Android Circuit: Powerful Pixel 8 Pro Leaks, Honor Teases Foldable Flagship, Pixel Watch Vs Apple Watch

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Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines from around the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s win at Airbus, Pixel 8 Pro leaks, how the Pixel Watch beats the Apple Watch, the first details on Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro, Honor teases next-gen foldable, Huawei still locked out of 5G business, and Niagara launcher escapes Google Play store.

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

Samsung’s victory in Airbus

Samsung’s latest big win isn’t in the flagship space, at least not in the consumer flagship space. Samsung France has signed a supply contract for more than 400,000 Xxover 6 Pro series rugged phones and the Tab Active 3 tablet. It is worth noting that the former is one of the easiest phones to repair from Samsung:

“The company announced today that Samsung France has been selected as a partner in the consortium co-sponsored by Airbus and Capgemini. As a result of this partnership, Samsung says it will work closely with Airbus to equip approximately 400,000 employees with Galaxy rugged devices.”

(Sam Mobile).

Powerful Pixel 8 details leak

It may be some time away, but just as more details about the iPhone 15 will be revealed ten months before its launch, so will details about the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. Codenames lurk in the code, but so do details on what would be Google’s third system-on-chip design… and the presumed name Tensor G3 is upping the raw power:

“The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro appear to be codenamed “Shiba” and “Husky”, respectively, and this naming convention is in line with Google’s current flagships, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, which are codenamed “Shiba” and “Husky”. in code “Panther” and Cheetah”. respectively. The report dovetails well with an August report that said the third Tensor chipset would also be made in collaboration with Samsung. The third-generation proprietary Tensor chip is reportedly codenamed “Zuma” and will feature the same Samsung-made G5300 modem as the Tensor G2.

(WinFuture via Phone Arena).

The smart watch on the podium is…

Google’s Pixel Watch is the obvious point of comparison to the Apple Watch Pro (somewhere in the corner, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 hopes to be included in the Christmas comparisons). Kaitlyn Cimino does the former, and sometimes the latter, with five key areas of the two smartwatches under the microscope:

“Google Assistant is a big plus for the Pixel Watch. After waiting an excruciating amount of time for the voice assistant to come to Samsung’s Wear OS-powered Galaxy Watch series, it’s great to see the latest generation of Wear OS devices comes with the assistant out of the box. Sure, Apple offers Siri, but many rate Google’s voice assistant higher in terms of integration and ease of use. The Google Assistant on the Pixel Watch is responsive, reliable, and a sight to behold. for sore eyes.”

(Android Authority).

Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro First details

OneLeaks offers some new details and renders for Xiaomi’s upcoming flagships, the titular Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro. The Chinese company leans toward a premium look for the competitively priced lineup, with curved screens for the 13 Pro, center-hole selfie cameras, and an aluminum chassis that looks eerily familiar in side profile:

“In addition, the aluminum sides are also surprisingly similar in design to the iPhone 14, right down to the subtle horizontal lines of the antenna bands…Instead of producing distinctive new designs, it seems that most phone makers smart have taken a new approach this year, with styles that appear to be drawn around the same plane, the results are hard to distinguish from one another.”

(About leaks 1,twoZoutons and CompareDial).

Honor Teases Next-Generation Foldable

Chinese manufacturer Honor has teased the launch of Magic Vs, its second version of a foldable smartphone. This follows the Magic V, released in late 2021 as Honor’s first foldable smartphone. Given the trope of an “S” device, this could be a polish on the Magic V, rather than a total rework of the model on a Magic V2:

To recall, the Magic V featured a 7.9-inch foldable OLED display, a 6.45-inch OLED cover display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 12GB RAM, 256GB/512GB storage, a 4750mAh battery mAh with 66W charging and a side fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 32-megapixel front camera and a 50-megapixel (main) + 50-megapixel (wide) + 50-megapixel (ultra-wide) triple camera unit.

(Gizmos China).

Huawei is still out of the 5G game

Following US sanctions that barred collaboration with certain Chinese companies, Huawei has been unable to work with Qualcomm on key components and new technology for its Kirrin range of system-on-chip devices. Hopes that 5G technology will receive a waiver appear to be wrong as Huawei confirms no new processors are expected in 2023. Options are limited, but it has hampered the company’s progress.

“The Chinese smartphone maker will have to reuse some of its older Kirin SoCs for which it still has licenses. Its other feasible option is to stick with Qualcomm’s 4G-only processors. Huawei turned to the second solution with its Kirin-series phones. Mate 50 recently launched after Qualcomm got permission from the US government to allow it to sell its flagship processors to Huawei, but without 5G radios.”

(Android Police).

And finally…

The popular and minimalistic Android launcher Niagara is consciously breaking away from the Google Play Store to implement its own registration and payment system alongside the existing system. It has the advantage that it is already very well known, but it shows that there is another way beyond Route One through the Play Store:

“With its latest release, the Pro version of Niagara is decoupling from the Google Play Store and going global, allowing Huawei devices and Android phones that ship without Google Play Services to purchase the app. The move will also benefit millions of Android users in China”.

(Android Police).

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


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