Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It can be hard to keep up with the fast-paced world of mobile technology with new updates, releases, rumours and announcements happening all the time. To help you stay on top of all the latest developments, we’ve pulled together this week’s top mobile news that you might have missed.

Apple Sales Drop

For the first time since Apple launched their revolutionary iPhone in 2007, sales have fallen for the colossal company. Apple’s year-on-year revenue has reportedly dropped by 13%, with sales slowing down predominantly in China, as well as the US and Europe. The dip hasn’t come as a huge surprise for the company, with CEO Tim Cook predicting tough market conditions at the beginning of 2016, but the actual impact has seen units sold drop by 10 million. Apple shouldn’t have much to worry about, however, as sales will most likely skyrocket again with the release of the iPhone 7 later this year.

Samsung S7 Record Sales

In sharp contrast to Apple, sales for their primary rival Samsung have soared this year with the release of the Samsung S7. The company reported an 8% year-on-year increase in revenue thanks to the new flagship phone, which signals a strong start to a potentially difficult year for smartphone manufacturers. However, with Samsung announcing the development of their new virtual reality headset at this year’s Mobile World Congress, as well as the imminent release of another flagship phone later in the year, 2016 could well be a momentous one for Samsung.

LG Revenues Fall

LG has also reported a drop in sales for the first quarter of 2016 with revenue down by 19%, shifting 13.5m units across the globe. The South Korean company attributed the loss of income to the marketing expenditures for its latest model, the LG G5, which saw orders on other devices fall. LG’s new flagship phone was announced at MWC 2016 and wasn’t released until April, so the company will likely see a boost in revenue next quarter. However, with fierce competition from the likes of Samsung and Apple, as well as waning demand for LG handsets, this year may prove to be a difficult one for them.

iPhone 7 Headphones

Rumour has it one of biggest shakeups with the impending iPhone 7 is the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which could see the iconic white earphones become a thing of the past. Word on the street is that the iPhone 7 will come with Lightning connected EarPods instead, rather than the traditional jack. However, it turns out this could be no more than hearsay, as new leaks this week apparently show the iPhone 7’s circuit board – with space for a 3.5mm jack. However, as demonstrated by the new charging port on the iPhone 5, Apple is not averse to change, so we may well see this revolutionary design come to fruition.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Storage

Speaking of rumours, rumblings indicate that the new Samsung Galaxy Note flagship will have one of the most impressive storage capacities ever seen in a handheld smartphone, boasting an enormous 256GB. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a mere 32GB. True, you can usually increase your storage by using a microSD card, but if the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 comes with that much built-in storage, there should be no need for it. The new Note should be making an appearance in the UK market sometime this year.

The Rock Clock

Do you need that little bit of extra motivation to get out of bed in the morning? How about having none other than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as your personal wake-up call? The iconic, eyebrow-raising WWE wrestler-turned-actor has released his very own app this week, The Rock Clock, which comes with 25 custom alarms to get you moving in the morning. The app does more than wake you up, however, as you’ll receive a recorded message from the man himself every day. Oh, and there’s no snooze button – The People’s Champion isn’t a fan of that.

You can download The Rock Clock for free on iOS and Android.

One-Handed Google Keyboard

Google rolled out a huge update for Android devices this week, introducing the much sought-after one-handed keyboard to its handsets. By holding down the comma key, you can activate this mode and move the keyboard to the left or right, depending on which hand you wish to type with. The update also lets you set the height of your keyboard, as well as featuring some new tweaks to make messaging that bit faster.

That’s all for this week’s mobile news – be sure to come back next week for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile!