5 great things in tech today: the OnePlus 6, YouTube Music and more

OnePlus 6

Whether you're interesting in gaming, smartphones or music, there's something for you in today's tech roundup, courtesy of our friends at TechRadar. We've got updates from Microsoft, YouTube, OnePlus and Samsung, plus an interesting new Switch competitor.

1. Take a look at the brand new OnePlus 6

It looks like OnePlus has done it again, combining top-end specs with mid-range prices in its 2018 flagship, the OnePlus 6. It boasts a 6.28-inch screen (with a notch), a Snapdragon 845 chip, and a dual-lens camera around the back. The smartphone was launched by OnePlus at a special event yesterday and goes on sale next week – TechRadar has the full low-down on the phone, including specs, prices, and everything else you need to know.

2. YouTube is taking on Spotify again with YouTube Music

YouTube Music

YouTube Music

YouTube is adding a new YouTube Music subscription to its existing YouTube Music app – for a monthly fee you can keep the music going in the background, download songs to listen to offline, and remove the ads next to clips. For a little extra, you can remove the ads on all YouTube videos, with a new subscription called YouTube Premium – that's a rebranded version of YouTube Red, which launched in the US in 2014. Keep up at the back.

3. Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 just two months away?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The next upcoming flagship phone to turn your attention to is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and the latest speculation suggests it could be as little as two months away – that's based on mysterious-sounding "industry sources" speaking to the Korea Herald. Apparently the 6.38-inch phone is going to be officially unveiled at the end of July, as Samsung looks to make up for some disappointing Galaxy S9 sales and get in ahead of the iPhone XI.

4. The Xbox Adaptive Controller makes for more accessible gaming

Xbox Adaptive Controller

The Xbox Adaptive Controller

As previously rumoured, Microsoft has announced a new accessible controller for the Xbox, designed for anyone who has difficulty using the standard controllers. Called the Xbox Adaptive Controller, it's going on sale later this year, and has been developed in partnership with groups including The AbleGamers Charity. Other peripherals can be plugged into the device to enable gamers to create whatever custom setup they like.

5. Wonder is an Android-powered console coming for the Switch


The Wonder might look like this...

The Nintendo Switch is soon going to have some competition in the hybrid console market, thanks to the Android-based Wonder device, which looks to mix the best parts of smartphone gaming with the traditional console experience. The gadget is still in development apparently, but its makers are said to be aiming high – users will get all the standard Android goodies, but also be able to hook it up to a big screen for gaming.