Tech News of the Week: iOS 8, Google Android I and PopKey

Sophie Hardbattle By Sophie Hardbattle

This week has been a fairly big one for techies. Everyone was talking about the release of Apple's iOS 8, Google launched the Android One and we saw a handful of weird and wonderful apps appear out of the woodwork. Here is our roundup of the week...


iOS 8

Because the last update was such a big one, I think a lot of us were expecting just that little bit more from Apple. It doesn't help that many people had to delete their photos, music, apps and their family pet, just to have enough storage space to install the update.

The aesthetics didn't change too much, which I was disappointed about. However, there were a few notable features, like the improved predictive text or the introduction to the HealthKit app, but I'm not sure they were worth the time it took to install.

Just think what you could have done with all that time it took... What you could have done with the time it took to update to iOS 8

iPhone 6

Apple broke their old record by selling more than 4 million new iPhones in the first 24 hours of pre-orders. In comparison, two years ago, Apple sold 2 million units of the iPhone 5, in the first 24 hours.


Google are paving the way in closing the gap between the 1.75 billion people in the world who own a smart phone and the 5 billion who don't.

The company plans to do this with their Android One scheme; releasing 'high quality' smart phones, on a budget. The first three phones in the series have been launched in India for 6,299 Indian Rupees (which equates to £63).

Google say that more countries will have these smart phones by the beginning of 2015.

Wakie Alarm App

There is literally an app for everything. And here is an awkward example of this; the Wakie Alarm. It is available on Android and Windows (we are promised an iOS version soon... Yay?) and it is an app that allows strangers, from around the world, to wake each other up via an anonymous phone call.

You can either be a 'Wakie' or a 'Sleepyhead', depending on whether you want to wake someone up, or be woken up. It is completely anonymous, the only thing you find out is where they are calling from and then after one minute the phone call cuts out.


This is one of the new keyboard variations that you can install after iOS 8, which allows you to have a keyboard full of GIFs. There is a pre-selected library or you could add your own. What more could I ask for, than spamming my friends with irrelevant cute puppy GIFs?

What do you think about the developments in tech this week?



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