Welcome to another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. If you are new, this is your roundup of the week’s technology news stories.
Let’s kick things off with a couple of gaming stories. Crash Bandicoot is a trilogy of games that has was recently remastered in the form of Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy (an HD remaster of the game). However, the impossible has happened as Crash Bandicoot is coming to the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and the PC. It will be released on the 10th of July for all three platforms. We’ve seen spin-off games on Xbox 360 and the GameCube (and GameBoy Advance). However, we’ve never seen the mainline Crash Bandicoot trilogy come to any other console.
Of course the big Nintendo gaming story is the fact that Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Nintendo Switch. It’s coming out in 2018(later this year). No solid release dates as yet but we do know that Mario and Link are going to be in it.
Google’s Android operating system for smartphones and tablets is getting an upgrade soon. The code name of the new version is Android P. Google has released a developer preview of Android P that you can download right now. There are a few caveats: First of all, you need to have a Google Pixel device in order to download it. The other caveat is that Android P is still a work in progress so expect to run into a few bugs. Last but not least if you are going to install this, then I would highly recommend installing it on a second-pixel device (if you have one). Some of the new features include the ability to see a few lines of messages in notifications and better autofill (to make it easier to fill out username/password forms).
Here in the UK 4G has been around in smartphones for a while. It only feels like yesterday that we saw O2 and other mobile phone networks offering up 4G specific contracts for smartphones. Well, it turns out that the government wants to push things forward. The UK government has announced that they are investing £25 million to test 5G in the UK. 5G is the next generation of mobile/cellular internet connectivity. Amounts between £2 million and £5 million will be invested to see how beneficial 5G would be for rural areas, tourism, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing and self-driving cars. Keep in mind that it will be a while before we see the likes of O2, Three and EE offering up 5G contracts and smartphones with 5G here in the UK.
Lastly, Microsoft has announced an upcoming feature for Xbox One called Auto Low Latency mode. Some TVs have a “game mode” functionality to reduce lag that a TV might add to a game. If your TV has such a feature then Auto Low Latency will kick in and activate your TV ‘s “game mode” functionality when you are playing a game on Xbox One. Auto Low Latency will be available through a software update which will come out later this year.
That’s going to do it for this edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. What were your favorite stories of the week? Let me know in the comments.