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Find out about the new OnePlus 4 rumours, which new Google Pixels might be released this year, and much more. Read online today at Tesco Mobile.

Happy Friday – and happy Bank Holiday weekend, again – and welcome to the latest in Tesco Mobile news. This time around, check out the latest OnePlus 4 rumours, have a read about Samsung’s research into emojis and people living with disabilities, and find out all we know about the Google Pixel(s) that are to be released this year. As well as this, we’re also looking at the Blackberry KeyOne price and release date, and checking out what’s going on with the Samsung Galaxy S8’s home button.

Google Pixel 2 news

The newest Google Pixel rumour is that there are potentially three new phones to be released this year. Two handsets – with codenames ‘walleye’ and ‘muskie’ – look likely to be the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, while the ‘taimen’ is set to be a bigger, phablet-sized device. All are rumoured to come out later this year, and all are said to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as being waterproof and possessing a high-end chipset and camera. With three to choose from, this news is certainly something for Google fans to keep a beady eye on.

OnePlus 4 rumours and updates

OnePlus have been consistently making a name for themselves with their ‘Never settle’ mantra and their ability to offer high-end phones at mid-range prices. Their latest, the OnePlus 4 is the Chinese company’s upcoming flagship device, due out, if rumours are to be believed, in mid 2017. Following from their 3T handset, we should expect more high-end specs and a premium build, and the latest gossip indicates will feature a dual-lens camera and a refined design with no visible antenna bands. Keep an eye on this one, but also be wary that the name might change – the number four is unlucky in the handset’s native country, so look out for a OnePlus 5 in its place.

Samsung’s emojis to help people with disabilities

While emojis are a quick, fun, and occasionally ironic way of getting your point across, work undertaken by Samsung with their new Wemojee app shows that they could also prove helpful to people living with disabilities. Working with speech therapy professionals, the company discovered that people living with aphasia – the inability to talk, read, or write – found that their ability to communicate increased when they were given the opportunity to use the app. Wemojee contains about 100 sentence units and covers the range of everyday human emotion, allowing both people with aphasia, and those without, to communicate needs and feelings to each other. The app is available to download this month for iOS and Android on both smartphones and tablets.

Blackberry KeyOne release date and price

There’s not long to wait at all until the Blackberry KeyOne is released – in fact, it’s next week. Fri May 5th will see the phone’s UK release, with a SIM-free price of £499. Blackberry are taking style inspiration from their earlier models, as the KeyOne will feature a full QWERTY keyboard beneath a 4.5-inch touchscreen. While they’re not up there with the high-end, uber popular devices, Blackberry are pushing this particular model at employees who need safe and secure handsets for their workers. As far as specs go, the KeyOne has a Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 12MP rear camera and an 8PM front camera.

Samsung Galaxy S8’s elusive home button

If you got your hands on Samsung’s new Galaxy S8, don’t be alarmed if you’ve noticed one strange thing about the phone – the home button is supposed to move around. It only moves a tiny amount at a time, but eagle-eyed users will notice it in a different position on the OLED screen each time the phone is used. Not to worry, however, this isn’t mind control on the part of Samsung – it’s just to prevent the home button logo from being burnt into the screen. When a button is used time and again, it can become visible all the time, even when the phone is off. Samsung’s moving home button makes sure there are no annoying marks permanently on screen.

That’s all from us for now. Don’t forget to check in again next week for more Tesco Mobile news.

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