This week’s mobile news is all about Android and Samsung, with Android’s new operating system finally announced alongside new Nexus rumours, as well as reports of an iris scanner on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and advancements on “Smart Glow”. So, let’s get started!
Android Nougat revealed
Google has unveiled the official name of its next Android update on social media – Android Nougat! For those that can’t wait to get their hands on the new operating system for Android phones and tablets, it can be downloaded in Developer Preview form to test out the features that didn’t make the cut in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The official Android Nougat release date has not been confirmed, but it is likely to be launched around September, with Nexus devices usually the first in line for updates.
New Nexus specs
Following the announcement of Android Nougat, fresh rumours around the internal specs of Google’s new Nexus phones have appeared. HTC is making two follow-up handsets to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P this year. The larger of the two is currently codenamed “Marlin” and will feature a 5.5-inch screen, Quad HD AMOLED display, quad-core Qualcomm processor and 4GB of RAM. With an identical camera, battery, USB Type-C port and rear fingerprint sensor, it looks like this will simply be an internal specs upgrade from the Nexus 6P.
The Nexus 5X’s successor is currently known as “Sailfish” and will pack more of a punch than ever before, with a 1080p AMOLED display, quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM and at least 32GB of storage. The new model will feature a similar 5-inch screen, making it a comfortable size, but it’s meant to host a bigger, 2,700mAh battery underneath the hood. With the imminent release of Android Nougat, we’re bound to find out more about these Nexus models sooner rather than later.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner
Just when you thought smartphones had peaked at the invention of the fingerprint scanner, along comes the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with the next big thing, an iris scanner. A brand new leaked image of the handset shows much more lenses above the screen than we’re used to with Samsung models, indicating there must be an iris scanner in amongst them. Other than that, the front screen looks pretty much identical to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, complete with curved edges and a bezel below the display. Alongside a rumoured 5.8-inch QHD screen, 6GB of RAM and a super long-lasting battery, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 looks set to be a force to be reckoned with.
Samsung’s “Smart Glow” just got smarter
Rumour has it Samsung will soon be adding a new feature to its flagship devices entitled “Smart Glow”; a ring of LED lights around the rear camera, which can flash to alert you of notifications. It has just been revealed that Smart Glow will get smarter over time, after its initial launch on the Samsung Galaxy J6 with three main functions – “priority alerts”, “selfie assist” and “usage alerts”.
Priority alerts allow you to assign different colours to specific contacts, so you know exactly who is calling or messaging you without having to look at the screen. Selfie assist makes the LEDs light up when it detects a face, making rear camera selfies much easier. Usage alerts will light up in certain colours to show you the battery status of your phone. As for getting smarter, it has been unveiled that these features will continue to be developed to include additional usage alerts for storage and memory, for instance, as well as selfie assist helping to centre your face. Samsung has also promised new functions too, such as a “health ring” to monitor your heart rate and a “weather ring” to indicate what the weather is like where you are – although it’s unclear how useful these will be.
That concludes this week’s mobile news at Tesco Mobile – be sure to come back next Friday for your weekly round-up of all things mobile!