This week's Lowdown: Vodafone sets 5G launch date

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This week's Lowdown: Vodafone sets 5G launch date

Vodaphone 5G network get UK launch date

Vodafone is the very first UK carrier to commit to a launch date for the next-gen 5G mobile network. They announced the service will go live on the 3rd July, starting off in seven cities at first.

The seven UK cities that will initially get Vodafone’s 5G network are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London. There are plans to add 12 more cities to the list by the end of the year though; Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton. And, Vodafone will also offer 5G roaming across Germany, Italy and Spain.

Other major carriers are also preparing for the arrival of 5G. EE have plans to launch a 5G network this summer and O2 have said theirs will be out by the end of the year. There are plans to release four devices and a home router on the network in the near future, and Vodafone says that prices for a 5G plan will work out at the same as 4G equivalents.

The first phone that will be available is the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, with the Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) and the Samsung S10 5G joining the list later this month. The fourth is Huawei’s 5G foldable phone, the Huawei Mate X, which will be out this summer.

While Verizon started the 5G party early in the United States for parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, coverage has been reported to be limited and it costs $10 more over 4G. Vodafone customers will get access to the new network at no extra charge, and with launches happening across the country, we’re excited to see the results.

How Android Q is preparing for 5G

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There’s lots of exciting additions and improvements being made to Android Q, but the operating system is also being fine-tuned to better accommodate the inevitable launch of 5G.

Speed is the aim of the game, and some are carriers claiming it will be able to handle up to 1Gb per second. That means lengthy HD movies will download in just seconds, and there’ll be no more waiting around while games and videos buffer.

Android Q allows developers to more accurately detect how much data they can send to your phone, and how long it takes. Then, devs can determine how responsive their app will be, and with all this information on connectivity, they can then make apps that are much offer a more immersive and seamless experience.

Developers are also able to detect whether a user is on a ‘metered’ connection – like if they can only download a certain amount of data. For example, when you send a photo over email, you’re asked if you want to send the original size or a smaller one – the app can make that decision for you instead.

Some of these decisions could help your battery last longer and also limit how much data you use, which could be a really handy feature if you’re always running out of juice.

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