Android Circuit: Three Massive Galaxy S10 Features, Latest OnePlus 6T Rumors, Note 9 Price Leaks
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and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Three Innovative Features For The Galaxy S10

So what will be featured on the Galaxy S10’s feature list? Noted leaker IceUniverse suggests that whatever these new features will be, they will be “innovations that you can’t image.” A challenge if I ever read one. So, heard are three new Galaxy S10 innovations that are already out there, but will likely be sold as things you can’t imagine, coming up:

It has been an incredibly long time since something genuine new has arrived to shake up the market. Wireless charging has become a key feature on Android handsets, but was debuted in Windows Phone and Palm Pre’s TouchStone. Apple’s FaceID implemented facial recognition in a new way, but it wasn’t something unimaginable. Neither was the addition of fingerprinting, touch screens, gesture recognition, or any of the other small iterative advances that the geekerati are aware of.

I’d suggest that the upcoming innovations will be seen as iterative and ‘already in existence’ fro those with an understanding of smartphones, but will be seen as ‘new and exciting’ by the general public.

Read the three key features, here on Forbes.

Galaxy S10 Concept (Creative Commons, by mobil-helden.de)Creative Commons, by mobil-helden.de

Samsung Sets High Price For Note 9

Before the Galaxy S10, Samsung has the Galaxy Note 9 to launch and it looks like the South Korean company has decided that the technology packed into the phablet means a higher price than last year’s Note. Gordon Kelly has more:

[WinFuture’s Roland ] Quandt says Samsung will start Galaxy Note 9 pricing in Europe at €1050 ($1230) for a 128GB model with a flagship 512GB option costing €1250 ($1460). By comparison, last year the Galaxy Note 8 launched at under €900. If you’re looking for a consolation, the Note 8 only had 64GB of storage.

…It is worth noting at this point, smartphones are more expensive in Europe but mostly because their prices always include sales tax. As such, the Galaxy Note 9 looks primed to launch Stateside with prices of $999 and $1199, excluding tax. That won’t hack it in a year when Apple will actually cut iPhone prices substantially.

Read more on the pricing issues here on Forbes.

Galaxy Note Range Could Be Cancelled After Note 9

Samsung’s mid-year flagship release, the Galaxy Note 9, may have more pressure to perform than was previously expected. The current suggestion (from The Bell) is that an under performing Note 9 could be the last Note phablet released, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly takes a closer look at the implications.

That said, it seems Samsung is taking criticism very personally as a new leak from within the company’s supply chain reveals the Galaxy Note is facing a sudden and unexpected cancellation…

According to popular Korean site The Bell, Samsung is seriously considering scrapping the Galaxy Note brand completely. What’s more, The Bell’s source says this is something Samsung has been considering for well over a year.

More analysis on why this could be the wrong move for Samsung. Of course this leaves the Galaxy S10 Plus in prime position to capitalise. As for the August launch…. what about the Galaxy X folding phone?

OnePlus 6 Launch (Ewan Spence)Ewan Spence

Lots Of Small Steps From OnePlus 

Lots going on in the OnePlus world this week, so let’s hit on the three small threads, starting with the classic OnePlus ‘Swatch move’ of releasing a new color of handset that appeals to fashion. Max Parker has noted the lava red version of the OnePlus 6:

As a company, OnePlus has moved from strength to strength at an alarmingly rapid pace and its most recent flagship, the OnePlus 6, looks like its ready to tackle its key rivals, like the iPhone X, LG G7 and Samsung Galaxy S9, with more ferocity than any previous top-tier OnePlus phone ever has.

Since its release OnePlus has unveiled two new colours of the OnePlus 6: white and red. The red instantly stands out as being the most unique. This is a deep red, with a glossy back and a black front. It looks fantastic.

The full review is at Trusted Reviews. Second up is the continuing updates of OxygenOS and how changes in the new handsets are being rolled back into older models, notably improvements to the software in the forward facing camera. TechRadar’s John McCann:

The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are about to get a new feature that’s being passed down from the OnePlus 6 – selfie portrait mode.

It will arrive in a software update, providing extra functionality within the camera app. Selfie portrait mode will provide blurred-background shots – known as Bokeh – using the 16MP front camera on the phones.

Finally, I took a look look ahead to the presumptively-named OnePlus 6T, which many are expecting to see announced in November 2018. What hardware changes can be expected in the upcoming handset, starting with the location of the forward facing camera:

One of curious realities of the OnePlus 6 (and previous OnePlus models ) is the close lineage it has with other Chinese smartphone manufacturers and their handsets. As a OnePlus spokesperson describes it, "OnePlus is a separate company from Oppo. We do have a shared investor and are therefore able to have access to aspects of their supply chain.”

That means the inclusion of the ‘pop up selfie camera’ from the Oppo Find X is an easy assumption to make. That would also offer the option of losing the screen’s physical notch completely, maximizing the screen available on the forward aspect.

Read more on the OnePlus 6T here on Forbes.

Honor 7s Review

Looking away from the big-ticket Android handsets is always useful. One of the latest handsets coming out in the mid-range is Huawei’s Honor 7s. Priced at the equivalent of $140, it has a respectable screen, a good camera, but can it be recommended? Richard Devine takes a closer look:

If the Honor 7s slipped you by unnoticed, it’s easily done. Launched in China under a different name, it’s a new budget phone that is available in select global markets across Africa, Asia, Europe, South and Central America. The closest it gets to a U.S. release is Mexico, likewise, it’s not currently available in Western Europe.

But Honor does some great work in providing quality phones at excellent prices, so it’s always interesting to see what’s new. The Honor 7s continues the slightly awkward naming scheme from the brand. Being an ‘s’ model shouldn’t lull you into thinking this is something it’s not.

But name aside, is it actually any good? Well…not really.

More at Android Central. Of course one answer to the low specs issue is Android Go, and Harish Jonnalagadda looks at the nine current Android Go powered smartphones, including the leading Nokia 1:

The Nokia 1 is widely available across the world, making it the default option for those looking to try out Android Go. The phone has a vibrant design with colorful polycarbonate back covers that can be easily switched out — like Nokias of old.

The phone has large bezels at the front and there isn’t a fingerprint sensor, but at $70 the Nokia 1 is one of the most affordable devices on this list.

Read the full list here.

Android market share, July 2018 (image: Google.com)Google.com

Oreo’s Exciting Distro Numbers

Android 8 Oreo has reached double figures in terms of reach, as Google reports the latest version of the mobile operating system has passed the ten percent mark (just). It’s ahead of Android Nougat’s progress during 2017. Idrees Patel looks over the numbers:

The data for the July 2018 distribution statistics was collected in a seven-day period ending on July 23, 2018. Google doesn’t show any versions with less than 0.1% distribution. The data collected is on the basis of devices visiting the Google Play Store in the prior seven days.

The July 2018 distribution numbers show that Android 8.0 is now installed on 10.1% of Android devices worldwide. The newer Android 8.1 Oreo is experiencing much slower adoption as it’s installed on just 2.0% percent of Android devices. The combined adoption of Android Oreo is 12.1%, which is slightly higher than Android Nougat’s adoption a year ago.

More at XDA Developers.

And Finally…

Ahead of the reveal of the upcoming Pixel 3, and alongside the work on Android P and the new material design style, new mock-ups of Google’s own Android apps have arrived, showing off the look. And like any good style guide, there’s an impressive video. Ron Amadeo reports:

The video is a design sizzle reel from Adam Grabowski and Nicolo Bianchino. They’re not Googlers themselves; instead, they’re collaborators who have worked on videos for major Google designs in the past. Bianchino’s description of the video says the two "worked together with the Google Material Design team to create a piece showcasing their updated design system for their internal teams." Some Googlers have also shared the video on Twitter, so we can be sure it’s legit.

More at Ars Technica,

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 three innovative Galaxy S10 features, the expensive Galaxy Note 9, cancelling the Note range, the latest small steps from OnePlus, the Honor 7S review, Android Oreo’s success, and Google’s new look for Android apps.

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).

Three Innovative Features For The Galaxy S10

So what will be featured on the Galaxy S10’s feature list? Noted leaker IceUniverse suggests that whatever these new features will be, they will be “innovations that you can’t image.” A challenge if I ever read one. So, heard are three new Galaxy S10 innovations that are already out there, but will likely be sold as things you can’t imagine, coming up:

It has been an incredibly long time since something genuine new has arrived to shake up the market. Wireless charging has become a key feature on Android handsets, but was debuted in Windows Phone and Palm Pre’s TouchStone. Apple’s FaceID implemented facial recognition in a new way, but it wasn’t something unimaginable. Neither was the addition of fingerprinting, touch screens, gesture recognition, or any of the other small iterative advances that the geekerati are aware of.

I’d suggest that the upcoming innovations will be seen as iterative and ‘already in existence’ fro those with an understanding of smartphones, but will be seen as ‘new and exciting’ by the general public.

Read the three key features, here on Forbes.

Galaxy S10 Concept (Creative Commons, by mobil-helden.de)Creative Commons, by mobil-helden.de

Samsung Sets High Price For Note 9

Before the Galaxy S10, Samsung has the Galaxy Note 9 to launch and it looks like the South Korean company has decided that the technology packed into the phablet means a higher price than last year’s Note. Gordon Kelly has more:

[WinFuture’s Roland ] Quandt says Samsung will start Galaxy Note 9 pricing in Europe at €1050 ($1230) for a 128GB model with a flagship 512GB option costing €1250 ($1460). By comparison, last year the Galaxy Note 8 launched at under €900. If you’re looking for a consolation, the Note 8 only had 64GB of storage.

…It is worth noting at this point, smartphones are more expensive in Europe but mostly because their prices always include sales tax. As such, the Galaxy Note 9 looks primed to launch Stateside with prices of $999 and $1199, excluding tax. That won’t hack it in a year when Apple will actually cut iPhone prices substantially.

Read more on the pricing issues here on Forbes.

Galaxy Note Range Could Be Cancelled After Note 9

Samsung’s mid-year flagship release, the Galaxy Note 9, may have more pressure to perform than was previously expected. The current suggestion (from The Bell) is that an under performing Note 9 could be the last Note phablet released, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly takes a closer look at the implications.

That said, it seems Samsung is taking criticism very personally as a new leak from within the company’s supply chain reveals the Galaxy Note is facing a sudden and unexpected cancellation…

According to popular Korean site The Bell, Samsung is seriously considering scrapping the Galaxy Note brand completely. What’s more, The Bell’s source says this is something Samsung has been considering for well over a year.

More analysis on why this could be the wrong move for Samsung. Of course this leaves the Galaxy S10 Plus in prime position to capitalise. As for the August launch…. what about the Galaxy X folding phone?

OnePlus 6 Launch (Ewan Spence)Ewan Spence

Lots Of Small Steps From OnePlus 

Lots going on in the OnePlus world this week, so let’s hit on the three small threads, starting with the classic OnePlus ‘Swatch move’ of releasing a new color of handset that appeals to fashion. Max Parker has noted the lava red version of the OnePlus 6:

As a company, OnePlus has moved from strength to strength at an alarmingly rapid pace and its most recent flagship, the OnePlus 6, looks like its ready to tackle its key rivals, like the iPhone X, LG G7 and Samsung Galaxy S9, with more ferocity than any previous top-tier OnePlus phone ever has.

Since its release OnePlus has unveiled two new colours of the OnePlus 6: white and red. The red instantly stands out as being the most unique. This is a deep red, with a glossy back and a black front. It looks fantastic.

The full review is at Trusted Reviews. Second up is the continuing updates of OxygenOS and how changes in the new handsets are being rolled back into older models, notably improvements to the software in the forward facing camera. TechRadar’s John McCann:

The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are about to get a new feature that’s being passed down from the OnePlus 6 – selfie portrait mode.

It will arrive in a software update, providing extra functionality within the camera app. Selfie portrait mode will provide blurred-background shots – known as Bokeh – using the 16MP front camera on the phones.

Finally, I took a look look ahead to the presumptively-named OnePlus 6T, which many are expecting to see announced in November 2018. What hardware changes can be expected in the upcoming handset, starting with the location of the forward facing camera:

One of curious realities of the OnePlus 6 (and previous OnePlus models ) is the close lineage it has with other Chinese smartphone manufacturers and their handsets. As a OnePlus spokesperson describes it, “OnePlus is a separate company from Oppo. We do have a shared investor and are therefore able to have access to aspects of their supply chain.”

That means the inclusion of the ‘pop up selfie camera’ from the Oppo Find X is an easy assumption to make. That would also offer the option of losing the screen’s physical notch completely, maximizing the screen available on the forward aspect.

Read more on the OnePlus 6T here on Forbes.

Honor 7s Review

Looking away from the big-ticket Android handsets is always useful. One of the latest handsets coming out in the mid-range is Huawei’s Honor 7s. Priced at the equivalent of $140, it has a respectable screen, a good camera, but can it be recommended? Richard Devine takes a closer look:

If the Honor 7s slipped you by unnoticed, it’s easily done. Launched in China under a different name, it’s a new budget phone that is available in select global markets across Africa, Asia, Europe, South and Central America. The closest it gets to a U.S. release is Mexico, likewise, it’s not currently available in Western Europe.

But Honor does some great work in providing quality phones at excellent prices, so it’s always interesting to see what’s new. The Honor 7s continues the slightly awkward naming scheme from the brand. Being an ‘s’ model shouldn’t lull you into thinking this is something it’s not.

But name aside, is it actually any good? Well…not really.

More at Android Central. Of course one answer to the low specs issue is Android Go, and Harish Jonnalagadda looks at the nine current Android Go powered smartphones, including the leading Nokia 1:

The Nokia 1 is widely available across the world, making it the default option for those looking to try out Android Go. The phone has a vibrant design with colorful polycarbonate back covers that can be easily switched out — like Nokias of old.

The phone has large bezels at the front and there isn’t a fingerprint sensor, but at $70 the Nokia 1 is one of the most affordable devices on this list.

Read the full list here.

Android market share, July 2018 (image: Google.com)Google.com

Oreo’s Exciting Distro Numbers

Android 8 Oreo has reached double figures in terms of reach, as Google reports the latest version of the mobile operating system has passed the ten percent mark (just). It’s ahead of Android Nougat’s progress during 2017. Idrees Patel looks over the numbers:

The data for the July 2018 distribution statistics was collected in a seven-day period ending on July 23, 2018. Google doesn’t show any versions with less than 0.1% distribution. The data collected is on the basis of devices visiting the Google Play Store in the prior seven days.

The July 2018 distribution numbers show that Android 8.0 is now installed on 10.1% of Android devices worldwide. The newer Android 8.1 Oreo is experiencing much slower adoption as it’s installed on just 2.0% percent of Android devices. The combined adoption of Android Oreo is 12.1%, which is slightly higher than Android Nougat’s adoption a year ago.

More at XDA Developers.

And Finally…

Ahead of the reveal of the upcoming Pixel 3, and alongside the work on Android P and the new material design style, new mock-ups of Google’s own Android apps have arrived, showing off the look. And like any good style guide, there’s an impressive video. Ron Amadeo reports:

The video is a design sizzle reel from Adam Grabowski and Nicolo Bianchino. They’re not Googlers themselves; instead, they’re collaborators who have worked on videos for major Google designs in the past. Bianchino’s description of the video says the two “worked together with the Google Material Design team to create a piece showcasing their updated design system for their internal teams.” Some Googlers have also shared the video on Twitter, so we can be sure it’s legit.

More at Ars Technica,

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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