Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s that time again – we’re here to give you the lowdown on this week’s top mobile news, rumours, updates and announcements! So, let’s get started…

The return of Nokia

Nokia is back! After Microsoft bought the famous company back in 2014, the iconic Nokia name was dropped from new handsets – but it is making a triumphant return. Nokia has signed a property licensing agreement with HMD, a freshly founded company based in Finland, to create a new generation of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next decade. HMD has already confirmed that the new devices will run on Android, leaving behind Microsoft Windows for good.

Android Pay launches in the UK

Google has finally released Android Pay in the UK! If your handset runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has NFC connectivity, then you’re all set to pay for your morning coffee with your phone. Participating banks include Bank of Scotland, First Direct, HSBC, Halifax, Lloyds Banks, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society, with Santander and NatWest joining the fold later. Google are a little bit behind its main rival when it comes to mobile payments, as Apple Pay was released in the UK a full year ago. But, at least faithful Android followers no longer need to feel left out. You can download Android Pay from the Google Play Store now.

Google wants you to name Android N

After Boaty McBoatface took the media by storm, empowering the public to suggest names has become an increasingly popular trend and now Google wants your help to christen the new Android handset. Codenamed ‘Android N’, you can submit your inventive name requests on the Android website and keep up-to-date with the campaign using #NameAndroidN. Google’s new handset should be available later this year.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra unveiled

Sony has unveiled another member of the Xperia family this week, the Sony Xperia XA Ultra. The impressive handset features a huge edge-to-edge, six-inch display with dazzling FHD resolution. You can also perfect your selfie with the Xperia XA Ultra’s front-facing camera, which features a wide angle and optical image stabilisation (OIS) that is usually seen only on rear cameras. To top it off, the new smartphone packs 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card. Look out for the Sony Xperia XA Ultra hitting UK stores in July.

Google Daydream VR announced

Stepping it up from Google Cardboard, the company is set to release a new and improved virtual reality headset entitled Google Daydream. Announced during the Google IO 2016 conference, Google Daydream will provide a much more robust VR experience, particularly for Android N users. However, Samsung, Alcatel, Asus, Huawei, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, and ZTE have all confirmed they will produce phones that can support Google Daydream. When we’ll see Google’s new VR headset on the market has yet to be revealed.

That’s your mobile news roundup for this week – check back next Friday for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile!