Android Circuit: Galaxy S22’s Hidden Feature, PacMan’s OnePlus Power Pill, Play Store Scam Confirmed – Forbes

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the latest Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra leaks, Samsung’s Snapdragon decision, 2000 Pixel 6 Pro pictures, details on the next Moto G Power leaks, Oppo’s record breaking fast charger, Play Store scam warning, new payment services for South Korea, and a bit of Pac-Man for the OnePlus Nord.
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).
Leaked Images Of The Galaxy S22 Ultra
With Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked event pegged as happening in the second week of February, more details on the new Galaxy handsets are coming out. The first is the design of the S22 Ultra, as seen in a production sample image.obtained by Jon Prosser and Front Page Tech. Hiding the S-Pen in the Ultra will be welcome for those missing the Galaxy Note:
“On the front of the device, the edges are curved — not flat, as some speculated. And yes, we have S-Pen support! Unlike last year, this is full S-Pen support, with a slot for the accessory to slip into the device itself.”
(FrontPageTech).
Galaxy S22 Is All About The Snapdragon
The specifications of the whole Galaxy S22 family have also started off some conversations this week, with the South Korean company looking to move away from offering two different chipsets of the Galaxy S handsets. With its own Exynon chipset being dropped, every Galaxy S22, S22 Pro, and S22 Ultra is expected to ship with the new Qualcomm SnapDragon 895/898 system on chip:
“Samsung traditionally uses different chipsets, depending on the region. For example, the US models are usually equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. For Europe, the Exynos counterpart, from Samsung itself, is often chosen. However, due to the corona pandemic, serious production problems have arisen in the chip industry.”
(Let’s Go Digital).
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra concept image.
Let’s Go DigitalPixel Vs iPhone, 2000 Pictures Later
The Verge’s Becca Farsace has taken two of the leading camera phones (as decide by the market) in a mammoth head to head. Over 2000 photos, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro are put through various conditions low lighting, scenes, and actions to find out the winner:
“I set out to take 1,000 photos on each device. I carried them everywhere, annoyed all of my friends by stopping to take photos every other minute, and was ultimately left with a vast range of situations and lighting conditions to compare the photos from these two cameras. Initially, I thought a winner would become obvious around the 200-photo mark, but I quickly realized using these devices was about far more than their end products.”
(The Verge).
Fast Screens For The Next Moto G Power
The latest leaks of images and specs have highlighted just how switched on Motoroloa are in the mid-range. The Moto G Power 2022 is going to bring another smartphone to the space with a fast refreshing screen alongside a 50 megapixel camera:
“The triple-lens camera module — led by a 50MP primary sensor — has been moved from the center to the top-left corner. A new texture has been added to the phone, presumably helping to make it grippier in your hand. A back-mounted fingerprint sensor is also located in the signature Motorola dimple.
“…The device retains a large bottom bezel below the 6.5″ display, but it’s not all bad news. Its refresh rate may be boosted to 90Hz, marking an ever-growing selection of faster screens available on cheaper phones.”
(Android Police).
Oppo’s Faster Fast Charge
How fast can charging go? With the latest leaked details around the Oppo Find X4, the answer looks to be 125 Watts, at least for 2022. That’s a huge step up from the 65W the Find X3 currently offers.
“Well-known leakster Digital Chat Station claims that Oppo will bring 125W speeds with the Find X4 series…  Oppo’s Find X series usually get refreshed in March which leaves plenty of time for more leaks to fill us in on what’s in store.”
(GSM Arena).
Premium SMS Scam In Play Store Confirmed
Google’s 2.5 billion Android users are facing the threat of a premium-sms scape in a number of Apps that have been available through the Play Store. These have triggered premium SMS payments that are not tied to an app, and can only be stopped by requesting your carrier to do so.
“The news comes following an investigation by Avast. The security specialist found 151 Google Play store-approved apps masquerading as games, custom keyboards, photo editors, QR code scanners and more, contain scams which trick users into receiving premium-SMS subscriptions which charge them up to $40 per month. And these apps have been downloaded over 10 million times by Android users from more than 80 counties, including the US.”
A full ist of the affected apps can be found here (Forbes).
Alternative IAP Billing In South Korean
Following a recent court case in South Korea over in app payment processing, Google will allow alternative billing services to be offered to consumers; it will also reduce its own service charge to reflect the increased costs developers will face:
“Android phone and tablet applications distributed via the Play Store can soon surface alternate in-app (IAP) billing systems. That said, Google still wants all developers to show the first-party IAP option alongside, noting how it’s “critical to continue to offer them the choice to use Google Play billing if they desire.””
(9to5Google).
And Finally…
OnePlus has released another of its pop-culture partnerships this week, with the OnePlus Nord 2 picking up a limited edition Pac Man variant, although at the moment we don’t know much else beyond OnePlus’s note that “we’ve gamified the device’s software experience”
“…frustratingly the Chinese firm didn’t even share a single image of the phone. That said, OnePlus has said that this smartphone glows in the dark, which we guess channels some of the classic arcade cabinets of yesteryear. One of the saving graces is that OnePlus confirmed that they won’t “just slap a new logo on an existing device and call it a day.”
(9to5 Google).
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