Google Confirms Pixel 8, Microsoft Remembers Surface Duo, Honor Magic V2 Wins IFA

Taking a glance again at seven days of stories and headlines internationally of Android, this week’s Android Circuit consists of Google’s official preview, Pixel 8 Pro particulars, Galaxy Z Fold 5 classes, Galaxy S4 Ultra digicam leaks, Honor Magic V2 Wins IFA, Microsoft Remembers Surface Duo, Xiaomi’s elevated Android help, and Android’s new design.

Android Circuit is right here to remind you of some of the various issues which have occurred round Android within the final week (and you’ll find the weekly Apple information digest right here).

Made By Google Teaser Video

It could also be a month away, however Google is build up some PR momentum across the “Made By Google” occasion on October 4th. The Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Watch 2, and Pixel Buds Pro 2 all appeared in Google’s teaser video launched earlier this week. We didn’t get a have a look at the software program, however the design was on full present:

“As anticipated, one of many two leaked coloration schemes is distinguished within the video. The leaked “ Porcelain” coloration that first appeared on one of many Google Store’s inner pages final week may be very a lot on present. What we don’t see is any software program working on the Pixel 8’s display screen.”

Pixel 8 Pro Features
That’s to not say that further particulars haven’t leaked out away from the official movies. As nicely as the brand new colours, the temperature sensor, and the improved Tensor Mobile chipset, you’ve got smaller particulars that may add to the worth:

“The Pixel 8 Pro can also be mentioned to ship with a telephoto lens with a 5x zoom, although the options part doesn’t specify if ‘5x’ is lossless zoom or a mixture of optical and digital zoom. Other additions comparable to NFC, mmWave antenna cowl, and several other microphones will discover their option to the flagship.”


Folds, Z Folds, And Android Software
Google’s Pixel Fold might seize the eye, however Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold vary is now in its fifth iteration. What software program classes can Samsung educate Google and, in flip, have them roll out throughout Android’s large-screened units? Mishaal Rahman suggests beginning with multitasking:
“The Pixel Fold, in distinction, doesn’t actually have a search bar in its taskbar (but), so it’s awkward to pick a second split-screen app if you provoke split-screen mode from the recents menu. Google’s software program does, at the least, allow you to launch apps in split-screen mode from the house display screen, not like One UI. On the opposite hand, Google’s software program lacks arguably the most effective function for split-screen multitasking: saving app pairs.”
(Android Central).
An Ultra Camera For An Ultra Phone
While the eye is on Google, particulars on Samsung’s subsequent flagship Galaxy handset have leaked. The Galaxy S24 Ultra is leaning closely into the digicam with some new know-how anticipated:
“More notable is the claimed digicam spec. The provision of a 200MP essential sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide (presumably), and a 10MP telephoto is in step with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, however this checklist seems to substantiate earlier claims that the S24 Ultra is ready for a brand new 50MP 3x telephoto digicam.”
(Yogesh Brar by way of Trusted Reviews).
Honor Magic V2 Wins IFA
Last week’s IFA commerce present in Berlin noticed numerous new shopper electronics previewed and launched. Naturally, there have been some standouts, with Honor’s second foldable smartphone choosing up many “greatest in present” awards.
“The Magic V2 presents bigger shows in and out than the apparent comparable fashions from Samsung and Google, however stays slimmer and lighter than each. It’s additionally received a bigger battery utilizing cutting-edge silicon-carbon know-how and upgraded digicam sensors befitting a flagship cellphone. And if the present Honor Magic Vs is something to go by, it’s going to be fairly a bit cheaper than a Samsung or Google foldable within the markets the place it is accessible.”
(Tom’s Guide).
Surface Duo Not Forgotten
This week noticed a stunning announcement from Microsoft. For all the lack of motion across the Android-powered Surface Duo, a brand new search perform has been added to the folding dual-screened cellular system. Is it too little, too late, given the rise of foldable units which have met and exceeded the promise of the Duo?
“Awesome new function accessible for Surface Duo customers – begin a Bing Chat dialog from anyplace you discover search in your Surface Duo or in Microsoft Launcher. ”
(Twitter)Microsoft Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2.Ewan Spence
Xiaomi Increases Android Support
Another producer has introduced an elevated help window for software program. This week it’s the flip of Xiaomi to push out to 5 years, extending the safe lifetime of their newest smartphone:
“We are proud to announce a major enhancement to our dedication to offering distinctive software program help. Xiaomi 13T and Xiaomi 13T Pro will embrace 4 generations of Android OS upgrades, in addition to 5 years of safety patches.”
(Xiaomi on Twitter).
And Finally…
Google has refreshed the appear and feel of the Android branding. The newest weblog put up goes into the design particulars for these questioning why small adjustments can have a lot affect.
“With this replace, you’ll discover some delicate adjustments that assist join Android to Google. In addition to transferring away from our longstanding lowercase stylization of “android,” we’re elevating the Android emblem by capitalizing the “A,” including extra weight to its look when positioned subsequent to Google’s emblem. While we’ve added extra curves and persona distinctive to Android, the brand new Android stylization extra carefully mirrors Google’s emblem and creates steadiness between the 2.”
(Google Blog).
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