Android Circuit: Galaxy Note 10 First Look, Latest Huawei Victory, Superb Advanced Camera Confirmed

Android Circuit: Galaxy Note 10 First Look, Latest Huawei Victory, Superb Advanced Camera Confirmed

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and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Galaxy Note 10 Drops A Beloved Feature

Samsung’ Galaxy Note 10 is expected to launch in August, but questions remain about some of the features that will ship in the hardware. This week details of the removal of a key feature – microSD card support – came to light. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly suggests this is a bad idea:

How important is microSD to the Galaxy range? When Samsung last tried removing it from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, it provoked such anger it was brought back the next year. And adding fuel to this fire, the Galaxy S10 has microSD but it is the Galaxy Note range which is considered the Do-It-All smartphone built for productivity-minded people.

In short: the Galaxy Note is not the model you drop microSD from first.

More here on Forbes.

Galaxy Note 10 5G artistic render (LetsGoDigital.nl)

Lets Go Digital

The Latest Impression Of The Note 10 5G

Meanwhile Samsung’s third phablet, the Note 10 5G, is also on the horizon, What can we expect in the handset designed to take advantage of the new faster networks? Along with the team at Let’s Go Digital, I took a closer look:

Nevertheless, it is safe to assume that with the increased antenna size and power demands required by 5G, the 5G variant of Samsung’s venerable phablet line up will be based on the Note 10 Pro. I have a sneaky suspicion that the physical size of the 5G came first, and then Samsung decided to offer an additional 4G model at a similar size to increase the volume of the component order and leverage some economies of scale, even with the slight increase in chassis size.

More on the Note 10 5G here.

Samsung Folding The Fold For A Second Deal?

The saga of the Galaxy Fold continues to be drawn out, with no sign of the revolutionary device reaching retailers. Maybe Samsung has decided to skip the Fold and move on to the Fold 2? There’s certainly a second-generation device being tested that takes a more ‘flip phone’ approach to the design. Gordon Kelly again:

Unlike the Fold, which was designed to be a phone which morphs into a tablet, Samsung’s new model will be a 6.7-inch smartphone which folds along the horizontal access so it becomes an ultra-compact device when not in use. ET News says, when folded, this clamshell-style phone will also have a 1-inch display for notifications.

This format has inherent advantages because the unfolded size matches the biggest premium smartphones, like the Galaxy Note 10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, but it has the portability of a dumbphone when not in use. It also wins from a durability perspective because the screen is protected when the phone is closed and most drops happen taking your phone out or putting it away. It also means you don’t really need a case.

More here on Forbes.

Shao Yang, chief strategy officer of Huawei Consumer Business Group, speaks during day one of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) AsiaPhoto by Gao Yuwen/VCG via Getty Images)

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Huawei Breaking Its Own Sales Records

Huawei sales have picked up this year, with the run to 100 million devices completed by the end of May – ahead of the 2018 schedule. The P30 handset is also showing impressive form in the first three months of its global availability. Peter Bonov reports:

Huawei’s P30 series reached 10 million sales in just 85 days – that’s two full months faster than the P20 phones. Also, it’s a new 3-month sales record for Huawei phones.

By the end of May, Huawei had shipped 100 million devices total. It reached the 100 million mark faster than it did last year, showing it’s on an upward trajectory.

More at GSM Arena.

All The Pie Belong To Nokia

Following the update of the Nokia 1 to Android Pie, the full range of Nokia handsets now have the latest version of Android, from the powerhouses of the Nokia9 PureView right down to the entry-level handsets. And that’s an important part of the message, as Doug Lynch reports:

Most OEMs only guarantee 2 major version updates for its flagship smartphones and 3 years of security updates. For years, customers had to buy these $500+ smartphones in order to feel safe knowing they can get major version updates (along with prompt security updates). HMD Global is showing that customers don’t have to do that anymore. Now, we just have to wait and see if HMD Global will be able to continue with this rigorous update schedule for its Nokia smartphones and keep the company out of the red.

More at XDA Developers.

Oppo Demos Selfie Camera Hidden Under The Display

After the bezel came the notch. After the notch came the cutout. After the cutout came the pop up. So what’s next for the forward facing selfie camera? Most people believe that it is ‘hiding under the screen’ and this week at MWC Shanghai, Oppo demonstrated its USC – the Under Screen Camera – ahead of its availability on a commercial product in the near future. Sam Byford reports:

Oppo says the display uses a custom transparent material that works with a redesigned pixel structure so that light can get through to the camera. The sensor itself is said to be larger than other selfie cameras, with a wider aperture lens in front. The area of the screen reserved for the camera still works with touch control, and Oppo says display quality won’t be compromised — though hands-on photos from Engadget Chinese suggest the camera area is visible in certain conditions.

More at The Verge.

How Many Clones Are Packed With Malware In The App Store?

After a two year study, research suggests that there are over 2000 counterfeit apps in the Google Play App Store featuring malware. George Nott reports:

The researchers used neural networks to identify visually similar app icons and partially plagiarised text descriptions of the top 10,000 most popular apps in the Play Store. The ‘multi-modal embedding’ machine learning model threw up 49,608 potential counterfeits.

The potential counterfeits were then checked for malware using the private API of online malware analysis tool VirusTotal. While 7246 were tagged by at least one anti-virus tools, the researchers used a ‘relaxed threshold’ leaving them with 2040 high-risk, fake apps.

More at Computerworld.

And Finally…

Dark OLED screens save battery life, which is why dark mode is more than an aesthetic choice. But when dark mode is dark grey and not black, are you trading away too much power? How much is the fall (no, not The Fall) in battery endurance between pure black and almost black? Dylan Raga goes full Spinal Tap to find out.

Now that we’ve gathered realistic power figures, we can model how much power dark gray consumes versus pure “AMOLED black.” Let’s assume a display brightness of 100 nits for pure white just so calculations are simple. At this white level, the OnePlus 7 Pro display should consume 400mW + (4mW/nit × 100 nits) = 800mW. When displaying nothing but black, the display should only consume its baseline power, which is 400mW. For dark gray, recall that we calculated its output luminance to be 0.3% of the luminance of the white level, so it should output 0.3 nits. 4mW/nit × 0.3 nits = 1.2mW, so dark gray should only consume 1.2mW more than pure black.

XDA Developers has the last word.

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

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Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes a missing feature on the Galaxy Note 10, a closer look at the Note 10 5G, a second Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei breaking its own records, all of Nokia’s Pie, Oppo’s revolutionary selfie camera, clones in the Google Play Store, and going Spinal Tap on OLED power savings.

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).

Galaxy Note 10 Drops A Beloved Feature

Samsung’ Galaxy Note 10 is expected to launch in August, but questions remain about some of the features that will ship in the hardware. This week details of the removal of a key feature – microSD card support – came to light. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly suggests this is a bad idea:

How important is microSD to the Galaxy range? When Samsung last tried removing it from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, it provoked such anger it was brought back the next year. And adding fuel to this fire, the Galaxy S10 has microSD but it is the Galaxy Note range which is considered the Do-It-All smartphone built for productivity-minded people.

In short: the Galaxy Note is not the model you drop microSD from first.

More here on Forbes.

Galaxy Note 10 5G artistic render (LetsGoDigital.nl)

Lets Go Digital

The Latest Impression Of The Note 10 5G

Meanwhile Samsung’s third phablet, the Note 10 5G, is also on the horizon, What can we expect in the handset designed to take advantage of the new faster networks? Along with the team at Let’s Go Digital, I took a closer look:

Nevertheless, it is safe to assume that with the increased antenna size and power demands required by 5G, the 5G variant of Samsung’s venerable phablet line up will be based on the Note 10 Pro. I have a sneaky suspicion that the physical size of the 5G came first, and then Samsung decided to offer an additional 4G model at a similar size to increase the volume of the component order and leverage some economies of scale, even with the slight increase in chassis size.

More on the Note 10 5G here.

Samsung Folding The Fold For A Second Deal?

The saga of the Galaxy Fold continues to be drawn out, with no sign of the revolutionary device reaching retailers. Maybe Samsung has decided to skip the Fold and move on to the Fold 2? There’s certainly a second-generation device being tested that takes a more ‘flip phone’ approach to the design. Gordon Kelly again:

Unlike the Fold, which was designed to be a phone which morphs into a tablet, Samsung’s new model will be a 6.7-inch smartphone which folds along the horizontal access so it becomes an ultra-compact device when not in use. ET News says, when folded, this clamshell-style phone will also have a 1-inch display for notifications.

This format has inherent advantages because the unfolded size matches the biggest premium smartphones, like the Galaxy Note 10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, but it has the portability of a dumbphone when not in use. It also wins from a durability perspective because the screen is protected when the phone is closed and most drops happen taking your phone out or putting it away. It also means you don’t really need a case.

More here on Forbes.

Shao Yang, chief strategy officer of Huawei Consumer Business Group, speaks during day one of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) AsiaPhoto by Gao Yuwen/VCG via Getty Images)

Getty

Huawei Breaking Its Own Sales Records

Huawei sales have picked up this year, with the run to 100 million devices completed by the end of May – ahead of the 2018 schedule. The P30 handset is also showing impressive form in the first three months of its global availability. Peter Bonov reports:

Huawei’s P30 series reached 10 million sales in just 85 days – that’s two full months faster than the P20 phones. Also, it’s a new 3-month sales record for Huawei phones.

By the end of May, Huawei had shipped 100 million devices total. It reached the 100 million mark faster than it did last year, showing it’s on an upward trajectory.

More at GSM Arena.

All The Pie Belong To Nokia

Following the update of the Nokia 1 to Android Pie, the full range of Nokia handsets now have the latest version of Android, from the powerhouses of the Nokia9 PureView right down to the entry-level handsets. And that’s an important part of the message, as Doug Lynch reports:

Most OEMs only guarantee 2 major version updates for its flagship smartphones and 3 years of security updates. For years, customers had to buy these $500+ smartphones in order to feel safe knowing they can get major version updates (along with prompt security updates). HMD Global is showing that customers don’t have to do that anymore. Now, we just have to wait and see if HMD Global will be able to continue with this rigorous update schedule for its Nokia smartphones and keep the company out of the red.

More at XDA Developers.

Oppo Demos Selfie Camera Hidden Under The Display

After the bezel came the notch. After the notch came the cutout. After the cutout came the pop up. So what’s next for the forward facing selfie camera? Most people believe that it is ‘hiding under the screen’ and this week at MWC Shanghai, Oppo demonstrated its USC – the Under Screen Camera – ahead of its availability on a commercial product in the near future. Sam Byford reports:

Oppo says the display uses a custom transparent material that works with a redesigned pixel structure so that light can get through to the camera. The sensor itself is said to be larger than other selfie cameras, with a wider aperture lens in front. The area of the screen reserved for the camera still works with touch control, and Oppo says display quality won’t be compromised — though hands-on photos from Engadget Chinese suggest the camera area is visible in certain conditions.

More at The Verge.

How Many Clones Are Packed With Malware In The App Store?

After a two year study, research suggests that there are over 2000 counterfeit apps in the Google Play App Store featuring malware. George Nott reports:

The researchers used neural networks to identify visually similar app icons and partially plagiarised text descriptions of the top 10,000 most popular apps in the Play Store. The ‘multi-modal embedding’ machine learning model threw up 49,608 potential counterfeits.

The potential counterfeits were then checked for malware using the private API of online malware analysis tool VirusTotal. While 7246 were tagged by at least one anti-virus tools, the researchers used a ‘relaxed threshold’ leaving them with 2040 high-risk, fake apps.

More at Computerworld.

And Finally…

Dark OLED screens save battery life, which is why dark mode is more than an aesthetic choice. But when dark mode is dark grey and not black, are you trading away too much power? How much is the fall (no, not The Fall) in battery endurance between pure black and almost black? Dylan Raga goes full Spinal Tap to find out.

Now that we’ve gathered realistic power figures, we can model how much power dark gray consumes versus pure “AMOLED black.” Let’s assume a display brightness of 100 nits for pure white just so calculations are simple. At this white level, the OnePlus 7 Pro display should consume 400mW + (4mW/nit × 100 nits) = 800mW. When displaying nothing but black, the display should only consume its baseline power, which is 400mW. For dark gray, recall that we calculated its output luminance to be 0.3% of the luminance of the white level, so it should output 0.3 nits. 4mW/nit × 0.3 nits = 1.2mW, so dark gray should only consume 1.2mW more than pure black.

XDA Developers has the last word.

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

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