Although the eyes of the world will be on the physical design of Samsung's upcoming flagship, inside the Galaxy S8 the software continues to evolve to challenge assumptions and create better user experiences for millions of Galaxy owners. A large part of that is the web browser. Samsung has continued to develop its own standards-compliant web browser for its Android platform. It already stands apart from Google's mobile Chrome browser because of a focus on content blocking and privacy. You can now add secure mobile payments and better web app integration to those bullet points.
Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week's Android Circuit includes all the details of the Galaxy, more details on the release date, secrets of the Samsung Browser, Nokia avoids the flagship fight, why color is the next mobile battle, the exclusive OnePlus 3T, a long-term review of the LG G6, and Google's new Family Link software. Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here). Are you ready for the big checklist of exciting things in the Galaxy S8? Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly has the list, he's checked it twice and Samsung is ready to go to town with the 2017 flagship, as well as the overall numbers: In addition, [industry analyst[ Kuo expects a 6:4 shipment split in favour of the Galaxy S8 with 40-45 million handsets sold during 2017. This is slightly lower than the 52M Galaxy S7 units shipped in 2016, but Kuo says this is no reason for Samsung to be disappointed. Instead he points out Galaxy S7 shipments were unusually high due to the recalled Galaxy Note 7 which pushed potential Note customers back to this handset.
A new leak shows what the Galaxy S8 launcher will look like. SamMobile shared screen cap images, supposedly from a Galaxy S8 handset, which show updated icons. The images were discovered in Samsung's Smart Switch application, which allows users to transfer data to a new Galaxy device, according to the tech blog. Stock and Samsung proprietary app icons in particular, such as the caller app, browser and S-Health icons, have a artistic, partially drawn look. Even the weather widget on the home screen, has a similar deconstructed design.
Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week's Android Circuit includes Samsung's reveal of the Galaxy S8, the decision about the S8 launch date, Nokia sells out its new handset, thoughts on the Pixel 2 features, Android One's arrival in America, the history of Project Ara, analyzing Android update speeds, and details on Super Mario Run's arrival on Android. Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here). When you are keeping your flagship handset under wraps to create a big moment when you reveal it, the last thing you want to see is another division in your company potentially leaking the new smartphone. Step forward Samsung Display, who's latest video on AMOLED panels features a suspiciously secretive Galaxy handset. In a pair of new promotional videos for display division, Samsung has shown off new AMOLED panels which are widely expected to be used in the Galaxy S8.