Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines around the Android world, moving closer to this week’s Android circuit including the latest Galaxy Z Fold 3 leaks, new Honor 50 launch, OnePlus Nord CE 5G review, OnePlus and Oppo , Android’s summer features, Amazon’s lucrative developers, Motorola’s toughest phone, and more problems for Apple and Google.
The Android Circuit is here to remind you of the many things that have happened around Android over the past week (and you can find the weekly Apple News Digest here).
Samsung’s Brave New Fold
While we all await the announcement of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 by Samsung, a recently published patent from the South Korean company lists a wide array of sensors mounted beneath the screen. Iles Jurian reports:
“These are different types of sensors, such as a camera sensor, a fingerprint sensor, a receiver and a proximity sensor. Samsung may use various combinations, adding additional sensors such as an illumination sensor and/or an iris sensor. Camera and The respective sensors are located at the top right corner – where the notch was placed with the Galaxy Fold. The in-display fingerprint sensor is definitely placed further down.”
(let’s go digital).
Honors Move (Back) to Google
Honor announced a new handset family this week – the Honor 50, Honor 50 Pro, and Honor 50 SE – but more importantly for the company’s future, at least in Western Europe and North America – the handset will be paired with Google Mobile Services. There is an option to ship. and google play store:
“Consumers will be able to experience GMS-enabled Honor smartphones and tablets,” the company said. A spokesperson confirmed that the “Honor devices” referred to in the statement include the recently announced Honor 50. The device will be available for pre-order in China on June 25 and will be arriving in international markets such as France, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia and others. Arab and UK to be announced at a later date at a cost.”
new oneplus smartphone review
Following the launch of the Nord CE 5G last week, here’s my review of OnePlus’ ‘Core Edition’ handset, bringing 5G and the Nord experience to its £299 price point:
“Perhaps the easiest shorthand way to look at this handset is not as the OnePlus Nord 2 (ie, at some point in the future), but as the OnePlus Nord Lite. It costs £299, compared to the list price at launch. Priced at £379 for the OnePlus Nord at the time (although that handset is currently discounted to $329, making the buying decision between the two handsets a bit tighter).
Oneplus and Oppo get closer
Although they share a certain synergy in the same parent company and suppliers to BBK Electronics, OnePlus and Oppo are generally run as separate entities. That has changed, with OnePlus’ Pete Lau confirming that “we have decided to further integrate our organization with Oppo.” Brands will remain separate but expect more software and hardware similarities in the next few handset releases:
“With this deeper integration with Oppo, we will have more resources to build even better products for you. This will allow us to be more efficient, for example, bringing faster and more stable software updates to OnePlus users.” ,” said Lau. Detailed. He added that OnePlus will continue to operate independently.”
Android Summer Features
Google has announced a slew of new features for Android, all of which should be released this summer. These include the global rollout of Android’s earthquake alert system, starred messages in the messaging app, and increased support for voice-activated zoos:
“From protecting your account passwords to scheduling text messages to send them at the right time, we’re constantly rolling out new updates to the 3 billion active Android devices worldwide. Today, we’re rolling out six apps for your Android.” We’re welcoming summer with an update that focuses on safety – so you stay safe at every turn.”
(Google’s Keyword Blog).
Amazon’s new developer offering
Amazon is cutting the share of developer income from its App Store to 20 percent including First Million revenue as well as AWS credits. The program echoes Apple’s similar strategy for smaller developers:
“Starting in Q4, for developers who made less than $1 million in revenue in the previous calendar year, we are increasing developer revenue share and adding the AWS credit option. This brings total program profit to the equivalent of 90 percent of revenue.
“When the program begins, all eligible small developers will receive an 80/20 revenue share by default. Additionally, we will provide AWS promotional credits in an amount equal to 10 percent of revenue, so that developers can reap the benefits of building Can. On the cloud.”
Motorola’s strong phone returns
Motorola was brought back the ‘Diffy’ branding that was last used in 2010 on the Motorola Defy, a smaller smartphone that was one of the first with an IP67 rating and additional physical protection. The 2021 name follows the same principles, with IP68 and MIL-STD-810H ratings all in a dual-level case; If damage is done to one layer it will have to be redone
“The clever thing about the dual layer case is that even if the outer section is scratched or damaged, provided the inner layer remains intact, therefore water and dust resistance, will give you a real extra layer of protection. The structure is reinforced To withstand twisting and bending, the screen is covered with Gorilla Glass Victus, and the entire phone can even be washed with soap, alcohol, or bleach. The team tested it all in the real world for an off-the-shelf put in scenarios. Street campaign in 4×4 to drop the phone in the toilet, to make sure it performs as it should.”
The UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a study into the mobile market space, looking specifically at the impact of this potential monopoly on the operating systems, App Store and Web browser ecosystems and consumer interests of Apple and Google :
“CMA is looking into whether the two firms’ control over the mobile ecosystem is reducing competition in a range of digital markets. CMA is concerned that this could lead to less innovation across the sector and less demand for consumer devices and apps. may pay higher prices for other goods and services, or because of the higher prices of advertising.”
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