Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes leaks on the Samsung Galaxy S8 specifications, a new selfie camera for Samsung’s flagship, the momentum is building behind the Google Pixel, the return of the Nokia brand to the smartphone world, Samsung Pay’s UK delay, the end of another round of patent litigation, and the Pixel’s Black Friday success. 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 S8 Gambles On Size
With the Galaxy Note 7 fading into history, focus turns to the 2017 flagship that will be the Galaxy S8 and Samsung’s decision on specification and marketing. It looks like ‘go big’ is driving the technology. According to the latest leak, not only is the memory going up to 6 GB, the internal storage will zoom out to 256 GB: Previously Samsung has relied on microSD expansion to offer significant levels of storage on its flagship (the S7 handsets all shipped with just 32 GB of storage). A move towards high levels of built-in storage would bring it into line with the storage options for Apple AAPL +0.36%’s latest iPhones – much as the release of the glossy black Galaxy S7 variant in time for Christmas matches the sexy color that continues to drive the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus marketing.