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Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to this week’s round-up of mobile news! With new emojis announced, updates from Samsung and Google, and an easy way to prevent nuisance calls, there’s plenty to cover. So, let’s get started…

New emojis!

Time to reach for the party popper emoji – 72 brand new icons are coming our way later this month! If you’re struggling to find the words to express yourself, you’ll soon have a whole new arsenal of emojis at your disposal, from a facepalm to fingers crossed to an avocado… Unicode Consortium, the body responsible for creating and distributing our favourite faces, has confirmed these will be released in their next update for iOS, Android, OS X and Windows operating systems, which is due on 21st June.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Edge dual camera

Samsung’s next big flagship release, rumoured to be called the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Edge, reportedly features a dual camera system. This is a wise move for Samsung, as it will tackle Apple’s iPhone 7 which is rumoured to have a dual camera lens system, too. Opting not to call their next handset the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and going straight to the Note 7 shows just how serious Samsung is about competing with the iPhone 7. Dual cameras are not completely new to the smartphone market, however, with the Huawei P9 and HTC One already featuring this technology. We can expect to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Edge later this year.

No Google phones on the horizon

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced at the Code Conference on 1st June that the company has no plans to make its own line of smartphones, instead focusing its energy on working with third-party manufacturers. Pichai stated the company would put a lot more effort into its Nexus devices, actively improving their design and software to compete in the increasingly innovative smartphone market. It’s worth noting that Google still plans on releasing a one-off modular phone next year, the Project Ara, which we discussed in last week’s mobile news.

Unlimited storage for Nexus users

If you’re a faithful Nexus fan, you’re about to be rewarded with unlimited storage for photos and videos on the Google Photos app. Code in the upcoming update allows Nexus users to store their media at full resolution, so there’s no need to resize or compress anything. Those who already use Google Photos have an unlimited amount of storage, but they must agree to their photos and videos being shrunk. Google is celebrating a whole year of the app, having launched it at last year’s IO event. The service now has 200 million users worldwide – that’s a lot of selfies stored over the last 12 months!

Say goodbye to nuisance calls

If you’re fed up of being pestered by PPI calls, it’s now easier than ever before to stop nuisance calls in their tracks. The Telephone Preferences Service (TPS) has partnered with Ofcom to release a new ‘text-to-register’ service, which enables you to register your phone just by texting ‘TPS’ and your email address to 78070. The text is completely free to send and will add you to the TPS database, making it illegal for organisations to make unsolicited calls to your mobile unless they have permission to. Once registered, it may take up to 28 days to see the full impact of the service, but it will undoubtedly reduce the amount of spam to your handset.

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

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