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Mobile news: what happened this week?

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In this week’s edition of mobile news at The Hub find out why the iPhone X might be more than two years ahead of the competition and how Spotify is integrating with Google Assistant for hands-free activation. We’re also taking a quick look into the new leaks and rumours about the Nokia 9 and the BlackBerry Motion to see what might be coming next.

iPhone X over two years ahead of competition

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, from KGI Securities, has claimed that it will take the mainstream Android mobile phone manufacturers between 1.5 and 2.5 years to catch up with the technology behind the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera. This technology is one of the cornerstones of the iPhone X and underpins the FaceID function and the Animoji feature which allows for dynamic face tracking.

Another part of the report reiterated warnings of a limited supply for the iPhone X’s initial release, estimating that only 30-35 million units will be shipped in 2017. This limit is possibly caused by the complexity of the camera system.

Spotify to integrate with Google Assistant

Spotify has announced that they will be integrating their service with Google Assistant to allow for voice control. This will be the most integrated Spotify has ever been with Google devices, as up until now you could only access Spotify hands-free on the Google Home smart speaker.

To set this up users will simply have to link their Spotify account to their Google Assitant and then set it as their primary streaming service. At which point it can be accessed with commands such as: “OK Google, play Spotify” or “Ok Google, play today’s top hits on Spotify”.

Nokia 9 photo leaks

Now that the Nokia 8 has launched, attention has already turned to what might be coming for the Nokia 9. A new leaked photo shows a curved screen, bezels above and below, and a glass back with a dual lens camera and rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

nokia 9

While these images can’t be 100% verified it looks convincing as it is very similar to a previously leaked image that showed the phone in a different colour. Other rumours say that the Nokia 9 will have a 22MP dual-lens camera with a front-facing 12MP camera as well as 3D audio recording, and a 5.5-inch QHD OLED screen.

BlackBerry Motion leaked

A picture has been leaked of BlackBerry’s new smartphone dubbed the ‘Motion’. This phone ditches the keyboard that BlackBerry is known for like last year’s BlackBerry DTEK50 for an all touchscreen phone. Expected to launch sometime this month not much is known about this phone.

Rumours say that the BlackBerry Motion will have a 1920×1080 display, a 4000 mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, with a Snapdragon 625 or 626 processor. BlackBerry has surprised us before so we will be looking forward to the official announcement.

Remember to check back next week for more mobile news at The Hub to find out all the announcements and industry rumours in our weekly roundup.

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