New Samsung Galaxy S20 Leaks, Huawei’s Large Google Downside, Radical OnePlus Eight Lite Revealed

New Samsung Galaxy S20 Leaks, Huawei’s Big Google Problem, Radical OnePlus 8 Lite Revealed

Looking again at seven days of reports and headlines the world over of Android, this week’s Android Circuit contains the Galaxy S11 or Galaxy S20 thriller, Samsung’s slower display, the OnePlus Eight Lite leak, one other smartphone with a detachable battery, Huawei’s wrestle with Google within the Honor V30 Professional, extra Android 10 handsets from Nokia, Pixel Four issues, and a profitable yr for Pokemon Go.

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

What’s In A Title For The Galaxy S11… Or The Galaxy S20

There’s been numerous discuss this week across the presumptively-named Galaxy S11, as a result of it’s nonetheless up within the air if Samsung goes to go together with the continuation quantity from the S10, or make a numerical leap to S20, maybe as a result of there’s a large leap in expertise, maybe the staff similar to S20 in 2020. Matt Evans seems on the proof:

“Whether or not the thrill since is real or whether or not persons are merely capitalising on the most recent controversial Samsung rumours stays to be seen, however the case names are probably the most concrete proof of the change we have seen to this point.

“Maybe the S20 will probably be a part of a brand new naming conference – a brand new Samsung for a brand new decade. If fashions proceed to be launched yearly going ahead, they are going to match the yr of launch, such because the S21 in 2021 subsequent yr.” 

Extra at T3. One identify that has been cleared up is the codenames, with Samsung’s registration for the February 11th launch date utilizing the ‘Hubble’ and ‘Bloom’ titles within the URL – the event names of the Samsung S20 (neé S11) and Galaxy Fold 2.

The place’s My Quick Galaxy Display screen?

Regardless of the identify, will Samsung ship the Galaxy S11 with fewer capabilities than anticipated. The ‘Director Mode’ within the digital camera, which might enable for automated digital camera switching whereas taking movies; and the flexibility to run the excessive decision 2K display with a 120Hz refresh charge. Alan Friedman stories:

“A number of tweets from tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) point out that the most recent model of the check firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely deletes the 120Hz refresh charge at 2K decision leaving 60Hz as the one possibility. Nevertheless, at FHD (1080p) decision, the person nonetheless has the selection of selecting a 120Hz or 60Hz refresh charge. As well as, it appears that evidently one of many rumored digital camera options for the Galaxy S20 Extremely has been deleted from the most recent check firmware; this could be the Director’s View function which locks in on a topic when recording a video and switches immediately between cameras whereas recording video.”

Extra at Telephone Area. It’s additionally price stating that Samsung may very well be delivery the handsets with the {hardware} that permits for these options, however the software program isn’t prepared but. If that’s the case, the South Korean firm might ‘swap on’ these options with a software program replace sooner or later.

OnePlus Eight Lite Leaks

OnePlus has been exhibiting off its ‘idea One’ telephone at CES this week, however CEO Pete Lau was additionally carrying a tupperware field of handsets, and a thriller OnePlus was noticed and snapped. Is that this the potential OnePlus Eight Lite mannequin?, I seemed on the potential earlier this week:

 “…the large deal is apparent. Three lenses to the digital camera.

“This can be a large deal as a result of earlier leaks across the {hardware} have recommended that this new line of smartphones from the Shenzhen-based firm can be a dual-lens affair on the rear. If I needed to hazard a guess I might anticipate the proliferation of triple-lens cameras has seen the advantages of economies of scale and it’s cheaper to supply triple-lens digital camera models.”

Extra right here on Forbes.

Samsung’s Detachable Battery

Though it isn’t a flagship handset, Samsung’s just lately introduced XCover Professional is a rugged smartphone that comes with an a variety of benefits, together with an IP68 score for defense in opposition to mud and water, sturdy safety in opposition to falls, and a curiously quaint contact with the ability. Jon Porter stories:

“Samsung’s new Galaxy XCover Professional is a rugged smartphone that contains a detachable battery, a function that’s virtually remarkable in a contemporary telephone. So, if you happen to’re ready sufficient, you possibly can simply swap out the telephone’s 4,050mAh battery with a completely charged spare when its energy runs dry. The machine was technically launched final week in Finland, however Samsung did it so quietly that at the very least one report had it pegged as an unannounced handset.” 

Extra at The Verge.

Honor V30 Professional Exhibits Huawei’s 2020 Battle

The Honor V30 Professional has spectacular specs for a mid-range handset, virtually at flagship ranges; a flattering design with a triple lens digital camera on the rear, and twin band 5G assist. However it additionally comes with an issue that mother or father firm Huawei are going to face at each flip in 2020. The dearth of Google Cellular Companies. Forbes’ Ben Sin takes a better look:

“Because of the U.S. authorities’s export ban, the Honor V30 Professional, similar to the Huawei Mate 30 Professional, ships with an open-source model of Android 10 with out core Google apps — often known as the Google Cellular Companies (GMS) — inside. Whereas there will probably be hacks to get Google apps on the telephone, I examined the telephone because it ships and located the dearth of GMS a serious problem, however not crippling to the purpose of constructing the telephone unusable.

“For one, Honor’s personal e mail shopper helps gmail, and issues like YouTube will be accessed through the net browser. Different ubiquitous apps corresponding to Instagram, Fb and Twitter all work high quality too, as they’re not a part of the GMS. However not having Google Maps grew to become problematic, as working the service by way of an online browser loses essential navigation options, and the map options on Huawei’s app shops all pale compared to Google’s.”

Extra right here on Forbes.

Android 10 Continues Roll-out to Nokia Telephones

HMD International is continuous the roll-out of Android 10 throughout its portfolio, with the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7 Plus subsequent in line. Not solely is it offering these in a well timed trend, it is usually exhibiting that the dedication to 2 years of updates continues to be sturdy. Pranob Mehotra stories:

“As per a current report from FoneArena, the replace has already began rolling out to the machine globally and it brings the Android safety patches for December 2019 in tow. HMD International launched the machine again in August of 2018 and it ran Android Eight Oreo out of the field. The machine was subsequently up to date to Android 9 Pie later that yr in October. With the Android 10 rollout, HMD International has fulfilled its promise of delivering two Android OS updates to the machine and we anticipate the machine to obtain safety updates for an additional yr.” 

Extra at XDA Builders.

Pixel Four Going through A Few Recognition Issues

The previous few months have seen a variety of Pixel Four and Pixel Four XL coping with facial recognition issues on their handsets, with struggles to have their faces be verified. With no fingerprint sensor to fall again on, these customers are counting on pin numbers and passwords for entry. Ryne Hagar has extra:

“For a lot of, the problem first appeared instantly after receiving one among Google’s (just lately delayed) month-to-month safety updates, although it is also occurring with none obvious triggering motion for others. Though there are stories of the problem at venues just like the Pixel assist boards, Reddit, and the XDA Boards, with some threads round 20-40 feedback deep, the issue does not seem like notably widespread.

“…We have reached out to Google about these stories, and it is trying into them. Within the meantime, these affected can try a manufacturing facility reset as a last-ditch resolution, although it does not at all times repair the problem. ” 

Extra at Android Police.

And Lastly…

There’s an enormous success within the Android video games market simply now, with Nintendo’s Pokemon Go (developed by Niantic) having it’s greatest yr ever of gross sales, regardless of being launched approach again in 2016. Craig Chapple has extra numbers:

“Pokémon GO caught most of its 2019 income in the US, the place it picked up $335 million, or 38 % of all person spending. Japan ranked No. 2 for income with $286 million, or 32 % of the whole, and Germany was No. Three with $54 million, or 6 %.

“…Whereas many high cellular video games gross extra on iOS, Pokémon GO has traditionally generated the vast majority of its income on Android. Thus far, Niantic’s hit has racked up greater than $3.1 billion in lifetime participant spending.”

Extra at Sensor Tower’s weblog.

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