Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to mobile news at The Hub! This week we’re checking out the new Galaxy S10 render and looking into how Apple is reducing the price for their upcoming budget iPhones. We’re also discussing Android’s new native hearing aid support, and investigating the Android Pie Digital Wellness beta.

New render of Samsung Galaxy S10 based on leaks shows what to expect from the phone

A new render of the Samsung Galaxy S10, due to be unveiled next spring, has been revealed and is based upon all the leaks we’ve seen so far. While completely un-official, the video gives us a fantastic impression of what Samsung is hoping to achieve with the S10.

The current leaks we have seen suggest that the phone will have a triple-lens camera, bezel-free design, pop-up front camera, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

Apple’s budget iPhones to be equipped with older processor to reduce price

There have been longstanding rumours that Apple is working on budget iPhones to launch alongside their next high end offering and details are emerging on how they are reducing the price.

According to developers who are working with Apple’s Xcode software, the iPhone 9 will have an A10 fusion chip – the same processor found in the iPhone 7 – and be equipped with an LCD screen. The phone is also expected to only have a single-lens camera, but will still have dual SIM support.

Android adds native hearing aid support

Google has added native hearing aid support to Android OS in a new feature called Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids, or Asha. The new function will allow users to stream audio directly to their hearing aid devices over Bluetooth in exactly the same way as Bluetooth headphones.

As an estimated 466 million people worldwide have disability hearing loss, this is a fantastic move by Google to improve user experience for those affected.


Android Pie has hidden Digital Well-being system

The new version of Android Pie has a new Digital Well-being dashboard that is designed to help users control their usage for healthy smartphone habits. While it is still only available to beta testers, it looks to be an incredibly useful way to monitor and control your phone use.

The features shows you a chart of how you use your phone time, so you can decipher where you should cut down in any areas. It also offers you control options that can limit your time on certain apps. Meanwhile, the Wind Down function is designed to help you transition to sleep time and gives even greater control over your notifications and Do Not Disturb settings.

That’s everything for our mobile news roundup for this week at The Hub! Remember to check back in next time to keep up to date with all our industry news and rumours.

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