Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes a new Galaxy 5G for 2022, Apple overtaking Samsung, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 benchmarks, why the Pixel 6 is better, Nokia T20 fights the iPad, worrying Android 911 bug, and Oppo prepares its folding phone.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).
Samsung’s Next Galaxy Success
It’s also worth remembering Samsung’s very successful Galaxy A line-up which targets the mid-range market with feature-packed phones. Next year’s A53 5G is expected to continue that tradition with an potential launch in March 2022. Now we have a detailed look at the potential handset as the team from Let’s Go Digital and Technizo Concepts put together what we know into some concept renders:
“The device will have a nice screen-filling screen, although the bottom screen edge will still be fairly thick. The display size and resolution are expected to remain the same. The display brightness may be increased, the A52 has a peak brightness of 800 nits. Presumably, the flat 6.5” Full HD+ AMOLED display will have a 120Hz refresh rate. That is also the case with the Galaxy A52 5G, the 4G model, on the other hand, has a 90Hz screen.”
(Let’s Go Digital).
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Concept
Let’s Go Digital
Will Samsung Lose Its Android Crown?
Samsung has long held the worldwide crown of the world’s biggest smartphone brand by market share, but that could be set to change in the next few weeks. A small downswing on the Galaxy sales, coupled with an upswing in the iPhone adoption, and Apple will have a notable victory to close out the year:
“Market research firm TrendForce estimates that Samsung’s smartphone market share could drop to 19.4% in Q4 2021. On the other hand, Apple’s market pie could expand to 23.2% during the same period, taking the iPhone maker to the top position in smartphone rankings. Apple could sell more than 25 million iPhone SE 2020 units during the period.”
Benchmarking The Future
Following on from last week’s announcement of Qualcomm’s latest SnapDragon system on chi the team at XDA Developers has benchmarked the Qualcomm supplied reference smartphone, and the results are impressive.
“The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 brings a ton of improvements over last year’s chipset, especially when it comes to AI. While there is definitely some weirdness in the CPU-bound results from Geekbench, it’s clear that there are across-the-board improvements. If you’re upgrading from a device that’s two years older (or older) then the improvements will likely be noticeable, though the massive gains in AI performance will likely go unnoticed by most “
Pixel 6 Pro Vs Pixel 6
Following a decent amount of time with both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro handsets, the Android Police team have been comparing Google’s new smartphone. Putting aside the improved camera on the Pixel 6 Pro, the regular Pixel 6 is looking the better choice:
“What you get for the price of admission in the base Pixel 6 is so compelling, it’s hard to imagine anyone who should spend an extra $300 for a marginally better device — but that’s less criticism of the Pixel 6 Pro than effusive praise for its mid-range counterpart. If you can live with its slightly larger footprint, the 6 Pro is the very best way to experience Google’s own take on Android.”
Nokia T20 Goes Head To Head With The iPad
Andy Boxall has been using iPads for a very long time. Recently he made the jump to HMD Global’s new $250 tablet, the Nokia T20. How has the experience of both Android and a lower specced tablet compared to Apple’s hardware?
“I love the iPad Pro, but still look at it as a very expensive product. It’s always in the back of my mind that I probably could get away with something much cheaper, seeing as I don’t really ask that much of it. Well, I can’t. Even the simplest of tasks is too much for the T20, and that feeling about tablets I couldn’t seem to shed all this time has now been properly banished.”
Limited Emergency Services Bug Confirmed By Google
Google has confirmed an issue with Android when calling the US Emergency Services service. Under a very narrow (but reproducible) set of circumstances, an Android user may not be able to call 911. The interaction between Android and Microsoft Teams (only when logged out) has been identified, and both Microsoft and Google have prioritised a fix. Via Reddit, Google has confirmed the issue, temporary fix, and are providing status updates:
…”we are currently only aware of one user report related to the occurrence of this bug. We determined that the issue was being caused by unintended interaction between the Microsoft Teams app and the underlying Android operating system. Because this issue impacts emergency calling, both Google and Microsoft are heavily prioritizing the issue, and we expect a Microsoft Teams app update to be rolled out soon – as always we suggest users keep an eye out for app updates to ensure they are running the latest version. “
(Reddit via 9to5Google).
Ahead of next week’s “Oppo Inno” event, the Shenzhen-based company has teased the launch of the Oppo Find N, its innovative folding smartphone device. One side profile picture shows a folded smartphone and the hinge assembly, but it’s not clear if this is a flip phone or folding tablet styled smartphone. We’ll find out next week:
“For a foldable smartphone, both the closed-screen and open-screen experience should be equally simple to use. Then on top of that, we should create a groundbreaking efficient experience that a traditional smartphone cannot provide. Over the past ten years, OPPO has been a leader in key smartphone technologies such as displays, connectivity, and camera technologies. With the Find N, we have solved the main pain points in previous foldable smartphones…”
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