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Google Confirms Pixel 7 Pro Details, Android’s Dynamic Island Plans, Powerful OnePlus 11 Pro Leaks

Looking back at seven days of news and headlines about the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit features Samsung’s Android 13 lag, Pixel 7 Pro details confirmed, Pixel Watch price surprise, OnePlus 11 Pro leak, Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate reviewed , Google’s new audio format, and eager for the Dynamic Island.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened around Android over the past week (and you can find Apple’s weekly recap here).

Does Samsung need a Hero Development Phone?

With Samsung’s leading position in the Android space, many would assume it would be the first OEM with an Android 13 update to the existing handset (it looks like the OnePlus 10 Pro and OxygenOS are taking this award). Anyway, Samsung’s wide range of handsets means more testing is needed for a full rollout… but Abhijeet Mishra argues that the South Korean company needs a development track to speed up the process and go “first”:

“To that I – and many others here at SamMobile – just say, come on, Samsung, release the stable version of Android 13 already for at least one device/device series! And generally get faster at releasing these big upgrades from the OS in a stable form once Google releases them for Pixel devices.Yeah, that could mean more bugs slipping through the cracks, but that’s a problem that should be easily solvable given all the resources Samsung has on hand. ”

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(SamMobile)

Pixel 7 Pro launch date confirmed

Google is doing much of the PR and pre-launch work ahead of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro’s official event on October 6. Since the leak culture isn’t going away, why not take control and turn every potential leak into a news story that you can publish? As it is with the pre-order news… they open on the same day as the main event, presumably when the event closes we’ll “pre-order yours now by following this link”.

The devices will go on pre-order on the same day as the event [on October 6th]. This rumor has been going on since early August, and now Google has confirmed the move with the fine print in the video. We then assume that the October 13 rumored ship date will also come true, but let’s see what happens.”

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(GSM Arena).

Pixel watch price leak

Google doesn’t seem that fast with the Pixel Watch details – although the broad strokes appeared on I/O, the Pixel Watch is a brand new product, so there’s even more story to tell the consumer. As for the price, that’s still a secret… until some of the online stories leaked the price:

9to5Google first reported that the Pixel Watch price of the mobile model was $399.99 at the end of August. Thanks to a retail source, we were able to further confirm that price and we were now able to confirm the price of the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi model. which starts at $349.99.”

(Forbes).

OnePlus 11 Pro specs leak

Following news of the Alert Slider’s return, more details have leaked out about OnePlus’ flagship for 2023. The top-end specs (including a welcome 5000mAh battery) certainly suggest a flagship-defining handset on the way next spring:

Along with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, we also see some demanding internal specs in the OnePlus 11 Pro. The device will have up to 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. Outside lies a 6.7-inch 120Hz QHD+ AMOLED screen, similar to what its predecessor offered. The screen would also hide a fingerprint sensor under the screen. The real kicker comes in the battery charge, which houses a 5,000 mAh battery.”

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(9to5Google).

ASUS ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Review

For the average consumer, Asus’ Zenphone 9 is a great all-round Android device in a small form factor. It’s the Republic of Gamers (ROG) phones where the gaming action takes place, and the latest ROG 6D Ultimate delivers, as GSM Arena’s review points out:

“Not only is ASUS adopting a MediaTek chip this time, but it’s clearly betting a bit on it by giving it the nickname “Ultimate”. Today we have the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate for review. Just like its historic predecessors. the Ultimate edition is largely based on the vanilla design, but with some small additions here and there as a kind of “icing on the cake”.This year the Ultimate will not get extra inputs but rather a new AeroActive Portal – a motorized air duct that the AeroActive Cooler 6 mount provides a channel to instantly cool the inside of the device.”

(GSM Arena).

Google’s new audio format

Google is working on a new audio format that could challenge the power of the various Dolby systems in the open market. Given the amount of media Google provides — not least through YouTube — any alternative offered on day one would have a large market that could dictate its format:

Google shared plans for the media formats, known internally as Project Caviar, earlier this year at a private event with hardware manufacturers. In a video of the presentation leaked to Protocol… YouTube, which currently does not have Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision supports, but Google also wants to bring other industry players on board, including device manufacturers and service providers.”

“Google has not responded to a request for comment.”

(Protocol).

And finally…

Apple’s new UI around the front camera cutout has been boldly dubbed a “Dynamic Island” and the faithful are licking it up. For example, there are some voices in the Android OEM market with RealMe and Xiaomi checking in via social media about how desirable a feature this could be in the future:

“Realme asks its community members if they want a “dream island”. It doesn’t refer specifically to Apple’s function, but the company’s description makes it clear that it would emulate Apple’s design…. On the other hand, Xiaomi China’s Present Lu Weibing posted on the social media network Weibo… to see if the company’s fans would like to see a “smart island” in the future Xiaomi phones. :

(Android Police).

Android Circuit rounds up the news from the Android world every weekend right 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 in Android Circuit, get in touch!

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