As the smartphone world eagerly gets to grips with the iPhone 7 and downloads iOS 10, there have been plenty of other mobile manufacturers snatching the headlines this week – including Samsung, Google and Lenovo. Read on for a snapshot of the biggest news in mobile in the last seven days.
Excitement builds for the Samsung Galaxy 8
The release date for the much-hyped Galaxy 8 may still be months away but fans are already excitedly speculating about just what the new handset might bring to the table. Expected to hit the market in March or April next year, the Galaxy 8 line is likely to include five flagship devices, including familiar favourites like the Galaxy S8 Edge, and Galaxy Note 8 as well as a few curveballs – there are rumours of a model with a folding screen. It’s thought that VR capabilities and a 4K screen are likely to be key features and the device is expected to boast some pretty high specs, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more.
iPhone 7 Plus sold out already
Just a week after pre-orders opened, Apple issued a statement saying that initial quantities of the larger version of its new flagship phone were all sold out for the time being. Ditto the jet black model of the smaller phone. Apple has said it won’t disclose actual figures, but the news confirms that the hardware giant looks to have another hit on its hands.
Apple fans upgrading to iOS 10 – should you?
iOS 10 was released this week and in addition to some strong security patches, it boasts lots of fun features – including Improved Widgets, New Notifications and a really fun makeover for iMessage. Should you upgrade to iOS 10? If you have a newer model iPhone or iPad, then take advantage of the slick new OS and the updated security features it offers. If you have an iPhone 4 or earlier, a first gen iPad Mini or an iPad 1, 2 or 3, you’d be better sticking with the OS you’re already using.
Google’s Pixel tipped to be the most powerful Android phone
Hot on the heels of the news that Google will be replacing the faithful Nexus line with a brand new selection of Pixel phones came rumours that the upcoming handsets would be the most powerful Androids around. Apparently, Pixel and Pixel XL are expected to launch with Qualcomm’s revamped Snapdragon 821 CPU and that, partnered with various other hardware tweaks, should turn Google’s flagship Pixel phones into some serious players when it comes to processing power.
Lenovo’s Project Tango phone delayed
The very first phone to be released using Google Project Tango vision is facing delays, with the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro’s launch date discreetly being shifted back a few months. Release was originally planned for September and the phone will not be available in the US or UK initially.
However, it’s an exciting mobile development because the Tango phone will boast motion tracking, area learning and depth perception technologies that will give the device exceptional understanding of the world around it – and if the new device proves successful, we could see some very different phones appearing over here in the future!
That’s a wrap – be sure to check out The Hub again next Friday for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile.