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Android 12 is Snow Cone

As revealed through the source code

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No matter what Google’s marketing team tells us, every new Android release will always come with a cute dessert name. Though Google released it as Android 11, last year’s Android release came with the internal codename Red Velvet Cake, for example. Google’s tradition will never be forgotten. Now, spotted by XDA Developers, we might know what Google is calling Android 12 behind closed doors: Snow Cone.

Since last year’s Android 11 internally came as “Red Velvet Cake,” this year’s Android 12 is naturally coming with an internal name starting with the letter S. According to XDA Developers, the upcoming Android release’s source codes, when it’s publicly published later this year, will come with the prefixes “sc.” On its own, the prefixes can mean anything; however, Android 11 came with the prefixes “rvc,” confirming the Red Velvet Cake internal name. Without a doubt, “sc” indicate Android 12’s internal name.

According to the same report, “sc” stands for “Snow Cone.” However, the report does not indicate how it’s a sure deal. Besides “Snow Cone,” “sc” can mean a plethora of other sweet treats like Salted Caramel and Shortcake. Our bet? Forget “sc.” Give us Android Sorbetes!

Years ago, Google stopped assigning dessert names to their Android releases. However, as confirmed by Android’s engineers last year, Google’s engineering team still has dessert-themed codenames for the releases. Since we love our desserts, we’ll join Google’s engineering team in going rogue.

SEE ALSO: Android 11 is Red Velvet Cake

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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Galaxy S23 series will debut Gorilla Glass Victus 2

Another confirmed spec

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Only a short while before the launch of the next flagship series, Samsung has kept its secrets under wraps. Compared to how other brands released devices over the past few months, the South Korean smartphone maker isn’t spoiling anything about the Galaxy S23 series. However, the flagship’s components are a different story. Following other third-party confirmations, Corning has confirmed that the Galaxy S23 series will pioneer the Gorilla Glass Victus 2.

Late last year, Corning revealed the next generation of Gorilla Glass Victus. The stronger material can reportedly survive higher drops on concrete. At the time, the company did not confirm which smartphone is getting the new material first. However, given the original Victus’ history with the Galaxy S22 series, everyone was already guessing the upcoming flagship series.

Today, Corning has officially announced the debut for February’s flagship series. Though the announcement does not name the Galaxy S23 series directly, it refers to the “next generation of Galaxy flagship smartphones.” There’s hardly any surprise as to what the “next generation” refers to.

Samsung is currently scheduled to host its first Galaxy Unpacked event early next month. Ahead of the launch, Qualcomm has also announced that the entire series will come with Snapdragon chipsets exclusively.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S23 series will reportedly have higher prices

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