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Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to another exciting edition of our mobile news! This week we’ve got updates on three of the most highly-anticipated smartphones of 2017: the iPhone 8, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the LG G6. Plus, we delve into Google Maps’ latest feature and Qualcomm’s legal woes.

LG announces event at MWC 2017

LG has officially announced they will be hosting an event at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. The company sent out invites adorned with the silhouette of a phone, hinting the LG G6 flagship will be announced on February 26th at the tech trade show.

Along with a new, premium design, the G6 is expected to feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and 6GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumoured to be released in April

If you’re anxiously awaiting the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8, you may have to hold out a bit longer. Typically, Samsung reveals its new flagship at the beginning of the year, but new rumours indicate the Galaxy S8 launch will be delayed. Sources suggest Samsung’s latest phone is expected to the hit the shelves a month after the official public announcement, which is set to take place at the end of March.

New iPhone 8 speculations

Recent reports suggest Apple’s newest handset could be called the iPhone X – which would pay homage to its bold new design and the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

New details also indicate the upcoming iPhone will feature some form of facial/gesture recognition – potentially an iris scanner – powered by a laser sensor and infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera. Along with a full-glass OLED screen and wireless charging, the newly redesigned iPhone is expected to be a ground-breaking device.

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Google Maps to include parking availability

Google Maps already provides information on traffic, construction, accidents, and road closures, but it could soon offer insight into parking availability, as well. The latest Google Maps beta version is rumoured to include a new feature which estimates the parking difficulty at a given destination, rating it as easy, medium or limited.

This new feature is currently only available to Google Maps’ Android beta testers, and it’s not known when it’ll be officially released to the public.

Qualcomm charged for using anti-competitive practises

Qualcomm, the world’s leading producer of mobile phone chips, has been accused of illegally maintaining a monopoly for baseband processors. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission claims the company forced Apple to exclusively use its products in exchange for lower licensing fees, which has hindered competition and caused an increase in cost for consumers.

Qualcomm has denied the allegations, stating the lawsuit is based on “flawed legal theory, a lack of economic support and significant misconceptions about the mobile technology industry.”

That’s all for this week’s mobile news – be sure to check back next Friday for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile!

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