Android Circuit: Radical Galaxy Camera Leaks, Google Pixel 4 Exposed, Android

Android Circuit: Radical Galaxy Camera Leaks, Google Pixel 4 Exposed, Android

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Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes super zoom for Galaxy S11 leaks, the first OnePlus 7T reviews, being careful with your Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s Google workaround, exposing the Pixel 4, more malware problems for the Google Play store, and Android Go goes to ten.

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).

A Super Zoom For The Galaxy S11 Leaks

Cameras continue to be at the leading edge of smartphones design, so it should come as no surprise that next year’s Glaaxy S11 camera is going to look to outclass Android rivals such as the upcoming Pixel 4 and OnePlus 7T handsets, as well as Apple’s iPhone 11 family. The latest leaks suggest that optical zoom will be the South Korean’s battlefield of choice:

A report from Korean publication The Elec citing industry sources says that the Galaxy S11 would be the first Samsung phone to feature its 5x optical zoom camera module that it started mass producing earlier this year. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if that does end up happening, but reports from South Korea media are always good to see as they make things more believable than just speculation and random rumors.

More at SamMobile.

Ewan Spence

First Review Of The OnePlus 7T

With multiple launch events (and the occasional ‘leak’ from the CEO), OnePlus has used the modern internet to ensure that everyone is aware of the OnePlus 7T, which was fully introduced this week. I’ve been reviewing OnePlus 7T device ahead of the events, including the 90Hz screen:

The increased refresh rate (compared to the 60Hz screen on the OnePlus 7) offers a smoother scrolling experience, which is easily noticeable when scanning through a timeline such as Twitter or Facebook; offers HDR10+ for a better experience on streaming apps such as Netflix, and of course high definition gaming (with even more of a benefit on games that support the 90Hz refresh).

The initial review is here on Forbes.

Be Careful With Your Fold

The Galaxy Fold is a stunning piece elf consumer technology, but you need to be very careful with it. Samsung has posted a ‘Caring for your Galaxy Fold’ video which subtly reinforces messages to protect the handset against removing the screen protector, not pushing hard on the screen, and avoiding grit and dust. Kyle Bradshaw reports:

…they give the unclear instruction of “just use a light touch,” with a small disclaimer of “do not apply excessive pressure to it.” While it’s not 100% clear what Samsung is referring to here, they’re most likely suggesting you to be gentle whenever using the inner, foldable touchscreen. This may require a significant change for some people, as I know my grip can be a bit firm when playing intense phone games, for example.

More at 9to5Google.

Huawei’s Google Workaround Confirmed

Huawei’s Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro may have premium smartphone specifications,but it is missing one important set of features… the Google Play Services. But there is a way for individuals to bring this back? David Phelan investigates:

Now, though, there is evidence that loading Google apps to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is quick, simple and highly effective. And that evidence comes from an impeccable source: someone inside Huawei itself.

The insider, speaking confidentially to me, explained that the process took them a matter of minutes, after which they logged into Google Play Store, and were then able to download apps seamlessly in a conventional way.

There are tutorials on the internet, including a useful one from the reliably excellent Damien Wilde at 9to5Google.

More here on Forbes.

Is The Pixel 4 Fully Exposed?

Do we know everything about the Google Pixel 4 phone? Certainly the volume of leaks suggests we have, but Kyle Bradshaw is not so sure. What is left for Mountain View to reveal about the 2019 flagship smartphone?

As all of the Pixel 4 leaks we’ve seen thus far have used pre-release “dogfood” versions of the Google Camera app, they’ve been unable to demonstrate either of the new features. The talented Google Camera modding community was able to demonstrate an early version of the astrophotography features, but only on a Pixel 3 which may not be as capable for the task as the Pixel 4 is.

Our own APK Insight also turned up another new feature coming soon to Google Camera that appears to be based on the Playground app for AR stickers, but we don’t know much about how this will work or if it will be a Pixel 4 exclusive.

More missing moments at 9to5Google.

More Ads, More Malware, More Detecition

Google continues to work to remove malware from the Google Play store, as developers continue the cat and mouse games of delayed payload activation, mis-associations, and pushing full screen adverts or profit. Much like Apple’s App Store, once issues are discovered the apps can be taken out of the store and removed from consumer devicesSean Gallagher looks at the latest case:

This week, Symantec Threat Intelligence’s May Ying Tee and Martin Zhang revealed that they had reported a group of 25 malicious Android applications available through the Google Play Store to Google. In total, the applications—which all share a similar code structure used to evade detection during security screening—had been downloaded more than 2.1 million times from the store.

The apps, which would conceal themselves on the home screen some time after installation and begin displaying on-screen advertisements even when the applications were closed, have been pulled from the store. But other applications using the same method to evade Google’s security screening of applications may remain.

More at Ars Technica.

And Finally

Google has updated Android Go, the derivative version of Android for low-en phones. Android 10 (Go Edition) targets handsets with 1.5 GB of RAM or less, and features applications that work better in a low resource phone. Arol Wright reports:

As you may expect, it brings Android 10 and all of its newest features to these low-end Android Go phones, with additional optimizations to match. This means that features like system-wide dark mode, screen gestures, and more will also be available for these phones. We also have several optimizations to keep things as smooth as they can be, including speed improvements, with apps in Android 10 (Go edition) now launching up to 10% faster than on Android Pie.

More at XDA Developers.

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 super zoom for Galaxy S11 leaks, the first OnePlus 7T reviews, being careful with your Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s Google workaround, exposing the Pixel 4, more malware problems for the Google Play store, and Android Go goes to ten.

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).

A Super Zoom For The Galaxy S11 Leaks

Cameras continue to be at the leading edge of smartphones design, so it should come as no surprise that next year’s Glaaxy S11 camera is going to look to outclass Android rivals such as the upcoming Pixel 4 and OnePlus 7T handsets, as well as Apple’s iPhone 11 family. The latest leaks suggest that optical zoom will be the South Korean’s battlefield of choice:

A report from Korean publication The Elec citing industry sources says that the Galaxy S11 would be the first Samsung phone to feature its 5x optical zoom camera module that it started mass producing earlier this year. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if that does end up happening, but reports from South Korea media are always good to see as they make things more believable than just speculation and random rumors.

More at SamMobile.

Ewan Spence

First Review Of The OnePlus 7T

With multiple launch events (and the occasional ‘leak’ from the CEO), OnePlus has used the modern internet to ensure that everyone is aware of the OnePlus 7T, which was fully introduced this week. I’ve been reviewing OnePlus 7T device ahead of the events, including the 90Hz screen:

The increased refresh rate (compared to the 60Hz screen on the OnePlus 7) offers a smoother scrolling experience, which is easily noticeable when scanning through a timeline such as Twitter or Facebook; offers HDR10+ for a better experience on streaming apps such as Netflix, and of course high definition gaming (with even more of a benefit on games that support the 90Hz refresh).

The initial review is here on Forbes.

Be Careful With Your Fold

The Galaxy Fold is a stunning piece elf consumer technology, but you need to be very careful with it. Samsung has posted a ‘Caring for your Galaxy Fold’ video which subtly reinforces messages to protect the handset against removing the screen protector, not pushing hard on the screen, and avoiding grit and dust. Kyle Bradshaw reports:

…they give the unclear instruction of “just use a light touch,” with a small disclaimer of “do not apply excessive pressure to it.” While it’s not 100% clear what Samsung is referring to here, they’re most likely suggesting you to be gentle whenever using the inner, foldable touchscreen. This may require a significant change for some people, as I know my grip can be a bit firm when playing intense phone games, for example.

More at 9to5Google.

Huawei’s Google Workaround Confirmed

Huawei’s Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro may have premium smartphone specifications,but it is missing one important set of features… the Google Play Services. But there is a way for individuals to bring this back? David Phelan investigates:

Now, though, there is evidence that loading Google apps to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is quick, simple and highly effective. And that evidence comes from an impeccable source: someone inside Huawei itself.

The insider, speaking confidentially to me, explained that the process took them a matter of minutes, after which they logged into Google Play Store, and were then able to download apps seamlessly in a conventional way.

There are tutorials on the internet, including a useful one from the reliably excellent Damien Wilde at 9to5Google.

More here on Forbes.

Is The Pixel 4 Fully Exposed?

Do we know everything about the Google Pixel 4 phone? Certainly the volume of leaks suggests we have, but Kyle Bradshaw is not so sure. What is left for Mountain View to reveal about the 2019 flagship smartphone?

As all of the Pixel 4 leaks we’ve seen thus far have used pre-release “dogfood” versions of the Google Camera app, they’ve been unable to demonstrate either of the new features. The talented Google Camera modding community was able to demonstrate an early version of the astrophotography features, but only on a Pixel 3 which may not be as capable for the task as the Pixel 4 is.

Our own APK Insight also turned up another new feature coming soon to Google Camera that appears to be based on the Playground app for AR stickers, but we don’t know much about how this will work or if it will be a Pixel 4 exclusive.

More missing moments at 9to5Google.

More Ads, More Malware, More Detecition

Google continues to work to remove malware from the Google Play store, as developers continue the cat and mouse games of delayed payload activation, mis-associations, and pushing full screen adverts or profit. Much like Apple’s App Store, once issues are discovered the apps can be taken out of the store and removed from consumer devicesSean Gallagher looks at the latest case:

This week, Symantec Threat Intelligence’s May Ying Tee and Martin Zhang revealed that they had reported a group of 25 malicious Android applications available through the Google Play Store to Google. In total, the applications—which all share a similar code structure used to evade detection during security screening—had been downloaded more than 2.1 million times from the store.

The apps, which would conceal themselves on the home screen some time after installation and begin displaying on-screen advertisements even when the applications were closed, have been pulled from the store. But other applications using the same method to evade Google’s security screening of applications may remain.

More at Ars Technica.

And Finally

Google has updated Android Go, the derivative version of Android for low-en phones. Android 10 (Go Edition) targets handsets with 1.5 GB of RAM or less, and features applications that work better in a low resource phone. Arol Wright reports:

As you may expect, it brings Android 10 and all of its newest features to these low-end Android Go phones, with additional optimizations to match. This means that features like system-wide dark mode, screen gestures, and more will also be available for these phones. We also have several optimizations to keep things as smooth as they can be, including speed improvements, with apps in Android 10 (Go edition) now launching up to 10% faster than on Android Pie.

More at XDA Developers.

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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