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Sony announce C5 Ultra & M5, new iPhones dated, Windows RT Update 3: This Week's Headlines

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Good evening folks! Apologies for the late publication of this weekly news roundup; I've been at gamescom in Cologne, Germany this whole week and I've just returned to the UK. There have been quite a few interesting announcements this week for Apple and Android fans, so take a look!

 

Sony announce C5 Ultra and M5

Sony announced two mid-range phones with strong imaging capabilities this week. The C5 Ultra is a phablet-sized device with a 13-megapixel front-facing camera and a 6-inch edge-to-edge screen. The M5 goes further, with a 21-megapixel rear camera and 13-megapixels up front, plus better specs.  

 

Sony announce IFA event to announce Android devices

Sony aren't pausing for breath any time soon either. The Japanese corporation has announced a press event on September 2nd, with an image that teases mobiles, wearables and accessories. New Xperia phones - including a flagship 'Z' device - and a new Android smartwatch seem obvious contenders.

 

Google commit to monthly Android security updates

Normally security fixes for Android and other mobile operating systems are included in system updates, and can take several weeks or even months to be delivered. Google is aiming to change this in the future, and has publically committed to delivering monthly security updates for still-supported Nexus devices. The first monthly update arrived this week, although the staged rollout system means that it could arrive a little later on some devices than on others.

 

Apple rumoured to launch new iPhones on September 9th

Apple release new iPhones each September, but there's some variance in the exact date. This year though, it's rumoured that Apple will choose exactly the same date as last year - September 9th. As well as the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Buzzfeed claims that we'll also see new iPad models and a new Apple TV.   

 

iOS 9 to include fix for weak WiFi performance

Sometimes, WiFi networks can suck - you're too far away, or the router is being overloaded, and you get slow or nonexistent internet service that's probably worse than using 3G. In iOS 9, your iPhone will automatically detect crappy WiFi signals, and switch to mobile service instead. The new feature is called WiFi Assist, and it's available in the iOS 9 beta 3, under Settings > Mobile.

 

 Windows RT Update 3 details emerge

Windows RT was largely a failure for Microsoft, with some initial enthusiasm for the mobile-based OS quickly deteriorating in the face of withering reviews and minimal OEM support. However, it's not quite the end of the road for owners of RT devices - while they won't be updated to Windows 10 proper, they will receive "Update 3". This week Microsoft announced that the update would include some W10 elements - the new start menu and an updated lock screen. The update will be released next month.

Conclusion

That's all folks! I'll update this post when I can with photos; until then I hope you've enjoyed this low-fi edition of the This Week's Headlines. Thanks for tuning in and see you again next week!

25 Comments

It seems like Sony has realised that it should be pushing its camera technologies in its mid-range phones as well. It makes a lot of sense considering how important they are to smartphone users, however, not many mid range phones seem to sell that well!

phenomenon

Wow! RT isn't dead after-all. That was a surprise.

prophet
The iPhone 6 / 6s were available in store on September 19th last year so expect it to be around the same date. Looking forward to the launch!
navigator
The new Apple wifi feature sounds a great way to incurr large mobile data bills without realising it. It needs to be very clear to the user that they are no longer using wifi.
chaperon

Hi

Nice read once again

I'm looking forward to a hot autumn full of smartphone releases ( mostly leaked ahead of time) 

Blackberry Venice, new Nexus etc 

 

Also looking forward to titles in them papers stating that teenager accrued 5000£phone bill for using Internet mobile data while holidaying with her/his parents (usually outside EU) via ios 9 WiFi assist killer feature 😈😀😈😀

 

 

I'm always a year behind buying new Apple phones ! Have the 6 plus and love the bigger screen for my ageing eyes , always like to know what's going on with new technology ! Thanks
seer
It doesn't matter how frequent Google release security updates if the handset manufacturers are not passing the updates on. The majority of Android owners don't have Nexus devices or custom ROMs.
trainee

Hopefully Sony will make a massive comeback in the mobile industry With The Z5 and the M5.

 

I reaaaally want Sony to kick Apple's and Samsungs butts!!! Smiley Very Happy

seer
I'd like to see Sony do better as well.
prophet

@chef_ronin

@inspiron42 

 

I'm sure there will be some indication. There is always the standard icon that appears at the top of the screen to indicate whether wifi is on or not but let's see if Apple introduce something more obvious. Although I wouldn't care if they didn't. The icon at the top is enough for me personally Smiley Happy