Pocketnow Daily: Samsung FIXING Apple’s Face ID, Nothing Phone(1) Details and More! (video)

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The official news starts today with Motorola and its latest flagship. Yes, I know the company unveiled the Moto Edge Plus a few weeks ago, but we had no word on availability. Starting with the specs, this phone brings a 6.7-inch P OLED display running at 144Hz. It is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, up to 12GB of RAM and half a terabyte of non-expandable storage. It brings a 60MP selfie shooter, then when you flip it over, you get a triple array consisting of a 50MP main sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s really no need for a full camera ring for something that isn’t. Either way, it brings a 4800mAh battery, dual stereo speakers, 5G and more. Motorola just made it available through carriers and retailers, with pricing starting at $1000… Yeah, I know… However, if you get it with a carrier, it’s currently discounted $100 for a limited time… Yeah, I know. Anyway, my unit is here, be sure to check out our hands-on on our Instagram and let us know what other content you’d like to see from it.


Sticking with the official news, let’s get to Nothing because the company just had their “Truth” event where Carl Pei confirmed that the company’s plans are NOT to be an audio company. The Ear (1) was just the first step as they geared up for the bigger fish, which is a new open ecosystem, which at the same time includes the launch of their own Android-powered smartphone which is coming this summer. It will be called the phone (1) and it will be powered by Nothing OS, which is of course a skin on top of Android. We actually got to see screenshots of what it will look like and honestly, I like that. It looks very clean and there’s nothing to say that it’s designed to deliver a “fast, smooth and personal experience”, which is something Carl Pei really knows how to do. There has also been no confirmation that it will be powered by a Snapdragon processor and they will release an early preview of their OS through their launcher in April on select smartphone models. We have no words on the design yet, but it is advisable to borrow some elements from the Ears (1), probably a transparent back and we hope we can also expect seamless connectivity features with the Ears (1) … Again, he mentioned that an open garden approach to an ecosystem is really what they’re looking for, and also expressed his admiration for the way Apple products work with each other, it is therefore to be expected.

Let’s get to the leaks for the rest of the show, starting with Wear OS 3. Yeah, at the moment the only way to experience it is pretty much via Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, although it be somehow personalized for Sammy. That said, last year we got screenshots of how the settings app looked on Google’s approach. Now we have a new set of screenshots from 9to5Google showing different parts of the user interface. From these new screenshots, we can see the music player resembling the current one, the look and feel of the Google Assistant which is getting an overhaul. The step counter is definitely inspired by Fitbit right down to the teal accents. We also get the new, look-alike Google Pay screen and reminder alerts as well as the Google Messages app. The report also adds that since these screenshots are quite recent, it should give us an idea of ​​how Wear OS 3 will look on the Pixel Watch. You know, since these screenshots are from Stock Wear OS. Speaking of this watch, we expect to see it on Google IO unless it gets delayed again, but yeah, it looks like that’s what we’re getting.

And finally, for today’s hottest news, let’s talk about Samsung and Apple. And no, it’s not related to sales, or even competition. We know the two companies have been collaborating for years, even when they’re direct competitors, and it looks like a new category is coming soon. The new frontier now seems to be that they’re working on getting rid of the notch… Sort of. Obviously, with all the technology that Apple has built into Face ID, it’s not that simple. The catch is going from the notch to a massive punch hole, and it looks like they might get past that quicker than we thought. We have a new report from The Elec, claiming that Samsung Display is developing the next-gen display technology that will finally allow Apple to add Face ID below the display for the next generation of iPhone Pros. Now, to be clear, he mentions that the iPhone 15 will be notchless, but it will still have a punch hole for the camera while the rest of the Face ID system will sit behind the display. How much Samsung is involved in the current rumors of a pill alternative for this year we don’t know, but this whole concept of a single punch hole with everything else is for next year. We know that Samsung and other companies are already working on behind the screen selfie cameras but Apple is not ready to move on to this as they consider the image output NOT ready as the quality is still inferior to ordinary selfie cameras. The Elec also mentions that Samsung will be implementing this first on next year’s foldables, meaning the Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5, and iPhone 15 Pro will likely arrive a month later. Apple is also expected to work on an under-display fingerprint sensor for next-gen iPhones, but again, that wouldn’t be the first we’ve heard of this. Both technologies are in development, but we can expect them to be ready for 2023.

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