It’s official. The weekend is almost here, which can only mean one thing. That’s right, it’s time for this week’s mobile news.
This week, we’re talking about the possibility of smartphones that charge in 5 minutes as well as discussing the new Futurama mobile app, the possibility that Siri could be replaced by Google Assistant, and the recent case against spam texts sent by Onecom about mobile phone updates.
StoreDot announces plans to create smartphones that charge in 5 minutes
There’s nothing worse than realising that you’ve forgotten to charge your phone. Having a dead phone is a total inconvenience and most of us don’t have time to wait for it to charge.
StoreDot demonstrated a smartphone that charges in five minutes at the CES tech show in Las Vegas in 2015 and plans to begin production in early 2018. These smartphones could be available to consumers as early as 2018 and would significantly disrupt the smartphone market as other batteries just don’t compare.
The first trailer for Futurama’s mobile game was released
From the game developers Jam City, comes the mobile Futurama game: ‘Worlds of Tomorrow’. While this game has been in the works since February, this week the first teaser trailer was released. Check out the trailer above!
The plot line is expected to start from where the series finale ended in 2013 and is expected to include combat features similar to the Final Fantasy games as well as the ability to make skill-based decisions, travel through space, and city planning as the team rebuilds New York.
The release date hasn’t been announced yet but is expected to be released for both iOS and Andriod phones later this year.
Google Assistant available for iOS
At the Google IO event this week, Google announced that Google Assistant will be available on iOS systems. This is relatively surprising as the Google Assistant will directly rival Apple’s Siri and Apple would have had to approve the app.
The Google Assistant for iOS is expected to include features such as playing games, answering questions, and controlling smart lights. Whether Google Assistant will be more popular than Siri for iOS users is still up for debate.
Onecome found guilty and fined for sending spam texts
The telecom company, Onecome, was found guilty this week of sending millions of spam texts about mobile phone upgrades. The spam texts caused over one thousand consumers filled complaints.
When investigated, Onecome was unable to confirm where they had obtained the information to send these texts or that they had obtained consumers consent. Between October 2015 to April 2016 (a 7-month period), Onecome reportedly sent 3.3 million spam texts. Because of the annoyance caused to consumers, Onecome has been fined £100,000.
It has certainly been an interesting week for the mobile phone industry! Will next week be just as good? To find out, check in next Friday for your weekly news update from Tesco Mobile.