Pixel 7 Pro excitement, OnePlus trees, Xiaomi 12T Pro reviews

Pixel 7 Pro excitement, OnePlus trees, Xiaomi 12T Pro reviews

Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines around the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes the launch and first thoughts on the Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7 and Pixel Watch, why Samsung is so far ahead of Google, a new European USB-C charging standard, Xiaomi 12T Pro reviews, OnePlus swaps for trees, and a million dynamic islands on 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 our weekly Apple News summary here).

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro launched by Google

Announced at an I/O event in early summer, Google has now fully revealed the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones. The two new phones are based on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with a new chipset, an improved camera and a revamped design. Here are Google’s thoughts on the update:

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are polished, sophisticated and durable. In addition to the aluminum casing of both phones, it is made from 100% recycled content.

With a 6.3-inch screen and smaller bezels, the Pixel 7 is intentionally more compact than the Pixel 6 — packing more features and improvements into a smaller profile. The new zirconia-brushed aluminum feels soft in your hand, and you can choose from three colors to suit your personal style: Snow, Obsidian, and Lemongrass are brand new.

“The Pixel 7 Pro has an immersive 6.7-inch display, a beautiful brushed aluminum frame, and a camera bar that is complemented by three color options: Snow, Obsidian, and a new Hazel color.”

Google tends to safety and security on smartphones, its ‘intelligence’ found in using artificial intelligence to process personal data, and of course improvements in photography.

The change that will have the greatest impact is the new system on the chip. We’re waiting for benchmarks to appear on the Google Tensor G2, but the key to this chipset won’t be raw performance but its focus on data processing for various machine learning-based experiences on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Ron Amadeo from Ars Technica:

Google made no claims that the CPU or GPU was faster (it asked), but ARM promised that the G710 was 20 percent faster and 20 percent more energy efficient than the G78 when it was announced before General, so we’ll see. All of Google Tensor’s annual “percent best” claims revolve around AI use cases for one overly specific app, and claims like Google’s Text-to-Speech Forms “now run 70 percent faster and average 50 percent less powerful.” “”

ZDNet’s Jason Cipriani caught some hands-on time with the two phones after the launch event, noting the new design of the iconic camera bar that makes these new phones evolutions of the Pixel 6 family:

At first glance, it can be easy to confuse last year’s Pixel 6 with the Pixel 7 and vice versa. The designs are similar, but there are some distinct differences. For example, the camera bar on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro is now metal rather than glass and wraps around the sides phones instead of suddenly stopping at the edges.”

(ZDNet).

Pixel Watch opens the corner of the smartwatch

Google has supported Android wearables with Wear OS, but is now going ahead by releasing its own smartwatch, in this case, the Pixel Watch. Back to Google Blog:

“Designed with comfort and durability in mind, the Google Pixel watch is sophisticated for a night out or a business meeting, can withstand your activities and workouts, and is fun to sleep on. The circular 3D domed glass blends seamlessly with the stainless steel and stainless steel construction that gives it a slim look on the wrist. It’s water-resistant (up to 5 atm/50 metres) and scratch-resistant, and is meant to be worn all day and night.”

Notably, Google is highlighting Fitbit integration (which it acquired in January 2021), but this isn’t the only Google service that makes the watch easy to link to:

“The watch will also be more openly integrated with Google services out of the box. This includes Google Wallet for contactless payments, turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps, calendar and Gmail notifications. The watch will also have Find My Device, Google Assistant and the Google Home app for control. In the smart home. For music, Google also includes three months of YouTube Music Premium with every Pixel watch.”

(the edge).

Where does the Pixel 6a fit?

The Pixel range has grown, with the 7 and 7 Pro taking over the 6 and 6 Pro launched last year. As for the Pixel 6a? Not only does that remain relevant, but Google will use it as a benchmark along with the iPhone SE to show what the Pixel can do. I put the two small phones into some comparison earlier this week:

“…Both phones rely on computational imaging to enhance and edit incoming image data for better output.

“This is where the Pixel 6a has the advantage. The Tensor Mobile chip may not take the standard king crown, but Google has focused in the design on creating a chip geared towards machine learning and enabling AI features… just the kind of device that you need to get the best photos Possible, in good lighting the photos are comparable, but once the light levels drop, the Pixel 6a’s night mode comes into its own… and the iPhone SE’s lack of night mode is an Achilles heel.”

(Forbes).

Some views from South Korea

The Pixel package is sure to make a splash in the media, but will it make a huge impact on shelves around the world? Samsung, the world’s leading manufacturer of Android smartphones, is way ahead of Google. Mihai Matei of SamMobile highlights the retail difference between Pixel and Galaxy:

“According to sales reports from market research firm IDC, Google has sold 27.6 million Pixel phones since it introduced the range in 2016. As Bloombergvladsavov’s Twitter editor explained, this represents 1/10 of Samsung’s sales in one year (2021), which It means that at this rate, Google will need to keep selling Pixel phones for another 60 years to keep up with sales of Samsung’s Galaxy phones in 12 months.”

(SamMobile).

Pass the common shipper bill in Europe

The European Parliament has passed long-discussed legislation on the common charging standard for mobile devices. Designed to tackle e-waste and allow consumers to make more sustainable choices, implementation is expected by the end of 2024 for the majority of devices covered, which include Android smartphones and tablets

“Regardless of the manufacturer, all new cell phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, portable video game consoles, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earphones, and computers Portable rechargeable wired cable, has a power delivery of up to 100W, and must be equipped with a USB Type-C port.

(European Parliament news).

Xiaomi 12T Pro Review

The mid-cycle Xiaomi upgrade has arrived on the 12 Xiaomi smartphones in the form of the 12T and 12T Pro. The progress from the vanilla 12 phones is not significant, but there are some notable additions, such as the 200MP camera. Cam Bunton looks at the new phone and this super snapper:

“Xiaomi’s phone pixels take 16 pixels into one (which are essentially combined to create one large pixel). This is an all-too-familiar approach in the Android phone market, and should mean decent low-light performance and fast focus.

“If you choose to use 200 million pixels, that means being able to crop into an image without losing too much clarity. We took some test shots with this mode enabled and – and in daylight – it’s impressive how much you can zoom in before you hit The details start to fall off and look a bit ragged.

(lint pocket).

OnePlus 10 tree

Working alongside climate action organization Ecologi, OnePlus has pledged to plant a tree for every phone traded through its website. This is part of the company’s quest to find more sustainability in its business, which includes packaging design, recycling centers and longer product cycles:

“At OnePlus, we are known for our community spirit, and we look forward to our users. By giving OnePlus fans the opportunity to help the planet every time they get a new phone, we are helping them make a positive difference to the planet,” said Thomas Lampen, Head of European Strategy at OnePlus. “By partnering with Ecologi as part of our broader environmental work, we hope to continue to reduce our impact on the world and become a more sustainable company.”

(eco).

Finally…

Android’s fascination with Apple Dynamic Island continues. After the iPhone 14 mask was revealed, Android manufacturers asked users for their opinions… and third-party developers are working hard. 1 million downloads of dynamicSpot later, at least curious about the widget:

“…what caught our eye is that DynamicSpot has had its first major breakthrough, with the early access app scoring over 1 million downloads on the Google Play Store — and it’s in the top ten this week on APKMirror too. If the numbers are anything to go by, it’s Android users seem very curious to see what Dynamic Island will look like on their phones.”

(Android Police).

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