Welcome back to another round-up of this week’s mobile news! This edition features the latest on Apple’s recent lawsuit, an enhanced version of Siri, and new details about the Google Pixel 2. Plus, we look at a controversial new feature on the Facebook Messenger app.
Apple files lawsuit against Qualcomm
Following the US government’s lawsuit against Qualcomm for the use of anti-competitive patent licensing practises, Apple has now filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip supplier. Apple is accusing Qualcomm of overcharging for chips, stating the company charges “at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined.”
In a statement, Qualcomm Executive Vice President Don Rosenberg said the company is still in the process of reviewing the charges, and claims Apple’s allegations are “baseless.”
Siri to incorporate Artificial Intelligence
Recent reports claim that the iPhone 8 will feature an upgraded version of Siri. Apple will likely use technology from Turi, a machine learning and artificial intelligence start-up company, which it acquired in 2016. With these new AI additions, the company is reportedly hoping to compete with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung’s Bixby – an AI virtual assistant that’s rumoured to be included in the new Galaxy S8.
Samsung secures exclusive deal with Qualcomm
According to new reports, Samsung is rumoured to have secured exclusive rights to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip. It’s likely the Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to be released with the latest Snapdragon processor, forcing competitors – including LG and HTC – to use last year’s model for their flagship devices.
The chip will apparently be widely available after mid-April – when the Galaxy S8 is expected to be released.
Facebook Messenger testing adverts
If you thought Facebook couldn’t possibly incorporate more ads into its site, think again. The company is currently testing ads in its mobile messaging app, allowing companies to place carousel-style adverts on the Messenger home screen below the ‘recent conversations’ section. Facebook claims these ads won’t appear in your conversations, unless you choose to speak to a brand or click on an ad.
The good news? Users will have some degree of control over the promotional content, with the ability to hide or report ads using a drop-down menu, similar to the main Facebook site.
Trial ads will launch to a select group of people in Australia and Thailand over the coming weeks before potentially being rolled out globally – depending on the feedback received after these initial tests.
Google’s next Pixel device will be waterproof
Stephen Hall, senior editor at 9to5Google, recently posted a tweet stating the next-generation Pixel will be waterproof. Similar to the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Pixel 2 will likely be submersible up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.
You may have to wait a while for Google’s newest smartphone, though, as the Pixel 2 launch date is expected sometime between September and November.
That’s all the mobile news we’ve got for you this week – join us again next Friday for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile!