Another week has flown by and it’s time for our weekly edition of mobile news at The Hub. This week we’re looking at the updates to Google Assistant, Samsung’s battery breakthrough, and why Apple is bringing their chipset in-house. Also, find out the new rumours for the Galaxy S9 – now apparently with even less bezel – and that Android 8.1 is nearly ready to hit the market.
Google Assistant to offer advice on local handymen
Google has announced a new function for their AI assistant that will let it offer advice on the best local services. This should let you tell Google Assistant what your issue is, and it will offer a list of local options that, in larger cities, will have been pre-approved so you can be sure of their competence.
This is set to be released for the US, but going by previous trends we expect to see this go worldwide in the New Year.
Apple to create chipset for better iPhone battery life
According to industry sources, Apple is working on an in-house power management chip to boost battery life, reduce power consumption, and give faster charging for their 2019 iPhones. This is all part of Apple’s drive to stop relying on third parties for key components – currently their power management chip is made by British company, Dialog Semiconductor.
We’re excited to see what Apple could be bringing to the table and extended battery life is always a big-win with us!
New Samsung smartphone battery charges 5x faster and lasts longer
Samsung has announced that they have developed a new battery that they claim can charge five times faster than a standard battery and has a massive 45% capacity increase. The new battery is a normal lithium-ion battery modified with graphene elements that give it these impressive benefits.
This tech is still in the experimental phase so we’re not expecting to see it in next year’s Galaxy S9 but we’re very excited to see it come to our phones in the near future.
Samsung Galaxy S9 to have smaller bezels than the S8
The Samsung Galaxy S9 could have bezels that are smaller than the ‘bezel-less’ S8. The site SamMobile was tipped off that the S9 will have a 90% screen to body ratio, up from 84% on the S8. There is very little bezel to actually remove, but we’re assuming that it’s going to be from the top and bottom of the screen.
We’ve also heard that the phone will have an under-screen fingerprint scanner, a, and is working with Qualcomm to create a new mobile chip as an upgrade from the Snapdragon 835.
Oreo 8.1 set to go out in Dec while 8.0 reaches Nokia 8
Android 8.1 is coming to Googles phones this December, so if you’ve got a Pixel 2, Pixel, or Nexus then keep your eyes peeled for the update. This update adds a new Neural Networks API to accelerate on-device machine intelligence, improve speed and battery efficiency for HDR photos, and enables Pixel Visual Core on the Pixel 2.
This announcement comes as Android 8.0 continues its rollout by reaching the Nokia 8 which should now power up faster and have a longer battery life.
That’s all for this week, folks! Thanks for joining us and be sure to come back next time for all the latest updates from the world of mobile technology.