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New Leaked Samsung Galaxy S8 Images

A gallery of leaked images have been released onto the internet that show the full spectrum of the Galaxy S8s curves and edges and as you will see there are significant changes from the previous models in regards to the overall design and aesthetics.

The future without a home button

What’s most visually impressive is the size of the screen extending to all edges and what must be the most apparent is that Samsung has removed the physical button on the front. With many patents in play as to how one might unlock the phone using fingerprint sensor, who knows where it has been moved to.

It features the same curved screen of the Galaxy S7 but the bezels appear to be even thinner than before.

If the multiple images that have been leaked are accurate, it appears the charging connection is going to be a Type-C USB connection. Whether this results in a shortening to charge times we will remain to see what Samsung say when they officially release the details.

Samsung has unfortunately given the cold shoulder to the Mobile World Conference but it looks like they may still show some sort of teaser trailer.

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iPhone 7 – Five Months On!

The dust has now settled for the latest iPhone 7, there was a lot of buzz around the new and improved features on the phone and even more around some of the features that were taken away, we don’t need to go intoout right now because if you don’t know what was new on the latest iteration of iPhone, you can find an extensive summary of the iPhone 7 over at GSMArena.

But since September, a lot of people have been living with their phone day to day, so we asked iPhone 7 owners of Compare and Recycle just to tell us their number one positive feature and number one negative feature and wherever they were overall pleased with their iPhone 7.

Here are the results;

Positive Responses

There has been a pretty even mix of what feature is the most enjoyed by the users of the new iPhone 7 with many favouring the upgraded speed, upgraded camera and larger storage capacity of the newest edition of iPhone. After 5 months of ownership it also seems that people are appreciating the waterproofing on the new iPhone 7, which might speak volumes as to what might have caused damage to some of their old devices.

Negative Responses

In terms of what has caused the most negativity surrounding the new release is overwhelmingly to do with the lack of the headphone jack. In concept it sounds like a great idea, but when so many of our musical connections are through the 3.5mm headphone jack, missing out on playing DJ round a friends house or not being able to listen through your old headphones is still going to provide annoyances for iPhone owners for the next couple iterations.

Overall Happiness

We expected to see that some number of respondents will be disappointed with the new iPhone, and whilst the majority of people are happy with their new phone, a surprisingly large proportion of respondents indicated that they were happier with their previous phone. Perhaps some of the minor annoyances can turn into larger frustrations over time.

It is interesting to see how people perceive their new phone each and every time they get a new one, whether there are some that end up damaged and not used, or that they have buyers remorse from spending over £600 on the new device. There’s no denying that the new iPhone 7 is a great bit of kit, but as the leaks for the iPhone 8 start coming through, they could be pushing the expectations even further!

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Apple Taking Advantage of Faltering Samsung

According to KantarWorldPanel, the global insight and analytics giant, smartphone sales in the UK show a dramatic decline in Android handset sales leading up to the festive season. Both Android and Apple made slight gains but this was predicated on the decline of Microsoft’s Windows Phone sales.

Kantar, using data from Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy – the so-called EU5 – illustrated the dominance of Android with 72.4% of all sales relating to Android handsets. However, 24.6% is a rise year-on-year for Apple during the same period. The success of the iPhone 7 and 7plus along with the legacy 6 handsets all point towards a growing popularity. It should be noted that Samsung made the biggest decline and this was partially due to the brand-damaging Samsung Note battery debacle. The brand saw it lose premium sales to Apple during this season.

Android is experiencing an unusual phenomenon – insofar as Android has suffered the sixth consecutive period of decline in the US/EU5 whilst experiencing the same period of growth in China – the world’s biggest smartphone market. This dichotomy illustrates Google and the Open Handset Alliance’s focus. Apple’s failure to win big in China has seen it focus on legacy/traditional markets. However, China and the emerging BRICS nations play a pivotal role in global sales trends.

Gartner argues that 2017 will be a pivotal year in the smartphone industry. The shift from American dominance to Chinese will begin to set in and this will mean that Western brands will place more focus on the Eastern markets and vice versa Eastern brands will flood into Western markets – we are already seeing Huawei, OnePlus and other premium Chinese brands start to focus on the high-end marketplace.

However, smartphone sales, Gartner argues, in 2017 will decline as a peak consumer event will occur. The 3.3bn mobile phones in circulation in the Western world will begin to create an issue in terms of update/lifecycle awareness that manufacturers will begin to understand and will result in handset updates occurring less frequently than current trends. This will be a massive impact on the supply chain and wider sales channels within the smartphone sector.

These developments will create a new, more nuanced, sector that will see global brands battle for global market supremacy. What we saw in 2016 was the traditional markets being dominated by traditional platforms whilst emerging markets saw massive gains for local newer manufacturers. This change will be a paradigm shift in relation to smartphone retention and sales theories. The impact will herald a new epoch of smartphone ownership and brand loyalties.

However, as always with big changes the demand for used smartphones will grow as the grey market will continue to maintain strong yields on nearly new and older smartphone models. When you upgrade, you can still make money from your old handset. Why not visit today to find out how much money you could make from selling your unwanted phones today – search from hundreds of recycling vendors and get the best quote for your device.

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10 Cool Things You Can Do With Your Old Smartphone

Sometimes it can be a little too hard to let go of an old mobile phone, so we have some ideas for you to use phone as a dedicated tool for any of the following.


Why not give your old phone a new job with these 10 cool ideas.

Virtual reality headset

We’re still in the early days of consumer virtual reality but it’s not difficult to set up on your smart phone. Simply buy a compatible kit online (lots of places have plenty of smartphone VR kits available,) and download the correct app onto your phone. It’s good to note that Gear VR will automatically install the Oculus app when connected for the first time.

Baby monitor

Thanks to a stack of clever apps, it’s now possible to turn your phone into a working baby monitor or spy cam. A phone-based monitor has one big benefit for traveling parents : They can check in on their baby at any time. Make sure your Wi-Fi is protected and you are using an adequately protected network and account. Download an appropriate app onto your old phone and your current phone, set one up in the nursery in the desired position, don’t forget to connect it to the Wi-Fi and plug it into an outlet. Be sure to enable the app’s enhanced security features.


Setting up a dashcam is easy. Simply purcahse a phone mount for your car which can be purchased for cheap in most shops. Next you will need to find a suitable dashcam app. Luckily there are quite a few apps out there, so check your app store for the one that suits your needs. Make sure to check the laws of your country, as it is currently illegal in the UK to drive a car with a live camera feed in your field of vision, though there are many apps that work in the background behind a sat nav app.

Computer mouse or portable trackpad

Apps like Remotemouse enable you to gain a universal remote for your devices, enabling functions such as a wireless mouse and portable trackpad. There are free and paid versions of Remotemouse, obviously with more options in the pro-version. Download the app to both devices (your phone and computer) and make sure they are connected to the same WiFi network.

Brain for a robot

There are many start-up companies now offering robotics using your smartphone as the brain. Such as the WowWee RoboMe from Nanabot, which will be able to play games, hold a conversation, and do basic face-tracking as long as your Windows Phone has a front-facing camera. Or the Romo from Romotive, which is advertised as a pet, toy and robotic avatar all rolled up in one.

Wi-Fi extender

For those with old android phones wishing to use their phones as a WiFi extender in the house, there is an app named fqrouter2. Download and launch the app, and turn on the Wifi Repeater. It will then start repeating WiFi signals. For Iphones (4 and later) you will need to jailbreak your device. Afterwards install MyWi 7 or PdaNet to be able to either share the data or create an access point.

Media centre

All you need to create a streaming media centre is to hook your old smartphone up to a WiFi network and a few devices, such as network enabled HDTVs, smartphones, the PS3 and the Xbox 360. An app like Twonky allows you to create a media server directly onto smartphone allowing the shared media to be played back on all sorts of network enabled devices. Jailbreaking your old iPhone and installing the app XBMC also turns it into a full-featured media hub.

Fitness monitor

To unlock the fitness monitoring potential of your old device, all you need is the correct apps downloaded onto it. Your fitness levels, and activities will determine which app is best suited for you and there are many to choose from. Moves records things like daily steps, walking, running, and cycling, and provides an estimate of calories burned. Most apps available will record your activities by GPS, though paid versions offer more choice.

Use as a Spirit Level

Perfect for when you are in a pinch in need of a level, there is a whole host of apps available to turn your app into a precise and smart spirit level. There are plenty of paid versions available, but with a host of perfectly good free apps, it would be difficult to see why you’d pay for one. The only issue with all phones is the fact the sides are curved, so check which sides of your phone are level.

Internet Radio

Recycle your phone into a radio player, using apps such as Pandora, spotify, wahwah, songza and swell. Mount it into a suitable dock, buy cheap speakers or using a jack to plug to your sound system. The choice of radio is varied, from talk radio, to music for just the right moment.

If you have any ideas for how you like to use your old phone, do share in the comments below.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 – Leaked Image

As it gets closer to the release of any new smartphone, leaks are inevitable, as more and more stakeholders need to be introduced, but the ever reliable Veniamin Geskin has released the latest image of what appears to be the new Samsung Galaxy S8. The real life images backs up many of the claims made regarding the screen size, bezel and lack of button that has been rumoured for some time. See the image below;

Details are still yet to be released on the hardware in the new Samsung, but expect a high powered processor and over 4GB RAM.

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6 Most Anticipated Phones in 2017

The 2016 was a great year of mobile phones, but as always, there is a list of new phones that are going to be coming out that are going to raise the bar in what we expect from a mobile phone.

Headlines Specs and Features

The best phones of 2017 will offer faster performance and longer battery life, thanks to the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801. It’s also got 20 percent extra performance vs the Snapdragon 820, according to Qualcomm. You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.

Here’s our most highly anticipated phones of 2017:

  1. Apple iPhone 8
  2. Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  4. LG G6
  5. HTC 11
  6. OnePlus 4

So lets go into details about what makes these the pick of the bunch for the new phone releases.

iPhone 8

Release date: September 2017

The 2017 edition of the iPhone is going to be the iPhone’s 10th anniversary so expect this to be played upon in the run up to the conference and release. There have been a number of patents and leaks that have indicated radical changes to the design, but in reality, we are likely to see a push in functionality, maybe a move to bezel-less display, wireless charging and hidden TouchID fingerprint scanners, which will mean a removal of the home button altogether.

As soon as any leaks come out about the iPhone, you can be sure that we will write about them here on the Compare and Recycle blog!

Samsung Galaxy S8

Release date: Around April

Samsung has had some mixed feedback over the last year, with the Note 7 severely damaging their reputation, but the Unpacked event is when the new phones start getting hype behind them.

There are hints that the home button will be removed and the Samsung will be released with a bezel-less design. We will see where Samsung sit with the headphone jack as that has been a contentious issue for Apple, and we will see if Samsung follows suit.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Release date: August

With a damaged reputation behind them they need to make sure the next Samsung hits the mark with the Note 8. The almost confirmed specs include a 5.7inch Quad-HD or SuperAMOLED screen with the stylus support.

How powerful they go with the processor and RAM combo will vary depending on how committed to the mobile VR experience they are, so prepare to be disappointed if it is anything less than the very best.


Release date: End of February

In a step to make their new entry more aesthetically pleasing, LG could move towards glass front and back which makes sense the as they will be competing more directly with the Samsung S model that will release at roughly the same time.

The LG G6 has had rumours galore in that it will make use of an iris scanner, fast wireless charging and a processor and graphics that will be ready for VR.

HTC 11

Release date: April 

HTC has launched its new phones at MWC in recent years, but skipped the show in 2016 and held its own event to unveil the HTC 10. It’s expected that the successor to be launched in March/April 2017 and to have the upgrades you’d expect: a faster processor, more RAM and – hopefully – better battery life.

An early leak suggests HTC is about to reverse its fortunes with the HTC 11 – if you thought the last two HTC flagships were a little boring, prepare to be blown away by the HTC 11. If true, it will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a higher-capacity battery with Quick Charge 4.0 and a 5.5in Quad-HD screen. That’s a very high-end spec, so we’d guess that the standard model would have less RAM and storage.

OnePlus 4

Release date: May 2017

With the OnePlus 3T having just been released with an upgraded processor and battery, the excitement for the OnePlus 4 isn’t going to be at it’s highest, but for users that have enjoyed previous models, or perhaps still using one, the OnePlus 4 looks very enticing.

Other rumours suggest the OnePlus 4 will come with 8GB of RAM, a 21- or 23Mp camera and a 3,500- to 4,000mAh battery with Dash Charge. One thing we’re sure of is that it will run OxygenOS, a custom UI that will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Our top pick

We have a few favourites and in our office we are divided between the “flagship” Samsung S8 and the “flagship-killer” OnePlus 4, but it will all depend on the final specifications, and of course we will report on all these releases as they happen.

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Opinion Piece – Is the Google Pixel a Game Changer?

The Pixel brand is a new direction for Google. Google wanted Android to be device free. This allowed a community of device manufacturers to collaborate. However, Apple has dominated the high-end marketplace. Even the best efforts of HTC, Samsung and LG have yet to make a real dent in this lucrative marketplace. Pixel is meant to be the vanguard in highlighting Android’s premium qualities and its high-end abilities for the more discerning consumer. Now for the more eagle-eyed reader, yes, Google has made its own handsets before. They usually partner up in order to create a current OS variant dream phone – they’ve worked with LG, HTC and Huawei. Google also disastrously purchased Motorola and attempted to manufacture phones in the US once again.


What Google Pixel is meant to mean is a focused offering to the Android fanbase with a “Made by” Google promise. So, this is not the end of the Android alliance between manufacturers but a nuanced move by Google to create the dream version of Android and to showcase the very best of Android in both software and hardware terms. The “and hardware” is the key distinction in this argument. The features are worthy of discussion, but the fact Google wants to showcase Android, illustrates a growing disquiet among the Googlers at Mountain View. This disquiet surrounds an inability to dominate the hardware argument. Pixel changes this dynamic for Google and for the Android smartphone market as a whole!

Why does it matter? Google has wanted to push certain technologies, but some technology partners have failed to grasp the scale and role of these new software developments. Key among these is voice assistant. “OK GOOGLE” isn’t as cool as Siri or Echo or even Cortana. Google has a strong OS and a killer platform in What they don’t have is a strong human-to-machine AI personal assistant. This is because the technology has never been in Google’s favour. Pixel ends this state of affairs by creating multidirectional microphone and speaker technologies and immersing them within the bezel and device framework. The improved voice assistant is a core feature of Pixel.

The other key features are worth noting, from superfast charging to unlimited cloud photo uploads, and are all central to the Pixel experience. The unibody design, the branding, the “Made by” philosophy and the role of not white hatting Android but creating a premium Android are all worthy endeavours.

In consumer research, Android is not noted as a premium experience. Google Pixel is Alphabet’s response to this consumer problem. It is a heartfelt attempt by Google to right this wrong. However, whether the phone is a game changer depends of market and consumer attitudes. The newly-released device is selling well and has a large canon of carriers ready to offer it to their consumers. We will have to wait, but the development of the “Made by” Google Pixel device is a game changer for Google as a company. That much we know already!

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Christmas 2016 – Britain’s Most Wished For Phones

According to ZD Net, the iPhone 7 Plus jet black edition is this year’s most popular phone. In November 2016 it was the most popular choice according to Euromonitor, the retail intelligence platform. However, popularity is very subjective in a world of benchmarks and analytical models. Therefore, this article will look at user sentiment on Twitter as a model for popularity.


Using Rankur, an online social mentions toolkit, the top ten brands, according to ZD Net and Euromonitor were imputed into a list of targeted mentions. The date chosen was the 10th of November to the 10th of December. The mentions of mobile phones reached the millions. In the UK, between this period, 8.8 million mentions of phones occurred. Therefore, to get the details we wanted to looked at positive sentiment.

According to Rankur, these are the most popular, and will be under the tree of very good boys and girls across the UK this Christmas:

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
  • HTC 10
  • Google Pixel
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • OnePlus 3
  • BlackBerry Classic

The list is surprising in many ways. The top four are predictable but the inclusion of OnePlus 3 and a very retro keyboard-infused BlackBerry Classic are eye openers! Let’s explore why these phones are so popular?

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The 2016 edition of the iPhone has been deemed a success by tech reviewers and the public at large. Apple stumbled with the lack of headphone jacks and other issues, but the phone has been somewhat positively received. The larger version of the iPhone 7 is popular because of two virtues it holds over its rivals. Excellent battery life and epic performance. The downsides, as stated above the jack, along with the price tag. But the phone is still popular!

HTC 10

HTC in 2016 created a new flagship that ended the run of its ‘M’ themes phone range. The M9 was replaced by the brushed Aluminium joy that is the HTC 10. The phone divided critics with some arguing it wasn’t radical enough whilst others liked its semi-retro touches. However, consumer popularity centred on two aspects; the camera performance and the slick processing speed.

Google Pixel

We’ve covered the Pixel extensively on the Compare and Recycle blog, and how it makes the very best of the Android system in every way possible with it’s high specifications being able to handle the heaviest programmes and run Google assistant with ease. The Pixel and the Pixel XL are both available and sure to be high on the Android fans Christmas wish list.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The 2016 ‘Edge’ has been anointed TechRadar to Wired’s phone of the year! It is popular with the critics. However, consumer sales have dipped in Samsung mobile products after the recall of the Samsung Note. This issue has resulted in a decrease of positive sentiment among users. However, those braving this negativity are enjoying key features, like the epic OLED screen technology and the intelligent camera settings.

OnePlus 3

The first OnePlus was a huge surprise that punched well above its weight, the 2 was a little underwhelming and struggled to match the impact of the first. Their third has been surprisingly well received, with performance matching the current flagships and a price half the cost of the most popular ones, many people could find a OnePlus 3 under their tree, and in our opinion, they won’t be disappointed.

BlackBerry Classic

This back to basics has been a return to form for BlackBerry, welcomed for a lot of the featured that made the BlackBerry a popular phone choice to begin with, the executives and professionals will be grateful to have one of these waiting under the tree for them, who has time for a puppy anyway?

The one thing we can be certain of this year, is Santa will be busy delivering smartphones galore across the world. The above-mentioned phones will be popular stocking fillers and will help make Christmas a jolly for millions of smartphone users globally!

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Boxing Day Sales – Best Mobile Deals Here!

Boxing Day will be a major shopping event for retailers in 2016. Tens of millions of consumers, armed with vouchers and Christmas money, will descend upon the high streets of British towns and cities looking for great deals. Those looking for smartphones are no different! There will be hundreds of thousands of individuals purchasing new handsets on Boxing Day.

According to Euromonitor, Boxing Day phone sales possibly reach £258 million. This would double 2015’s expansive turnover. So, which retailers are having Boxing Day events? A lot of money is expected to change hands in December and Boxing Day is a major day for retailers. This is the day they sell their Christmas stock, so they price it appropriately so they can make money yet allowing customers to get great bargains!

This article will outline the key retailers providing Boxing Day smartphone sales extravaganzas for phone aficionados. Let’s find out where the bargains are at?


Will be offering BEATS headphones with pay monthly packages on Boxing Day week. This means a free £250 pair of headphones, for FREE! The other great deals include free £25 Apple app store or Google Play voucher with all pay monthly contracts over £ 15.50. However, there are some mega deals on Boxing Day, according to CW, with free tablets and games consoles for the first 50 purchases at stores across the UK.



Argos is always the most aggressively priced Boxing Day sales participant on the high street. So, expect great deals. According to insiders, the company is looking to offer a big Christmas Samsung event alongside a voucher and money-back deal on high end smartphone purchases. The high-street king will surprise us in 2016 as it opens its doors on Boxing Day to millions of bargain hunters!


Amazon had a great Black Friday and it is expecting an epic Christmas. Boxing Day is no different. They have started Christmas Warehouse deals and they will launch a Boxing Day event too. Furthermore, they will have deals on Huawei and LG handsets courtesy of a deal with both manufacturers and Amazon. This tie-up could see premium handsets discounted by Amazon and selling fast to bargain hungry Amazon customers.


The denizen of Middle Class respectability always provides quality Christmas deals – no free vouchers or tacky gadgets from John Lewis. However, Boxing Day 2016 will see John Lewis Electricals provide some interesting deals with key technology partners. Including £50 off the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the HTC. However, they are keeping quiet on the mega deals. So, like 2015, it’s a case of queuing up at your nearest John Lewis to grab a bargain and a free cup of coffee!

So, with so many retailers planning extravagant sales events for lucky Boxing Day patrons, you know you can find the right smartphone at the right price for your needs. The best deals, from free Beats headphones to cash back on Samsung phones, means the right deal is available to all. You just need to get out there and hit the high street running. Grab a bargain this Boxing Day!

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Apple vs Android – What does 2017 hold?

The tribal machinations of Apple versus Android are a well-documented annual rites of passage endeavour that the technology pundits love to roll out annually – and we are no different. Apple and Android have almost messianic tribal support and therefore any comparisons of the platforms usually tend to lead to some negative scorn. However, this article will just highlight what the sector’s leading thinkers believe is in store for 2017 for our famous market dominating duo of smartphone platforms.

First off, we should highlight an inconsistency. Android is not one singular device. It is a myriad of devices and platforms from Amazon to Huawei. It is a range of budgets, specs and choices. Apple is simply the iPhone. This article will highlight, for the sake of clarity, what we expect between Apple’s iOS and Android’s OS.

Android “O”

The Google-backed operating system, usually named after a dessert or sweet, will be unleashed in August 2017, carrier dependent as always. The 2017 flavour of Android, if you forgive the pun, could be a new game-changing platform. Android Andromeda has long been talked about. Google has a problem. It created Android but it also created Chome OS – the OS that powers Chromebooks or Chromeboxes. This fragmentation is a bigger problem than the device fragmentation suffered by Android smartphones. Google is working on mashing up Chrome OS with Android. One OS along all the Google platforms. The Wall Street Journal believes 2017 will be the year of the Google mashup.

Another area of possible Android greatness is the news that Android “O” will increase the capacity for the OS to utilise GPU processes within Qualcomm and other leading processor manufacturers technologies. The implications of this news have reverberated the VR community. Virtual Reality is coming in 2017 and this means that developing capacity and broadening capacity will be a central tenet of the Android “O” ecosystem. This will be further complemented by Google’s Daydream VR technology which will act as the catalyst for improved VR output on Android technologies.

Apple’s iOS 11

The year 2017 will be a pretty busy one for Apple Inc. as it launches an array of new technologies and software. Chief among said technologies and software will be its ubiquitous device-based OS. Simply called iOS. We are now in our 10th incarnation and 2017 will see the launch of the 11th version. Apple likes to keep its cards close to its chest. Leaks are usually limited and they know how to launch a product. Therefore, we only know a little bit about what’s coming Apple’s way. We know that wireless charging and augmented reality will play a big part in the overall user experience. According to both MacRumors and MacWorld, AR will be a big part of iOS 11. Patents already illustrate the software role of iOS in redefining the user experience and to help create a more useful and responsive Siri personal assistant.

The other area, as stated above, will be the wireless charging element of battery life control that iOS manages on behalf of the device. According to Bloomberg, 2017 will be the year of wireless charging for iPhone and hence iOS software. The centrality of wireless charging is the diversity – the growing public hotspots and domestic hotspots – will see an end to long over-night charging behaviour in favour of less frequent bursts of wireless charging. This, Apple argues, will help in terms of controlling battery life from a software perspective.

What the two OS platforms will bring to the table is anyone’s guess. However, if these predictions come true, we could see an interesting 2017 in mobile smartphone OS terms.

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