Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s the end of another week, which can only mean one thing – it’s time for the weekend and the latest mobile news from Tesco Mobile! This week, we discuss the new LG G6 design, Super Mario Run, the end of TouchWiz and new mods for the Moto Z family, as well as updates on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Shiny new design for LG G6

One of the most anticipated phones of 2017 is undoubtedly LG’s next flagship, the G6. As the LG G5’s metal design didn’t go down too well with consumers, the South Korean company has decided to rejuvenate the design.

While we don’t know exactly what the new device will entail, rumour has it the LG G6 will have a glass-like finish with a highly reflective back. With the phone unlikely to be released until April 2017, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out.

Samsung say goodbye to TouchWiz

Samsung has decided to put an end to TouchWiz, instead opting to call its latest Android skin the ‘Samsung Experience’. Those with Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge devices that upgrade to the Android 7 Nougat beta will be the first to see the replacement.

Samsung hasn’t spoken about TouchWiz for some time now, so it makes sense that the branding has been dropped. For now, it looks as though only the name has changed while the operating system itself remains the same. However, this may be set to change on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Super Mario Run

Make a dash for Super Mario Run

Here we go! Super Mario is finally coming to mobile devices in the form of an endless runner game, Super Mario Run. For avid fans of Temple Run, the format will be familiar, but it is exactly what Nintendo needed to do to introduce Mario to a new generation of players.

Easy to play one-handed, you can run left or right, bounce off walls and use bubbles to travel around the current level. Super Mario Run is out on iOS December 15 worldwide, while Android users have to wait until next year.

New mods for Moto Z

Motorola has unveiled not one, but two new modules for its Moto Z line of phones. Following on from the JBL speaker and clip-on movie projector, Motorola has released the ‘Incipio Vehicle Dock’, which works as a hands-free dock for your phone when driving – the dock charges your phone, too.

Motorola has also revealed the ‘Mophie Juice Pack’ which boosts your phone’s battery up to 60% without the need for a portable charger. All you need to do is charge the 3,150 mAh pack separately and top your phone up when required. Unfortunately, the new mods are currently only available in the US, but we’ll no doubt see them cross the pond soon.

No headphone jack for Samsung Galaxy S8

Following in the footsteps of Apple, rumour has it Samsung is set to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge. Reports claim the phones will use a USB Type-C adapter to enable wired headphones, as well as the ability to use Bluetooth headsets to listen wirelessly.

It looks like headphone jacks may soon be a thing of the past, as we’re seeing major players in the mobile world slowly discontinue them. The reasons for this are usually to free up more space inside the devices for extra features, or to be able to make the phone as thin as possible. We’ll have to wait until the World Mobile Congress in February 2017 to know for certain what Samsung’s motives are.

Thanks for joining us for this week’s mobile news – we’ll be back next Friday with all the latest updates from the world of mobile technology!

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