Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines around the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes the leaked Galaxy Z Fold 4 camera, news about the OnePlus 10, Google’s iOS tool for Android, the Pixel Smartwatch design revealed. , the importance of the Pixel 6a, reviewing Android on Windows, and Microsoft’s latest Android update.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find Apple’s weekly news roundup here).
The Fold Ultra comparison
Samsung is expected to debut its premium camera on the latest foldable smartphone. The Galaxy Z Fold 4, slated for this summer, will sit alongside the flagship S22 Ultra, according to
“According to insider Dohyun Kim, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will feature a completely new primary camera sensor. The upcoming foldable phone, which will be released in the second half of this year, is expected to feature a 108MP main camera. 1/1.33 inch used in Galaxy S22 Ultra. If this information is correct, Galaxy Z Fold 4 can offer a significant improvement in image quality.”
The ten finally arrive
Notably by its absence when the OnePlus 10 Pro was first released, specs and details about a possible OnePlus 10 handset were collected. While the Qualcomm system and MediaTek on chips are 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 has a 6.7-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate In all Likely, the OnePlus 10 vanilla will also feature LTPO 2.0 backplane technology, which can adapt the refresh rate between 1Hz to 120Hz depending on the type of content played on the screen.
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From iOS to Android
Previously unlisted but available on Apple’s App Store, Google has now made the app “official” and can be listed and discovered on the App Store
“As reported, the app supports all the same data types as Google Drive. Previously, Google’s suggested process for migrating to Android from iPhone involved users backing up their contacts, calendar, photos, and videos through the app. Google Drive for iOS Before Switching Devices The new Switch to Android app does the same thing, but offers a “faster and more streamlined” experience, Google says.
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 ‘private-brand’ wearable that hopes to define the market in the same way as Pixel smartphones:
“As a device that’s literally been years in the making – and widely anticipated for even longer – Google’s first own-brand wearOS device, also known as the Pixel Watch, is certainly the unicorn of the wearable space, the crown-equipped watch. digital is finally starting to get out, with a reveal (if not a full release) expected in the near future.
The importance of Pixel 6a
How important is a mid-range, mid-spec Pixel 6a? If you’re used to playing Top Trumps Specs, then not much. But with the success of handsets like Samsung’s Galaxy A12 and slow sales of Google’s premium handsets, is the market ready for a mid-range device that brings Google’s new technology at an affordable price? And that can mess up the space?
“The only area where Google has had any kind of significant commercial success is in the mid-range realm – with its line of Pixel “a” devices. But the latest Pixel “a” phone, the Pixel 5a, sells for US $450. With the high-end Pixel 6 flagship of the moment only costing 600 smackers, $450 suddenly doesn’t seem like a bargain anymore.”
Reviewing Android on Windows
Windows 11’s long-awaited ability to run Android apps has arrived. Unsurprisingly, it’s not using the Google Play Store, instead Microsoft has turned to Amazon’s Android App Store, which cuts down on the number of apps available (your favorite is likely to be missing). As for the main offer… need work:
“Unfortunately, Android apps are notorious for poor support for large screens – that’s why Android 12L exists, after all. So when opening the Washington Post app on my PC (it’s one of the few core 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. Nor was I shocked to find it asking me to “swipe to continue” on a non-touchscreen device.”
Microsoft continues to develop its Android app suite with an update to its Authenticator app. Interestingly, the added feature looks like it should already be there. Still, expectations are now being met:
“Microsoft’s Authenticator app is now one step closer to rival services like Bitwarden with a new feature (via OnMsft) that helps you generate passwords automatically. We’ve seen similar features from other password managers before, but this is a first. Microsoft has included a password generator in its Authenticator app.”
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