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Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to this week’s instalment of mobile news at The Hub! This week, we’re serving up juicy details about the Samsung Galaxy A6 release, the Google Now Launcher being put out to pasture. We also look at the roll-out of Android Oreo 8.0 to Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones this month.

Samsung Galaxy A6 release confirmed

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Smartphone pioneers, Samsung, have unveiled two new additions to their Galaxy A smartphone series: the Galaxy A6 and A6+.

Designed with a focus on photography in mind, the highly-anticipated Galaxy A6 and A6+ will feature “powerful front and rear cameras” and Live Focus mode that allows users to add bokeh effects before or after a photo is taken.

Combining duo sport Infinity Displays with SuperAMOLED panels and a seamless design, both the A6 and A6+ boast Dolby Atmos audio, which delivers “outstanding clarity and true-to-life detail” for users – whether they’re streaming movies or listening to music.

Although the exact release date is yet to be confirmed, watch this space for more to come.

Android Oreo to be rolled out to Samsung Galaxy 7 this month

Samsung Galaxy S7 owners can now collectively breathe a sigh of relief. Samsung Korea have revealed that they will be rolling out its Android 8.0 Oreo update to the S7 by mid-May – with some people already noticing the update in the UK.

A small handful of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users in the UK have already confirmed that the latest Android update is live for them, so this means that users should expect the update over the next few weeks.

The Android Oreo 8.0 will bring a load of new features to users’ smartphones, such as picture-in-picture mode, redesigned settings menu, Wi-Fi assistant and more, so users should keep an eye out over the coming weeks for the OS update.

Google Now becomes Google Then

Google previously announced that its official Google Now Launcher for Android would be put out to pasture, and it appears that the day has finally arrived.

The once-popular launcher is renowned for being Google’s first public launcher released on the Google Play Store and allowed users to swipe right from the home screen to access personalised Google Now cards. It became somewhat antiquated with the arrival of Google Assistant, so it has been retired.

What does this mean for users attempting to download the Google Now Launcher from Play Store? Well, it will now be listed as incompatible with nearly all recently-released Android devices. Users who already have the launcher installed on their phones, however, can continue to use the interface, they just cannot re-download it if it’s deleted.

That’s everything for this week’s mobile news round-up. Remember to check back in next week at The Hub to stay up-to-date on your mobile industry updates and rumours.

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