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Android 13 (Go edition) Is Official With The Material You

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Google officially announced the lighter version of Android 13, called ‘Go Edition operating system. It is intended for budget-range smartphones that can count on limited resources (low-powerful OSC, RAM and storage space).

Thus, the Go Edition comes to its sixth edition since the giant of Mountain View launched the first version five years ago with Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition).

The development team announced the release of Android 13 (Go edition), which is based (of course) on the most recent version of the Android operating system, ten months after the announcement of Android 12 (Go Edition) and nearly five years after the introduction of the first lightened version of the Android operating system. 

What’s new in Android 13 (Go Edition)

As anticipated, the key principles on which Google has developed Android 13 (Go edition) are reliability, usability and customization. That’s why.

  • Direct software updates (reliability)
    For the first time on a Go version of Android, Google introduces Google Play system updates, thus ensuring that devices can regularly receive important software updates, outside of operating system updates. This tool, which will make the delivery of critical updates faster and easier, without compromising the remaining storage space on the device, will provide users with a smartphone that is always updated over time, without the need to wait for the next Android release or a software update from the manufacturer to receive the news, both in terms of functionality and in terms of security.
  • Built-in intelligence and new features inherited from Android 13 (usability)
    Android (Go edition) has built-in intelligence that helps you get more out of your phone. New in the newest version include the Discover feature, which allows users to scroll directly from the home screen to see a curated list of articles and other content, and some of the key features of Android 13, such as notifications permissions, language preferences for each app, and more.
  • The Material You is served (personalization)
    With Android 13 (Go Edition) the Material You, the design concept developed by Google in evolution of the previous Material Design and introduced with Android 12, also comes for the first time on cheap smartphones. Users will be able to customize the entire color scheme of the smartphone to coordinate it with the background, with four color combinations extracted from it to choose from. The color scheme, then, pervades all parts of the operating system, like the ‘non-Go’ versions of Android 12 and 13.
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According to what Google stated, the goal to be achieved with the new Go edition is very simple: to provide more possibilities to current and future owners of an Android Go smartphone. The first new smartphones with Android 13 (Go edition) are expected to make their market debut in 2023.


Harsh is a seasoned technology enthusiast with a deep passion for Android. Since its announcement in 2007, he has closely followed the evolution of this operating system, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its features and capabilities. His background in Android, IT, and Journalism has equipped him with the skills to analyze and present complex technological concepts in a clear and engaging manner. As the Editor-in-Chief at Samlover.com, Harsh is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and experiences about Android, services, and applications with the world.

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Google Promises AR Announcement At I/O That Could Include Samsung’s Next XR Headset

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Google is all set to hold its annual I/O conference next month on May 14, 2024, at 10:30 PM IST in India, and is expected to get to hear more about Google’s Android XR since it has been promised “AR announcements” in a recent tweet. 

Android XR (Extended Reality) is a term that refers to AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and MR (mixed reality), and it is the operating system Google has been working on for Samsung’s forthcoming XR headset. The Korean giants revealed last year that they are working on their own XR headset and collaborating with Google on the software. 

Undoubtedly, Samsung Galaxy smartphones and laptops are the tough rivals of Apple’s iPhone and Mac, and the same expectations are from this headset that it will also take on the Vision Pro. Since people are already familiar with it, the Android-based operating system will surely make application development for Samsung effortless. 

A post by X shared by the official handle of Google AR and VR unveiled that “Mark your calendars. Join us at #GoogleIO on May 14th to learn about the latest developer products and #AR announcements!” 

VR has been mostly a recess for hobbyists; as per the Steam surveys, only a small percentage—nearly 2% of the player base—actively uses VR headsets. This means that out of 132 million users, there are only 2.6 million people who use VR. Somewhere, Apple’s entry into VR has also raised interest, and competition from Samsung’s forthcoming headset could be a trendsetter. 

Google appears to be making a move to solidify Android XR’s position as the OS of choice for XR headset manufacturers. A couple of weeks ago, Google tried to get Meta to switch to Android XR, but unfortunately, the request was denied. 


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Google Actively Working on Custom Chip For Pixel 10

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Google is making an efficient change by using a custom-designed CPU in their Tensor chip, initially starting with the future Pixel 10 smartphones. 

Google’s previous Tensor SoC relied on a CPU from Samsung’s in-house Exynos, but that is expected to change soon as it is already proving its capability of doing this. Finally, Google has its first CPU based on ARM architecture; however, that is not an SoC for the Pixel range yet since it’s for AI cloud applications. 

Axion Marks the Company’s First Custom ARM CPU Design

The aim behind this major change with the Pixel 10 is to replace Samsung’s Exynos CPU, which was used previously. For this step, its past success is building confidence in this move. Also, with this chipset, Google is ensuring industry-leading performance and efficiency in data centers. It is expected that Google can also develop its CPUs, and Axion is probably already being used. 

Google is powering the Pixel 9 with the Tensor G4, which is not yet significantly different from the G3 and its predecessors. It is reported to be based on the 4nm process of Samsung and could offer upgraded power efficiency as well as heat management. 

It is expected to be released in the second half of the year. It could feature a 6.0-inch display along with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution. The camera setup could include a 50MP, an 8MP dual rear, and a 12MP selfie camera. The battery package may count 5100 mAh.


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Apple Watch X Could Use LG’s LTPO OLED Display Instead Of Samsung’s

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Apple is setting up to expand its wearable area by introducing the next-generation smartwatch, called the Apple Watch X, along with the upgraded LG display technology ‘LTPO OLED’ instead of Samsung’s. 

LG and Samsung are the two major display providers, and this time Apple could ditch Samsung as it is using LG’s LTPO OLED technology, as per reports. This new display will lead to lower power consumption and longer battery life. It is also reported that Apple could use this new display on other forthcoming Apple phones. 

If the reports are to be believed, Apple has decided to adopt a new low-temperature crystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistor (TFT) technology for the Apple Watch 10 series organic light-emitting diode (OLED). It is expected that by the end of this year, it will be on the floor. 

If the reports come true, then the forthcoming Apple Watch 10 would feature the LTPO TFT, which is a method of applying oxide to the driving TFT and some substituting TFTs among the 7-8 TFTs. The LTPO TFT used on the Apple Watch used oxide for only two switching TFTs, whereas LTPS was used for the rest of the switching TFTs and driving TFTs. 

Here’s the question: Why is Apple adopting only LG’s LTPO OLED technology for the Apple Watch 10? 

Apple is adopting a new LTPO OLED display for the forthcoming Apple Watch 10 with increased oxide usage. Here, oxide is a material that replaces a few current LTPS in the display; it delivers lower leakage current, leading to better power efficiency for the display; and it takes over the driving TFT and probably a few switching TFTs. 

If the Apple Watch 10 features this new LTPO OLED, then most probably future iPhones could also use this technology since Apple usually brings Apple Watch display technology to iPhones later. The iPhone 16 is next on the line, which uses only LTPO in the top variants such as Pro and Pro Max, but the iPhone 17 series might use this new LTPO display technology with wider oxide usage in all models. 

Although, at the time, Apple is gearing up to announce the Apple Watch 10 this year along with LG’s LTPO OLED Display, next year’s Apple Watch 11 can use Samsung’s LTPO Display since they are not currently developing the display itself. If this comes true, then this will help the Korean giants get a head start on providing the new LTPI display for future iPhones. Also, Galaxy smartphones presently avoid using this new LTPO display, even after Samsung Display supplied their phones with OLED displays before iPhones in the past. 


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