Mobile Phone News

Google ends support for older Nexus phones

New-Nexus-5While Android Nougat has just been released, the bad news for fans of Google’s mobile OS is that it will not be coming to either the Nexus 5 or 7 handsets.

The search giant confirmed that it was ending support for these devices, which should not come as a surprise as Google had only guaranteed this until the end of last year.

The good news is that people who own either one of these handsets will still be getting security updates for the next year or so, meaning that even if the latest iteration of Android is not onboard, they will still be able to operate effectively and avoid unnecessary exposure to cyber threats.

The fact that the mobile upgrade cycle at the moment lasts for around two years means that it is possible for manufacturers to cease supporting devices relatively quickly. But for people who prefer to hang onto smartphones for longer periods, it is still a shame to see newer OS updates not being supported.

Sometimes the power of the hardware is a limiting factor in determining whether or not an update is viable. But given that the Nexus 5 and 7 were both cutting edge upon launch, it seems unlikely that they would be incapable of running Android Nougat.

LG V20 will pack four cameras

LG V20Dual camera setups seem to be all the rage in the mobile market at the moment and LG is taking this a step further by including pairs of snappers on both the front and rear surfaces of its next flagship, the V20.

It was initially thought that the twin front-facing cameras of the older V10 were not going to be replicated for its successor, but new official images released by the manufacturer disprove this.

The V20 will also sport two displays rather than one, with the main screen backed up by a smaller, thinner panel mounted at the top.

By fitting two cameras to the rear of the V20, LG gives users the option to either shoot with a wide angle lens, or opt for a standard aspect ratio if they wish. More photographic features are set to be announced in the near future, perhaps singling out this handset as the best choice for people who love taking pictures and recording video.

All day shooting should be facilitated thanks to the expected 4000mAh battery that the LG V20 is likely to feature, while the Snapdragon 820 chipset at its core should make capturing images feel slick.

New Nokia devices rumoured

Nokia LogoWhile Microsoft may have retired the Nokia brand from the mobile market, it looks as though the Finnish firm is preparing to make a comeback before the end of 2016, with as many as four fresh mobiles and tablets apparently in the works.

Android Authority reports that an executive representing Nokia in China has confirmed that it is indeed in the process of developing multiple smartphones, with the intention to launch them in the last few months of the year.

In spite of Nokia’s previous support for Windows Phone, it seems that the gradual decline of Microsoft’s mobile platform has motivated it to instead pick Android as the OS of choice for its upcoming devices.

What makes this news even more interesting is the suggestion that Nokia will not be handling the manufacturing itself, but will instead be outsourcing this to a firm called HMD.

At least two of the new phones will sit at the upper end of the market in terms of specifications, with the promise of QHD screen resolutions, octa-core processors and high pixel count cameras all circulating on the rumour mill.

Nokia still holds some clout as a brand, so its return to the fray is not particularly surprising. Whether or not it will stay afloat this time around is another question.

Sony Xperia XR tipped for September launch

Sony Xperia XR
Image via GSMArena

Although it has yet to unveil a new top tier device this year, Sony is poised to introduce the Xperia XR next month, according to Pocket Lint.

Replacing the old Xperia X5, the XR is expected to be just as stylish as its predecessors, albeit with a full metal frame rather than one featuring plastic or glass.

A 5.1 inch 1080p display, 23 megapixel primary camera and eight megapixel front-facing snapper are on the cards, with 4K video recording reportedly possible with either of the lenses, making it an impressive streaming device if true.

The Snapdragon 820 chipset from Qualcomm will be at the heart of the Xperia XR, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Fans can also expect that Sony will be sticking with its past form and making the device resistant to water and dust, ensuring it can survive unexpected accidents.

Sony has not achieved the same level of success in the smartphone market as its peers like Samsung, but it has a loyal customer base built up, thanks to previous flagship Xperia range launches. The Xperia XR is likely to please this group, as well as perhaps having the ability to win over others.

Fast charging system rumoured for iPhone 7

Apple iPhone SEWhile the iPhone 7 may not be the boundary-pushing device that some Apple fans had hoped to see, it does look like its list of new features will be fairly long, with sources in China now claiming that a quicker battery charging process will be available, according to Tech Radar.

This will allow the handset to keep pace with the faster recharge capabilities of rivals like Samsung’s Galaxy S7. It is also expected that the next iPhone will have a bigger battery than its predecessors, theoretically enhancing its lifespan from a single charge and making it less of a drag to take out and about.

Of course, it is also worth noting that Apple is often fairly secretive about the hardware specs of its new devices even after they have been launched, so official stats on the battery tech may never be forthcoming. This is a company that prefers to focus on user-friendliness and features, rather than on a raw hardware arms race.

When the iPhone 7 touches down on the 7th of September, the eyes of the world will once again be on Apple, as it attempts to revive interest in its flagship range after sales slipped in the first half of 2016.