In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, the USB Type-C and the rollout of the Android 7.0 Nougat Update for the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge.
Mobile World Congress
It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for – the Mobile World Congress is taking place in Barcelona next week, from 27th February to the 2nd March. MWC is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, featuring mobile manufacturers, smart home designers, and everything tech.
There’ll be lots to look forward to this year - expect big announcements from the likes of Huawei and LG, as well as the return of mobile giant Nokia. The NEXTech Hall 8.0 will showcase the most unique and exciting VR, AR, robotics, drones, and gadgets. In addition, Women4Tech is coming to MWC this year, an initiative centred on gender diversity and equality in the mobile industry.
Keep an eye out for Three’s updates from #MWC17 right here on the Three Community.
Samsung S7 and S7 Edge – Android 7.0 Nougat now available on Three
Do you own a Three Samsung S7 or S7 Edge? If yes, Android Nougat is now available to download directly onto your device.
The update means you can bring your words to life with updated and brand new Emojis, and the ability to use two or more languages at the same time. You can switch between apps with a double tap, and run two apps side by side. Android Nougat makes it easier to take action in the moment, with more personalised settings and smarter notifications. For a full list of Android 7.0 Nougat features, see here.
The update will be quite large so we recommend downloading over a Wifi connection. Want an S7? Click here.
USB-Type C is finally becoming the industry standard with more and more handset manufacturers making the jump from traditional micro USB. But what is USB Type-C all about?
USB Type-C is all about the physical connection. The new slim reversible design allows you to insert the cable in both ways, whereas previous cables would only allow one. Like Apple’s lightning connection, it will work either way. Type-C is designed to replace both host and client devices.
It builds on new USB 3.1 standard, bringing you speed and power advantages. While older USB cables with 2.5 watts could charge your phone overnight, Type-C power delivery is capable of up to 100 watts, charging you phone in under 2 hours.
But the real advantage to Type-C is its size, allowing laptop, smartphone and tablet manufacturers to dramatically increase the slimness of their products. Already we have seen handset manufacturers such as HTC, Huawei, Sony, and Samsung make the move, while most of them still include the 3.5 mm headphone jack. HTC have taken the Apple approach and completely removed the headphone jack in their latest product, HTC U-Play.
USB Type-C Cables are available in all three Stores.