Google finally put the finishing touches on Android 13 and started rolling it out to supported Pixel phones (Pixel 4 series and newer, note that updated Pixel 6 models can’t be rolled back to v12). Of course, Pixel phones are privileged when it comes to update speed. Other makers started recruiting testers for their implementations of Android 13 as well: Xiaomi, OnePlus, vivo and iQOO and others. You can check out our ColorOS 13 hands-on review for Oppo’s take on the new OS.
The other major news from this week is the report that Apple will unveil the new iPhone 14 series on September 7 (with sales starting on the 16th). This hasn’t been officially confirmed, but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has a good track record with analyzing Apple’s moves. The iPhone 13 series were announced on September 14, so the timing isn’t too surprising. Gurman also reported that Apple wants to show more ads in its first party apps on iOS, iPadOS and macOS.
Samsung finally started taking pre-bookings for the new Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 foldables in India this week (it hadn’t even announced their prices before that). The local branch already announced that over 50,000 foldables were pre-booked in the first 12 hours. Fans in India can also pre-book the Galaxy Buds2 Pro and Galaxy Watch5 series.
Some bad news came from India this week too – Nothing increased the price of its Phone (1).
Several new phones were unveiled this week by vivo, Poco, Oppo, Realme, Lenovo and Motorola. Lenovo launched the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 powered Legion Y70 gaming phone. Motorola unveiled the Edge (2022) for the US market, the first phone with the Dimensity 1050 (check out T-Mobile’s deal if you’re interested), and the Moto Tab G62 for India.
In other news, WhatsApp finally released a native desktop Windows and macOS app (a beta version, but still). And since ads were a bit of a topic this week, a developer discovered that Netflix’s ad-supported tier will not allow downloading content for offline viewing.