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That burden sharpens the mind. We only want to give you the best we can.
In 2023, the Android Authority editorial team, and especially the reviewers, made a list and checked it twice to decide the pick for best phone of 2023: Editor’s Choice.
The criteria is tweaked each year to sort the wheat from the chaff. Here’s how it went in 2023:
“First, we create a shortlist based on the most important and well-rated phones we’ve tested throughout the year. Then we ensure our list has devices from all major brands and price points. We include devices sold in the US only as well as globally. Finally, we submit the list to a vote. Our most experienced reviewers assign points based on their picks and the phone with the most points overall wins. Simple.”
The top five in reverse order:
Fifth place (tied): iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max
Once again, Apple released another solid iPhone. Nothing extraordinary over the iPhone 12, but another good iteration.
(I mean, you might be surprised by an Android site here. But we’re not loyalists in a cursed way. Both deserve a top 5 finish!)
Third+fourth place (tied): Google Pixel 6 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
“Reinforcing just how great both Samsung’s and Google’s product lines were this year, we had a tie for third place: the Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy Z Fold 3. Google’s more expensive phone and Samsung’s fancier foldable both scored highly with our team. Both devices add a telephoto lens that the base model Pixel 6 and Samsung’s other 2023 foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip 3, miss out on.”
“They also give us a glimpse of where Google and Samsung are placing their future bets.”
Second place: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
It launched with everything, a peak smartphone with the best of Samsung throughout.
But at $1,200, it wasn’t exactly a value proposition.
Annnnnd the winner — Android Authority’s Editor’s Choice phone of the year: Google Pixel 6
“When the dust settled on voting this year it wasn’t even close. We had a very clear winner on our hands. The Pixel 6 offers a feature set almost as full as its more expensive stablemate but with a price tag that cannot be ignored.”
“At just $599, we called the Pixel 6 one of the easiest-to-recommend phones of the year in our review. Google is finally taking making smartphones seriously and the Pixel 6 is a breath of fresh air. It packs much of the flagship experience of the Pixel 6 Pro but shaves off just the right parts to get the price down. We think the Pixel 6 is the best phone for most people in 2023.”
Plus, now it’s your chance to cast a vote:
As in previous years, we want you to be involved, too!
You can vote on a raft of smartphones released this year in the Reader’s Choice awards.
There’ll be a few rounds: phones that get enough votes will make it through to further rounds before a final winner is voted on, so check back in.
🔨 The Amazon Appstore is finally working on Android 12 (Android Authority).
📚 Kindle features wishlist: 6 things we want Amazon to add to its e-readers, and yup, yes please! (Android Authority).
👼 “Giving a tablet to my toddler was both genius and a disaster” (Android Authority).
💰 Semiconductor makers will spend $152 billion on new fabs and equipment in 2023, up 34% (AnandTech).
🎫 Spider-Man: No Way Home has grabbed $600 million worldwide, and the second biggest movie opening of all time in the US (Bloomberg).
🚐 FedEx receives its first electric BrightDrop delivery vans: coming to LA in 2023 (Ars Technica).
🎮 Heh: Some Halo Infinite players have to use Xbox dev kits at the first major tournament: not even Microsoft has enough Xbox consoles (The Verge).
🌜 NASA’s Juno spacecraft has captured sounds from Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, and NASA has put up a 50-second clip of spectrum shifted sound so we can hear it (NASA).
🌑 This is cool: some lunar samples have never been opened to give the next generation of scientists, tools, and technology, new insights. Now, finally, a vacuum-sealed container from the 1972 moon landing will finally be opened (Gizmodo).
🪁 A giant kite will pull a ship across the ocean next month (Gizmodo).
A nice simple meme for this quieter time:
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One new flagship smartphone a year
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Smartphones have become very very good at what they do in their current form factors. For all the effort involved now, it means yearly smartphone releases are enough.
The evidence doesn’t take long to stack up:
OnePlus just announced that there’ll be no OnePlus 9T (or 9T Pro) this year. That comes after there was no 8T Pro either, though it did manage an 8T that was reviewed as good but confusing the lineup.
Apple moved away from its “S” releases in the same year, and has stuck solidly to one new flagship iPhone in September/October.
And Samsung couldn’t properly differentiate its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series enough. In 2023, it went with just the S21 and its Galaxy Fold Z line, and left the storied Note series on the bench.
It’s not hard to see why flagships are sticking with yearly. Just as laptops and TVs only gently evolve each year, smartphones face the same maturity phase.
Each year, phones are continuing to get better and do more, but the technology maturity level doesn’t allow for giant leaps within months.
I saw this doing the rounds on Twitter via a wag and it’s simple but true (and replace with iPhone with any other series):
“What’s next” is the question everyone can ask but few can answer.
Foldables are the next great form-factor, which you have to believe when you hear owners saying they’ll never go back to anything else. But it may be another few years before they’re mainstream.
Or another form-factor, like a rollable, may emerge as something better.
Otherwise, we’re back to the old arguments of AR/VR, glasses, wearables… which all seemed too limited by current-day batteries.
In any case, it’s something the best minds are working on, and pondering.
Apple has some $200B in the bank that it can’t spend fast enough on developing what’s next.
What about now?
In the meantime, the next most obvious thing to ponder is if gaps between flagship smartphone releases will continue to widen, which doesn’t really make sense. Or, if the pace of the release cycle speeds up again.
The latter would take new tech emergence: screens, a computing power breakthrough, a new camera idea, or perhaps more likely, a battery breakthrough.
Otherwise, it’s the value-end that delivers more unexpected ideas.
And it does give you some security when buying a flagship, knowing it won’t be upgraded while you’re still getting used to it…
👉 OnePlus CEO Pete Lau announced “OnePlus 2.0” with a major forum post detailing how, finally, Oppo and OnePlus are going to run the same OS, with OxygenOS’ head, Gary Chen, now set to lead a combined effort which will mean a shared Android 13 experience. What it means is less standalone OnePlus, more sameness across Oppo and OnePlus. It’s hard to say how this might look in 2023, 2023, and beyond.
📅 OK, evidence is really mounting that October 19th will be the Pixel 6 launch date, as Techtober looks like it’ll apply once again (Android Authority).
🤔 Speaking of, HMD Global may reveal a Nokia branded tablet on October 6 (Android Authority).
📅 And in almost Techtober news, Amazon has set a date for its 2023 hardware event: September 28. No signs of what new or updated Amazon devices it’ll show off (Android Authority).
📈 US officials might put Honor on the Entity List, which has apparently divided US government bureaucrats (Android Authority).
🍎 iOS 15 is now out for iPhones all the way back to the iPhone 6S, so something that affects a billion people or so means lots of articles and bits and pieces on what it all means. MacStories, as usual, has the most in-depth detail of what’s new with more than 20 pages of screenshots and detail around using new things like Live Text via camera, setting focus modes, scheduling notification summaries, and so on. MacRumors also has nice and helpful detail about how to use these new features, with videos. Here’s The Verge’s review, which includes iPadOS 15 and its more minor changes, too, and suggests the iOS 15 updates are mostly quality-of-life, and the iOS 14 update remains the winner in recent times.
📺 Netflix launches free plan in Kenya to boost growth, with about a quarter of its paid offerings in the free version, which I’d guess is mostly its original content? (Android Authority).
🚗 Tesla drivers become ‘inattentive’ when using Autopilot, MIT study finds. Which is fine when everything works well! (Engadget).
⏩ Sony’s new PS5 firmware can make your games slightly faster (Ars Technica).
🎮 Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a new PC and PlayStation 4 and 5 game getting great reviews (IGN).
💰 It’s definitely 2023 around here: Sorare raises $680 million for its fantasy sports NFT game. Hm. Should we start an NFT game?? Here’s the idea: Buy dates you feel will be significant in tech in 2023. If you’re right, you get a lovely gold NFT star (TechCrunch).
🏍 Whoa: A radical new motorcycle design has hit the track for the first time (Interesting Engineering).
🚰 “ELIi5: Do you get the same benefits from sleep if you’ve had a nightmare?” (r/explainlikeimfive).
Early years are all Counter-Strike and StarCraft, with both still present in the top 15 in 2023, too.
Later years are all Dota 2, and I still remember the arguments(Kotaku) as to why the enormous tournament, The International, was too big for Dota 2 when it offered up $20M. Now it’s at $40M and growing, even after Valve stepped back.
This year’s International 10, by the way, saw all kinds of Covid-19 related delays, and it’s now taking place in Bucharest in Romania, next month, with a live audience once again allowed.
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The third generation of Samsung’s finest has moved past its prototype roots in the original Fold. The Fold 3 has, for example, mastered water, with an IPX8 certification against water ingress meaning it’s all sealed up, and it’s more metal and glass than ever.
I wouldn’t be swimming with it, but it’s pretty cool that it’ll withstand a dunking or a coffee drenching. It’s very slightly more trim, too.
The outer panel is all sorted out. The Fold 2’s was fine but the latest is now 120Hz, and opening and closing should now feel smoother.
The under-display selfie cam is a nice implementation: no cameras visible. Samsung’s take is different, using a pattern of the top of the punch hole. When you need the camera, the display above the camera turns off, so you can see where you need to look. Otherwise, the big display is full screen.
That big display is protected by a new PET plastic that’s more durable and less scratch resistant.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has S Pen support and that’ll either be great or meh depending on your take. At least it seems more useful on the big ol’ 7.6-inch display.
It’s now going for $1,799.
Truly though, once again, Samsung has such an array of offers from its own store and via carriers to drop that price down: trade-in bonuses, credits, inclusions.
It depends on your region but all I saw yesterday on Twitter was friends and colleagues amazed at just how much they could get off, via trade-ins on old and even broken phones.
The Flip 3 is now the “affordable” foldable and it’s been given a set of sturdy improvements, the outer display is way better, and it’s also IPX8 protected for those water splashes.
I liked the blending of the outer display with the camera housing too, and Samsung has done a good job of making it more useful.
When you open it, you’ll find a 6.7-inch AMOLED interior screen that runs at 120Hz. There’s a seam but it’s less obvious.
On both the Flip and the Fold, Samsung has more custom software, and is working with big-time app developers like Spotify and Netflix and so on to make use of things like split-screen and multiple apps at once.
What is interesting is that Samsung gently positions the Flip 3 as the less masculine option and more fashionable, but my tech pals who had hands-on thought it might’ve been more interesting than the Fold 3, partly due to it now being the same price as the S21 Plus, depending on final config.
It has similar internals, the Snapdragon 888 chip being key, but the battery is much smaller at 3,300mAh — though if you keep it shut and mainly use the outer screen, you’ll eek out longer life.
At $999, it’s $400 cheaper than last year, and again, deals make it even cheaper.
Already, T-Mobile is offering the Flip 3 with a buy one get one free offer in case you can use two phones at once.
Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic:
New chipset, new Wear OS, new health-tracking features, the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic come with more and better everything, including software improvements that look interesting to dig into.
The function of the physical rotating bezel everyone enjoys is coming back to the Watch 4 Classic, and there are two sizes at 42 and 46mm, plus LTE options.
The Watch 4 starts at $250 — the Watch 4 Classic adds some classiness and that bezel for $350.
Both devices have the same processor, memory, and storage, with the Watch 4 the lighter sporty edition with an aluminum back, while the Watch 4 Classic goes for stainless steel and weighs a little more.
Keen to see reviews of this, but Samsung’s added a body composition monitor which offers more insight into your meat sack: It details your skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate (BMR), water retention, and body fat percentage, all with a wrist-sensor.
All the other health tracking (heart-rate monitor, ECG, activity tracking, SpO2 levels, sleep, stress, etc) are improved, but reviews are crucial here to understand exactly how far Samsung has stepped up the competition.
And, it’s not compatible with iOS, and some functions are only with Galaxy smartphones. And curiously, you can’t track blood pressure in the USA or Canada and some other regions due to health authorities requiring approvals.
Galaxy Buds 2: After all the coverage and leaks, these do look handy, but now Samsung really has confused its lineup:
Samsung’s better, more robust flagship earbuds remain the Galaxy Buds Pro. The Buds 2 cost $150, yet the Buds Pro are regularly on sale for just $20 more.
⚖ Senate bill would make Apple and Google loosen their grip on app stores, but a long way from a Senate bill to law, and a lot of lobbying too (Android Authority).
♻ WhatsApp to finally allow iOS to Android migration, though only on two Samsung phones for now (Android Authority).
🔜 Android 12 is now at the brink of stable release as beta 4 dropped yesterday, somehow Google timing it to hide away with Samsung’s Unpacked taking all the headlines (Android Authority).
📸 Google Pixel 6 camera and chipset details hinted in latest Android 12 beta (Android Authority).
👉 Motorola’s latest G series phone is the G60S, and it’s aiming squarely for the Brazilian market (Android Authority).
👩🏫 Zoom’s new focus mode could keep students from distracting each other: see the teacher, only, not other students (The Verge).
📨 Mailchimp is exploring a sale at $10B+ valuation: It never raised outside funding, interestingly (Bloomberg).
🍄 Mushroom-based meat alternative Australian startup Fable Food raises $4.8M, now heading to the US (TechCrunch).
🐤 Yes, Twitter changed its font, to something called Chirp (The Verge).
🔋 Ford delays Mach E orders due to the global chip shortage (Engadget).
⛓ Lionel Messi received a ‘large number’ of crypto fan tokens as part of his PSG package. Probably more just marketing than substance, given the exact number wasn’t given… (The Block).
🤔 “I think an AI is flirting with me. Is it OK if I flirt back?” (Wired).
🐲 Almost a dragon: A pretty terrifying flying dinosaur has been found that definitely terrorized Australian creatures in the ancient inland seas (CNET).
💉 2023: Russian marketing firms tried — and failed — to smear vaccines with weak Planet of the Apes memes. Real users mocked the whole thing. (Ars Technica).
😷 “Why did we go from a Delta variant of COVID straight to Lambda? What happened to Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, and Kappa?” (r/askscience)
💪 Fun: Here’s the hydraulic press vs the Nokia 3310 (r/gifs).
“cryo” meaning cryogenics, which is to say: air and supplies (which I think was a joke…)
And CS stood for the Reaction Control System, which is asking for more rocket fuel for maneuvering the shuttle, meaning, they wanted to stay up a little longer.
It’s like emailing from summer camp to say you never want to go home!
The Mac did a few other things, but one fun one is that it functioned as an alarm clock for performing certain experiments.
And, the crew wore “custom WristMac watches” which connected via serial port.
It’s just like today, just everything was a little more clunky. Imagine what we’ll have in 30 years time! Hopefully more and different to the Apple Watch 36, or Galaxy Watch 34…
Just don’t think about it being the year 2051,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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“The HONOR Magic 4 Pro, launched today, aims to have the specs sheet to end all specs sheets. Its triple-lens camera system has a 64MP periscope zoom and it has a 120Hz refresh rate on a WQHD+ display. It charges at an astounding 100W both wired and wirelessly. And yes, it has the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 under the hood.”
It also has what HONOR is saying is a third-generation LTPO OLED panel. LTPO first added adaptive refresh rates, with the second-gen dropping to lower refresh rates with more efficiency, and now the third-generation adds “high-frequency dimming,” which supposedly “causes less eye strain” in low-light environments.
The Magic 4 cuts a few corners, including the display dropping back, losing the IP68 rating of the Pro for an IP54 rating, and a different periscope camera setup. It also loses the 100W wireless charging, but packs a bigger battery: 4,800mAh vs the 4,600mAh of the Pro.
With the vanilla model starting at €899 (~$1,007), and the Magic 4 Pro at €1,099 (~$1,231), neither are exactly a bargain, but the parts list is as strong as you can get outside of the likes of the S22 for now.
That said: HONOR is still proving its brand in the separation from HUAWEI.
And it’s not exactly bold or groundbreaking yet.
HONOR hasn’t given out a clear update policy on long-term Android and security updates.
And on the Magic 4 series, we don’t yet know when they’ll be on sale, nor what will emerge in terms of camera quality, software, and so on.
The real magic isn’t the hardware, but the complete package.
HONOR has also been happy to show off the HONOR Magic V in private settings. It’s not on general show, but it’s available to check out, and my colleagues are busy putting together a comparison between the Magic V, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, and the OPPO Find N back at our shared accommodation. (That’s the order of the three you see above, too, from left-to-right.)
The Magic V, of course, is the foldable HONOR announced and put on sale in China earlier this year.
But HONOR confirmed to Android Authority that the Magic V isn’t coming to global markets at all.
The reason to keep this to a regional release only, as explained by a rep, is that HONOR is still building up its brand image and positioning in the West.
It’s more likely that the second-generation foldable from the company will launch as a big event with wider availability.
There was no clear timeline as to when exactly that might be, but HONOR is busy working on it.
First look thoughts:
As for the device itself: it’s the biggest foldable outside of the Z Fold 3 and the OPPO Find N. HONOR says it opted for as much screen as possible when unfolded, but it’s almost unwieldy.
Still, that does make the outer phone screen basically a big, normal smartphone size. It’s wider, easier to use, and easier to type on.
In comparison to the others, there’s a sense that the Find N’s more squared-off ratio might suit some people better, but having more options is always welcome. And it’s not so much the Z Fold 3 that is super interesting now, but what Samsung might do with the Z Fold 4.
As for the Magic V, it’s certainly a close relative to the HUAWEI Mate X2 though there are small differences, and of course it could have Google Mobile Services unlike the HUAWEI.
The back cover features a burnt orange plain leather look and feel which felt pretty good, too.
57% of internet traffic was generated with mobile phones in 2023: as much as 70% in Africa.
63% of web traffic came from the Google Chrome browser, Safari made up 25 percent of traffic share.
Despite Samsung’s market share of smartphones, the default Samsung Internet browser did just 6% as most people installed Chrome.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro looks like it’ll have dimensions of 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm, with a curved 6.67-inch OLED display, and selfie camera holepunch.
The rear camera module looks to have three lenses, including a periscope lens for optical zoom, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
All those cameras mean a big ol’ 11.5mm thick camera bump.
What it means:
This is the biggest design change in the Pixel series line. It’s a big step away from its roots, which included some almost stubborn elements, like the fingerprint sensor on the back, the same camera sensor hardware, and so on.
The camera bump tells us a story: the bigger the bump, the more camera hardware packed in. It may be that Google is making improvements, but isn’t going all-out, and not as aggressive as we see from Samsung and Huawei. That would fit where Google sits in the smartphone game.
The design confirmations we see here have some split opinions. While the camera bump running horizontally across the back is somewhat unique, it could very well be mistaken for a second-rate OEM design*. Aside from the two-tone color scheme, it doesn’t offer the usual Googley playfulness. Then again, that wasn’t exactly present in the Pixel 3a and 4a, while the Pixel 5 wasn’t overly whimsical either.
That’s about where we are with the generic glass slab situation though.
The Android 12 design ethos around Material You may or may not pervade to the phone. Google is suggesting Material You is all about customization, so in theory, a Pixel 6 will have a wider range of color options.
Still, it is a welcome change from Pixel 3, 4, and 5.
*A reminder, though: the happy circumstance is that almost always, phones look better in real life than in CAD-renders (except maybe those official and sometimes misleading marketing renders)
Pixel 6 renders also dropped:
Most of the same thoughts apply, though the Pixel 6 doesn’t seem like it will be anything as cut-down as the “A” editions (eg, the Pixel 4a) compared to the flagship.
The smaller non-Pro Google Pixel 6 features one less camera and goes for a 6.4-inch flat display with the same in-display fingerprint sensor.
It likely won’t include the periscope camera to give the Pro a clear edge.
Also: Google Pixel 6 may vibe with your ringtones thanks to Android 12 API (wait, who uses a ringtone?)
💸 The best-selling Android phone was crushed by the iPhone 12, an all-too familiar foe, in Q1 2023 (Android Authority).
⚡ Google’s first-ever permanent retail store will open this summer in NYC (Android Authority).
⌚ OnePlus Watch with Cyberpunk 2077 styling is coming this month (Android Authority).
😎 Snap debuts Spectacles 4.0: true AR glasses that show the potential (and limitations) of AR. 30 min battery life, and not on sale… (Ars Technica).
📺 Roku and YouTube are battling for your precious TV data, because it is worth a fortune (Wired).
⚖️ Epic v. Apple: “Apple accuses Microsoft of using Epic in legal attack” (Bloomberg).
🔫 Overwatch 2 will pit five-person teams against each other, as the current 6v6 setup in Overwatch moves away from two tanks (Engadget).
🦠 Let’s all keep calm, but this is uniquely newsworthy at this point: “New coronavirus detected in patients at Malaysian hospital, source may be dogs” (NPR).
💉 Dating apps are encouraging users to get vaccinated with the promise of more matches (The Verge).
🤔 “What is something that sounds futuristic but is happening now?” (r/askreddit). Some cool stuff happening when you think about it: 3D printed organs, that little helicopter flying autonomously on Mars, levitating hotdogs (see below)
Gaze upon this levitating hot dog cooking gadget, writes Mashable, which managed to find YouTuber NightHawkInLight inventing, well, whatever this is.
This hotdog hoverings via a stream of compressed air, thanks to the Coandă effect, something that comes up all over the place at unexpected times, including in Formula 1. (The Monaco Grand Prix is this week, by the way!)
The crucial element here is that the hotdog is round.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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Google has integrated Password Checkup into all devices running Android 9 and above. In short, it alerts you when the password you used has been compromised, and what to do about it. It’s just like the one that is in Chrome, which means useful but not mind-blowing. It’s still a positive step for making security risks easier to understand for non-technical people especially.
Dark mode in Google Maps being offered widely will help people who use the tool at night, and save on battery too. Previously, Google Maps had a quasi dark mode for navigation at night, but now this feature will offer dark mode, always, no matter what you’re doing or what time of day. (When it’s available, you can enable the low-light option by choosing “Always in Dark Theme” in settings).
There’s a way to schedule texts, which has been possible for a while but now rolls out to more phones. It’s baked into the latest Android Messages app.
And in brief, Google Assistant can now work while your phone is locked by turning on the setting, and another I want to point out is TalkBack, which is useful for visually impaired people. It now makes screen reading more powerful and there are more gestures for interacting with apps and so on.
While we’re here, Firefox dropped a nice set of updates too!
The really interesting ones are:
Multiple Picture-in-Picture for basically any web videos, including YouTube of course.
And more importantly, Total Cookie Protection. In short, the new Firefox 86 takes the fight to ad-tech by maintaining a separate “jar” for each individual site, meaning third-parties won’t be able to cross-reference cookies, and therefore, your data, from various sites. This prevents your data via various cookies from being pieced together to figure out who you are.
Still, give Firefox its dues because it’s taking it to Chrome in all the right ways.
🥽 Sony formally announces PlayStation 5 VR kit with DualSense-inspired controls, but won’t be out in 2023 (Android Authority).
♻ Try out a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 or Z Flip 5G for 100 days risk-free, with a new program in the US (Android Authority).
📺 Android TV could have some serious competition ahead with LG opening up Web OS to third-parties (Android Authority).
📳 Advanced haptics are coming to Android with Qualcomm’s help (Android Authority).
🔥 Lowest ever price on the Chromebook Duet, and more cheap Chromebook deals (Android Authority).
🎶 It’s the last day you can transfer Google Play Music over to YouTube Music (Android Authority).
🍎 Sign In with Apple reportedly under federal scrutiny (CNET).
💻 There’s a worrying M1 Mac oddity: alarmingly high SSD write usages are being reported as it appears the M1 thrashes its swapfile, even with 16GB of RAM. That could be bad news for the life of the SSDs. But some reports include older Intel Macs, so maybe a macOS issue that’s more prevalent on M1s? In any case, Apple will be working on a fix (iMore).
🔋 ‘Next-gen’ USPS vehicles can use gas or electric motors, coming 2023 (Engadget).
🃏 Stardew Valley is now a cooperative board game, for $55 (The Verge).
🔌 A guide to HDMI Cables for next-gen gaming (hint: only bother with HDMI 2.1 compatibility aka Ultra High Speed HDMI, with certification) (Wired).
📈 Are The Office and Friends bets paying off for Peacock and HBO Max? Or hurting Netflix in their absence? (The Verge).
📪 Report: Fry’s Electronics going out of business, shutting down all stores (Ars Technica).
🤔 “In what way is it expensive to be poor?” (r/askreddit).
“Amazon announced its “Day 1” hardware program last year as a way to build unusual hardware products in limited quantities, get feedback from users and eventually make them more widely available.”
“Now, the company is expanding Day 1 with a new program called “Built It.” Like Day 1, Built It features some unconventional devices, but it’s directly taking consumer interest into account when deciding whether to sell the products at all in a way that’s similar to what Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been doing.”
“The first three Built It products — a cuckoo clock, smart nutrition scale and sticky note printer — were announced today. You can order them now, but Amazon will only make them if they hit a sales goal by March 19th.”
This is a weird middle ground, and yes, I know Amazon announced it last week but I’ve been biding my time!
And Amazon says “it’s a whole lotta fun”.
It is not fun.
In fairness, while I do get some heebie-jeebies, there’s at least one decent thing here:
Amazon doesn’t take your money when you agree to buy one of these devices that won’t be made for months, unlike Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
You only pay when it ships.
I’m still not a fan.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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