Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Hello and welcome back to mobile news at The Hub! We’ve seen some great mobile leaks this week for the upcoming phones: the Moto G6.  We’re also taking a look at the iPhone battery replacement scheme and how Apple is set to allow users to disable their battery optimisation, as well as exploring how Google Duo is set to be Google’s answer to Apple’s FaceTime.

New Moto G6 photos leak

Photos allegedly showing the upcoming Moto G6 Plus have been leaked; showing a phone that looks like it has an 18:9 aspect ratio with a home button/fingerprint scanner. This aligns with previously leaked renders, but as it would only be a pre-production model it could undergo changes before launch.

Previously we’ve heard rumours that this phone will feature a 5.93-inch FHD+ screen, a dual-lens 12MP/5MP back camera, and a 16MP front camera. We also expect it to have a Snapdragon 630 chipset and come with a range RAM and storage options.

iPhone battery

iPhone battery scheme underway

Apple slashed replacement battery prices under their new scheme when it was revealed that their battery optimisation software was slowing down iPhone performance to preserve battery life. Users reported to uSwitch that they have already been able to make short-notice appointments at Apple stores to replace batteries, despite reports that new batteries would be ready in March.

With the new batteries being reduced to only £25, we can see this being very popular for users of the iPhone 6 and above. Although, Apple has said that future iOS versions will allow the battery optimisation feature to be disabled.

Google Duo get updates to call phones without the app

Google Duo is Google’s answer to Apple’s hugely popular FaceTime that allows users to make simple and stable calls to friends and family. Previously both parties had to have the app which restricted its use, but now some Android phones will be able to pick up calls without it.

The update seems to require your phone number to be registered with Google and features a novel ‘knock knock’ feature that lets you see the stream of who’s calling before you choose to pick up. Hopefully this app should catch on as it becomes an integral part of Android going forward.


That’s the top mobile news for this week, remember to check back in next week, for more great mobile industry news and updates.

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