Winners and Losers: Oppo teases its first foldable as Android 12 bricks Samsung’s

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It’due south Sunday, meaning information technology’s fourth dimension for some other edition of Winners and Losers and this week nosotros’re looking at phones (or foldables, to be more than precise).

Nosotros’re just 2 weeks from Christmas, merely that doesn’t mean the tech world has been brusk of announcements.

The Game Awards took place on Thursday nighttime, giving united states of america a diversity of new games to go excited about, including a new Star Wars game and Rumbleverse, a battle-royale from Ballsy Games. Google also announced that its Stadia cloud gaming service would exist coming to LG smart TVs, giving gamers more ways to play at abode.

December has too seen a number of end-of-year retrospective features launch beyond our favourite apps. A piddling over a week ago, Spotify Wrapped and Apple Music Replay took over the internet every bit we reminisced on what songs nosotros’d had on repeat in 2022, and at present Instagram has begun compiling our Stories with its Playback feature.

Motorola also launched the first smartphone running on the new Snapdragon eight Gen 1 platform, merely that wasn’t the mobile news that earned our coveted Winner (or less-coveted Loser) title this week…

Winner: Oppo

It’s been years since Oppo commencement filed a patent suggesting it was working on a foldable phone and rumours had recently begun picking upwardly again. That was until this week when the Chinese tech brand officially confirmed that the Observe N was on its way.

While the visitor has still to denote any specs, it did offer us our first proper look at the Find Due north’s design in a brief, fifteen second video shared on its Weibo account.

The video shows a regular-sized external brandish, alongside a larger fold-out internal screen, making the telephone expect a lot like Samsung’southward Galaxy Z Fold iii.

Merely the other week, we heard whispers that the Find N would feature the same l-megapixel Sony IMX766 camera sensor every bit the Oppo Detect X3 Pro and the OnePlus 9 Pro.

All of this isn’t even to mention the retractable camera system Oppo teased on Tuesday, which appears to physically pop out of the back of another Oppo phone.

We’ll have to wait until Oppo’s Inno Twenty-four hour period event on December xv to probable acquire more about the new foldable and the retractable photographic camera tech.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 half closed

Loser: Samsung

Speaking of foldables, this week brought bad news for Samsung’s Z series users.

The company officially began rolling out One UI four (based on Android 12) on the Galaxy Z Fold iii and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 on Tuesday – before swiftly suspending the update as users began to study a myriad of bug with the software.

One UI 4 – which was supposed to bring features like a new colour palette, redesigned widgets and animations, new camera features and an easy-to-dissect Privacy Dashboard – instead appeared to crusade a range of problems across the ii foldable devices.

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Issues spotted on Samsung’s forums included slowed-down performance, problems with dark mode, flickering displays, broken camera apps, vanishing photos and trouble streaming video from Netflix and YouTube.

Some users fifty-fifty complained that their phones had entered into recovery manner due to the update, while others lamented that their devices had been bricked entirely.

Samsung has since paused the major software update as it addresses these issues, but its safe to say this wasn’t a proficient calendar week for the company’due south foldable line.


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