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Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s time for another jam-packed edition of our mobile news! This week, we have updates on Google Assistant, Android Messages and Alcatel, as well as rumours on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8. So, let’s get started…

Google Assistant is here to help

If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Google Assistant on your Android device, the wait is over! Google has now introduced the virtual helper to devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 7.0 Nougat. The best part is you don’t even need to download an app to get Google Assistant – it will automatically appear on eligible devices, replacing Google Search. To launch, simply hold the Home button and speak!

Samsung Galaxy S8 is landing soon

Speaking of Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is undoubtedly the most exciting new release of the year so far. Its predecessor was slick, stylish, and powerful, with all the improvements we could’ve hoped for in the Samsung handset.

So, what could the Galaxy S8 possibly have in store? Well, we won’t have to wait long to find out. Rumour has it the device is set to drop on 29th March, before hitting stores late April. Keep your eyes peeled on The Hub for the latest updates on the Samsung Galaxy S8!

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iPhone 8 to adopt USB-C

The rumour mill is always turning on the iPhone 8 with the latest reports suggesting it will ditch the Lightning port for USB-C. We know USB-C is becoming increasingly important with more and more smartphones embracing the connector, which boasts faster charging speeds.

While Apple dropped the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, they kept the Lightning port. But, this could be set to change with the new iteration of the famous handset. While Apple has often resisted following the crowd, the latest line of MacBooks featured USB-C ports. So, it would be unsurprising if the iPhone 8 adopted this too.

Shine with the Alcatel A5 LED

Launched at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the Alcatel A5 LED features the very first interactive LED cover. Known for great value phones, Alcatel has developed an LED cover that can light up when you receive notifications, calls, alarms and more.

Users can customise the cover with different themes and patterns, which will change if you shake the device. What’s more, the LED cover will light up and flash when playing music. It’s likely Alcatel will attract a whole new audience with this ground-breaking design, as the younger demographic may embrace it.

Android Messages is incoming

Google has revealed it’s due to revamp the default messaging app on its devices with Android Messages. The new messaging app promises to bring features like group chat, read receipts and high-quality image sharing to Android phones. This may provide some tough competition for the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, but we’ll need to wait and see what Google has in store.

Thanks for joining us for this week’s mobile news! Be sure to check back next week for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile.

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