Welcome back to another round-up of this week’s mobile news! This edition features the latest on a useful new Google Maps feature, the Nokia 3310 relaunch, and the LG G6. Plus, we look at recent reports surrounding the iPhone 8 design.
Nokia planning to relaunch the 3310
The Nokia 3310 – a highly popular and durable phone which was first released in 2000 – is set to make a comeback this year. HMD Global, the Finnish company that currently makes phones under the Nokia brand, will reportedly unveil a ‘modern version’ of the iconic 3310 at its launch event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Specific details and features of the newly designed 3310 haven’t been revealed, but it will apparently be priced around £50.
LG G6 rumoured to have a larger battery
The LG G6 is set to be released at MWC on 26th February, but new rumours of its specs are still emerging.
The latest reports state the G6 will boast a 3,200mAh battery, which is the biggest battery ever put into an LG handset. According to an LG official, the battery should last around 12 hours on a charge when browsing the internet.
Unlike the other G series smartphones, the newest LG flagship will have a non-removable battery, as the device is reportedly dust-proof and waterproof.
New Google Maps feature lets you save your favourite places
It’s now easier than ever to keep your favourite destinations at your fingertips with Google Maps. The latest update includes a new feature which allows you to create lists of your favourite places – everything from restaurants to attractions – and share them with your contacts. Hitting the ‘save’ option will automatically send select venues to a pre-set list, such as ‘want to go’, ‘favourites’, or a custom list of your own. These saved lists can be easily shared via text, email, or social media, and they can also be accessed offline (if downloaded in advance).
New iPhone 8 Rumours
Ever since theories surrounding the iPhone 8’s new bezel-less design surfaced, one question has been subject to debate: what will happen to the physical home button? We may finally have a definitive answer.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, Apple will replace the home button and Touch ID on the iPhone 8 with a ‘function area,’ which could be similar to the Touch Bar on the latest MacBook Pro. The iPhone 8’s screen is rumoured to be 5.8-inches, but the actual display area may be closer to 5.15-inches, with the remaining space devoted to virtual buttons.
The highly-anticipated smartphone is also expected to incorporate new biometric technology – potentially an iris scanner or facial recognition technology – in lieu of the Touch ID sensor.
Samsung reveals Pay Mini
Samsung has recently launched Pay Mini, a new payment service that allows users to make online purchases. The service will have a dedicated app available to download from the Play Store, and will work on all Android devices. Unlike Samsung Pay, this new app won’t support an offline payment feature.
Pay Mini is currently available exclusively in Korea, but Samsung is reportedly planning to launch it globally.
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!