Leaked the new Samsung Galaxy S, an unexpected decision by Oppo and the defeat of Qualcomm

Leaked the new Samsung Galaxy S, an unexpected decision by Oppo and the defeat of Qualcomm

It feels like the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition has seen some of the longest delays this year. With the S22 family’s Unpacked event expected on Feb 8th next year, there’s not a lot of time to launch the latest FE. But with all the leaks coming out, it can’t be far away: “The froggy green hue that we’ve seen a few times before is here, and so are the black, white, and pink versions that Samsung is expected to offer to customers. Yes, the S21 FE is rumored to have two less color options than its predecessor, though we can always hold on to hope that more hues will be added to the selection later down the line.”

This week’s Android Circuit looks back at seven days of Android news and headlines, including a closer look at the Galaxy S21 FE, a new video of the Galaxy S22, Oppo’s new foldable smartphone, the promise of facial recognition for the Pixel 6 Pro, Android 12 appearing on Nokia handsets, OnePlus’ new Z2 Buds, and MediaTek fighting Qualcomm. Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the numerous things that have happened in the recent week in the Android world (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).


  • Tucked away in the Android 12L is code that could bring back face unlock to Google’s Pixel handsets. This was in the Pixel 4 series, and many expected to see on the Pixel 6 series. Maybe it will be returning? “While digging into the first Android 12L Beta for Pixel devices, our APK Insight team came across evidence that Google is still working on reintroducing Face Unlock. Specifically, there are some modified lines of text in the Settings app from the Android 12L Beta that point to Pixel phones being able to switch between authenticating with face, fingerprint, or both.”

  • Not to be outdone, the aforementioned Galaxy S22 handsets have popped up not just in new leaked images, but a hands-on video showing the classic and construction. The screens are off, but everything looks to match up with previous details. “The backs of the three phones are the same as what we’ve seen before. The basic Galaxy S22 (right) and the Galaxy S22 Plus (center) both use a similar “contour cut” camera bump design to the Galaxy S21, except it looks flatter and the S22’s bump appears to have a glossy finish instead of the matte one on the S21.”