Having a look again at seven days of stories and headlines the world over of Android, this week's Android Circuit consists of Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra's AI, a brand new Google Images replace, Pixel 8 Professional show secrets and techniques, ColorOS 14 launched, OnePlus Open Voyager accessible, Nothing opens as much as iMessage, and Niagara launcher's icon help.
Android Circuit is right here to remind you of some of the numerous issues which have occurred round Android within the final week (and you could find the weekly Apple information digest right here).
Everybody's Considering About AI Privateness
Have a look at the press releases from the key Android producers and suppliers and see the route that 2024's market will take. It's all concerning the AI. This week noticed extra particulars on Samsung's strategy to the generative area with the launch of Samsung Gauss and a number of other proposed options. However these elevate a priority about privateness:
"Samsung's smartphones will accumulate lots of private information to assist obtain this. With person privateness changing into a essential consider buying selections, maintaining this information on the handset and processing the knowledge regionally might be a precedence—one thing which will solely be doable because of the elevated AI capabilities of the most recent Snapdragon and Exynos chipsets."
Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Professional (Picture by ED JONES/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)
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Keep in mind Your Images
With pictures persevering with to be one of many battleground areas for smartphones, Google's replace to its Images app might be essential to maintain the Pixel household forward of the competitors. It's a curious selection, however one that might sit properly with many customers' workflow… reminders:
"Google's new Google Images reminder operate can discover and extract date data from a photograph and convert it mechanically into an occasion in Google Calendar. For instance, viewing a photograph of an invite or ticket will mechanically immediate the person to set a reminder for that occasion or journey. Google Images will mechanically fill within the occasion particulars for you primarily based on the content material of the photograph earlier than providing you with an opportunity to edit them earlier than saving them to your calendar. A hyperlink to the unique photograph can be mechanically added to the occasion."
The Pixels Of The Pixel
One of many notable options of the Pixel 8 Professional is Google's use of a brand-new show. Earlier fashions have seen varied parts rolled over as Google prioritised software program. That modified with the not too long ago launched Pixel, as Dylan Raga finds out in a deep dive into the secrets and techniques of the brighter and extra environment friendly display screen show:
"[Google] has moved on to creating its show driver in-house fairly than utilizing the one packaged by [Samsung], which might be why Google felt inclined to provide the display screen its personal branding. This time round, the display screen hasn't simply improved one technology and even two — it is jumped three complete generations in comparison with final yr's cellphone, from the seller's E4 OLED materials set all the best way as much as E7. In quick, the luminescent supplies are an enormous issue within the display screen's peak brightness and energy efficacy, with every new Samsung Show technology yielding a couple of 15% uplift in each."
ColorOS 14 Launched
The subsequent main replace to Oppo's ColorOS was launched this week. ColorOS 14 might be accessible on the corporate's flagship handsets within the first occasion earlier than rolling out throughout the vary within the close to future. Oppo has positioned an emphasis on AI in most of the options. Sareena Dayaram picks out some highlights:
"New and notable to ColorOS 14 are a set of AI-powered options in an identical vein to those on Google's Pixel 8. SmartTouch permits you to "choose content material like textual content, pictures and movies and accumulate them on the File Dock, and even consolidate them right into a single notice by easy choose and drag gestures." Sensible Picture Matting is one other characteristic, this one permits you to "crop a number of topics out of a single picture or paused video," based on Oppo. "
OnePlus Goes Back To Back To Black
The critically-acclaimed OnePlus Open—the corporate's first folding smartphone—has launched a brand new model to tempt these searching for a transformable cellphone forward of the vacation season. Voyager Black has arrived, and naturally it's right here in time for a Black Friday low cost (a minimum of within the UK).
"Totally different to OnePlus Open Emerald Nightfall, an iconic inexperienced colorway reserved completely for flagship units that includes a matte-frosted glass rear, OnePlus Open Voyager Black includes a extra understated rear cowl in vegan leather-based that oozes class and magnificence, and weighs simply 239g (6g lighter than Emerald Nightfall)."
Two Million Instances Nothing
There's additionally the intriguing prospect of the Nothing Telephone (2) in a position to ship and obtain messages from Apple's iMessage service utilizing its new Nothing Chats app. It helps RCS by way of the Sunbird structure to permit iMessages to be relayed to your handset.
"[Co-founder and CEO] Carl Pei said – In simply three years, we've assembled among the best groups within the business and shipped over 2 million units worldwide. This milestone additional proves that there's actual demand for a challenger within the shopper tech business. Our continued momentum in such a aggressive surroundings cements our perception that Nothing really has one thing distinctive to supply."
One of the vital important points on Android homescreen launchers with themes has been getting all of your icons to match; only one app developer not totally supporting a theme or a theme leaves it standing out in its uniqueness. Customized one-handed launcher Niagara addresses this in its newest replace. Meet the "anycon" characteristic:
"We may use the identical highly effective algorithm we educated for over a yr to categorize each app and assign them an icon primarily based on their class. E-mail apps get an e-mail icon, health apps a health icon, and so forth. And that's precisely the explanation why we named our icon packs Anycons. They help any app with an identical icon."
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