Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android arena includes Samsung’s Android 13 delay, Pixel 7 Pro details confirmed, Pixel Watch price surprise, OnePlus 11 Pro leak, Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate review, Format Google’s new sound, lust after Dynamic Island.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened around Android in the past week (You can find our weekly Apple news summary here).
Does Samsung need a champion development phone?
With Samsung’s leading position in Android, many assume it will be the first OEM with the Android 13 update for the current phone (OnePlus 10 Pro and OxygenOS seem to take that award). In any case, the breadth of Samsung devices means that more testing is needed for a full start-up … But Abhijeet Mishra argues that the South Korean company needs a development path to speed up the process and become a “first”:
“So I—and many others here at SamMobile—say simply: Come on, Samsung, release the stable version of Android 13 for at least one device/device series already! All in all get faster at rolling out those big OS upgrades into stable form once you’ve Google releases it for Pixel devices. Yes, it might mean that more bugs are sneaking through the cracks, but this is a problem that should be easily resolved considering all the resources Samsung has.”
Pixel 7 Pro release date confirmed
Google is doing a lot of PR and pre-launch work ahead of the official Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro event on October 6. Since leak culture is not going to go away, why not take control of it and make any potential leak a news item that you can spread? As with pre-order news… they open on the same day as the main event, presumably when the event closes we’ll get a ‘pre-order for you now by following this link’.
Hardware will be pre-ordered on the same day of the event [on October 6th]. This has been rumored since early August, and now Google has confirmed the move in lowercase letters in the video. We’ll then assume that the rumored October 13 shipping date will also expire, but let’s see what happens.”
Pixel watch price leak
Google doesn’t seem to be coming up with the details of the Pixel Watch – although the outlines appear at I/O, the Pixel Watch is a brand new product, so there’s still more stories to tell consumers. As for the price, well, the price was hidden…until some stories leaked online about the price:
9to5Google first reported the Pixel Watch price for the cellular model which was $399.99 in late August. Thanks to the retail source, we’ve been able to confirm that price further, as well as now being able to confirm the price of the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi model, which will start at 349.99 US dollars.”
OnePlus 11 Pro specifications leaked
Following the news about the return of the Alert Slider, more details about the OnePlus flagship for 2023 have been leaked. Top specs (including a welcoming 5,000mAh battery, definitely suggest that the flagship phone is on its way to next spring:
“Together with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, we also see some of the internal specs required in the OnePlus 11 Pro. The device will have up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. On the outside, it sports a 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED display. 120 Hz similar to what its predecessor offered. The screen is also said to hide the fingerprint sensor located under the screen. The real lock comes in the battery charge, as there is a 5000 mAh battery.”
ASUS ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Review
For the average consumer, Asus’ Zenphone 9 is a great Android device in a small form factor. It’s the Republic of Gamers (ROG) phones where gaming events happen, and it offers the latest ROG 6D Ultimate, as this GSM Arena review explains:
“Not only is ASUS using the MediaTek chip this time around, but it’s also clear that it’s taking quite a bit by giving it the ‘Ultimate’ moniker. Today we have the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate to review. Just like its predecessors, the Ultimate Edition is largely based on the design of the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate. Vanilla, but with a few small additions here and there as a kind of ‘icing on the cake.’ This year, the Ultimate is not getting additional inputs but rather a new AeroActive Portal – a motorized duct that gives the AeroActive Cooler 6-channel attachment to directly cool the device’s internals.”
Google’s new audio format
Google is working on a new audio format that could challenge the power of various Dolby systems on the open market. Given the amount of media offered by Google – not least through YouTube – any alternative offered would have a large market on day one that could create the format:
Google shared plans for the media formats, known internally as Project Caviar, at a closed event with device manufacturers earlier this year. In a leaked presentation video to Protocol… the company’s primary focus was Project Caviar YouTube, which does not It currently supports Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision. However, Google also aims to engage other players in the industry, including device manufacturers and service providers.”
Google did not respond to a request for comment.
Apple’s new user interface around the front camera hole has been bravely named “Dynamic Island” and loyalists are pinning it down. Also, there are some voices in the Android OEM market with RealMe and Xiaomi checking in on social media about the desirability of this feature in the future:
Realme asks its community members if they want a ‘dream island’. It doesn’t specifically refer to the feature from Apple, but the company’s description says that it will mimic Apple’s design…. On the other hand, Xiaomi China Present Lu Weibing posted on the social network Weibo. … to see if the company’s fans would like to see a “smart island” in future Xiaomi phones.:
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