Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes confirmation of the Galaxy Note 20, waterproofing the Galaxy Fold 2, Huawei’s life without Google, Android’s short support life, OnePlus enhances Fortnite, a big red Nokia recording button, and Google’s new developer tools.

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).

Galaxy Note 20 Plus All But Confirmed

it was a safe bet that a ‘Plus’ version of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 20 would be coming, but now the existence of the model has been confirmed with documents from the Chinese regulator. It might not be named, but the model number matches up with Samsung’s corporate naming pattern for the Galaxy Note 20 Plus. James Rogerson reports:

“While there’s little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus is in the works, we’ve now seen free v bucks generator the closest thing yet to official confirmation of that, as the phone has seemingly appeared on a Chinese certification database.Most Popular In: Consumer Tech

“Specifically, a phone with the model number SM-N9860 was spotted by MyFixGuide in the database of China’s 3C certification agency (an agency which the Galaxy Note 20 Plus would have to be certified by before it could be sold in China).”

More at TechRadar.

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The Waterproof Fold

With its complicated hinge assembly, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was… rather fragile. The Z Flip has improved that, and it looks like Samsung is hard at work to improve the Fold. Recently published patents suggest that waterproofing is on the cards for a future model. Ilse Jurrien reports on the patent, and another design touch:

“The utility patent is mainly about waterproofing the housing of a folding phone. Nevertheless, there are also several product images in the patent that show a smartphone that shows many similarities with the existing Galaxy Fold. Nevertheless, there are also a number of clear adjustments.

“For example, the device is equipped with a cover display that has different dimensions than the existing Fold. It is a narrow, elongated display, intended only for notifications. There have been rumors for some time that Samsung wants to change the front display.”

More at Let’s Go Digital.

Living Without Google For A Long Time

Thanks to Huawei’s inclusion on the US entity list, the P40 family shipped without access to the Google Mobile Services package; that meant no Google Play Store, no Google Maps, no Gmail, no YouTube, basically nothing from Mountain View. After spending a month or two of usage, how did the GSM Arena team feet on? Here’s a long term review of the P40 Pro, including the important PhoneClone utility:

“…the company’s Phone Clone service to transfer over your apps and data from your previous device. This is all pretty standard fare for Android devices, but note that you obviously won’t be able to restore from a Google backup of your prior phone.