Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes reviews of the Galaxy S20 FE and the Realme 7 Pro, OnePlus confirms OnePlus 8T details, unboxing the new Google Pixel phones, the Nokia 8.3 launch, HMD Global’s Android 11 roadmap, and the new security features in Chrome 86.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).
Reviewing Samsung’s Classy Galaxy
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Fan Edition continues to gather praise. Priced at $699 in the US, the fourth handset in Samsung’s 2020 S range looks to have balanced the perceptions of ’S’ with the realities of meeting a lower price point. Dieter Bohn sets the scene before his review:
“…the S20 FE keeps enough of the most important “flagship” parts to make it a great value at $699. It’s also proof positive that when Samsung wants to turn a phone around quickly, it can. Development began immediately after the original three S20 phones were announced in March 2020 as it became clear the economy would be tanked by the pandemic.
“”But the Galaxy S20 FE doesn’t feel like a rush job. It has a few high-quality components that will delight while the cheaper parts don’t hurt the experience too much.”
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Read the full review at The Verge.
A man walks past an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G smartphone at a telecom shop in … [+] Seoul on April 7, 2020. – Samsung Electronics’ operating profits inched up 2.7 percent in the first quarter, the world’s biggest manufacturer of smartphones and memory chips estimated April 7. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Back Of The OnePlus 8T
Ahead of the launch of the OnePlus 8 T next week, the Shenzhen-based company has discussed the new look glass on the rear of the 8T. Not only that, but the accompanying video confirms a number of design features, including the camera island. CEO Pete Lau writes:
“Our ID (Industrial Design) engineers have explored ways to bring out the translucent and glossy texture of the glass, while maintaining a thin and sturdy profile that also reduces fingerprint accumulation. After exploring countless iterations with different CMFs (color, material and finish) for more than 4 months, we achieved a breakthrough and produced a remarkable glossy back cover for the new Aquamarine Green variant of the OnePlus 8T.”
More at the OnePlus Forum.
Unboxing The New Pixels
Ahead of the October 15 launch, a number of reviews have been posting ‘unboxing’ videos of Google’s upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G handsets. These were both trailed at the launch of the Pixel 4a in August, and beyond the addition of 5G, how do the two 4a smartphones compare to each other? Ryne Hager takes a closer look:
“If you’re familiar with the much-loved Pixel 4a, Google’s latest phone does more than just share its name.
“…Other design details match, down to the radius of the corners and edges, and even the hole-punch camera cutout (though the hole itself looks ever-so-slightly smaller to my eye). The thickness of this non-mmWave model is even identical to the 4a. There are a few other tiny visual differences, like a very slight change in the power button color and a slightly more prominent Google logo on the bottom back, but you could easily confuse the Pixel 4a for the 4a 5G at a glance outside the size difference and cameras.”
More at Android Police.
Nokia 8.3 5G Release And Android 11 News In The Same Week
Announced in March with a planned April release, HMD Global’s Nokia 8.3 was caught up in the coronavirus pandemic. With promotion tied to the delayed James Bond film, the 8.3 was held back. It’s on sale now in the UK. Roland Hutchinson reports for Geeky Gadgets:
“The new Nokia 8.3 5G has gone on sale in the UK from today and the handset is available for £499.99, if you buy the device before the 21st of October, it comes with £100 worth of free accessories. On top of that anyone wqho buys the handset will get a free six month trial of Google One with 100GB of storage.”
Also this week, HMD Global has confirmed which of its Nokia branded handsets will be receiving updates to Android 11. HMD Global has pushed its messagingse of two years of Andoird updates and three years of security updates on all its handsets, so it’s nice to see a relatively speedy move to 11. Sumit Adhikairi reports:
“A total of 14 Nokia smartphones will be making the jump to the latest iteration of Android over the next two to three quarters. The first batch of the lot includes the Nokia 2.2, Nokia 5.3, Nokia 8.1, and the Nokia 8.3 5G. They will start receiving the big update between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021.
“The Nokia 1.3, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 2.4, Nokia 2.3, and Nokia 3.4 will follow them in the first quarter next year. Three more phones, namely Nokia 3.2, Nokia 7.2, and Nokia 6.2 will join the party somewhere between Q1 and Q2 2021. The Android Go-powered Nokia 1 Plus and 2019 flagship Nokia 9 Pureview are the last two phones on the list. They will not be getting Android 11 until the second quarter of 2021.”
More on that at Android Headlines.
Reviewing The Realme 7 Pro
The six-monthly update of Realme’s mid-range handsets continues with the Realm 7 and Realme 7 Pro. The team at GSM Arena have reviewed the 7 Pro. Nothing the small iterative updates, they also highlight the benefits of the handset.
“The Realme 7 Pro wasn’t exactly what we expected it to be – an incremental upgrade over the Realme 6 Pro. We are happy with the OLED switch and the stereo speakers, sure, but some may not be okay with the tradeoffs – the 90Hz refresh and the dedicated telephoto camera are now gone.
“Then again, the Realme 7 Pro remains a very capable mid-ranger with an affordable price tag. It offers an incredible screen, design, battery life, and charging. It’s got okay performance too, and the photo quality turned out pretty good.”
Read the full review at GSM Arena.
Google released Chrome 86 this week, packing in updated features for developers, a number of security improvements, alerts for insecure forms and pages, the usual quality of life fixes. Emil Protalinksi reports on all the details, including the new password protection system:
“Chrome for Android and iOS now tells you if the passwords you’ve asked Chrome to remember have been compromised. Chrome sends an encrypted copy of your usernames and passwords to Google, which checks them against lists of credentials known to be compromised. Because they are encrypted, Google cannot see your username or password, the company claims. If you have a compromised password, Chrome will take you directly to the right “change password” form.”
More at VentureBeat.
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