Looking back at seven days of news and headlines in the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s Galaxy Flip 5 plans, Pixel 7a design leaks, OnePlus’ OxygenOS move, WearOS’ new apps, and Microsoft’s Surface Insider program. includes plans for , the fall of Huawei, and why Elon Musk won’t launch a rival phone.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that happened around Android last week (Check out our weekly Apple News Digest here).
Galaxy Z Flip 5 new style revealed
Foldable phones have many problems to overcome, one of which is that no matter how you fold your phone, there is always a slight visual and physical distortion in the twisted part. Samsung’s next iteration of the Galaxy Z Flip hopes to address it:
“Next year, the Galaxy Z Flip series could receive some of the most significant upgrades since the launch of the first model in 2020. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 will feature a larger cover display and a new hinge. The updated hinge design eliminates creases on the foldable display.”
lPixel 7a design leak
A consistent design language, as seen in Google’s Pixel series of smartphones, leaves room for style and identity in each handset. Naturally, the Pixel 7a (scheduled to launch in early June 2023) follows in the footsteps of its larger counterparts, but it also comes with some unique features.
“When it comes to the front panel, the device has thick bezels around it and a very thick chin. To place the front camera, the device has a punch-hole cutout at the top center of the display. The power button and The volume rocker is on the right back of the handset, and the SIM tray is visible on the left back.”
(via OnLeaks smart pre).
OnePlus Announces OxygenOS 13.1 Update
OnePlus is at the forefront of the smartphone security and update debate with this week’s announcement. His four major versions of Android and his five years of security patches. The good news about OxygenOS doesn’t end there.
“This week, OnePlus promised four major Android updates and five years of security patches for select models of phones launching next year… but the next version of OxygenOS, the OnePlus overlay for Android, With many other innovations in the first half of 2023, OxygenOS 13.1 promises users significant enhancements with enhanced security and improved accessibility features.”
Google works with new WearOS app
There are some notable gaps in WearOS 3 when it comes to apps and tiles (as seen in the recently released Pixel Watch). Google knows where they are and is working to address some of them in the next release.
“…I just found out that Google is testing both Gmail and Calendar for Wear OS. I wasn’t sure if it included creating an event or creating a new email, but this experience is described as “perfect”. “
Android Insider Program for Surface Duo
It may not look like a regular phone (and it definitely doesn’t if you’re making the most of it), but Microsoft has been visually committed to Android for years. The next step is to get more people involved in software development. Think Windows Insider. However, for newer platforms:
“So far, Microsoft’s Surface Duo running Android doesn’t have an Insider Program, but that could change soon. I found a reference to Program. An Android update for Surface Duo is available. “
Huawei’s exit from Europe
At one point, Huawei was poised to challenge Samsung in the global smartphone market, lead in Europe, and expand into America. Until it was included in the U.S. list of companies and banned U.S. companies from working with China-based manufacturers.
“Huawei’s predicament was summed up in a speech to executives given by founder Ren Zhengfei at the company’s Shenzhen headquarters in July. He presented three of the challenges the company faced over the past three years. hostility from Washington, chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have upended global supply chains and heightened European concerns about over-dependence on countries like China. ”
No, Elon Musk isn’t going to build his own smartphone to compete with Apple or Google…especially since this story started as a typical “hipster” Twitter reply. To make it viable, not to mention the critical mass of developers and users:
“There are many who attribute Elon Musk’s cult of personality, and unsurprisingly, some Twitter users have responded to Musk’s tweets in support of his ideas. Would it ditch Apple’s blue speech bubble and join the mask? That’s hard to say.
“On the business side, competitors like Apple and Samsung dominate the US smartphone market. Musk and his followers can carve out a small portion of the global smartphone market, but the competition will be fierce.”
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