ZTE Blade X2 Max Pops Up On FCC Website, But Its Future Is Uncertain

The FCC today revealed the ZTE Blade X2 Max in documents made public on the agency’s website. The phone, a follow-up to the Blade X Max, appears to be bound for Cricket Wireless based on branding seen on the user manual and AT&T LTE banding (14/30). Other features confirmed by the FCC include dual rear cameras, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port for charging. The Blade X2 Max relies on a nano SIM card and the tray also supports microSD memory cards. The phone’s screen adopts the 16:9 aspect ratio. The draft user manual makes reference to the size of the display, which it says measures 6 inches with full HD resolution. The manual also indicates the battery may be 4,080mAh, and the phone may include 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Last, the manual notes the phone’s two rear cameras are a 16-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front camera is 8 megapixels. Information found in the draft user manual is subject to change. Given ZTE’s current position in the U.S. market, it is possible this phone will never reach the market. ZTE was forced to put operations on hold for three months after the U.S. banned it from accessing U.S.-made parts and software. ZTE only returned to full operations in July. The company says it still considers the U.S. market vital to its success. ZTE implied it will most likely sell new devices direct to consumers online rather than through carrier distribution deals. Cricket has not confirmed that it will sell the ZTE Blade X2 Max.

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Apple Finalizes Acquisition of Shazam

Apple today said it has finalized its acquisition of Shazam. The $400 million deal, first announced in December 2017, was recently cleared to proceed by the EU after delay of several months. Shazam is a music service that lets people identify the music being played around them. The app listens to the music, sends a sample to Shazam’s servers to identify the song, and then returns the results to the phone or watch. Apple says it plans to bring an ad-free version of Shazam to everyone in the near future. The app has been downloaded 1 billion times worldwide and is used more than 20 million times every day.

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T-Mobile Rebrands MetroPCS to Metro by T-Mobile, Debuts New Plans

MetroPCS is no more. T-Mobile is rebranding its prepaid service to Metro by T-Mobile. Along with the new name, Metro by T-Mobile will come with new service plans. First, Metro’s existing $40 plan will double the amount of high-speed data allowed per month to 10 GB. Second, the new $50 plan allows for unlimited data and includes Google One for online cloud storage that’s accessible from phones and PCs. Google One requires an Android device. Third, the $60 plan includes unlimited data, Google One, and Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime gives people access to quicker shipping and Amazon’s content and media services, such as Amazon Video. The free Amazon Prime offer is only valid to new Amazon Prime subscribers. T-Mobile says Metro customers’ data is prioritized below that of some T-Mobile customers, particularly when the network is congested. On all plans those customers who consume more than 35GB per month may notice reduced speeds due to prioritization. Video streams are capped at 480p. The name change and new rate plans will kick off officially in October.

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Google to Let Devs Open Any 2D Android App In Daydream VR

Google recently made improvements to its Daydream virtual reality platform that will see its usefulness expand in several ways. First, it is giving the Lenovo Mirage Solo headset the ability to support six degrees of freedom. Together with hand trackers, this allows Mirage Solo users to more accurately interact with virtual worlds. Google says it is using “machine learning and off-the-shelf parts to accurately estimate the 3D position and orientation of the controllers.” This means 6DoF can be built into VR headsets at a lower cost. Google gave developers new APIs in order to test this experimental features. The Mirage Solo also gains a see-through mode, allowing wearers to see the real world around them through the headset’s cameras. On mobile devices, Google is opening up all Android apps to its phone-based VR experience. Developers can use new tools to add Daydream VR support to their existing 2D applications. Google says its Chrome team recycled existing 2D interfaces from its Chrome Browser Sync to make this possible. Once developers make their apps Daydream enabled, Daydream users will be able to open those apps via their Daydream VR headset and interact with them. Google is calling these features experimental for now.

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Samsung unveil the Galaxy A7

Samsung unveil the Galaxy A7
Whilst the Note9 and Galaxy S9 continues to take the limelight, the Galaxy A-range offers a cheaper alternative. The company have just announced their latest wallet-friendly model – the Samsung Galaxy A7.

It comes with a 6″ Full HD (1080×2220) Super AMOLED screen and a triple camera arrangement at the back. The first lens is a 24 megapixel f/1.7, the second is an ultra-wide 8 megapixel f/2.4 and the third is a 5 megapixel f/2.2 depth camera. At the front, a 24 megapixel shooter will take your selfies.

It’s pwoered by an octa-core 2.2GHx CPU and weighs 168g. There’ll be a few different versions – one with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage plus a microSD slot, one with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage and a 6GB RAM version with the same storage.

It’s powered by Android 8.0 and had ual-band WiFi, Cat 6 4G, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0,GPS and a 3,300mAh battery. It also comes with a now-old-fashioned microUSB port.

Samsung unveil the Galaxy A7

DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, told us..

Samsung is committed to delivering meaningful innovation to all consumers across the Galaxy family, no matter who they are or where they are in the world. That’s why we’re excited to introduce innovative new features to the A series with the Galaxy A7, a practical but powerful device that is built to help make your everyday both convenient and extraordinary.

Samsung unveil the Galaxy A7

The rear camera arrangement is definitely the key selling point on this, with the 120-dgree ultra-wide lens capturing a “human like” view of the world. The 24 megapixel and 5 megapixel depth lens means that you get “Live Focus” – adjusting the depth of field for your own bokeh effect images. That 24 megapixel lens also lets more light in, with an intelligent “Scene Optimizer” on the phone to adjust colour, contrast and brightness. The AR emoji has made the trip from the Galaxy S9 to this phone too.

It will be available here in the UK in blue, black and gold. No price as yet but we’ll let you know when it’s available.

Incidentally, you may have seen the Samsung Galaxy A7 name kicking around before, but this is the 2018 version.

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YouTube Music Mobile App Lets Users Dial In Audio Quality

YouTube recently updated the YouTube Music app for both Android and iOS and gave users new controls over how their music sounds. Moving forward, listeners can select to download mixtapes with low quality (48kbps), normal quality (128kbps), or high quality (256kbps) files. The higher quality files will consume more on-device storage. The app still allows for people to download audio only, or complete audio/video music videos. The limit for downloads remains at 100 songs/videos. YouTube Music is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store, but downloading music requires a monthly subscription.

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Vodafone beams footballer across England using 5G

Vodafone beams footballer across England using 5G

The CTO at Vodafone UK, Scott Petty, wanted to show us what 5G can really do last week. The new tech will definitely make everything faster, but how will it benefit our lives otherwise?

Well, with the aid of England and Manchester City Women’s Football Captain Steph Houghton, they put a live 3D hologram on stage at their HQ in Newbury. Via the 5G link she gave 11-year old Lionesses Iris some footballing tips, all the way from Manchester.

Vodafone beams footballer across England using 5G

Vodafone made the UK’s first live holographic 5G call between Manchester and Newbury. Vodafone also confirmed that they will switch on 5G trials in Manchester and Birmingham first after successful trials at the Newbury-based lab.

If you’re interested in taking a tour, read our earlier feature from 2015, where we guide you through the Vodafone headquarters and take a look at some of the technology.

You can watch the whole video below..

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Smartphone penetration continues to grow

Smartphone penetration continues to grow
A new survey, published today by Deloitte, has revealed that smartphone penetration has grown even further during 2018. After questioning some 4,000 smartphone users, they’ve found that there’s growth across all age groups, with the 55-75 category seeing the most growth. This age range has increased from 40% in 2013 to 77% now.

Online stores of all kinds are reaping the rewards, while traditional brick-and-mortar stores have suffered. The survey shows that a huge 84% of millennials have used their phones for assistance or comparison whilst in a store. However, those more traditional stores are fighting back according to the report. Matt Sebek, Vice President of Digital at World Wide Technology, tells us..

(These) stores are tapping into mobile technology to offer in-store customers an improved version of the shopping experience they encounter online. A frictionless experience can be created in a physical store by combining the speed and efficiency of online shopping with the benefits of in-store shopping such as the ability to see, touch and try the products prior to purchasing.

Sainsbury’s, for example, recently launched an app that lets customers scan the contents of their trolley as they browse the aisles, reducing waiting time at the checkout. In addition, clothing retailer Zara recently introduced a click-and-collect store, with the option for customers to order and pay via their mobile phones in-store. Tapping into the latest mobile technologies in this way is a crucial part of delivering the store of the future.

Whilst traditionally seen as a threat by the high-street, smartphones now play a significant role in the decision-making process when buying goods.

Smartphone penetration continues to grow

Worldwide, the mobile sector continues to grow, and there’s also news today that $54 billion (€46.1bn / £41.07bn) will be spent on buying games, downloading additional content and subscribing to mobile games. With 4.1 billion smartphones in use around the world, the market is simply huge. Due to the global nature of the market some games will sit in the top 10 for months and months on end. Take Candy Crush Saga as an example.

As well as enormous reach, your phone is now powerful gaming device. Gaming performance and the exprerience is very close, if not the same, as some of the top consoles available on the market thanks to improved graphics processors, addtitional memory and faster CPU’s.

Many games will tempt potential long-term customers by being free to download initially, with in-app purchases causing a regular drip-feed of revenue for the developer. The global smartphone count is expected to hit 5 billion by 2020, with a greater proliferation of powerful gaming-ready phones. There’s also been a rise in those playing casino and gambling apps, with it becoming easier to play UK mobile casino games, so spend on gaming is expected to reach $71 billion in 2022.

A key market driver will be the increasing penetration of smartphones in developing countries such as India and Indonesia. With these countries, and many others adopting a mobile-first mentality, tapping into these markets and understanding their cultural norms and idiosyncrasies, could be the key to devising the next revolution of microtransactions and driving mobile gaming to an even higher level.

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Huawei trolls Apple London iPhone launch, but wait.. why is it so quiet elsewhere?

Huawei trolls Apple London iPhone launch, but wait.. why is it so quiet elsewhere?
After the big reveal of the new iPhone handsets, Friday marked the launch of the new XS and XS Max iPhones.

Down in London there was a the usual queue outside the flagship Regent Street store, however outside was a Huawei juice bar with “Ju%ce That Lasts” written on the side. They were very busy on Twitter with the “#HigherIntelligence” hash-tag too.

Huawei staff were giving out “brain-boosting drinks” that had “no traces of Apple” to “recharge minds”.

You see what they did there? 🙂 They also offered plug sockets to recharge battery-depleted phones. Now, I will say this for the Huawei phones. Whilst I had one (sadly it got destroyed) I was constantly impressed with the battery life. Sometimes it does go a little too far – shutting down apps like Strava quite often. However, the fact that Huawei make their own processors means that there’s more control over battery drain and I could easily go a couple of days before it went flat.

The Huawei Mate 20 is set for release on October 16th with a Kirin 980 chip and a dual neural processor for AI cleverness.

Huawei trolls Apple London iPhone launch, but wait.. why is it so quiet elsewhere?

In the large Apple store in Birmingham, it was a very different story. Perhaps the rise of online sales and the continual struggles by brick and mortar stores meant that less people headed to the actual store. According to the Birmingham Mail the security guard at the Apple Birmingham store had only seen around 100 customers. The barriers outside were clearly not needed for iPhone XS customers this year.

So gone are the day of long, chaotic queues with people arriving in the early hours and hoping the supply of new products would not run out.

Perhaps the familiar design and price-tag has reduced the frenzy and hype?

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Huawei trolls Apple London iPhone launch, but wait.. why is it so quiet elsewhere?

Huawei trolls Apple London iPhone launch, but wait.. why is it so quiet elsewhere?
After the big reveal of the new iPhone handsets, Friday marked the launch of the new XS and XS Max iPhones.

Down in London there was a the usual queue outside the flagship Regent Street store, however outside there was also a Huawei juice bar with “Ju%ce That Lasts” written on the side. They were also very busy on Twitter with the “#HigherIntelligence” hash-tag.

Huawei staff were giving out “brain-boosting drinks” that had “no traces of Apple” to “recharge minds”.

You see what they did there? 🙂 They also offered plug sockets to recharge battery-depleted phones. Now, I will say this for the Huawei phones. Whilst I had one (sadly it got destroyed) I was constantly impressed with the battery life. The fact that Huawei make their own processors means that there’s more control over battery drain and I could easily go a couple of days before it went flat.

The Huawei Mate 20 is set for release on October 16th with a Kirin 980 chip and a dual neural processor for AI cleverness.

Huawei trolls Apple London iPhone launch, but wait.. why is it so quiet elsewhere?

However, in the large Apple store in Birmingham, it was a very different story. Perhaps the rise of online sales and the continual struggles by brick and mortar stores meant that less people headed to the actual store. According to the Birmingham Mail the security guard at the Apple Birmingham store had only seen around 100 customers. The barriers outside were clearly not needed for iPhone XS customers this year.

So gone are the day of long, chaotic queues with people arriving in the early hours and hoping the supply of new products would not run out.

Perhaps the familiar design and price-tag has reduced the frenzy and hype?

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