Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines from across the world of Android, this week’s Android circuit includes Pixel 8 Pro problems, Samsung Galaxy S24 leak, Galaxy S23 FE review, OnePlus Open and Oppo Find N3 launch, Xiaomi’s new HyperOS, And included. Emotional emoji updates, and demand for a universal wearable chargerThank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Android Circuit is here to remind you of the many things that happened around Android this past week (and you can find the weekly Apple News Digest here).
Google fixes Pixel 8 Pro photo issues
No phone out there is perfect (just ask Apple’s iPhone 15 team); The trick is how you as a creator communicate and solve those problems. Just as the aforementioned iOS smartphone is receiving a series of software updates, so is the Pixel 8 Pro, with Google highlighting known issues, such as camera post-processing problems:
“The most notable issues were with the camera, which exhibited strange artifacts, especially in high-contrast situations. We’ve now spent more than a week testing multiple models of phones around the world. We took hundreds of images and are able to gain a deeper understanding of the issues we observed… This is largely a software issue, and Google knows where the problem lies and expects a fix “very soon.”
OnePlus Open and Oppo Find N3
OnePlus has announced its first foldable phone. The OnePlus Open is a book-style foldable, reminiscent of the Galaxy Z Fold or the Honor Magic V. Since its first device, the OnePlus Alert Slider has been an important feature of OnePlus. And yes, it’s coming out in the open:
“OnePlus’ iconic alert slider is being introduced to phablet-foldables for the first time. On the OnePlus Open this slider has been redesigned from the ground up to fit into the phone’s 5.8mm compact folding body. While the slider The size of the module has been increased, its position on the mid-frame of the device has been adjusted, making things more convenient for one-handed operation. The height and width of the module interior are also 1.7mm respectively compared to the OnePlus 11 And has been reduced by 1 mm, saving up to 11 mm. 42% more space on the interior of the device.”
As for Oppo’s Find N3, both brands have previously said that the foldable handset is a joint project. Don’t expect the hardware to introduce any differences… although regional software differences and the fact that OxygenOS and ColorOS remain separate should introduce some differences. Multitasking and windowed apps could be one area:
“The Oppo Find N3 can accommodate up to three windows on the screen and in both vertical and horizontal views at any time. Oppo calls it a 15-inch virtual screen. Some apps support in-app split screen view – two Editing documents side by side in Microsoft 365 or viewing two photos side by side in Gallery. According to Oppo, 95% of mainstream apps support extended displays, and you can customize the active window in a multi-window setup to your liking. Can change the size.
Samsung S24 share display
More confirmed details on Samsung’s choice of displays for its three Galaxy S24 models. Not only will the S24, S24+ and S24 Ultra all come with Samsung’s M13 display panels, but offer the same levels of brightness, refresh and PPI:
“…the only technical difference between the different Galaxy S24 screens will be their resolution, with all three models apparently using a new M13 panel, which is reportedly more power efficient. We’ve previously heard that the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra will get an M13 screen, but it wasn’t clear if other models would also get it.
,techrev Via TechRadar).
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE reviewed
The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is packed with as many flagship features as possible at an affordable price. You’ll get a telephoto lens, IP68 rating, and a color AMOLED display. But, as Ashish Kumar found out while reviewing the device, the most significant compromise may be the battery:
“Equipped with a modest 4,500mAh battery, the Galaxy S23 FE is enough to last a whole day, if not more, with regular usage. The handset offers 5 hours of screen-on-time (SOT) with mixed usage …. [It] Supports 25W charging; However, it is important to note that the charger is not included in the box. When using a non-Samsung 80W charger, it took over 90 minutes to fully charge the device from 10 to 100 percent.
Goodbye MIUI, Hello HyperOS
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has announced its next mobile operating system, HyperOS. The current smartphone OS, MIUI, has been in use for over thirteen years with regular updates. Now it’s time for a fully functional feature to cover not only smartphones but multiple mobile devices. Xiaomi will be the first smartphone to come with 14 OS. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun:
“In 2014, when the IoT business began to take shape, we began exploratory development and validation. In 2017, the research and development of a new system to support all ecological devices and applications with an integrated system framework was officially launched. Was launched on. This is our job”
(Via Weibo Android Authority).
Easy payment to set your emoji
Google has made it easy to set your emoji’s skin color and gender, with universal preference to set all possible emotion/reaction graphics… it’s a slightly more simple process than going through 300 one by one . But there is also a global option to turn them off if the situation requires:
“A recent Google study of 2,000 participants, found a balance among users of five emoji skin tones, being able to use skin-tone emoji creates a sense of connection, pride, and representation. But study participants did not use emoji reported being very careful when using tone. For example, we are more likely to use skin-tone emoji in a private group chat with our close friends than when posting on a public message board full of strangers. Seriously, being able to turn off tones is just as important as the ability to use them in the first place.”
(Google Keyword Blog).
With Apple finally moving towards USB-C, all major smartphone companies are charging through the same port design. Chris Weddell argues that the same standard now on our smartphones should come to smartwatches and wearables.
“…When we boil it down, there are really only two options – wireless or PIN-based. Although I like some of the benefits of POGO pin charging like the one used in the new Pixel Watch 2, it can also be the most restrictive. This is because it would force every smartwatch manufacturer to put the charging contacts in the same place on the bottom of every watch – which, in many cases, would require rearranging the health sensors. Therefore, this wireless charging is the best option currently available.”
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