⚡ Welcome to The weekly authoritythe Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news of the week. The 194th edition here, with a Google I/O catch-up, the launch of the Sony Xperia 1 IV, a first look at Samsung’s next-gen foldables, and more.
🥚 This week, I discovered a new favorite breakfast: miso butter with eggs on toast. Did someone say yum?
Popular news this week
- A jam-packed two-hour keynote at Google I/O on Wednesday shared a lot of exciting stuff, but I’ll try to stick to the main news:
- Pixel 6a launched: 6.1-inch screen, Google Tensor chip (same as Pixel 6 series), 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, 4,410mAh battery, but disappointing 18 wired charging W and only a 60Hz refresh rate – pre-orders open July 21, on sale July 28 for $449.
- And Google has confirmed that the controversial Pixel 6 fingerprint sensor isn’t inside the Pixel 6a.
- We got a glimpse of the Pixel Watch: the company’s first flagship arrives this fall alongside the Pixel 7, with a sleek round watch case and rotating digital crown (no rectangular option), plus customizable bands, with Google Assistant support, relaunched Google Wallet and the Google Home app, plus “deep integration with Fitbit” – oh, and it’s not compatible with iPhones.
- Plus a look at the Pixel tablet: Google’s first Android tablet in nearly seven years, running Google’s Tensor silicon, likely the second-gen version we’ll see inside the Pixel 7 this fall. We know it’ll be on the “bigger side” according to Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president for devices and services, with a camera centered in the middle of the landscape bezel, a single rear camera, and a USB-C port flanked by two loudspeakers. No word on pricing yet, and we’ll see a full reveal and release in 2023.
- And a preview of the Pixel 7, coming in the fall, with a next-gen Tensor SoC and Android 13, plus we’ve had a few glimpses of the phone — and Google said it’d have soft-touch glass, then change of opinion.
- We also saw Pixel Buds Pro, Google’s first Pixel Buds with ANC, as well as a more powerful chipset, available July 28 for $199.
- Also, pretty cool AR glasses, and no, it’s not Google Glass 3, but it does have a live translation feature that overlays real-time captions when you’re talking to someone face-to-face.
- And there was lots of software news, including Immersive View in Google Maps, which lets you browse popular tourist destinations and even look inside buildings, the relaunch of Google Wallet and a whole load of news Wear OS.
- Also this week: Android 13 beta 2 dropped for Pixel phones, starting with the Pixel 4 series.
- And Google announced Health Connect, its offer to improve the sharing of health data between applications on Android.
- Additionally, nearly 900,000 discontinued Android apps may soon be removed from the Play Store.
- The Sony Xperia 1 IV launch on Wednesday was light on the details, heavily focused on interviewing creatives through imaging and audio, but here’s what we know: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip packaging, storage 256 GB, 5000 mAh battery, 3.5 mm headphone jack, 4K 120fps video recording, new front camera with larger sensor for better low-light performance and a new audio recording mode.
- Plus, you’ll be able to live stream mobile games from the built-in game enhancer app, remap controls, and send videos directly to streaming apps.
- Gaming peripherals for the phone are also apparently in the works and will launch later this year.
- Pre-orders are open now, with the phone going on general sale September 1, but it’ll cost you $1,600, plus pre-order now and you’ll get Sony’s WF-1000XM4 true wireless noise canceling headphones for free.
- We also saw the small and light Sony Xperia 10 IV with a 6-inch display and 5,000mAh battery, supposedly the lightest 5G phone ever.
- Surprisingly, we haven’t seen the Xperia 5 IV – maybe Sony doesn’t, or maybe it’s just delayed.
- This week, Sony also launched its WH-1000XM5 headphones, available to pre-order now for $399.
- Elon Musk’s Twitter buy is pending: He is apparently awaiting “details proving” that spam and fake accounts account for less than 5% of Twitter’s active accounts, as reported in the company’s recent financial report.
- Honor Magic 4 Pro launches in the UK with a Galaxy S22 Plus price, available to pre-order now.
- 5G Summit: Qualcomm reveals what’s next for 5G smartphones – better Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, standalone mmWave, and more.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro announced: redefining the mini, with 4K video up to 60 fps, 34 minutes of flight time and a weight of 249 g.
- Following the Fitbits overheating lawsuit, we asked our readers: Most of your Fitbit devices don’t overheat, but some do.
- Tesla halted most production at its Shanghai factory on Tuesday due to issues securing parts, plans to produce fewer than 200 cars compared to its usual production target of 1,200 a day.
- And Android Auto is getting a major UI update.
- Instagram has started testing NFTs with select creators, with support for Ethereum and Polygon at launch, Flow and Solana coming soon.
- Terra’s Luna plunged 87% in 24 hours, from $54.36 on Monday to $3.71 on Tuesday.
- And, worryingly, thousands of websites can see what you’re typing before you’ve even hit submit…
- HBO leaks trailer and launch date for Westworld season 4: June 26, so not long to wait.
- Alex’s Gory Horror Garland Men Is ‘A Thousand Arguments Waiting To Happen’, Says Polygonin US theaters May 20.
- And Netflix Ads and Password Sharing Blocks are coming much earlier than expected: they could launch by the end of this year.
- Director Jonathan Levine promises the Dirty Dancing sequel won’t “ruin your childhood”, filming later this year, with Jennifer Gray reprising her baby role – due out in 2024.
- Hayden Panettiere is joining the upcoming Scream movie, which will begin filming this summer, though we don’t yet know if Courtney Cox and Neve Campbell will reprise their roles.
- And here are some upcoming streaming shows and movies we’re excited about, from Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in September to Knives Out 2 on Netflix later this year.
- Plus, check out the trailer for Hustle, Adam Sandler’s latest jaunt telling the story of basketball scout Staley Beren, which landed on Netflix on June 10.
- Starfall Postponed to 2023: Xbox’s biggest exclusive slides coming in the first half of 2023, alongside Redfall.
- Gotham Knights is no longer coming to Xbox One and PS4, but is releasing on PC, Xbox Series consoles, and PS5 in October.
- And leaked footage Friday for alleged new Silent Hill game Konami is removing.
- And FIFA is changing its name: FIFA and EA Sports are ending their partnership after nearly 30 years, softer this year Fifa 23, the game will be called EA Sports FC
- Meanwhile, Microsoft may soon launch an Xbox game streaming stick, meaning you could use your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership on your big screen, no console required.
- The latest Steam Deck update includes per-game performance settings.
- And Nintendo revealed it now had more than 100 million annual users as part of its financial year results, up from 87 million between April 2020 and March 2021.
- Speaking of which, Nintendo’s latest Indie World Showcase revealed several new games, including Gunbrella, Another Crab’s Treasure, Mini Motorways, and more.
- Electronic Arts has a new contract to create a Lord of the Rings mobile game.
- Finding a PS5 could get easier this year: Sony’s sales forecast of 18 million for this fiscal year, a dramatic increase, could mean supply issues are improving.
- Finally: Babylon’s Fall’s live-action-RPG player count dropped dramatically in the past week – meet the one person keeping the game alive.
Harley Maranan / Android Authority
Back to the history of technology this week, until May 11, 1999. On this date, Sony introduced AIBO to the world. Some of you (myself included) are old enough to remember little robotic dogs quite well, some of you were lucky enough to have one, and some are probably wondering what I’m talking about. So, let’s remember a little about AIBO…
- AIBO was the brainchild of Dr. Toshitada Doi, who believed robots would be commonplace in our homes by 2010 – although the closest we seem to have come so far is robot vacuum cleaners.
- The name “AIBO” comes from the Japanese word aibō, which means “friend” or “partner”.
- The first consumer model, ERS-110, was available for sale on May 11, 1999, priced at $2,500.
- New models were released every year until Sony announced the robot was discontinued in 2006, then an 11-year hiatus followed, before AIBO returned in 2017.
- In 2006, AIBO also earned its place in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robot Hall of Fame.
You can delve into the technical specifications of each model, see the original AIBO advertisement, learn more about what we could learn from companion robots, or read on to find out where AIBO first appeared in popular culture…
AIBO in popular culture
AIBO has appeared in its fair share of TV shows, music videos, and even video games over the years, but here are some of the more memorable appearances:
- In an episode of Frasier, Frasier gives his father an AIBO to keep him company and Eddie is seen playing with the robot (above).
- AIBO appeared in Janet Jackson’s music video for “Doesn’t Really Matter”.
- The Futurama episode “Jurassic Bark” saw Bender with a robotic dog that resembled AIBO.
- And you can spot the ERS-210 model in the title sequence of Neil Gaiman’s 2017 American Gods TV adaptation.
- May 19: Launch of the OnePlus Nord 2T
- June 6-10: Apple’s WWDC 2022
- June 10: The Quarry is out on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
- June 12: Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at 12 p.m. CT
- June 26-July 3: Summer games done quickly
Tech Tweet of the Week
You may need to be from the UK to enjoy this:
Pyramid Head could make the trip north to Gateshead, or maybe it’ll drop south to see Big Ben and all the other sights.https://t.co/xBL0pbCvyr
Paula Beaton, editor.