Welcome back to another jam-packed edition of our mobile news! This week we’ve got the lowdown on the latest updates for Snapchat and Facebook Messenger, as well as rumours on what we can expect to see next from LG and Samsung. We also have exciting news on a breakthrough development that could mean waving goodbye to phone chargers!
Group chat on Snapchat
Snapchat has just unveiled a new update which introduces group chats for up to 16 friends. Simply called ‘Groups’, you can create the mass conversations when sending a snap or making a new chat, and they work exactly like one-on-one chats. This means that each member of the group can only open and replay a snap once, which is then deleted after 24 hours.
But, that’s not all the new update has to offer – Snapchat has paired with Shazam to help you identify music just by pointing your camera at it, with recognised songs then appearing on the settings screen. What’s more, there’s a couple of new tools to play with including ‘Scissors’, which let you cut out part of your picture to make a sticker, and ‘Paintbrush’, which can be used on your saved Memories.
New LG devices for the New Year
LG is planning to kick off 2017 with a bang after rumours the South Korean company is set to reveal not one, not two, but seven new smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. Similar to the Mobile World Congress, CES is one of the biggest tech events of the year and LG is bringing the big guns to Las Vegas next year.
Reports state LG will add to its range of K handsets, which first appeared at CES 2016. We also expect to see the LG Stylus 3 make an appearance and the brand-new LG X Calibur – a high-end handset with an impressive 4,100mAh battery. We can’t wait to see what LG has in store!
More updates for Facebook Messenger
If, like us, you’re a big fan of Facebook Messenger, you’ll be pleased to hear they’ve just released a brand-new update that rivals Snapchat. The new update pushes the use of the in-app camera to take photos and videos, which you can then add stickers, emojis, text, special effects and more to.
What makes this different to Snapchat is you can do things in reverse order – rather than starting with your snap, you can arrange your artwork first, then take the picture afterwards. This means you can pose perfectly behind your stickers and focus on making the perfect face! You can also now add a chat status to let your friends know what you’re up to and when you can respond to their messages.
Samsung to unveil foldable phone
We know that foldable smartphones are undoubtedly the future of mobile technology, with reports of multiple companies working on them. However, we may see the first iterations sooner than we thought, as Samsung is tipped for launch the first dual-screen, foldable phone in 2017.
Samsung is said to have two foldable devices in the works. The one due for limited release next year is rumoured to have two flat screens either side of a hinge, while the second has a single OLED screen – when we’ll see this phone is unclear. The new foldable smartphone is apparently known as the Samsun Galaxy X and we’re so excited to get our hands on it!
Charge while you walk
Scientists at Michigan State University have been hard at work on developing a way to charge our phones without the need to plug them in. They have created a device known as a ‘nanogenerator’ which can power technology simply from generating energy from movement. So far, they have managed to power an LCD touchscreen, a flexible keyboard and 20 LED lights, all without the need to plug a battery in.
The film-like nanogenerator is so thin it can be folded over to create impressive levels of power – every time you fold it, it generates more voltage. While we won’t see this technology next year, it is a huge step closer to being able to power our phones simply by moving.
That’s all for this week’s mobile news – we’ll see you this time next week for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile!