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Pixel 7 Ultra Mystery, Galaxy Z Fold 4 And Z Flip 4 Launched, Oppo And OnePlus German Sales Stopped

Looking back at seven days of news and headlines about the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the launch of Galaxy Unpacked, first thoughts on the Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, the mysterious Pixel 7 Ultra, design awards for ColorOS, fast charging thoughts for USB-C, patent issues hit Oppo and OnePlus, and Apple’s iMessage lock-in cried.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened around Android over the past week (and you can find Apple’s weekly recap here).

Samsung’s folds, twists and new handsets

This week’s Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event saw the launch of the cutting-edge Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4. Flip’s hardware and the Fold’s user interface stand out:

“Galaxy Z Flip4 builds on the success of Samsung’s iconic form factor, adding key features including an improved camera experience, larger battery and extensive customization options, while preserving the ultra-compact design. The Galaxy Z Fold4 opens up new possibilities for users by delivering Samsung’s most comprehensive smartphone experience to date, with shape-shifting design, immersive displays and PC-like multitasking features, alongside advanced camera technology and powerful mobile processors.”

(Samsung press).

Long lasting flip

The Z Flip tends to get less crowded, perhaps because when opened it represents a fairly standard Android smartphone screen, but it remains an impressive and well-received device. For the Flip 4, Samsung has again improved the hinge and foldable screen and increased the battery capacity:

“In terms of battery life, while charging remains the same as on the Flip 3: support for up to 25W in wired and wireless charging up to 15W, as a direct result of user feedback, the Flip 4 increases the battery capacity of its predecessor from 3,300 mAh to 3,700 mAh, allowing it to get through the day with more confidence.”

(Tech radar).

Improving the Fold’s camera

The main difference in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the camera. The Fold has moved up from last year’s 12-megapixel main lens and now matches the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus sensors, along with a shift from x2 to x3 optical zoom:

“The Fold 4 gets a newer 50 megapixel main camera, a more convenient 3x telephoto camera, narrower bezels and a slimmer hinge. There’s a little more room on the front screen because it’s a few millimeters wider. It’s not much, but it makes the screen a little less cramped and more like a normal phone. There is still a gap when the phone is folded closed; Samsung has not yet achieved optimal folding flatness.”

(The edge).

The mystery of the Pixel 7 Ultra

Google led the way with the trickle of leaks when it announced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro at its I/O conference in May, months ahead of its expected launch. But that doesn’t stop the idea of ​​a Pixel 7 Ultra popping up every few weeks. Robby Pane looks at the evidence:

“…the rumor surrounding an upcoming Pixel with a ceramic body as opposed to the expected glass exterior. I originally read this on 9to5 Google as a hardware feature for a Pixel phone in the future, but a closer look at these rumors via GizChina from an account on Weibo called Digital Chat Station point to an unverified Pixel 7 Ultra that ships with this new chassis material.”

(Chrome out of the box).

ColorOS’ four Design Awards

forward the upcoming release of ColorOS 13 next weekOppo’s current Android variant ColorOS 12 has won four Red Dot design awards for brands and communications design for its Oppo Sans font, its digital wellness app, Oppo’s implementation of emoji and the ability to work with two fingers on a split screen. gesture:

“…the new “Two-finger split screen” function is aligned with the 7.1-inch large screen of OPPO’s first foldable screen mobile phone, Find N, and optimizes the user experience by providing efficiency and multitasking flexibility. Users can simply swipe with two fingers in the center of the foldable screen, the screen is then split in half to help with multitasking requirements. Such a design is intended to be both intuitive and self-explanatory for users.”

(ColorOS on Twitter).

USB-C requires adoption of fast charging standards.

“While Samsung and Nothing had some criticisms about buying the charger separately, many users can manage without buying one. This is because both companies rely on the universal USB Power Delivery standard for fast charging… does not apply for many other smartphone brands including Xiaomi, OnePlus and Oppo to name a few.These brands are at the forefront of fast charging technology for smartphones today, with their respective protocols supporting a whopping 150W of power. -PD charger with these devices, they have only drawn 18 or 27W from the wall in the past.”

(Android Authority).

Nokia Patents Force Germany Withdrawal WATCH STORY LATE WEEK

Oppo and OnePlus handsets have been withdrawn from sale in Germany. An ongoing patent dispute between the companies and Nokia Corporation caused German courts to rule in Nokia’s favor in two patent cases. While business is still ongoing, new handset sales have stopped:

“…Oppo has taken the proactive step to stop all sales in Germany. Oppo’s German site has been stripped of all phone information and now only contains a message (via translation) that “product information is currently not available on our website” The site also mentions that Oppo products will continue to work and support channels will continue to run. The OnePlus site still lists phone information, but the store now displays an error page when you try to see phone lists.”

(Ars Technica).

And finally…

Google has fired more shots into the texting space as it takes to the official Android site to cite Apple’s approach (or lack of approach) to messaging standards:

“It’s not about the color of the bubbles. It’s the blurry videos, broken group chats, missing read receipts and typing signs, no texting over Wi-Fi, and more. These problems exist because Apple refuses to adopt modern text messaging standards when people with iPhones and Android phones are texting each other.”


Android Circuit rounds up the news from the Android world every weekend right here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future, and of course read the sister column in Apple Loop! Last week’s Android Circuit can be found here, and if you have any news and links you’d like to see in Android Circuit, get in touch!

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