This Week’s Chitter Chatter – the Samsung Galaxy A7, iOS 8 & Another New Phone from BlackBerry

We could be seeing yet another smartphone from mobile phone giants Samsung before the end of this year. There are reports that Samsung are currently testing a new handset which will be called the Samsung Galaxy A7. Samsung are expected to add to their Galaxy smartphone series with a new range of mobile phones which will follow in the footsteps of their new Galaxy Alpha smartphone and will be known as the Galaxy A series. The new A series are likely to be aimed at the middle of the market and will be very competitively priced. The Galaxy A7 is anticipated to feature a 5.5-inch HD screen and could be released next month.

Talking of new handsets, BlackBerry’s new square-screen Passport smartphone, launched just weeks ago, could soon have a sibling. It’s been reported that BlackBerry are already working on the Passport 2 smartphone which could make its debut at the 2015 MWC. As well as the BB2 handset, it’s rumoured that the Canadian smartphone maker are busy designing several other handsets, one said to be a more classic smartphone and the other an ‘unconventional’ handset which will wow the mobile phone industry. Watch this space for the latest additions to BlackBerry’s smartphone range here.

iOS_8From handsets to the software that drives them and, after an initial false start, Apple’s new operating system iOS 8 was relaunched last week. iOS 8.0.2 comes with fixes to the problems users experienced with network connections and TouchID. The new version of iOS 8 has a fantastic range of great new features such as totally hands-free Siri (you can activate Siri with just your voice), identify and purchase tracks in a matter of seconds, scan your credit card to store payment information for purchase and improved parental controls by setting time limits and access to certain areas of the handset such as the keyboard.

And finally, a new ruling from the European Aviation Safety Agency has given the green light for the use of mobile phones onboard airlines as it’s been determined that they don’t pose a risk to the safety of aircraft. At the moment, mobile phones need to be turned off or switched to flight mode before take-off but soon, we could see some airlines permitting the use of mobile phones throughout the duration of a flight. The decision on whether or not to allow passengers to use their mobile phones in the air will be down to the individual airline. A safety assessment and the installation of onboard mobile technology to provide passengers with a signal at high altitudes, will need to be provided before this becomes a reality but it’s certainly a possibility for the near future.