Welcome back to another edition of our mobile news! This week we’ve got updates on the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 rumours, a potential compact version of the LG G6, and a smartphone recycling initiative planned for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We also have exciting news about the European Commission’s quest to end roaming fees with the EU.
LG trademarks ‘G6 Compact’
LG is expected to launch its G6 flagship at the MWC trade show in Barcelona at the end of February, but it may not be the only LG smartphone released at the event. According to recent reports, the South Korean tech giant filed for trademarks on a number of names, including the ‘LG G6 Compact’ and the ‘LG G6 Lite’. These names suggest a smaller, less powerful G6 variant (designed for the more budget-conscious consumer) could potentially be in the works.
2020 Olympic medals to be made from smartphones
Athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games will be sporting medals made from discarded smartphones.
Since Japan lacks the necessary mineral resources, Tokyo’s Olympic planning committee has launched a recycling initiative in hopes of collecting millions of old smartphones to manufacture 5,000 medals. Starting in April, collection boxes will be placed in offices and telecommunication stores around Japan to encourage the public to donate old phones and small appliances, which contain small amounts of precious metals.
Tokyo 2020 will be the first Olympic games to make every gold medal from recycled materials.
Nextbit Joins Razer
Razer, the gaming hardware and software company, has recently acquired smartphone-maker Nexbit. Founded by former members of Google’s Android team and the former head of design at HTC, Nextbit has released one smartphone so far – the Robin – which is acclaimed for its cloud-based storage system.
Nextbit CEO Tom Moss revealed the “whole team” will be joining Razer, giving the company access to more resources than it previously had.
EU to end roaming charges from June 2017
The European Commission has announced they are on course to stop mobile roaming charges within the EU starting this summer.
The proposed agreement – which is currently awaiting confirmation from the European Parliament and member states – would allow consumers to use their mobile phones while travelling in the EU without having to worry about incurring extra fees.
Despite the current Brexit negotiations, these new regulations will still apply to UK residents as EU law is still in effect.
New Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumours
Leaked images have recently appeared online revealing the Samsung Galaxy S8 fingerprint scanner could be positioned on the rear of the phone, directly beside the camera. Reactions to these renderings have been mixed, with some critics claiming the reported positioning could be inconvenient and bothersome.
We may get a glimpse of the new fingerprint scanner during the Galaxy S8 60-second teaser video, which will reportedly be previewed on February 26th at MWC 2017.
That’s all for this week’s round-up – be sure to check back next Friday for all the latest mobile news from Tesco Mobile!