Welcome back to this week’s edition of mobile news. It’s been a hectic week for tech enthusiasts with news stories from iPhone bugs to Google’s objection to speedy charging. Read on to find out what’s been happening and how it could affect you and your device.
Galaxy S8 rumoured to be bigger than ever
It feels like only yesterday that the Galaxy Note 7 was released. But, after the well-documented downfall of the device, we’re already hearing rumblings of the newest addition to the Galaxy family, the exciting S8. Predictions forecast an early 2017 release, possibly as early as February – though there is speculation this may be delayed whilst Samsung continue to investigate problems with the Note 7.
The new smartphone’s size is causing the biggest debate with the latest leaks suggesting we might witness a growing demand for large smartphones with the S8 rumoured to boast a sizeable 6.7” screen. We’ve also heard rumours that Samsung will scrap the iconic home button, which means there may be some more exciting new design developments in store! Stay tuned for the latest news on the Galaxy S8 as the release date draws near.
Google against quick charging
The technology giants have spoken out this week about the inconsistency of charging methods used on Android devices. To achieve quick charging, devices must have an altered Vbus voltage. However, Google is keen to keep Type-C USB charging as the norm (this can deliver a maximum 100 watts of power).
If Android phones carried a certification for this means of charging it may help prevent overheating problems with products in the future. Whether or not Google will manage to implement this new standard and get quick charging advocates like Qualcomm to comply with these new regulations remains to be seen, but we’ll keep you in the loop!
An affordably Nuu smartphone
If you’re always on the lookout for the latest additions to the ever-expanding smartphone family, you might be intrigued by the newest arrival. Nuu are established manufacturers in the US, but new to the UK market and are already hot news. The affordable Nuu Mobile A1 smartphone comes in at a mere £40, making it set to be one of the UK’s cheapest smartphones on the market.
Of course, the device is reflective of what you get for your money; a 4-inch screen, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, front and rear-facing camera, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, as well as a slot for a microSD card. The device runs on Android 5.1 and is predicted to be popular amongst travellers and first-time phone owners.
Stay vigilant against the iPhone’s new 911 bug
Keep your eyes open for the newest security breach of the iPhone. This bug is similar to one found in Safari in 2008 and locks the iPhone’s screen whilst it dials a random number. The breach occurs when an iPhone user clicks on a harmful link posted on Twitter, LinkedIn and other apps which use iOS WebView to open a webpage within the app, rather than opening a page with an external browser, like Safari or Chrome.
Being unable to cancel a call is a scary prospect for most of us. Luckily, these companies are now well-aware of the 911 bug and Apple has been notified, so hopefully we can expect a patch to fix it very soon. In the meantime, don’t click on any suspicious links and, as ever, stay vigilant when downloading apps.
Dreaming big: YouTube releases Daydream VR App
It’s probably safe to say that virtual reality is only going to get bigger and better in 2017. As this wonder becomes a part of our everyday lives, we can see this reflected as YouTube step up to the game and release their new VR app for Daydream. Used in conjunction with the virtual reality headset, the app is designed to make it easier to enjoy an immersive VR experience.
Videos are displayed on a virtual movie screen and can be accessed via voice search. By signing into their YouTube account, users can also access stored videos and playlists. Find out more about the newest developments in virtual reality at the Daydream hub.
That’s all the updates for this week! Be sure to come back next Friday to find out what’s been going on in the world of mobile news here at Tesco Mobile.