Having a look again at seven days of reports and headlines the world over of Android, this week’s Android Circuit contains Samsung’s new folding display screen, plans for the Galaxy S21, chosen Black Friday offers, Emojis leaving Android updates, the thriller field from OnePlus, Huawei’s EMUI roadmap, and can Microsoft carry Android apps to the Home windows retailer?
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 Galaxy, The Frugal Flagship
Following the decrease than anticipated demand for 2020’s Galaxy S20 and the continued financial strain of the coronavirus pandemic, Samsung is reportedly contemplating a decrease preliminary run of Galaxy S21 handsets. The brand new flagship household is predicted to be launched in January, and the order numbers replicate the estimated eight million lifetime gross sales of the Galaxy S20 Adnan Farooqui studies:
“Based on studies within the Korean media, Samsung is initially going to provide 6 million items of the Galaxy S21 lineup. This contains the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Extremely mixed. These items will reportedly be produced in December and January. The brand new flagship collection is predicted to hit cabinets by the tip of January.”
Drawing The New Line of Foldables
It is perhaps only a cartoon, however Samsung Show’s current publish round foldable shows supplied a brand new form-factor to the followers of folding telephones. Hadlee Simons studies on the potential design in Samsung’s ‘Show Of Issues’
“…it lately teased a tool with a multi-folding design. An accompanying picture exhibits a foldable with a Z-style folding mechanism. In different phrases, the left third of the show folds inwards and onto the entrance of the middle third. In the meantime, the best third of the display screen folds backwards, behind the middle third of the show.”
Chosen Black Friday Offers
As soon as extra, the Black Friday vacation weekend is right here, and retailers have plenty of offers on supply for these within the Android world. Some which are value drawing consideration
- Samsung Galaxy Bids (inc wi-fi charger case) – Amazon $40 low cost. Hyperlink.
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Version 5G (128 GB unlocked) – Finest Purchase – $200 low cost to $500. Hyperlink.
- OnePlus Eight Professional (256 GB unlocked) – Amazon – $200 low cost to $700. Hyperlink.
Google Might Decouple Emoji From Android Updates
If there’s one factor the cell world appears to like, it’s new emojis. So the information that Google is working exhausting to take away emoji from Android OS updates to allow them to be up to date as a standalone function goes to be greater than welcome. Aamir Siddiqui appears on the newest code commits to seek out out extra in regards to the undertaking:
“These commits primarily make it attainable for the system_server course of to jot down up to date font recordsdata to the /knowledge/fonts listing. The information partition is mounted as read-write, so with this variation, Google is permitting solely the system_server course of the permission to jot down to this listing. All apps will then learn the font and emoji recordsdata from this listing for drawing textual content. Thus, up to date font recordsdata, and by extension new emojis, will be pushed to the cellphone with no need a whole OTA replace for this objective.”
These adjustments haven’t been locked in, however the updates counsel that this extra person pleasant strategy is being thought of. Extra at XDA Builders.
OnePlus’ Thriller Field
OnePlus has a curious supply for Black Friday. It’s providing ‘Blind Bins’ for £10, down from the same old £30 value. You purchase one, and OnePlus will ship you the field. As to what’s within the field, nicely the clue is within the identify. That mentioned, some enterprising redactors have been matching up the SKU numbers of their accomplished order to work out what could possibly be arriving.
“I received a USB C to three.5mm adapter and googling the SKU exhibits that I even have a wi-fi charger…”
“I assume [I] received the two most costly gadgets: The wi-fi charger and Oneplus Buds (White) for 8.99€.”
Huawei’s Plans For EMUI
Huawei’s lately launched model 11 of EMUI, its OS based mostly on the Android Open Supply Challenge. Transport in new units, it has confirmed particulars of the roll-out to present handsets. The important thing problem, actually for customers in North America and Europe, is that EMUI is not going to ship with help for Google Cellular Companies
“The Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Professional, Huawei P40 Professional+, Huawei Mate 30 Professional, Huawei Mate 30 Professional 5G will obtain the EMUI 11 replace beginning December this yr, in areas like Center East Africa, Russia, Asia Pacific, West Europe, and North East Europe. Latin American customers will obtain the replace on these handsets in January subsequent yr. Huawei Mate 30 Professional fashions in India will obtain the replace in Q1 2021.”
Waiting for 2021, there’s the intriguing thought of Android apps working on Home windows 10X (which isn’t that wild, given iOS and iPad apps are working beneath macOS). Zac Bowden brings us the nudge:
“I am additionally advised that Microsoft is toying with bringing Android apps to the Microsoft Retailer on Home windows 10. I do not know the way far alongside this plan is or when it’s going to ship, however I am advised it could present up within the 2021 timeframe. I am going to have extra to share on this quickly.”
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