Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung leaking the Galaxy Note 20, Fortnite surrenders to Google, the Moto Edge Plus’s secret, Huawei’s camera mistake, OnePlus’ wireless charging reviewed, and how the iPhone SE can defeat Android…
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).
Samsung Leaks Galaxy Note 20
The upcoming Galaxy Note 20 has been leaked by a pretty solid source. Samsung. Thanks to a pop-up display in a Galaxy Store, we have another look at the upcoming phablet. Mihai Matei reports:
“Spotted by one of our readers in the Samsung Rewards section, the featured image for the ‘$1 Spot Themes’ category showcases three Galaxy smartphones (as seen above). They include an unreleased model – presumably the Galaxy Note 20 – sandwiched between the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S20. This mysterious device looks quite a bit like the Galaxy Note 10, except it’s missing the Infinity-O display design with a centered selfie punch-hole.”
Fortnite Surrenders To Google
When Epic’s battle royale game Fortnite arrived on Android, it was launched outside of the Google App Store – a decision made by Epic because of the restrictive practices and Google’s rake on in-app purchases. Now the company has admitted defeat, citing the difficulty of side loading applications and user difficulty… but not before throwing one final barb at Mountain View. Nick Statt reports:
“Epic says it’s doing so because Google puts third-party software at a disadvantage by warning users of potential security issues that may not exist and characterising any software not issued through the Play Store as malware …Epic says it’s now going to release the game through an official Android channel, which means the company will now pay Google the 30 percent cut mandated by the Play Store for all in-app purchases.”
One Win For The Moto Edge
Motorola’s flagship Edge range has released its plus-sized handset, with the high-end specs, a curved display, and the required 5G modem that comes bundled with the SnapDragon 865 system on chip. David Lumb gets his hands on the new handset, and discovers a key feature:
“Our limited time with the Edge Plus revealed a phone that can keep up with the best – but since it can’t out-muscle the established brands that dominate the market with phones that generally pack similar specs, it might come down to whether Motorola’s phone has the right unique features to seize the spotlight.
“Or maybe just having a 3.5mm jack will be enough.”
Huawei’s DSLR Mistake
Huawei’s latest photography competition on Weibo has showcased the imaging power of the latest Huawei phones, including the P40 Pro. Unfortunately one of the images was taken not by one of its smartphones, but by a Nikon DSLR. Adamya Sharma reports:
“Huawei has apologized for the mistake. The company said that an editor “wrongly marked” the photos in the promo video as “taken by Huawei phones.” The company also thanked the Weibo user for pointing out the discrepancy.”
Reviewing OnePlus’ First Wireless Charging Phone
Not only does the OnePLus 8 Pro include support for qi based wireless charging, it also supports a proprietary rapid wireless charging system. How does Warp Charge 30 Wireless get on in the real world? Ben Schoon reports:
“Faster wireless charging is genuinely great to have in your arsenal, but it’s not the entire point of wireless charging. Wireless charging is all about convenience. Where is the convenience of not plugging in your phone best? At night while you’re sleeping or at your desk during work. Those are two places where super-fast speeds just aren’t needed, basically making this charger pointless in those scenarios.”
This weekend will see the iPhone SE reach the hands of countless consumers, and the awareness of the $399 iOS-powered handset will rise. That poses a problem to Google in the mid-range. While manufactures fought over the $400-$500 price point, all of these ran Android. Now there’s a competitor outside of Google’s services. Imran Hussain looks at the impact:
“The cheapest Android smartphone that you can buy in the United States with a Snapdragon 865 costs more than $500. The phone will likely have an OLED display, but not having an OLED display never stopped iPhone XR or iPhone 11 from selling like hotcakes.
“…iPhone SE has not only rewritten the mid-range smartphone category rules, it also poses an important question: do you really need to buy that iPhone 11, Galaxy S20 or OnePlus 8 instead of iPhone SE?”
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