In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we talk about the newly announced Nokia 8, Apple and Netflix’s content plans, plus a new feature on Google Maps.
HMD Global announces Nokia 8
It’s only been a couple of weeks since the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 hit stores, but HMD Global isn’t wasting any time. This week the company unveiled their most powerful smartphone yet – the Nokia 8.
Built upon the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, the Nokia 8 will deliver exceptional battery life. One of the unique features of the smartphone is the nifty ‘Dual-Sight Mode’ (pictured), the first time a smartphone has allowed the user to use both front and back cameras at the same time to take split-screen photos and videos. This cool feature can also be used for Facebook Live streaming.
In another first for mobile, the Nokia 8 will also have the Nokia OZO spatial 360-degree audio built in, a technology used by professional film and music producers. The Nokia 8 will have a 13MP front and rear camera, pure Android Nougat and 64GB storage too – so there’s lots to be excited about. We don’t yet have exact details of when the Nokia 8 will be available to purchase, but hopefully it’s very soon.
Apple and Netflix Announce Upcoming Content Plans
Last week we talked about Disney’s plans to launch their own streaming service, and this week both Apple and Netflix have revealed they’re planning to do some big spending in the near future.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple Inc. has set a budget of approximately $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year. Apple has already produced some original content for Apple Music (Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps), but it looks like the company is set to produce much more.
Streaming giant Netflix also announced they will ramping up their spending on content, with Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos telling Variety that Netflix plans to spend $7 billion on content in 2018 – albeit the vast majority of the $7 billion will go towards licensing existing content.
New ‘Questions & Answers’ feature coming to Google Maps
Google announced this week on their company blog that they will be rolling a new feature on Google Maps. Called ‘Questions & Answers’, the feature will allow users of the map service to ask questions about a location. For example, if you’re heading to a museum, you might see questions from users asking about the entry fee, or the best exhibits to see. Users can read and upvote other’s questions and answers, or ask their own question. Business owners can also use the feature to create a FAQs about their business.
This is a really handy feature for anyone who travels and uses Google Maps frequently. Google is currently rolling this out for Android users, so make sure your Google Maps app is up to date.
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