The installed base of smartphones with wireless charging will reach a record 1 billion units by the end of this year, according to a new study by Strategy Analytics. The proliferation of such models is fueled by the efforts of smartphone vendors including Samsung, Xiaomi and OPPO, and technology providers including Infineon, MediaTek, Samsung SDI and Qualcomm, which offer proprietary solutions to improve charging speeds.
Ken Hyers, director of Strategy Analytics, said: “Since its inception ten years ago in 2012, wireless charging has grown from a fussy niche technology to a highly sought-after high-end smartphone charging solution. In 2021, the installed base of smartphones with wireless charging technology will reach one billion devices after a decade of double and triple year sales growth. We project it to surpass 2.2 billion by 2026 as a growing middle class in developing countries expands its market for more expensive smartphones that support this technology. ”
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is the first smartphone with Android 12L
Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold4, was unveiled this week and is immediately available for pre-order. According to Samsung, the new foldable flagship comes with One UI 4.1.1 out of the box and has a host of new features for optimal multitasking that have been developed “together with partners.”
The main attention during the announcement was given to design, screens and cameras, but an important novelty went unnoticed. The fact is that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is the first smartphone that will ship out of the box with the Android 12L operating system.
Google initially introduced the L version of Android 12 back in October 2021, and then reminded about it six months later. L stands for large screens, meaning this operating system is designed for foldable smartphones, tablets, and Chrome OS devices. Android 12L can be installed on any device, but it’s optimized for multitasking and apps have been redesigned for larger screens.
Google apps are arranged in two columns, making it easier to navigate on the square display, while productivity and social media apps also know when the device is folded, so they switch to their normal orientation.
Android 12L will only be in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 for now, the small Flip4 clamshell has received the standard version of Android 12.
In the morning we published a comparison of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Xiaomi Mix Fold 2.
The smartphone market is declining, but Apple does not expect demand for the iPhone to fall and has ordered 90 million units of the iPhone 14
According to Bloomberg, Apple does not expect iPhone sales to fall in 2022 amid a general slowdown in the smartphone market. The Cupertino-based company expects iPhone demand to continue strong and has asked suppliers to produce 90 million iPhone 14 models, which is the same as the iPhone 13 production in the same period last year.
Apple expects to release about 220 million iPhones in 2022, which is the same level as 2021 production. Bloomberg sources said that Apple could weather the downturn in the smartphone market because Apple’s customer base is still willing to spend money on premium devices.
Until 2021, Apple released about 75 million new smartphones. In 2021, that number increased to 90 million as the company anticipated high demand for iPhone 13 models, and Apple is now sticking to that bar for 2022.
Earlier, Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst at Tianfeng International, said that the current supply chain of the iPhone 14 line of smartphones has not been affected, so the smartphones will be released as scheduled.
In the morning we published a comparison of the screens of the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro screens compared
For the first time in five years, Apple is due to radically change the design of its flagship smartphones: judging by the available data, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will lose the notch that appeared in the iPhone X and will receive screens with two cutouts. Some people call these cutouts an exclamation point, others think they look like the letter i.
While this change has been met with mixed reception, according to user feedback on social media, it does allow for more effective screen real estate. This note provides a comparison of the screens of the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro.
This design, in theory, will allow more icons and other information to be displayed in the status bar on either side of the cutouts.
This week, Apple released another beta version of iOS 16 to developers, which returned the battery percentage icon to the top right of the screen. However, not everyone liked this decision.
The presentation of the iPhone 14 line is expected in September. The minimum amount of flash memory iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be 256 GB, so smartphones will rise in price.
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