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Weekly Tech Wrap: Foldable iPhone In The Works, Xbox Games Coming to PlayStation, More Top Technology News

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Apple building foldable prototypes. Xbox games coming to PlayStation. Nothing Phone 2a renders suggest the absence of Glyph UI. The world of technology was dominated by these headlines in the week that was. Take a look.

Apple Foldable In The Works

A report by The Information suggests that Apple may be on the brink of introducing foldable devices, with at least two prototypes in active development featuring clamshell-style folding mechanisms. Apple’s exploration into foldable technology isn’t new, with the tech giant venturing into this domain as early as 2018.

According to sources cited by The Information, Apple is currently working on prototypes for two iPhone models capable of folding widthwise, akin to a clamshell design.

However, it’s important to note that these developments pertain to prototypes, and there’s no guarantee that they will materialise into consumer products. The success of the project ultimately depends on whether the final product meets Apple’s stringent design standards.

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Nothing Phone 2a Will Miss Glyph?

Anticipation is mounting as Nothing, the pioneering UK startup led by former OnePlus executive Carl Pei, gears up to introduce its latest creation, the Nothing Phone 2a, in India later this month. Prior to the official launch, a leaked image of the smartphone has emerged online, shedding light on some distinctive design aspects.

The leaked image, unveiled by trusted source Steve H. McFly (@onleaks) in partnership with Smartprix, reveals the rear side of the device adorned with a refreshed design boasting a white hue. Interestingly, the image suggests the absence of the Glyph Interface, a hallmark feature present in Nothing’s earlier Phone 1 and Phone 2 iterations.

In contrast to its predecessors, the Nothing Phone 2a appears to showcase a transparent rear panel, diverging from the customisable LED array of the Glyph interface. Furthermore, the camera arrangement on the Nothing Phone 2a deviates from its forerunners, showcasing two vertically aligned lenses positioned in the top-left corner, complemented by Nothing branding and regulatory indicators at the bottom.

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Xbox Games Coming To PlayStation?

Microsoft is on the brink of unveiling its strategic initiatives regarding the expansion of Xbox exclusives to additional gaming platforms, such as PS5 and Nintendo Switch, according to insider sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans. Details surrounding the company’s cross-platform approach have gradually emerged, with recent reports hinting at the possibility of the highly anticipated Indiana Jones game making its debut on the PS5 as well. Amidst a weekend marked by leaks and speculation among Xbox enthusiasts, Microsoft is preparing to shed light on its forthcoming plans for Xbox during an upcoming business update event scheduled for the following week.

Responding to the mounting speculation and apprehension within the gaming community, Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, sought to reassure fans in a post on X, affirming, “We’re attentive to your feedback.” Spencer tantalised followers with hints about the impending business update event, expressing enthusiasm for delivering more detailed insights into the company’s vision for the future of Xbox.

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Pixel Fold 2 Renders Out In Wild

In a bid to expand its presence in the foldable smartphone market, Google is reportedly gearing up to unveil the Pixel Fold 2. Following the success of its predecessor, the Pixel Fold, which debuted last year, the tech giant is said to be making significant design enhancements to its upcoming device.

Rumours surrounding the Pixel Fold 2 have been swirling, fueled by leaked renders that recently surfaced online. These renders depict a sleeker form factor compared to its predecessor, along with a redesigned camera module that draws parallels to the aesthetics of the OnePlus Open. Additionally, speculation is rife that the Pixel Fold 2 will be equipped with the latest Tensor G4 chipset, further enhancing its performance capabilities.

A recent report from Android Authority shed light on a solitary hands-on image purportedly showcasing the Pixel Fold 2. Notable observations from the image include a slimmer cover display, which appears notably smaller than the 5.8-inch display featured on the original Pixel Fold. Moreover, insiders suggest that the inner screen of the Pixel Fold 2 will adopt an aspect ratio leaning towards a square shape, evoking similarities to the OnePlus Open’s form factor.

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Bard Is Now Gemini

Google has revealed its decision to rechristen the Bard chatbot as Gemini, coinciding with the debut of a dedicated Gemini application tailored for Android devices. Alongside this rebranding, the tech behemoth has disclosed its consolidation of all Duet AI capabilities within Google Workspace, consolidating them under the umbrella of the Gemini brand. Additionally, the corporation has introduced the public rollout of Gemini Ultra 1.0, acclaimed as the most comprehensive and sophisticated iteration of Google’s large language model (LLM).

Effective immediately, Gemini will be accessible in English across more than 150 countries and territories. Moreover, Gemini Advanced will be bundled with the Google One AI Premium Plan, available at a subscription fee of $19.99 per month, inclusive of a complimentary two-month trial period.

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That’s it from the world of tech headlines this week. Stay tuned to this space for more top stories next week.

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