia X Compact release date

A little phone with big ambitions, the Sony Xperia X Compact is set to be released this month – Monday 5th September, to be exact. Unveiled at Sony IFA 2016 in Berlin, this is the latest small phone on offer from the company, which comes with some impressive specs. As its name suggests, it is only 135g making it easy to hold in one hand, with a smart 4.6-inch, 720 x 1280 IPS LCD display – a remarkable feat for such a small screen. The camera, which is often a priority for Sony, is also great with a 23MP rear sensor and 5-axis image stabilisation to ensure your pictures aren’t blurry. As for the battery, the Sony Xperia X Compact comes with a clever 2700mAh unit, which supports Quick Charge 2.0 for speedy charging. What’s more, it runs Android Marshmallow straight out the box, with the potential to be updated to Android Nougat in the coming months.

Apple Siri

New Siri features revealed

Ahead of the imminent release of the iPhone 7, Apple has unveiled some nice new features for Siri. Debuting on iOS 10, the digital assistant has been upgraded to handle third-party apps, so you’ll now be able to ask Siri to message your friends, search photos and even make payments with just the power of your voice. If you’re a fan of Uber, for instance, you’ll now be able to arrange a lift using Siri, who will map the route, order the car and show you the fare. To help keep monetary transactions safe, Siri will ask you for Touch ID before finalising any payments. While only six types of apps have been confirmed to work with Siri thus far – messaging, photo search, payments, internet calling, workout programs and ridesharing – Apple will undoubtedly expand this list in due course.

Take your Pokémon for a walk!

Rumour has it the next Pokémon GO update will encourage you to get even more active, as you’ll be able to take your favourites for a walk to earn candy. For those that aren’t familiar with the game, candy is needed to evolve your Pokémon and can currently only be gained by catching duplicate critters or transferring them to the Professor. Being able to take your Pokémon for a stroll could not only be a faster way to earn candy, but much more fun! Stayed tuned for when the new update will be available to download.

Snapdragon 821 promises faster, longer-lasting phones

Qualcomm has released new details about its upcoming flagship smartphone processor, the Snapdragon 821. Currently, the likes of the HTC 10 and LG G5 use the Snapdragon 820, which offers 2.2GHz – the new and improved chipset will push this speed to 2.4GHz. The new processor will also increase GPU speed by 5% and reduce load times on your device by 10%. While these numbers are modest, they will undoubtedly contribute to smoother running, more responsive smartphones. Qualcomm have not forgotten about the recent advancements in virtual reality either, as they’ve ensured the Snapdragon 821 is compatible with Google’s Daydream VR.

There you have it – our speedy round-up of the mobile news this week! Check out The Hub again next Friday for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile.

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