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Mobile news: what happened this week?

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In this week’s mobile news, we take a look at the new features Google Maps has to offer and battery issues for iPhones, as well as what the future may have in store for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8. So, let’s get started!

Step up your selfie game with the Samsung Galaxy S8

Front-facing cameras have always trailed behind their rear counterparts, but Samsung are taking matters into their own hands with their new flagship device. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is set to include autofocus on its front-facing camera, which would help it stand out from competitors.

How useful it will be is another matter, as autofocus is usually used for far away objects, but it’s sure to make your selfies more intricate.

Battery issues for iOS 10.1.1

If you haven’t already updated your iPhone, you might want to wait a little longer. An increasing number of users have reported that iOS 10.1.1 is severely draining their phone’s battery, with some even saying their handset dies at 30%.

Others are stating their iPhones aren’t restarting when they shut down with a lot of battery left, while some report that their phone isn’t holding a decent charge at all. Currently, there is no known fix available for the issue, but we’ll keep you posted!

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Google Maps gets smarter

Getting from A to B just got a whole lot easier thanks to the latest updates to Google Maps. On iOS, we now have a widget that shows traffic in your current location even if you’re not actually travelling somewhere at that moment in time. The feature is also available on Android as a push notification, instead.

What’s more, Google Maps now allows you to search for places along the route you’re travelling while receiving directions. Previously, you had to stop the current navigation to look for a new destination. Now, if you get a bit peckish on your journey, you can search for the nearest restaurant en route.

OLED screen for iPhone 8

While we’re still enjoying getting to grips with the iPhone 7, the rumour mill has already started turning on what we can expect to see next from Apple. The latest news is that the iPhone 8 could feature a curved OLED screen, which is something Samsung already offers with the Galaxy S7 Edge.

This means Apple will need to work hard to develop a resolution that can knock Samsung out the park. OLED technology provides more dynamic images, as well as the foundation for foldable phones which may well be the on the cards for Apple in the future.

That’s all the mobile news for this week – be sure to come back next Friday for all the latest from the world of mobile technology!

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