Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes Galaxy S23 leaks, confirmed Pixel 7 Pro details, updates to security raise battery questions, new Android emoji, ColorOS with Android 13 released, OnePlus preferred feature returns, Google loses Antitrust appeal and brings Apple’s Dynamic Island to Android.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that happened around Android in the past week (and you can find Apple’s weekly news digest here).
Galaxy S23 details leaked
With the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 out of the way, Samsung’s high-end handset focuses on the Galaxy S23 lineup. With a launch scheduled for early February 2023, what can we expect from the new flagship? Thanks to the handset appearing in regulatory filings, we know a bit more about upcoming handsets
“The battery that will be used inside the Galaxy S23+ has appeared in a certification database. Safety Korea, a South Korean agency that certifies batteries, has certified the Galaxy S23+ battery. In comparison, the battery of the Galaxy S22+ was certified in September 2021, and that could mean the Galaxy S23 series could launch in February 2023.”
Creating the Pixel 7 Pro Palette
Announced at Google I/O earlier in the year, with a full launch on October 6, Google’s upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro handsets are set to define the Android space (at least in terms of Google’s vision). And thanks to a bit of marketing in Japan, we have confirmation of the most important trendy colors for smartphones:
“Google Japan posted on Twitter and its own website showing off the four different colorways, linking each to potato chip flavors it (presumably) invented. There’s Hazel Onion for the off-green version, Salty Lemon for the lime green. , Obsidian Pepper for the black combo and, our favorite, Snow Cheese for the white.”
(GoogleTwitter through TechRadar).
Security is nothing without power
Does Android have a problem with five years of security updates becoming the norm? At first glance, certainly not; it encourages phones to be used longer, helps the environment and respects consumers’ budgets. The problem is that five years is going to be a tough time for modern batteries.
“Most of the major smartphone brands today tout long-term update promises to some degree, although they are usually limited to high-end devices. Samsung is undoubtedly the leader in this regard, offering four OS updates and five years of security patches for its phones, but other gamers aren’t too shabby either with three OS updates and four years of patches… But a long update commitment doesn’t mean much if an integral hardware issue isn’t addressed first…we’re talking about ditching removable batteries in favor of fixed designs.”
Let’s High Five The New Emoji
With the release of Unicode 15, there are new emoji for everyone to enjoy. Google’s developer team talked about the new emoji, how they’re rolling out to Android, and how you can update them and include them in your mobile life right now:
“Among the collection is a wing, a left and right hand and a shaking face. Now you too can fly piggies, kick high fives and shake your boots as a emoji [at least on your smartphone – Ewan]. These new characters bring our emoji total to 3,664 and all of them will soon be coming to Android and will be available on Google products early next year.”
Oppo launches ColorOS 13 with Android 13
Oppo’s latest ColorOS version (reviewed here) is now available on a number of devices. The notable point of this version is Android 13 as the basis of the operating system. The rollout takes around six months and starts with the latest handsets, including the Find X5.
“Starting today, September 15, Oppo is rolling out the “official” version of Android 13 to select devices. The Find X5 will start receiving the update in France and the United Arab Emirates, while the Find X5 Pro is currently getting the update in Thailand. , Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, France and Australia, although Oppo says the update is not yet available for carrier-sold models.
The OnePlus 11 alert slider is back
The recent OnePlus 10T tossed aside a number of features to pack in as much power as possible. One of them was the iconic alert slider, with a note that this wasn’t the end of the physical feature. And the latest leaked photos of next year’s OnePlus 11 Pro model confirm its return:
“The images show that some things in the device will remind you of what we all missed in the latest OnePlus 10T, yes, I am talking about the Alert Slider and Hasselblad sensors. Here we will talk in detail about the features that are going be part of the OnePlus 11 Pro that we’ve certainly missed in most OnePlus 10 series devices.”
(Onleaks Via Smartprix)
Google loses appeal against EU antitrust ruling
Google’s latest appeal against the 2018 antitrust charge brought against it by the European Union gave the revenue-sharing scheme the green light, but other practices regarding the bundling of Google search and navigation apps have been confirmed:
“The original 2018 charge against Google found the company abused its dominant market position by forcing Android phone makers to restrict how they sold their devices. Manufacturers had to agree not to sell phones using variants of Android (“forks”) not approved by Google, and to pre-install Google Search and Chrome apps alongside the company’s App Store, the Play Store. Google also paid phone makers and mobile operators to exclusively install Google Search on devices as part of a revenue-sharing scheme.
“…The Tribunal’s decision today upheld the vast majority of the Commission’s original charges. However, the Court concluded that Google’s revenue-sharing schemes with manufacturers did not constitute an abuse of market power by Google, and therefore reduced the fine accordingly by around 5% to 4.1 billion dirhams. ‘euros.’
Apple’s big UI change is the Dynamic Island, designed to hide the pill cutout on the new iPhone 14 handsets. And with such an amazing UI and such a powerful name, Android users will surely feel left out… right? TechDroider’s Vaibhav Jain spotted a dynamic island-inspired theme for Android users from Xiaomi. It is available in the Xiaomi Theme Store as “Grumpy UI”. Adamya Sharma wonders if we’ll see a similar user interface adopted by one of the many Android makers:
“Android phones have been actively moving away from pill notches or all sorts of notches, so it would make little sense for Android OEMs to implement a similar feature. But if we’ve learned anything over time, it’s all possible in smartphone space, and as far as we know, some iteration of Dynamic Island may be coming to Android devices in the future.”
(Vaibhav Jain and Android Authority).
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