Android Circuit: Galaxy S23 surprise, OnePlus shock decision, powerful Pixel 7 Pro leaks – Forbes | Hot Mobile Press

A look back at seven days of news and headlines from the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes the Galaxy S23 SnapDragon surprise, Samsung’s massive results, Google Pixel 6a review, Asus ZenFone 9 launch, the Shock decision from OnePlus and Pixel 7 camera leaks, and ten years of Google Play Store.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have been happening around Android over the past week (and you can find the weekly Apple News Digest here).

The dragon awaits the S23

According to Qualcomm’s Earnings Call, Samsung will increase its reliance on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon system-on-chip. CEO Cristiano Amon hinted that Qualcomm’s stake in the product would increase. While there’s no indication it’ll be 100 percent about the Galaxy S line and upcoming S23 family, it’s undoubtedly strongly suggested:

“In response to an analyst’s question for more details on this deal with Samsung, Amon added, “The way you should think about it, Snapdragon will be powering their Galaxy line, their flagship Galaxy products. And what I can say at this point is we were 75% on the Galaxy S22 prior to the deal. You should remember that we will be much better on the Galaxy S23 and beyond.”

(SamMobile).

Samsung’s successful quarter

Samsung reported a strong quarter with revenue up 21 percent year-on-year and operating profit up 12 percent year-on-year. The star of the show? The premium smartphone market is essentially the Galaxy S22 family.:

“If you look at sales across different segments, half of the increased sales came from the Mobile eXperience (MX) space, where premium products (namely the Galaxy S22 series) were much more desirable in 2021 compared to their predecessors.

(GSM Arena).

Google Pixel 6a review

Announced at Google I/O earlier this year, the Google Pixel 6a is in stores now and comes with five years of security updates. That’s a long time for a mid-range phone, which is no doubt achievable given that it runs on Google’s own Tensor Mobile chip, and the company has far more control over that chip over its design lifetime than any other potential vendor. Nathan Spendelow reviews the handset, starting with the big ticket items and what they say about the phone:

“Google has taken a leaf out of the Apple iPhone SE manual, adjusting its flagship’s processing power and making cuts elsewhere. The Pixel 6a uses Google’s own Tensor chip, giving it the same processing and graphical grunt as the full-on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. This is backed by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.”

(expert reviews).

The compact Asus ZenFone 9 in review

This week, Asus announced its latest smartphone, the ZenFone 9. Powered by the SnapDragon 8+Gen 1, with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, this is a smartphone that follows the high-spec path. But it takes a different tack in terms of size, with a relatively small 5.9-inch screen being the key feature of a small package.

“There’s a certain inevitability to the specs (like last year’s Snapdragon 888 was refurbished with the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 system on the chip); Memory and storage options are again expected 8/128, 8/256 or 16/256 for memory and storage, and there’s more stability in the camera body.

“…Compared to the current smartphones, the ZenFone 9 is a small smartphone. The 5.9 inch display is designed so that the handset fits comfortably in one hand and in any reasonably sized bag. The phone is thicker than the current fad, which is emphasized by the two huge camera lens bezels.”

(Forbes).

OnePlus drops mute switch for 10T

Ahead of the launch next week on August 3, OnePlus has confirmed a few more details about the OnePlus 10T, and for longtime OnePlus fans, this will raise some eyebrows. One of the key differentiators, the physical three-way alarm slide, will be removed from the upcoming OxygenOS handset:

“The alert slider has been a staple on OnePlus’ flagship phones for years, and it offers a quick and easy way to put their phones on silent and vibrate modes without having to tap through any on-screen menus.” In an email -Interview with The Verge, OnePlus boss Designer Hope Liu said that eliminating the slider was necessary to allow the 10T to have enough space inside for other components needed for “high-wattage charging, a large battery capacity and a better antenna signal” are required.

(The edge).

Sensor secrets and selfie cameras from Google

Hidden in various bits of code are details about the sensors that Google will be bringing to its new Pixel hardware.; they have been selected and highlighted by Kuba Wojciechowski. And once you have an idea of ​​the components and the capabilities, you can start thinking about how to use them.

“…Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will both use the Samsung 3J1 as a front-facing sensor, allowing them to take 11MP selfie photos…. The more interesting tidbit for the front camera is that, like the IMX663 before it, the Samsung 3J1 sensor features Dual Pixel Autofocus (DPAF). While DPAF is often used to create spectacular portrait/bokeh photos, we also learned that the camera’s depth data should also play a role in the face unlock system, which Google is still actively developing for the Pixel series.

(9to5Google).

And finally…

It’s been ten years since the Google Play Store opened to offer a one-stop shop for Android app needs. To celebrate the decade, the team took a look back at their big moments:

“A decade later, more than 2.5 billion people in over 190 countries use Google Play to discover apps, games and digital content every month. And more than 2 million developers work with us to build their business and reach people around the world. As we celebrate 10 years of Google Play, here are 10 of our favorite milestones and features from the past decade.”

You can explore the ten moments on the Google Blog.

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