Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 strategy, Google leaks Pixel 7 details, the next Asus ROG phone, new Phone (1) specs, repairing your own Pixel, and a privacy warning of your data.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).
More Of The Same Success Please
Sometimes a new Galaxy smartphone is an opportunity to refresh the line and introduce a raft of new ideas. Sometimes it’s more about polishing the edges and keeping everything fresh. Last year’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 was the former, and it looks like the upcoming Z Flip 4 will be the latter:
“If the leaked photos are any indication, Samsung may be treating the Galaxy Z Flip 4 as an exercise in refinement. The company doesn’t need to make any drastic changes just for the sake of making changes. They will not be what ends up selling the new product. There’s ample evidence to support that theory.”
Here’s Looking Closer At Yourself
The latest release of Google’s own Camera App offers up some source code details on the capabilities of the upcoming Pixel 7. Naturally, it’s an imaging specification, and with the popularity of the front-facing selfie camera, Google looks set to offer 4K video recording on both sides of the handset, something lacking in last year’s Pixel 6:
“As the Pixel 7 should support 4K selfie recording, it’s possible that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may share the same front-facing camera sensor as the Pixel 6 Pro, but it’s unclear at this point exactly which sensor is being used. This is suggested by code in Google Camera tagging the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro with “p21_front_setup,” which was previously reserved for the Pixel 6 Pro.”
Playing For The Sixth Time
Asus’ next-generation gaming phone, under the ROG Republic of Gamers brand, is expected to debut later this month. Ahead of the launch details on the handset design have leaked out. Asus looks set to carry on the design language and focusing on a gaming first principle rather than regular smartphone designs:
“The phone will once again stick to its ideology of no notches or punch holes – the top bezel is thick and has room for the front-facing camera. It is also strategically placed to prevent unwanted clicks that might happen if the screen was all the way to the top/bottom side.
“The left-hand side has a USB port and the SIM slot, while the right which will be the top side during heated gaming sessions has shoulder triggers. The camera setup consists of three shooters and a single LED flash, but this feature is rarely used by people who want to be active on the gaming scene.”
Nothing Has Leaked
Ahead of a full official reveal of the Phone (1), more details on Nothing’s first smartphone have popped up through retail channels in India. So far the specs point to a phone that sits in the very upper tier of the mid-range market with specs that are “near-premium” level:
“The tipster says that the Nothing Phone (1) has a 16MP camera at the front to take care of selfies and video calling needs. At the back, the dual-camera setup includes a 50MP primary sensor and a 16MP secondary shooter. A 4,500mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging will keep the lights on.
“Nothing Phone (1) draws power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ processor with 8GB RAM. It flaunts a 120Hz OLED panel and boots Android 12-based Nothing OS out of the box. Nothing Phone (1) has Glyph Interface, which shows charging percentage, call notifications, and wireless charging engagements via LED lights.”
More Nord For America From OnePlus
OnePlus’ Nord N20 5G handset has made its North American retail debut this week, with the handset going on sale as an unlocked handset and able to run on multiple 5G networks in the US and Canada.
“The OnePlus Nord N20 5G continues to bring premium specs and 5G at an affordable price, and the unlocked variant will be priced at USD299 / CAD379. It will be available to purchase starting June 27 on OnePlus.com, Amazon and Best Buy. In addition, the device will work on the following carriers in the U.S. and Canada: T-Mobile & Metro by T-Mobile; Google Fi; Mint Mobile; Ultra Mobile; Simple Mobile; Telus (Canada); AT&T; Cricket; and Tracfone.”
How To Repair Your Pixel
Following an announcement earlier this year, Google has made official parts for its Pixel smartphones available to consumers, with the ever-popular iFixit is one of the launch partners stocking the replacement parts
“At launch, we’ve got all the most important parts available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and European countries where Pixel is available: Screens, batteries, charging ports, adhesives, and rear cameras. But we’re not stopping there. We will support newer phones as soon as possible after they come out: This fall, we will have a full selection of Pixel 6a parts plus a full set of repair guides. For Pixel models 2 and later, we will continue to add more types of parts to our catalog. “
With the US Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson, many have been worried about how the data in period and pregnancy tracking apps may be used by authorities. The use of data from personal apps is not a new concern, but the loss of Roe v Wade has focused attention on these apps. Forbes’ Thomas Brewster investigates the privacy policies of the larger apps and what they can do with your data:
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