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24 Feb 2017: We've rounded up all the biggest mobile tech stories of the week...
This week: Bitesize mobile news

Instagram album posting goes live

A new Instagram feature that lets you post up to ten photos and videos in one post has gone live. You’ll now be able to pick up to ten photos and clips, and reorder them to create an album for your friends to browse.

Filters can be applied to all the snaps in one go, or individually. Once posted, three blue dots will appear at the bottom of the post to let others know they can swipe to see more. To get the feature you’ll need to update the app from the App Store on iOS or Google Play on your Android device.

WhatsApp gets Snapchat Stories-like statuses

Popular messaging app, WhatsApp, has changed the way it displays your online status. Now instead of displaying statuses such as ‘Away’ or ‘Busy’ you can use it to share photos, videos, or GIFs with a caption. What you share will be visible to selected friends for just 24 hours. The update will be rolling out today to coincide with WhatsApp’s 8th birthday.

Skyrim and Fallout creator plans new mobile game

Bethesda Game Studios – the company behind console games Skyrim and Fallout 4 - is planning a new mobile game.

Speaking to Gixel, Bethesda’s executive producer, Todd Howard, revealed that the upcoming game will be a “unique” and “very different style game” from what’s currently out there. The studio’s most recent game – Fallout Shelter – currently has around 75 million players, according to Howard. We’ll bring you more on Bethesda’s next big mobile game when we hear it.

Amazon Echo could get Alexa voice calling this year

Your Amazon Echo could get voice calling by the end of 2017, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to unnamed sources, Amazon is looking to offer voice calling once you’ve paired your phone number with an Echo device. So you’d be able to call your buddy Geoff from your living room sofa by saying “Alexa, call Geoff”, and chat using your Echo as a speakerphone.

YouTube to ditch un-skippable 30-second ads

If you browse YouTube on your mobile you’ll be pleased to know the app will be ditching its un-skippable 30-second ads in favour of more user-friendly shorter ads. The change will kick in from 2018, and should make browsing the app a more pleasant experience.

Next Microsoft Hololens tipped for 2019

If you’re planning on buying the next version of Microsoft’s Hololens augmented reality headset, you may have to wait until 2019, news site Thurrott reports. It’s believed that Microsoft will instead offer a more incremental follow-up while the company focusses on making the next Hololens feel more like a generational leap, and not just a minor upgrade. The first version of the headset will continue to be improved with updated software.

Futurama mobile game to feature show’s cast

Fox has announced that a new Futurama mobile game is being worked on. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will feature the show’s original voice actors, and have input from its creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen.

Little’s known about the game, except that it will be a free download. Here’s hoping it recaptures the humour and feel of the show’s earlier episodes.

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