Looking back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the latest Galaxy S23 details, Pixel 7 Pro price leaks, Pixel 6a spot, Nokia X30 5G on sale, Nothing’s new wireless headphones , decline in the market for wearables and Google canceling another innovative Android project.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android over the past week (and you can find Apple’s weekly news roundup here).
Meet the new galaxy, same as the old galaxy
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Thanks to leaked CAD renderings, it’s possible to get a closer look at the upcoming Galaxy S23 family of handsets. Just as Apple takes an iterative approach, so does Samsung (and many other manufacturers for that matter). While the interior is still up for grabs (a 200-megapixel camera on the S23 Ultra is suggested), the exterior looks to be another Galaxy S slab:
“Changes are minimal compared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, as the new model retains the same camera cutout configuration, with a few exceptions, including the depth sensor and laser autofocus module that may not stick out as much. Next year.
Price leak between Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
With Amazon listings briefly appearing online for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. And the prices? They match the launch prices of the Pixel 6 at $599 and the Pixel 6 Pro at $899. Which, from a material point of view, makes sense, but the economy has changed since the end of 2021:
“Google’s choice to keep prices unchanged is a bit curious when you consider that spec leaks suggest these phones are largely unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old technology for the same price as before… : $599 could be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with global climate change like wars and struggling currencies and global crises, the cost of living is a very different amount of money.
Pixel 6a finds its place
Of course, there’s another new Pixel(ish) in town, and that’s the Pixel 6a. While many consider this the last phone in the 6 family (which is, cardinally, correct), it’s probably best represented by the Pixel 7 family, as I explained earlier this week:
“Although it’s remarkably late for the Pixel 6 family, arriving at the end of July compared to the launch of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro nine months earlier, it will be on sale when the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 are fully launched and hitting shelves. With the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro likely to retire from the product lineup, Google will have a solid “offset” profile of a smaller device in the 6a, the regular device in the Pixel 7, and the flagship in the Pixel 7 Pro. »
The Nokia Eco is coming to the UK
Announced in early September, HMD Global’s Nokia X30 5G handset is now on sale in the UK. Prices start at £399, or it’s available on HMD Global’s ‘Circular’ subscription scheme, which promotes green handset credentials, for £22 a month (plus a £30 set-up fee):
“…Built from a 100% recycled aluminum frame and 65% recycled plastic back, the Nokia X30 5G is our greenest smartphone yet, right down to the box it comes in. . Less plastic, less chemicals, more good stuff. Reduced packaging size – made possible by our decision to phase out X-series chargers to combat e-waste – saves on CO2 emissions from transport.
A new sound in town
Nothing Tech has launched its second audio product. After last year’s Ear (1) wireless headphones, the British company has unveiled the Ear (Stick) headphones. We have a good look at the case and a look at the buds, but as with the ear (1) and the phone (1), except the details will become clear over time through various marketing events and moments:
“There has been no confirmation that the Ear Stick will be an all-new product with a separate charging case and stud design. The lipstick-shaped charging case is said to take inspiration from classic cosmetic silhouettes, so it slips easily in and out of pockets, and the studs are advertised as extremely comfortable, ergonomic and molded to your ears.From the side profile, the first images appear to tease splashes of red through the transparent top cover, providing an extra pop of color in contrast to the classic black and white monochromatic design synonymous with the brand.
(Instagram (English only via HypeBeast).
Wearable adoption is slower
With Google set to launch a Pixel Smartwatch, the market’s thirst for it may be waning. As household disposable budgets dwindle, the wearables industry is seeing a slowdown in demand for smartwatches, fitness trackers and more. A recent report from CCS Insights shows shipments are down seven percent this year, and sales of new and replacement products are expected to be weaker in 2023 for the same reasons:
“Despite a negative near-term outlook, CCS Insight expects some recovery in 2024 as economic conditions improve. From 2024, the smartwatch market is expected to return to growth, leading to sales of 224 million units by 2026. Advanced economies are expected to maintain a strong lead in smartwatch adoption rates, but as cheap smartwatches and the evolution of Wear OS devices provide more options for Android users, demand for smartwatches in the developing world is booming.
Google has a habit of canceling projects after a short time unless they find historical success. The same is the case with Google Stadia. The streaming game service will shut down on January 18, 2023. It may take that long, and thanks for all the fish, but Google will refund your fish:
“We are grateful to the dedicated Stadia players who have been with us since the beginning. We are refunding all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, as well as all game and add-on purchases made through the Stadia Store. Players will continue to have access their game library and play until January 18, 2023 to complete the final game sessions.
(Google Blog via 9to5Google).
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