Welcome back to this week’s mobile news at Tesco Mobile! It’s been a rollercoaster week for Samsung, winning awards while the Galaxy Note 7 saga continues. Meanwhile, Apple has unveiled its very own iOS Developer Academy, rumours have spread on Amazon’s new music streaming service and WhatsApp has released a new artistic update.
And the winner is…
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been crowned phone of the year at the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2016! The annual tech award ceremony, now in its 16th year, gives the public the chance to vote for their favourite phones, tablets and networks. Not only did Samsung claim the coveted prize of the best phone, the company also won manufacturer of the year, beating the likes of Apple and Motorola. Other notable winners of the night included the Huawei P9 for the best camera phone, Apple’s iPad Pro 12.9 for the best tablet and HTC Vive for the best virtual reality headset. Huge congratulations to all the winners!
But, it’s not all good news for Samsung
Despite success at the Mobile Choice Awards, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for Samsung as reports of another Galaxy Note 7 fire led to a plane being evacuated on October 5th. Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from Louisville to Baltimore had to leave the aircraft before it took off when reports of a smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 emerged. Worryingly, the phone in question was a replacement Note 7, which was deemed to be safe by the company. Samsung is currently working on retrieving the device in question and determining the cause of the fire – we’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Apple has opened its very first iOS Developer Academy at the University of Naples Frederico II in Italy to help mould the next generation of developers. The academy is the first of its kind and will take in 200 students, teaching them how to make a show-stopping app for iOS with areas such as coding, design and creation covered. The venture is a result of a joint investment of around £9 million between the university and Apple, with the course being offered completely free to the lucky 200 – each student will be equipped with the latest iPhone, iPad and Macbook for their studies. Competition was fierce for the course with over 4,000 applications received, but those who didn’t make the cut this year may be in with a chance next year, as they plan to double the intake of students to 400.
Let’s hear it, Amazon
Rumour has it that Amazon is set to unveil its take on Apple Music and Spotify by launching its very own music streaming service – in fact, it’s believed that the online giant is working on not one, but two services. One is rumoured to be priced around £10 a month and will offer the same sort of catalogue as the likes of Google Play Music, whereas the other will be cheaper at £5 a month for Echo owners. Both on-demand streaming services will allow you to access Amazon’s extensive library of songs, but the cheaper option will restrict playback to Amazon’s Echo products. Rumoured to be called Amazon Music Unlimited, the Echo-only service will allegedly launch in the coming weeks, but the more expensive option may not be unveiled until early 2017.
Get doodling with WhatsApp
Following in the footsteps of Snapchat, WhatsApp has released a new update that will transform the way you share media on the messaging app. With the tap of a button, you can unleash your inner artist by doodling on your photos and videos, as well as adding emojis to express yourself. The update also introduces front-facing flash, so your selfies can pop even in poor lighting – just add your favourite filter and you’re done! Not to mention, you can finally zoom and switch between your front and back cameras while recording videos, so you can create masterpieces on your mobile.
That’s all the latest mobile news from us this week! Come back next Friday for more updates from the world of mobile technology at Tesco Mobile.