Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the leaked Pixel 6 design, the Galaxy crypto update, Samsung’s security confirmation. good news for Xiaomi, Realme 8 5G review, Huawei’s P50 details, and OnePlus tells us about the weather.
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).
The Pixel 6 Design Leaks
New renders have revealed the design of the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro from Google, with the handsets sporting a very Galaxy-esque central punch-out for the selfie camera, a triple-tone colour design, and a potential Pixel smartwatch:
“Jon Prosser and Front Page Tech just shared renders for what is allegedly a Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro. Theoretically, the Pixel 6 Pro could be the flagship phone Pixel fans have been wanting for years, while the Pixel 6 could continue with Google’s trend of keeping things affordable.”
Bring Your Bitcoin To Your Galaxy
Samsung has integrated a number of ‘hardware-based cryptocurrency wallets’ into it’s Blockchain Wallet app, including the popular range of Ledger Nano devices. It’s now even easier to manage your crypto cash on your smartphone:
“So if you want to make a cryptocurrency transaction, you’ll first need to move the tokens from the hardware wallet. To make this process easier, Samsung has added support for hardware wallets to its Blockchain Wallet app. The Ledger Nano S and the Ledger Nano X are among the hardware wallets that can now be used with the Blockchain Wallet app.”
Samsung’s Security Update
Following Qualcomm’s security last week, Samsung has confirmed that it has patches for all Samsung devices, stating that “devices with an Android Security Patch Level of April 1, 2021 or later will be considered protected from these vulnerabilities”:
Good News From America For Xiaomi
Xiaomi has been removed from the US Entities list. Inclusionon this list restricts US companies from having any dealings with the listed companies. The removal the Chinese company from the list could prompt more US investment into Xiaomi:
“The Parties have agreed upon a path forward that would resolve this litigation without the need for contested briefing,” according to the filing, which didn’t state whether the agreement included any conditions for removal. The parties involved are negotiating over specific terms and will file a separate joint proposal before May 20.
RealMe 8 5G Review
Priced at £199 here in the UK, the recently launched Realme 8 5G obviously comes with the speedy cellular connectivity, but also a 90Hz refreshing screen. Jon Mundy reviews the new handset:
“The Realme 8 5G is a competently built budget phone, offering admirable stamina and, of course, 5G connectivity. Its 90Hz LCD screen is of adequate quality, and the phone’s performance is perfectly decent for everyday tasks. However, Realme has had to make a series of cuts in order to hit an aggressive price point, and the result is the least appealing phone in the three-strong Realme 8 family.”
The P50 Is Coming
Lots of Huawei P50 shots and renders leaking this week, and the Chinese flagship is looking good on the hardware front, although as always the lack of Google Play support will limit its appeal in certain markets. Hadlee Simons rounds up all the details on the new flagship:
“Residual US sanctions may still be a spanner in the works for Huawei, but we still expect the P50 series to sport stellar hardware. The company was permitted in October 2020 to purchase some key components. Those include camera sensors from the likes of Sony and Omnivision and screens from Samsung Display. Reports suggest Huawei is now allowed to resume some chip purchases, too.”
The cliché that the British always talk about the weather appears to carry through to the smartphone. OnePlus has analysed over 130,000 pictures shared through its Find Your True Colors project and found that the weather is the most pictured color by the Brits:
“In the UK, the results show that we really are as obsessed with the weather as everyone says we are. More than 60% of the photos analysed featured the sky, with just under 40% also featuring clouds and, as you’d expect, less than 10% actually featured sunlight. This may have also been responsible for the relatively low number of happy or smiling Brits featuring in the photos, with only around 12% featuring a cheery face.”
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