Sony Mobile is expected to launch the Xperia XA3 (the name may change) at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona later this month. This much we have known after numerous leaks. However, it now looks like Sony will also release a bigger brother, which looks identical in every way – apart from being larger. This comes from newly leaked press renders from Twitter leaker Roland Quandt (@rquandt).
NHK WORLD-JAPAN is launching on January 15th of next year a new online Chinese-language service. NHK Huayu Shijie will broadcast some of the most popular programs that focus on news, culture and current events.
The service will be for five hours on weekdays. Five anchors will each be assigned a day and bring the news on that day, starting at seven PM.
Samsung confirmed at its developers’ conference last week that it will soon be launching the Android Pie beta program for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Owners of these handsets in select countries will finally be able to get a taste of Pie if they manage to snag a place in the beta program. Samsung is reportedly going to launch the program later today.
The folks at SamMobile reached out to Samsung’s customer support staff in Germany who confirmed that the Android Pie beta for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will launch today. It’s pertinent to mention here that the United States, Germany, and South Korea were confirmed as the first markets for the beta last week. So if the beta is going live in Germany today there’s a good chance it will be out in the United States as well.
At Inter Bee 2018 (Tokyo/Japan), Docomo has installed a 5G demo truck with a huge screen inside to demonstrate the power of 5G live streaming video.
The Truck is driving across Japan as part of Docomo’s 5G awareness campaign and has a live 5G base station at the top. The truck we went into didn’t use a live connection, perhaps because the trade show location doesn’t have 5G coverage yet. To reproduce the normal experience, Docomo used pre-recorded videos from previous sessions.
On October 2, NMB48 held their eighth anniversary live at Makuhari Messe. During the encore, it was announced that member Yoshida Akari will be launching an apparel brand next spring.
Yoshida declared, "When Saya-nee announced her graduation, we were wondering what would happen to NMB. I will lead NMB48 in my own way." She added, "I hope my apparel brand becomes successful so that I can be better known and contribute to the group."
Japan's Prime Minister and the former Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party have officially launched their campaigns to lead the main ruling party. The race will also effectively decide who leads Japan.
Representatives from both Shinzo Abe and Shigeru Ishiba filed papers at party headquarters.