Samsung’s Massive Galaxy Camera, Honor Magic 5 Leaks, Red Magic 8 Pro Review

Samsung’s Massive Galaxy Camera, Honor Magic 5 Leaks, Red Magic 8 Pro Review


Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes Galaxy S23 Ultra camera details, the latest Galaxy S23 photos, Pixel 7’s YouTube problems, the Honor Magic 5 is coming, Red Magic 8 Pro review, Pixel Tablet preparations, and Google’s podcast plans.

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).

At The Heart Of The Ultra’s Image

Samsung has launched a new camera sensor in the ISOCELL HP2, which sports a massive 200-megapixel image sensor and a lot of smart tricks to improve performance – such as pixel-bing technology so the sensor can simulate different pixel sizes to match the lighting conditions. Unsurprisingly, the specs of the new sensor match the leaked specs of the Galaxy S23 Ultra:

“Samsung has already promised improved nighttime photography and astrophotography from its next-gen flagship, as revealed in a promo video accompanying the recent launch of pre-orders for the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Now, it looks highly likely that the claimed ‘epic detail and color reproduction’ of the Isocell HP2 will be making its way to that smartphone too.”


The Smooth Galaxy

The team at WinFuture has details on the upcoming Galaxy S23 handsets, which have come to light via smartphone dealers in Germany, including new promotional images that highlight eh smooth back of the handsets except for the main camera’s three lenses:

“. Samsung mainly “removes” the camera hump and refines a few details on the case so that the optics only protrude slightly from the back… Otherwise, you rely on a pleasing look, which runs in a similar form through all new smartphone series that Samsung is presenting this year, so it should also be used in the cheaper Galaxy A, E, F and M models. “

(via SamMobile).

Pixel 7’s Latest Problem

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users are reporting problems with YouTube on the latest Google handsets. Existing full-screen video on YouTube or YouTube TV is causing handsets to randomly lock up; sometimes leaving controls active, other times requiring a reboot:

“This isn’t the first problem that Pixel 7 owners have faced since the device was launched, including networking issues that resulted in dropped calls, display problems including touch events being misreported and white lines appearing on the screen, face unlock not unlocking Google Pay, and media player controls not showing on the lock screen… No doubt, the new issue with YouTube will also be addressed promptly.”


Get Ready For More Magic

It’s still to be announced (and let’s face it, Mobile World Congress is just around the corner), but we have another indication that Honor will be bringing the Magic 5 series to the public in the very near future.

“The HONOR Magic 5 series, model PGT-AN00, appeared on the network certification portal powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and features optical image stabilization and at least one telephoto lens with the possibility of supporting up to 100x zoom. The device is also rumoured to be released at the end of February.”

(via Reddit).

Red Magic 8 Pro Review

The latest gaming phone from Nubia is the Red Magic 8 pro. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and running the Redmagic OS and it’s own customized gaming launcher, the team at GSM Arena has reviewed the handset to see what’s new in the mobile gaming world in 2023:

“…gaming is the bread and butter of the Red Magic line, and the Red Magic 8 Pro excels at it like few others. Not only does it have the raw power to chew through even the heaviest modern titles, but nubia’s extra Game Space software layer has gotten better than ever. We found ourselves particularly impressed with how well the Red Magic 8 Pro handles gaming on an external monitor via a display connection “

(GSM Arena).

Preparing For The Tablet

Google has tweaked the UI of its Discovery app to better suit devices with larger screens, such as its upcoming Pixel Tablet. Of course, this has benefits for other Android tablets as well, so it’s a win for every manufacturer, even if Google gets there first:

“Instead of just two columns of articles, Google Discover now has a third that makes the feed go edge-to-edge. The fullscreen effect is particularly prominent to the left of your homescreen with a black background, while the Google logo and your profile avatar are moved to the top corners.”


And Finally…

What’s happened to Google’s grand adventure in podcasting? Links directly into the Google Podcasts app are no longer showing on search results; the one-click play experience for those staying inside Mountain View’s walls is no more.

“The Google Podcasts app has had no feature updates for the last eighteen months; the Google Podcasts Creators Program closed this month; and now with the removal of the product from Google Search, the business unit that owns the app, we asked if Google Podcasts is to close. The answer: “YouTube and Google Podcasts serve different needs. Both serve podcast listeners today and we are not changing this right now. We have nothing more to share at this time”.”


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