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Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes the Samsung Galaxy S23 upgrade, how Samsung can profit from Apple’s woes, Pixel 7 vs Galaxy S22, Honor Magic Vs launched, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 782, Google app introduces Rail, and why Samsung is leading the Android tablet race.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened around Android in the past week (You can find our weekly roundup of Apple news here).

Galaxy S23 fingerprint upgrade

More details about Samsung’s Galaxy S23 family were announced this week, and the increased protection offered by Qualcomm’s latest technology is set to appear in the phones when they launch expected in February 2023:

According to some rumors, the Galaxy S23 will feature Qualcomm’s third-generation ultrasonic fingerprint reader. However, we’re unsure if it’s the same 3D Sonic Max sensor that Qualcomm debuted earlier this year or A completely different fingerprint scanner. If it’s the 3D Sonic Max, we’re ready, because it’s the world’s largest and most advanced fingerprint reader.”


Apple’s problems may be Samsung’s win

With disruption at Foxconn’s Chinese factories continuing to affect iPhone supply for the holidays, analysts are looking forward to Samsung being ready to generate additional sales in the run-up to Christmas. Not only that, but the South Korean company is building more deals during Black Friday to support the sales push:

This situation with the iPhone supply chain could benefit Samsung during the 2022 holiday season. The company has already started offering deep discounts and trade-in deals on almost all of its popular products, including the Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 5, tablets, laptops and smart TVs as part of the Black Friday sale.


Google’s Pixel 7 compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S22

With the launch of the Google Pixel in October, there’s compensation for some competitive phones. The Galaxy S22 and Pixel 7 handle the same retail space, but the Pixel 7 is six months younger. How much difference does that make when you decide to review them?

Both phones are entry-level flagship phones, which makes for an apt comparison. However, with a somewhat outdated chipset and smaller screen, can the Galaxy S22 hold a candle to the latest Pixel 7? Now that I’ve spent some time with Google’s latest flagship, I can tell you how well both phones perform in the real world.”


Honor Magic Vs Global Introduction

Honor continues its “dual flagship” approach with the announcement of magic vs This week, who will sit next to Honor Magic4 Pro . The company’s second foldable smartphone is an iterative update of the Magic V. The latter was only available in China, but the Vs will launch in China before the global variant launches in early 2023.

“…the biggest difference is the focus on reliability, with Honor talking about its new gearless hinge, which reduces the complexity of the mechanism inside. The company says the phone will withstand up to 400,000 folds despite a reduction in the number of parts from 92 (in Magic V) to the 4 in VS. Unfortunately, there’s no word on water and ingress protection, which means it may still lag behind the competition in terms of getting dirt where it shouldn’t be.”


Qualcomm Snapdragon 782 launched

Qualcomm has launched a new chipset, targeting the “flagship killer” market for the mid-range market with the SnapDragon 782. It offers an iterative update of the 782G, but falls below 7th generation. The range of phones next year:

After announcing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 at the Snapdragon Summit earlier this month, Qualcomm has quietly launched its new mid-range chipset. The new Snapdragon 7 series succeeds the Snapdragon 778G Plus from last year and brings minor performance improvements. The new Snapdragon 782G does not follow the mark. Qualcomm’s updated brand, most likely because it doesn’t have the same improvements as the more premium Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.”

(XDA Developers).

OnePlus forever

Throughout the month of November, OnePlus has been challenging people to find the “black boxes” that it hides around the world. The digital treasure hunt (you need to find the location, not actually go there) naturally has offers about OnePlus products, but there’s only one gold chest to find…and it has a lot more inside:

Today OnePlus is announcing the grand prize for the Black Box scavenger hunt, as part of its Black Friday campaign. And after four weeks of fabulous prizes for lucky users across Europe, the biggest surprise yet is the final prize: a Box that “contains a lifetime supply of OnePlus flagship phones. The lucky user who wins the Gold Box will get a OnePlus 10 Pro 5G and, from 2023 onwards, a OnePlus.com flagship once a year – forever.”


Here comes Android Tablet Rail

Following the release of Android 12L and its improved support for tablet-based apps, Google is working through a number of UI changes in the Google app that go beyond the 12L changes to Material You, likely to guide other app developers with a working example:

However, this is not a Material You (MD3) element because the Discover, Search, and Collections icons do not use a bean-shaped indicator, which is also true of today’s Google TV. The current tab is highlighted in blue instead of gray. The three elements are placed Roughly where you would put your thumb rather than at the top, bottom, or even center of alignment.”



With Google’s increased focus on devices with large screens, the Android Tablet market has huge potential for growth. Right now, Samsung is the leading manufacturer, but will others join in and bring about a tablet renaissance?

Samsung’s continued commitment to the form factor is the main reason why the Korean giant maintains its stranglehold on the market. There’s also the fact that the only Android tablets worth buying are made by Samsung. From sturdy design and build quality to exceptional specs and unparalleled software support, there is no Another manufacturer of Android tablets is closing in.”


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