Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android circuit includes the Galaxy Z Fold 4 camera leak, OnePlus 10 news, Google’s iOS to Android tool, Pixel Smartwatch design revealed, the importance of Pixel 6a, examining Android in Windows and Microsoft’s latest Android update.
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).
The Fold Ultra Comparison
Samsung is expected to launch its premium camera in the latest foldable smartphone. The Galaxy Z Fold 4, expected this summer, will sit alongside the flagship S22 Ultra, according to
“According to tipster Dohyun Kim, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will bring an all-new main camera sensor. The upcoming foldable phone, which will be launched in the second half of this year, is said to feature a 108MP main camera It could be the same 1/1.33″ camera sensor used in the Galaxy S22 Ultra. If this information is correct, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 could offer a significant improvement in image quality.”
The ten finally arrive
Not least due to its absence when the OnePlus 10 Pro first launched, specs and details about a potential OnePlus 10 handset have been picked up. While Qualcomm and MediaTek systems on chips are both present, the other specs look solid:
“OnePlus is currently in the early stages of testing and it is likely that we will see the launch of the OnePlus 10 in the second half of 2022. The OnePlus 10 features a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate. In all likelihood, the vanilla OnePlus 10 will also feature LTPO 2.0 backplane technology which can adapt the refresh rate between 1Hz and 120Hz depending on the type of content playing on the screen. screen.
(OnLeaks via Digit).
From iOS to Android
Previously unlisted but available in the Apple App Store, Google has now made the app “official” and it is both listable and discoverable in the App Store
“As noted, the app supports all the same data types as Google Drive. Previously, Google’s suggested process for moving from iPhone to Android involved users backing up their contacts, calendar, photos, and videos via the Google Drive iOS app before switching devices. The new Switch to Android app does the same thing, but offers a “faster and easier” experience, according to Google.
Google’s definition of a smartwatch
With Google’s I/O event on the horizon, many are expecting the launch of the Pixel smartwatch at the event. Presumably powered by wearOS, this would be Google’s first “own-brand” wearable device which it hopes will define the market similarly to Pixel smartphones:
“As a device that literally took years to make – and widely expected even longer – Google’s first wearOS device, aka Pixel Watch, is most certainly the unicorn of the wearable space. Codenamed Rohan. .. round-faced, the digital crown-equipped watch is finally starting to break out of the cover, with a reveal (if not a full release) expected in the near future.
The importance of Pixel 6a
How important is a mid-range and mid-range Pixel 6a? If you are used to playing Top Trumps Specs, then not very well. But with the success of handsets like Samsung’s Galaxy A12 and the slow sales of high-end handsets from Google, is the market ready for a mid-range handset that brings Google’s new technology to an affordable price? And can it disturb space?
“The only area where Google has had significant commercial success is in the midrange – with its line of Pixel ‘a’ devices. But the most recent Pixel ‘a’ phone, the Pixel 5a, sells for $450. With the current flagship Pixel 6 top-end only costing 600 cool smackers, $450 suddenly doesn’t seem like such a bargain anymore.”
Review of Android on Windows
Windows 11’s long-awaited ability to run Android apps has arrived. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t use the Google Play Store, instead Microsoft has turned to Amazon’s Android App Store, which reduces the number of apps available (it’s likely your favorite will be missing ). As for the base offering…it needs some work:
“Unfortunately, Android apps are infamous for their poor large screen support – that’s why Android 12L exists, after all. So when I open the Washington Post app on my PC (it’s the one of the few consumer services on the Appstore, thanks, presumably, to its owner), I wasn’t surprised to see a small window taking up less than a quarter of the screen. was shocked to find it asking me to “swipe to continue” on a non-touchscreen device.”
Microsoft continues to expand its suite of Android apps with an update to its Authenticator app. Oddly enough, the added functionality feels like it should already be there. However, expectations are now met:
“Microsoft’s Authenticator app is now approaching competing services like Bitwarden with a new feature (via OnMsft) that helps you automatically generate passwords. We’ve seen similar functionality from other password managers before. , but this is the first time that Microsoft has included a password generator in its Authenticator app.”
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