Galaxy S23 Ultra details, listen to nothing, cancel another Google

Galaxy S23 Ultra details, listen to nothing, cancel another Google

Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android arena includes the latest Galaxy S23 details, Pixel 7 Pro pricing leaks, where the Pixel 6a belongs, Nokia X30 5G on sale, nothing new wireless buds, and a slowdown wearable market, and Google cancels another innovative project for Android.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened about Android in the past week (and you can find Apple’s weekly news summary here).

Meet the new Galaxy, just like the old Galaxy

Thanks to a CAD rendering leak, it’s possible to take a closer look at the upcoming Galaxy S23 family of phones. Just as Apple takes an iterative approach, so do Samsung (and many other manufacturers, truth be told). While the insides are still ready to grab (a 200MP camera has been suggested on the S23 Ultra), the outside looks like another slab of the Galaxy S:

“The changes are minor compared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, as the new model retains the same camera cutout configuration, with minor exceptions – one being that the depth sensor and laser autofocus module may not feature much in the coming year.

(SamMobile).

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro price leaks

With Amazon listings briefly appearing online for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones. And what about prices? It matches the launch prices of the Pixel 6 at $599 and the Pixel 6 Pro at $899. Which makes sense from a hardware point of view, but the economy has changed since late 2021:

“Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a bit intriguing when you consider that spec leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old technology for the same price as before…: $599 that might be The number is the same in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with global climate change, such as wars, distressed currencies and cost-of-living crises, the amount is completely different.”

(tech radar).

Pixel 6a is looking for a home

Of course, there’s another (ish) new pixel in town, the Pixel 6a. While this is seen by many as the last phone in the 6 family (which is, basically, true), it’s probably best seen with the Pixel 7 family, as I explained earlier this week:

“While it’s significantly later on for the Pixel 6 family, arriving in late July compared to the launch of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro nine months ago, it will go on sale as the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 fully launched and hit shelves. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will likely retire from the production line, Google will have a strong “graded” profile for the smaller device in the 6a, the regular device in the Pixel 7, and the flagship of the Pixel 7 Pro.”

(Forbes)

Eco Nokia arrives in the UK

Announced in early September, the Nokia X30 5G phone from HMD Global is now on sale in the UK. Prices start at £399, or available on the HMD Globals ‘Circular’ subscription scheme touting the phone’s green credentials for £22 a month (plus a £30 setup fee):

“…made with a 100% recycled aluminum frame and 65% recycled plastic back, the Nokia X30 5G is our most eco-friendly smartphone to date, right down to the case it comes in. Less plastic, fewer chemicals, stuff More Good The reduced package size – made possible by our decision to remove X Series chargers for e-waste treatment – saves on CO2 emissions during transportation.

(Nokia.com).

New sound in town

Nothing Tech has launched its second audio product. Following on with true wireless earbuds (1) last year, the UK-based company has unveiled the Stick Earbuds. We’ve taken a closer look at the case, and look at the buds, but as with the ear (1) and phone (1), except for the details to become clear over time through various events and marketing moments:

“Nothing has confirmed that the Ear Stick will be a completely new product with its distinctive charging case and bud designs. The lipstick-shaped charging case is said to be inspired by classic cosmetic designs to slip easily in and out of pockets, and the buds are advertised as extremely ergonomic, extremely comfortable, and tailored to your ears.” From the side, the initial images seem to evoke splashes of red through the translucent top cover, providing an extra dash of color in contrast to the classic black/white monochrome design synonymous with the brand.

(Instagram Across HypeBeast).

Slowing the adoption of wearable devices

As Google prepares to launch the Pixel Smartwatch, its market hunger may be waning. With disposable household budgets shrinking, the wearables industry is seeing slowing demand for smartwatches, fitness trackers and their ilk. A recent report by CCS Insights showed shipments dropping 7 percent this year, with new and replacement sales expected to decline in 2023 for the same reasons:

“Despite the negative outlook in the short term, CCS Insight expects some recovery in 2024 as the economic picture improves. As of 2024, the smartwatch market is expected to return to growth, resulting in sales of 224 million units in 2026. It is Developed economies are expected to maintain a strong leadership in smartwatch adoption rates, but as lower-cost smartwatches and developments in Wear OS hardware provide more choices for Android users, demand for smartwatches in developing countries is expected to thrive.”

(CCS Insights).

Finally…

Google usually cancels projects after a short period of time unless it finds success in the covenant industry. This is the case with Google Stadia. The game streaming service will be shutting down on January 18, 2023. It may take a long time, thanks for all the fish, but Google will give you the fish money back:

“We are grateful to the dedicated Stadia players who have been with us since the beginning. We will refund all Stadia device purchases made through the Google Store, and all game and additional content purchases made through the Stadia Store. Continue to access your game library and play until January 18, 2023 So that they can complete the final play sessions.”

(Google Blog Across 9to5Google).

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