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This week in the Android world has been filled with exciting news and updates. Samsung is rumored to be launching a cheaper “Fan Edition” alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 6 at the upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event. This budget alternative, known as the Galaxy Z Fold 6 FE, is expected to feature an Exynos chipset, deviating from the usual Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. This move is in line with Samsung’s strategy of offering more affordable options for its flagship devices. The Galaxy S24 Ultra has also received a software update that enhances the camera’s performance in low light settings, improves text clarity when zooming, and adjusts color tones for night shots, showcasing Samsung’s commitment to constantly improving its devices.

Google is finally set to launch its geolocation service, “Find My Device,” after announcing it at last year’s I/O event. This service will allow users to track their devices in case they are lost or stolen and is expected to roll out on April 7. OnePlus has introduced a new AI-based feature called “Magic Eraser” on its latest handsets, which uses generative AI to remove unwanted elements from pictures. This feature is currently available on the OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R, with plans to expand to other handsets in the future. With the success of the Pixel Tablet last year, there is speculation about a possible Pixel Tablet 2 launching at Google’s I/O Developer Conference. This move would further solidify Google’s commitment to supporting the tablet form factor and could lead to more manufacturers following suit.

In a surprising turn of events, Samsung has overtaken Apple to become the “World’s Largest Smartphone Retailer” once again, thanks in part to the commercial success of the Galaxy S24 family. According to Counterpoint Research, Samsung sold 19.69 million smartphones in February, capturing a 20 percent market share, compared to Apple’s 17.41 million phones and an 18 percent market share. This achievement is a testament to Samsung’s ability to compete in the highly competitive smartphone market. Android Circuit provides a weekly roundup of news and updates from the Android world, so be sure to follow for the latest coverage. And don’t forget to check out the sister column in Apple Loop for all the latest Apple news.

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