The best Android news: Android Auto-bug, Nokia and 2G internet

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Galaxy Unpacked 2022: new Galaxy S series arrives in February

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series was unveiled on January 14 last year, which means it’s time for successors soon. Samsung has now announced that February is the time for a Galaxy Unpacked event. The exact date is not yet known. Via a video teaser, it can be seen that two Samsung models are being merged, probably into a “supermodel”. These are simply a Galaxy S device and a Galaxy Note. The most extensive model of the upcoming Galaxy S22 series is rumored to have an S Pen.

→ Read more about the Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event in February

Main feature Android Auto disappeared after update

Android Auto review 2021

Since the update of Android Auto 7.2, it has been impossible for some people to access Google Maps. The navigation app has disappeared on many systems running Android Auto after the update. The popular app for finding the route or scoring your breakfast on the go is still open on your phone, but is missing from your dashboard screen. You can not start Maps using Google Assistant either. Users are notified that they have been notified that “the application is unavailable”. Different messages on supportforums Google reported this issue. The tech giant’s Android Auto division has acknowledged the issue and is looking for solutions.

→ Read more about the Google Maps bug in Android Auto

“Nokia G21 is coming: these are the first specifications”

nokia g20

The Finnish HMD Global, which is responsible for the Nokia smartphones, seems to be working on a new budget phone. It’s the Nokia G21, which should succeed last year’s G20. The website NokiaPowerUser has now shared the first specifications of the incoming device. According to the information, the Nokia G21 gets an improved 50 megapixel camera, which makes it more beautiful to take pictures. The phone would also have two more 2 megapixel lenses, which are probably meant for macro photos and portraits. For comparison, the Nokia G20 has a 48 megapixel main camera, but also a wide-angle lens.

→ Read more about the specifications of the Nokia G21

Why you should turn off 2G on your smartphone (and you probably won’t)

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Android connoisseur Mishaal Rahman reports on Twitter that Android 12 has an option to disable 2G connections. This is important because 2G is unsafe because malicious people can easily see what you’re doing on your phone. 2G internet lacks good encryption, which ensures communication is secure. Hackers could steal phone calls and text messages. However, there’s a glimmer under the grass, as the feature only works on devices running out of the box on the latest Android version. At the moment there are unfortunately only a handful of them. For example, Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro and Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 FE run standard Android 12.

→ Read more about the 2G option in Android 12

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review: better late than never

samsung galaxy s21 fe review

At the end of 2020, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition), an affordable device with remarkably good specifications. The smartphone grabbed the base of the ‘normal’ Galaxy S20 and stuffed it in a cheaper jacket, which turned out to be a golden combination. In this review, we look at the features of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, how it compares to its predecessor and the regular Galaxy S21 and whether it’s worth it. For this review, we tested the version with 6GB of working memory and 128GB of storage. Samsung is also selling an 8 / 256GB variant of the S21 FE.

→ Read more in the full Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review

Video: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE vs. Galaxy S21 comparison

Android Planet Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE vs. Galaxy S21