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Google to launch first $50 Android Go phones next week

Google has announced that the first phones to run its Android Go platform will be launched during Mobile World Congress next week. Several options will be available, including handsets priced lower than $50. Google intends to improve mobile accessibility.

Google Assistant will soon speak 30 languages

The availability of Google Assistant will be expanded this year with support for 30 languages and multi-lingual input. Google announced the AI changes ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, claiming it wants Assistant to work "better for you."

AirPods expected to get popular iPhone features in 2018 and 2019

A new report suggests Apple may release new versions of its popular AirPods wireless earbuds in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 model may receive a "Hey, Siri" voice command, while the 2019 model may be water resistant.

Google launches Android device enterprise certification program

Google's announced a program to make Android devices more enterprise-friendly. It will label certified enterprise-ready phones as "Android Enterprise Recommended," signalling they meet the typical requirements of IT teams overseeing corporate deployments.

Qualcomm's next 5G chipsets to use Samsung's 7nm process

Qualcomm and Samsung have announced their next 5G mobile chipsets will be built on Samsung's 7nm technology. The new process will improve performance and have a smaller chip footprint. This leaves more room to add new internal components.

Qualcomm announces new AI Engine for smartphone apps

Qualcomm has announced a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine for its flagship mobile processors. It creates a mobile AI ecosystem for on-device applications, combining software and hardware components together for optimum performance.

Android Pay and Google Wallet get unified as 'Google Pay'

Google's announced a revamp of its mobile payment services which unifies its apps under a single roof. It's merging Android Pay and Google Wallet together to create the new Google Pay platform, which includes a redesigned app that's launching today.

Microsoft demonstrates Cortana commitment with new integrations

Microsoft has announced several new integrations for its Cortana digital assistant. The expanded line-up of smart home products is intended to help Cortana catch up with rivals including Alexa and Google Assistant, now widely seen to lead the market.

Qualcomm's new mobile modem is the world's fastest ever

Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, capable of supporting 2Gbps 5G. It's likely to be a couple of years before mobile networks offer full 5G speeds. Phones that use the modem will be futureproof and ready for next-generation networks.

Google brings Snapchat Stories to the web through its AMP scheme

Google's announced an expansion of its AMP website format. It will allow publishers to create tap-through mobile "stories" akin to those found on Snapchat. Google said it's tailoring the experience to develop a format for communicating news information.

Android P to have 'notch' design to rival Apple's iPhone X

Google is reportedly working on an Android overhaul that will include compatibility with phones with a "notch." Apple's controversial iPhone X bezel layout is expected to be mimicked by Android phone makers this year, so Google's revamping the platform.

Apple overhauls software development approach to fix iOS bugs

Apple is reportedly undergoing a "cultural shift" in how it develops and releases iOS so it can address quality concerns. The company is said to be abandoning its classic one-year development cycle, encouraging engineers to plan for longer schedules.

Samsung partners with Cisco and Orange to trial new 5G network

Samsung has announced a partnership with Cisco and French telecoms operator Orange to trial a fixed 5G millimetre wave network in Romania this year. The multi-vendor test aims to investigate how 5G will complement current fiber services.

The New York Times launches augmented reality news app

The New York Times has announced an augmented reality experience to "bring the news into your home." The publication said it wants readers to experience a more immersive form of reporting that uses 3D images to "bridge" the digital and physical worlds.

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Microsoft launches 'Cortana Intelligence Institute' to improve AI

Microsoft has announced the establishment of the "Cortana Intelligence Institute," a body that will develop "next-generation" features for Microsoft's AI. It comes shortly after the company responded to concerns that Cortana's lagging behind its rivals.

Amazon to 'double down' on Alexa 'positive surprise'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced the company will "double down" on Alexa in 2018 after it exceeded internal expectations last year. The company said Alexa has delivered "positive surprises." It is now committed to extending its market lead.

Apple previews new ARKit version with improved object recognition

Apple's preparing to launch a new version of its ARKit augmented reality platform with improved object recognition and support for vertical planes. Developers can now map objects against walls and doors, instead of relying on flat table tops and floors.

WhatsApp Business gives companies another way to communicate

WhatsApp has launched a dedicated Business app for small business owners. The standalone product is intended to save businesses time by making it simpler to contact customers. Businesses can also create an "official presence" on the app.

Apple to release iOS update that can disable battery slowdowns

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company is developing an iOS update that will allow you to disable battery-related performance throttling. It comes after Apple has faced a month of criticism for deliberately slowing iPhones without informing the user.

Google Search to start favouring faster mobile sites in July

Google has announced a major change to the way it organises search results. Mobile rankings will now consider loading time as a signal. Faster pages will be prioritised over slower ones in a move intended to push developers to build quicker sites.

Fintech startup Curve launches its connected card app

UK-based fintech startup Curve has announced its innovative credit card app is now available to consumers. The company has developed a platform that lets you link all your card accounts to its app. You can then use any of them to pay with one card.

Retailers struggle to manage mobile tech deployments

Retailers using mobile devices in their digital transformations are experiencing device deployment problems. According to a new report, adoption of in-store tech is growing but employees are unable to take advantage of the opportunities it presents.

Facebook overhauls the News Feed to prioritise real people

Facebook's announced a series of major changes coming to its News Feed that will prioritise posts from your real friends and family. Articles and videos published by Pages will be demoted. Facebook said it wants to improve "personal well-being."

Senator asks Apple for more explanation of old iPhone slowdowns

A U.S. senator has sent an open letter to Apple asking for information about the company's use of processor throttling on older iPhones. Senator John Thune questioned Apple's decisions and the company's new discounted battery replacement program.

Apple investors call for company to help child device 'addiction'

Two major Apple investors have publicly pressured the company to investigate the impact of its devices on the health of children. Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System collectively control $2 billion of Apple shares.

Samsung's new flagship processor is optimised for AI

Samsung announced its new Exynos 9810 mobile processor, the chip set to power the company's upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship. The chip has been optimised for AI applications and enhanced media, hinting at mobile features similar to those on Apple's iPhone X.

AT&T commits to launching 5G mobile network during 2018

AT&T has announced it will launch its first 5G mobile network in the U.S. before the end of the year. The company said it has set itself an "ambitious milestone" to offer standards-compliant 5G and will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity.

Your phone's gyroscope could let hackers guess your PIN

Security researchers have documented a way to unlock a target's phone using readings from "zero-permission" sensors. Apps can access sensors such as the accelerometer and gyroscope without special permissions. The readings can be used to deduce your PIN.

Apple admits to slowing down old iPhones to improve battery life

Apple's admitted it deliberately slows down aging iPhones to extend their battery life. Over the past week, social media users have uncovered evidence to suggest iOS throttles performance as the battery ages. Apple's now explained the behaviour.
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