This Week in Tech: New Surface products, Galaxy S22 & Pixel 6 Pro leaks, Google app updates, and more

This Week in Tech: New Surface products, Galaxy S22 & Pixel 6 Pro leaks, Google app updates, and more

The consumer tech landscape was rife with new launches, leaks, and updates this past week. Microsoft unveiled a host of new Surface products, and we got to learn a few more details about the upcoming Pixel 6 Pro. A few Galaxy S22 leaks also surfaced online months ahead of its launch, and Google released several new features for its apps. If you missed any of our coverage, here’s a brief recap of all the significant developments in the tech world this week.

Microsoft launched a bunch of new Surface products

On Wednesday, Microsoft hosted its annual Surface event. It unveiled a host of new Surface products at the event, including its second Android phone, the Surface Duo 2, the Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, Surface Laptop Studio, and the Surface Pro X.

If you want to learn all about Microsoft’s new Surface products, you can follow the links below:

New Pixel 6 Pro leaks revealed its camera features and design

Last week, we learned quite a few things about the Pixel 6 Pro, thanks to our massive leak. This week, a leaked hands-on video of the phone gave us a close look at its design and further corroborated the specifications we reported of the Google Tensor chip.

Front of the Google Pixel 6 Pro showing the setup

 

In addition, we got our hands on an unreleased, internal version of the Google Camera app. The app revealed some of the new camera features that will debut with the Pixel 6 series, including manual white balance adjustment, magic eraser, and face deblur.

Furthermore, we got a sneak peek at the Live Translate feature on the Pixel 6 and the new plant/flower wallpapers that will come with the device. Lastly, a regulatory label for the Pixel 6 Pro highlighted that the device would feature 33W wired fast charging support.

To learn everything we know about Google’s upcoming flagships, check out our Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro rumor roundup.

Samsung Galaxy S22 leaked months ahead of its launch

Along with the host of Pixel 6 leaks, we also saw a couple of Samsung Galaxy S22 leaks this week. The leaks gave us a look at the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra and revealed that it might feature a built-in S Pen slot like the Galaxy Note lineup.

Leaked render of the Galaxy S22 Ultra on black background

We also learned that the device will feature a 19.3:9 aspect ratio display, a 5,000mAh battery, and a quad-camera setup on the back. The leak also claimed that the Galaxy S22 Ultra would measure roughly 163.2 x 77.9 x 8.9mm and feature a 6.8-inch display.

The Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus (or Pro?), on the other hand, look pretty similar to previous models.

Google rolled out new features for quite a few of its apps

This week, Google rolled out several new features for its apps: Gboard received 1,500 new Emoji Kitchen stickers, smart clipboard suggestions, screenshot sharing, and Smart Compose support on non-Pixel phones, the Google Assistant got a new hub to help you easily manage your reminders, and Android Auto received media recommendations and games.

Google also rolled out the Camera Switches feature in the Android Accessibility Suite and released the new Project Activate app to help users with disabilities chat with facial gestures. Lastly, the Google TV app received a remote control feature for Android TVs.

OnePlus confirmed that it won’t launch the OnePlus 9T

OnePlus also made several announcements this week. Most notably, the company confirmed that it had canceled the OnePlus 9T and would skip straight to the OnePlus 10 next year. It also shared crucial details about how its merger with OPPO will affect future hardware and software plans. In addition, the company also announced that despite the merger, it will allow users to unlock the bootloader of its new phones, unlike OPPO.

Along with these noteworthy announcements, we shared the following stories that you might have missed:

Additionally, we published our hands-on previews of some of the new Surface devices and iPhones this week, along with a review of the CybertronPC CLX Ra gaming PC. You can check these out by following the links below.

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.