Samsung Galaxy S22 New AI Launch, Xiaomi 12 Launch, Surface Duo Android Update

Returning to seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android tour features the powerful AI of Samsung’s Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21 FE release dates, family launch Xiaomi 12, Android 11 for the Surface Duo, the new standard fast charge, details on the upcoming Razr and a first look at Android 13 Tiramisu.

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 the weekly Apple News Digest here).

Put the AI ​​in the Galaxy camera

As always, the obvious battleground for 2022 smartphone comparisons will be in the camera. Bigger lenses, more sensors, and better optics will all be present on the physical side of things, but the real battle is going to be in software. Details on Samsung’s approach to the S22 family have been released:

“Now, new information from Ice Universe reveals how new AI-based capabilities will fuel a significant part of this quality improvement. AI “that will give your photos ‘more detail, color and brightness’ than ordinary 108 megapixel shots.”


Galaxy S21 FE launch date

As we head into 2022, Samsung is set to take its final step on the Galaxy S21 with the release of the S21 FE (“Fan Edition”) handset, taking as much feedback as possible from the regular version to make it. affordable and attractive price. combined for the community. Steve Hemmerstoffer has the downside on the release date, at least in France. The Galaxy S21 FE may not launch in all regions, but we can assume that alongside France in this first wave there will be North America, Europe and South Korea. :

“According to my source, the #Samsung # GalaxyS21FE will be available in France from 04/01/2021 for € 759 (128GB) and € 829 (256GB)”

(@OnLeaks on Twitter).

In 2022 with Xiaomi’s 12 series

Xiaomi launched the latest flagship family with the Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12X (a version adjusted to the specifications of the XIaomi 12, better regarded as Xiaomi’s equivalent to Samsung’s Fan Edition of the Galaxy S series. ). Coming with the latest SnapDragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets, new fast-focus camera technology, and fast charging, the smartphone’s expected flagship specs for 2022 are being defined:

“The 6.73-inch panel of the Pro model comes with a resolution of 1440p and uses an LTPO 2.0 backplane that allows variable refresh rates from 1 to 120 Hz depending on the task at hand. Xiaomi 12 Pro is also comes with a built-in fingerprint scanner and Gorilla Glass Protection Victus. Both Xiaomi 12 phones produce 12-bit color and can generate up to 1,500 nits of brightness. “

(GSM arena).

A long-awaited Android 11 update from Microsoft

Microsoft’s original Surface Duo looks set to receive its long-awaited update to Android 11 in the New Year. Launched in 2020 with Android 10, Android 11’s lack of update over the past year has been a lightning rod for Duo fans:

“… versions of Android 11 have been self-hosted by Microsoft employees on internal Surface Duo devices for quite some time. Additionally, Bowden revealed that he believes the final version shipped to Google as well, but due to Google’s own policies, it must be verified before it hits consumer devices. The holidays and the fact that both Google and Microsoft are on vacation also means there is a delay in the verification, which is why there is a long wait. “

(WinCentral Going through On MSFT).

This fast charger could work with any phone in the future

“Fast charging” has become an important part of the specifications of any flagship smartphone. It’s a bit hit and miss when switching between handsets and upgrading – with many systems requiring a specific set of chargers paired with a device to achieve required speeds. What makes the launch of a new “Fast Charging Association” interesting, especially if it can promote the interoperability of fast charging in the same way as the Wireless Power Consortium achieved with qi charging:

“According to Chinese media, the Guangdong Terminal Industry Association was established in Shenzhen a few days ago. It was launched in early 2021 by the Information and Communications Institute. This association includes Chinese cell phone manufacturers and leading companies. of the members, we have companies like Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Honor and others.

“The Guangdong Terminal Fast Charging Industry Association will coordinate and integrate industrial resources to promote standardization. It will also promote the industrial application of charging technology. It is the first association of fast charging of electronic consumer terminals in China.

(Going through GizChina).

The third return of the razr

Motorola is planning a third iteration on its current flip foldable smartphone. The allegedly named Razr 3 was discussed by Chen Jin, CEO of parent company Lenovo, in a recent post on Weibo. The handset is looking to increase specs, polish the user interface, and launch in China first:

“[the Razr 3] will enter a more competitive foldable phone landscape with its third-generation effort. For one thing, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 costs just $ 999 and offers features like water resistance, a stronger screen, and flagship power. Huawei also just announced its Pocket P50 at around $ 1,400, bringing in a large battery for a foldable, clamshell camera and a quirky camera setup. “

(Android Authority).

And finally…

The long road of updates never ends, as Android makers roll out Android 12 to their vast lineups, the first details of Android 13 emerge. What can we expect from “Tiramisu”? A new feature could be the management of application notifications … when the applications are installed:

“Google could take another step in the fight against this threat next year. Android 13 adds a new “POST_NOTIFICATIONS” execute permission for notifications. This means that notifications could become an activation feature on Android 13. Users can choose whether they want to allow an app to send a notification to their device in the same way that they choose to allow other permissions for it. ‘performance such as location and access to the camera. “

(XDA Developers).

Android Circuit provides updates on the news from the Android world every weekend here on Forbes. Be sure to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future, and of course read the sister topic in Apple Loop! Last week’s Android Circuit can be found here, and if you have any news and links that you would like to see appear in Android Circuit, get in touch!