A look back at seven days of Android news and headlines: This week’s Android Circuit includes the OnePlus 10T surprise, Galaxy Unpacked launch details, Pixel 6a pre-orders, Nothing Phone (1) reviews, Google Play opens the billing system in Europe, Qualcomm’s next big Snapdragon event was announced and Microsoft’s missing Surface Duo.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened around Android over the past week (and the weekly Apple News Digest can be found here).
OnePlus 10T 5G and OxygenOS 13
Equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ and focused on performance, the OnePlus 10T will debut on August 3rd. The return of the “T” designation not only means a jump in raw performance, but also in battery life, battery life and more:
“…the OnePlus 10T uses the same T nomenclature that has always represented a holistic increase in performance since the debut of the OnePlus 3T. With the OnePlus 10T, we’re taking this concept to the next level – we’re evolving the device’s upgrades beyond pure speed improvements by leveraging new technologies to deliver important advancements to the OnePlus experience.”
Galaxy Unpacked details
Samsung’s next Galaxy phones – which are widely expected to include the new Z Fold and Z Flip – also have a confirmed launch date. This event takes place a week later than OnePlus on August 10:
“Innovation isn’t just about radical ideas; it’s about unlocking new experiences that transform our daily lives for the better. Meaningful innovation goes beyond the technical, providing a platform where our everyday lives become richer and more diverse – and open us to greater possibilities than ever before… Galaxy Unpacked will be live on Samsung.com and Samsung’s YouTube from 2pm BST channel streamed.”
Pixel 6a pre-orders open
As of Thursday, the Google Pixel 6a was available for pre-order in multiple territories around the world. Those who choose to do so will receive a set of A-Series Pixel Buds from a number of retailers:
“Pre-orders for the highly anticipated Google Pixel 6a go live today at 1pm EST in the US and have already opened in Europe and parts of Asia. Google’s new “budget” smartphone is expected to be well received and likely to become the company’s new bestseller given its affordable price point and similarity in features and design to the flagship Pixel 6/6 Pro line.”
Nothing Phone (1) Rating
After the market launch last week, the first reviews of the phone were published by Nothing Tech (1). The price and specs are highlighted, but the big difference is the prominent visual features on the transparent back of the phone:
“This transparency also enables the light show; a series of LED strips, which Nothing calls the “Glyph”, light up on the back to alert you to incoming calls or notifications, or even use as a fill light when recording video. It’s certainly unique and it’s nice to see some different ideas for phones, especially in the budget range that’s often awash with forgotten gray or black slabs.
Google opens billing in Europe
The Android App Store has opened up to allow developers to choose alternative billing systems. This is not a global option yet, but limited to the European EEA:
“Google announced today that it will soon allow non-game Android apps to offer users in Europe (European Economic Area) an alternative to Google Play’s billing system, while ensuring we continue to serve people on our platforms protect and invest in Android and Play for the benefit of the entire ecosystem.”
Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 8
As the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ smartphones ship and lead their respective manufacturers’ rush into the holiday season, Qualcomm has confirmed its winter event. Of interest will be the alleged launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2… which will no doubt lead the flagship market in 2023:
“Specifically, this year’s Snapdragon Summit will take place between November 15 and 17, two weeks before the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 anniversary. While Qualcomm is only teasing details for now, it’s calling November’s event ‘the biggest showcase of the year.’ . , which makes expectations for the release of another flagship chipset correspondingly high. Whether Qualcomm will also present other chipsets at this year’s Snapdragon Summit remains to be seen.
As for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm is expected to have built it around an ARM Cortex-X3 Prime core, along with two Cortex-A715 and four Cortex-A510 cores. The SoC, codenamed SM8550, should also feature an Adreno 740 GPU. Based on ARM’s performance numbers, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could deliver over 25% better CPU performance, a 40% GPU uplift, and over 15% less power consumption. Presumably, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered smartphones will debut in winter and will be early Available worldwide in 2023.”
A prototype of a new Surface Duo has surfaced on Ebay, offering a tantalizing glimpse of what Microsoft’s next Android device could have been. The company is focused on the Surface Duo 3, which is expected in 2023, so a seemingly cheaper version of the Surface Duo 2 will remain a “could have been” footnote.
“It featured an upper-mid-range Qualcomm SoC, a dual-camera array on the back, non-curved displays without the eyebar, and an all-plastic exterior. For comparison, the flagship Surface Duo 2 features a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a triple rear camera array, curved 90Hz displays with a viewing bar, and a plastic and glass body.”
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