It’s time again to catch up on all the industry news and rumours with mobile news at The Hub! This week, we’re looking at the iPhone 9 leaks, why the 2018 iPhones could be delayed, and investigating the Android Pie roll out.
We’re also taking a quick peek at the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and the potential new EU moves on standardised phone chargers.
iPhone 9 image leaked with reports that the 2018 phones could be delayed
Newly-leaked images claimed to be of the iPhone 9, show a totally new camera design. The image shows a single large lens (much larger than the lenses of previous models), which could hint that Apple has been working on widescale upgrades to their cameras. Two independent leaks have shown this, so we are reasonably confident that these images are accurate.
These leaks have come through as rumours have surfaced that one of their suppliers has been hit with a computer virus, potentially delaying release. The manufacturer, TSMC, has said that all their issues have been resolved but there are still concerns about the delay.
Google releases Android Pie introducing adaptive battery life & predicted apps
Google has officially unveiled Android Pie – the ninth edition of their hugely popular mobile OS. One of the highlights of the software is a new adaptive battery function, which predicts when you are not using apps and services to help you save battery.
The new software also features a new predictive function that is designed to subtly promote the apps that it thinks you will be looking for, and full gesture controls similar to iOS11.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is officially unveiled as largest Note ever
Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 and we’re incredibly impressed with its capabilities. The largest Note yet, it has a huge 6.4” screen, notchless design, Bluetooth S-Pen with remote camera capabilities, all-day battery, and much more.
While the phone won’t be released for sale until August 24 at the earliest, you can sign up to our Samsung Galaxy Note 9 pre-registration so you can be one of the first to order the new phone.
EU to look into action for standardised phone chargers
The EU has said they are planning to look into whether more action is needed to force phone manufacturers to keep to a universal standard of phone charger. While several large companies (Apple, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, etc.) agreed to start moving to the microUSB in 2009, some companies haven’t quite stayed true to the intent of the promise.
Apple, in particular, has been singled out for criticism for insisting on their lightning charger, rather than one of the USB-C models used by most other manufacturers. While we don’t believe they will change over any time soon, this could be the first sign that they’ll be moving over to a more standard design.
That’s all for our mobile news roundup this week! Remember to check back in next week to keep on top of all the mobile industry news and rumours.