The official news starts today with Google and Pixels, but not for the reasons you would expect. It looks like a lot of people are having issues with their Pixel 3 devices. Users on Reddit and other forums complain that their devices were bricked up overnight and they are unable to turn them back on or do anything with them. In fact, most devices go into Qualcomm’s emergency download mode immediately after being turned on, which prevents users from installing custom ROMs, which means they can’t even run a bootloader. Apparently the problem might have something to do with a recent security patch, or the framework of the Snapdragon chips, or even a hardware problem, but for now, that’s all speculation. So far, Google has not made any statement on the matter and we don’t know if any solution is being worked on, but it is best not to update your phone if it is still working fine at the moment.
And while we’re on the subject of older smartphones like the Pixel 3, let’s talk about the EU’s recent efforts to keep your smartphone longer. According to a new report, the federal government in the EU is committed to obliging smartphone manufacturers to provide security updates and spare parts for all their smartphones for at least 7 years. This bill is proposed to reduce e-waste and give your smartphone a computer cycle where you don’t have to change it as often and to get better repair support. Right now, most Android phones get three years of security updates, but some flagships from companies like Samsung get a measly 2. Of course, Apple still supported the iPhone 6s after 5 years, but apparently they’re not on board for theirs Devices have given this additional 2 years. You see, the industry advocacy group, Digital Europe, which includes Apple, Google and Samsung, wants the requirement to be set at 3 years. They also want to limit the need for spare parts to displays and batteries and not to cameras, loudspeakers and other components, as Germany originally proposed. We’ll see how this case plays out and let us know how long do you think companies should support their smartphones?
Let’s switch to Samsung as it looks like the company is looking to change more things about its current strategy. This year they decided to skip the Note series to shed more light on their foldable items. Even if some argue that it could still happen. The thing is, now they want to bring even more of their flagship features to their A-series smartphones. According to a new report from Elec, Sammy is working to offer optical image stabilization to all A-series devices slated to hit the market next year. So far, OIS has been limited to the flagships the company brings to market. Right now we don’t have any specific information that they are taking this step other than the fact that they want to, but if they were to add OIS to some of their cheaper phones it could really shake the market up considering the starting price of some of these devices consider. And while we’re talking about Samsung, let’s move on to the upcoming flagships for a second. We have a new report from Tron claiming that Samsung is looking to expand the Galaxy S22 series to more regions with Snapdragon. It’s kind of weird so take it with caution, but in a tweet thread from a few days ago, Tron claims Verizon is requesting Exynos, which is insane given its close relationship with Qualcomm. However, I suspect that this is why Snapdragon is expanding to other regions such as the rest of North America, Korea, China, and India, while Europe is still sticking to Exynos. So yes, good news for everyone in India, but when Verizon asks about Exynos we wonder why?
Let’s talk Apple for the hottest news today. You knew it was coming. How yes, today the company sent out press invitations to an event that will take place on September 14th. Greg Joswiak went to Twitter to post the teaser video with a caption that read, “We’re streaming California on September 14th. See you soon. ”The video then shows the Apple logo spinning next to a window on the Apple campus, and then it zooms in on a lake that really reminds me of the old macOS backgrounds. At this event, we expect Apple to release the iPhone 13 range, which, like last year, will consist of 4 devices, although rumors of the disappearance of the mini arise. We can expect other products like the AirPods 3 and the Apple Watch Series 7 as well. The rumor mill points to the redesigned iPad mini and even the new M1X MacBook Pros as well, but with these two we’re not entirely sure how they might make it into the company’s November event after previous leaks. Speaking of previous leaks, a couple of weekends ago we released a new report from Jon Prosser on the dates for the new iPhones, and since he got the date just right for the press invites and events, it looks like pre-orders are about to begin You on the 17th with the new iPhones, which will be available in stores from the 24th. Just to give you a bit of a recap, some of the upgrades we’ve come to expect with the iPhone 13 include a smaller notch, 120Hz LTPO displays, some slight improvements to the camera, and a new A15 chip. The Apple Watch is now supposedly getting a square design with thinner display bezels, but without new sensors. The AirPods are finally getting a new design that looks more like the pros but still no ANC, which only makes sense if they lower the price given the market trend.
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