August 31 Replace: Galaxy Word 20 Gross sales Success famous, Fairphone 3+ evaluate; submit initially printed August 28: 

Having a look again at seven days of reports and headlines internationally of Android, this week’s Android Circuit consists of Samsung’s Word 20 killer, a brand new Galaxy S20, Sony’s newest Xperia particulars, Android 11 removes digicam options, new OnePlus smartphone leaks, Fairphone 3+ launch, and why a great Android pill is tough to seek out.

Android Circuit is right here to remind you of some of the numerous issues which have occurred round Android within the final week (and you will discover the weekly Apple information digest right here).

Samsung removes Key Galaxy Word 20 Benefit

Now that each flagship telephone is a phablet, the large draw of Samsung’s Galaxy Word collection is the help for the S-Pen, each in software program help and the flexibility to hold the pen contained in the handset. The knock on impact of that may very well be the Word collection is overtaken by the Z Fold because the enterprise providing. Adnan Farooqui stories:

“If this data is correct, it might imply that the Galaxy Word 20 is the final iteration of this iconic collection. Samsung would possibly really feel that casting off it’s an effective way to safe a major market share for the Galaxy Z Fold collection. Transport an S Pen with the foldable may be sufficient to entice Galaxy Word loyalists to change. Samsung’s margins on the Galaxy Z Fold handsets may be sufficient to permit it to strike a steadiness between the variety of items shipped and the quantity of income generated in comparison with a Galaxy Word gadget.”

Extra at Sam Cellular.

Wholesome Word 20 Pre-orders In The UK

Added August 29: This isn’t having a right away affect on the Galaxy Word 20. UK pre-orders for the phablet have seen a bounce of almost fifty % since they have been opened after the August launch on the Samsung Unpacked occasion. From Samsung’s press launch:

“Following the launch of the Word20 collection this month, Samsung has seen document numbers of UK pre-orders for the Word household of gadgets – with a 49% improve compared to the Galaxy Word10 vary. Throughout the Galaxy Word20 Sequence, the gorgeous Mystic Bronze color variant has confirmed to be probably the most in demand amongst prospects, making up nearly half (46%) of gross sales.”

Will this loyal buyer base be proud of a ‘seems like a Word, acts like a Word, isn’t referred to as a Word’ if Samsung strikes forward with the Galaxy S plan?

Samsung Simply Rocked The Galaxy S20 World

Let’s face it, Samsung has plenty of Galaxy fashions on the market once you take a look at the premium S and Word ranges. However the mattress S20 will not be launching till October this yr. With greater specs and a lower cost than the S20, is the Galaxy S20 Fan Version the perfect worth Galaxy in 2020? Forbes’ Gordon Kelly stories:

“It has the identical fashionable design and premium Snapdragon 865 chipset, help for 5G and as much as 8GB RAM. Nevertheless it additionally has a show which is 0.2-inches bigger than the Galaxy S20 at 6.4-inches and, in contrast to the Word 20, its show helps 120Hz quick refresh charges. It additionally comes with as much as 512GB of inside storage, greater than each of them.

“The digicam system is great as properly. The Galaxy S20 FE has the identical triple digicam setup because the Galaxy S20 and Word 20 (telephones which, arguably, take higher photographs than the flawed S20 Extremely). In the meantime PriceBaba states the Galaxy S20 FE may have a 32MP entrance going through digicam, which is a giant decision bounce from the 10MP module within the S20 and Word 20.”

Learn extra right here on Forbes.

Right here Comes The Subsequent Xperia

 Sony’s subsequent Android smartphone, the Xperia 5 II, is anticipated to be launched on September 17. It’s trying to problem the established flagship gadgets, and the newest specs have leaked. Alexander Maxham has the small print:

“The Xperia 5 II will sport a 6.1-inch Full HD+ HDR OLED show. Full with a 21:9 side ratio, as Sony is continuous with its CinemaWide advertising and marketing for its smartphones. And it additionally sports activities 120Hz refresh fee – with 240Hz Contact scanning fee. That signifies that Sony is the newest to hitch the 120Hz membership.

“…Underneath-the-hood, the Xperia 5 II is working the Snapdragon 865 chipset (notably, not the Snapdragon 865 Plus), 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Sony is holding the micro SD card slot right here, permitting customers to increase storage.”

Extra at Android Headlines.

Android 11 Restricts Digital camera

Google might be eradicating the choice for apps to make use of third-party digicam apps in Android 11. Right this moment, when an app requires a digicam it presents the ‘app picker’ of the in-built digicam app or any put in digicam app. This restriction is just for apps calling or the digicam, third-party digicam apps can nonetheless be used instantly. Paul Monckton stories on the pondering behind the selection:

 “The brand new restriction exists to forestall apps from grabbing your location with out permission. Even when an app has been denied entry to your location information, it’s nonetheless attainable to bypass this restriction when utilizing third-party digicam apps.

“The issue arises as a result of digicam apps usually embed location information inside their picture recordsdata, and with out the brand new restriction there’s no option to forestall this data from being returned to the calling app together with the picture.”

Learn extra right here on Forbes,

New Leak Reveals Newest OnePlus

Is there a fourth OnePlus handset turning up this yr? Following the discharge of the mid-range OnePlus Nord in July, the Shenzhen-based firm is engaged on a handset focusing on the decrease finish of the market… primarily a OnePlus Nord Lite (which itself appears like a OnePlus eight Lite, so is that this a OnePlus eight Lite Lite?). Holly Brockwell stories:

“Recognized internally as ‘Clover,’ the OnePlus Nord Lite will retail “within the neighborhood of $200” within the US… which is fairly rattling low-cost for any telephone, by no means thoughts one that can allegedly have a whopping 6,000mAh battery (most telephones hover round 3,000 on common, though flagships are after all greater).

“When you should not count on too many different mind-blowing specs for that worth, the leak suggests the telephone will nonetheless be surprisingly good for the price. It can apparently run on the Snapdragon 460 chipset (the prevailing Nord runs on the Snapdragon 765G), and can embrace 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage.”

Extra at Gizmodo. 

FairPhone Launches New Handset And Substitute Cameras

The Dutch-Based mostly smartphone producer Fairphone has introduced the Fairphone 3+, with a bump to the digicam specs over final yr’s Fairphone 3. The dedication to sourcing recycled supplies, responsibly sourced uncooked supplies, and improved employee illustration stays. From the press launch:

“The refresh upgrades the rear digicam from 12 megapixels to 48 megapixels, and the entrance digicam from eight megapixels to 16 megapixels – giving customers sharper selfies and clearer video calls. The cameras additionally characteristic enhanced object monitoring, quicker autofocus and picture stabilization for extra dependable pictures. As well as, software program optimization gives an impressive person expertise. Moreover technical enhancements, the Fairphone 3+ comprises 40% recycled plastics, the equal of 1 33cl plastic bottle, which is a a lot greater proportion than Fairphone 3 (9%).”

And for these with the Fairphone 3, you’ll be able to choose up the brand new digicam modules, unscrew a couple of screws, and swap out the previous modules for 70 Euros. There’s a spirited dialogue across the handset on Reddit.

August 31 Replace: Samuel Gibbs has spent a while with the Fairphone 3+ to present it a full evaluate. In addition to highlighting the mid-range SnapDragon and the aforementioned replace and backwards compatibility of the 2 digicam modules, he additionally seems on the sustainability championed by the corporate:

“Essentially the most moral smartphone scores very excessive marks for sustainability. The telephone is made out of 40% recycled plastic, fairtrade gold and conflict-free minerals, is repairable at dwelling, not simply by a service centre and customers can change the batteries (£27) themselves in a few minute. A substitute display screen prices £81.95.

“Fairphone additionally recycles previous telephones of different manufacturers, even in the event you’re not shopping for a telephone from the corporate. It has numerous progressive initiatives, from paying staff a residing wage to fairer and extra environmentally pleasant materials sourcing.”

Extra at The Guardian.

And Lastly…

Are Android tablets as much as the job? CNet’s Iyaz Akhtar thinks not. In his phrases “Android tablets simply don’t minimize it”. The foundation trigger isn’t just with the UI (though let’s be trustworthy, that’s not nice), but additionally the dearth of OS updates and long-term help. 

“For those who take a look at pill competitors from Apple or Microsoft, you are in all probability getting updates for 5 years simply. Apple’s newest iPadOS 13 works on the iPad Air 2, a tool that was launched in October 2014. Then there’s Microsoft. It is an organization well-known for offering updates for years and years and years (generally to its personal detriment). Whereas the pill purposes on Home windows tablets will not be as polished as iOS or Android apps, you get the flexibility to run full-on packages with out compromise. And Microsoft has this entire multitasking factor all the way down to a science utilizing a windowed working system.”

Extra at CNet.

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