The Weekly Authority: Prelude to MWC 2022

⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news of the week. The 183rd edition here, with more Pixel 7 leaks, a Galaxy S22 Plus review, and a preview of what’s to come at MWC 2022.

👋 Nick here to fill in for Paula while she enjoys some much needed time off. Tristan will be with you in the next edition after spending the week at MWC Barcelona, ​​with Paula making her triumphant return the following week.

Popular news this week

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OnePlus:

Motorola:

  • Motorola’s latest flagship phone, the Motorola Edge Plus 2022 was launched on Thursday. It has great specs, but is it really a viable alternative to the Galaxy S22 lineup?

Apple:

Space:

Elsewhere:

Movies/TV:

Games :

  • After months of delay, the Steam Deck launched on February 25. Of course, if you haven’t pre-ordered, don’t expect to get one for six months. Reviews have been… mixed. Check the reviews of Technical advice Linus, Digital foundry, The edge, Gamer on PC, Player Nexus, and others online. Or just keep reading.
  • Most reviewers agree that the hardware is excellent. Miles better than PCs in its price range, and gaming support is great too. However, almost all of them agreed that the software lacked polish. For now, it’s really more of an enthusiast device than a true consumer product like the Switch, though that may change after a few months of updates.
  • In other words. If you have to wait to get a Steam Deck, that might not be a bad thing.
  • Elden Ring was also released on Friday to fairly rave reviews. IGN‘s Mitchell Saltzman gave the match a 10/10, Polygon garnished it with a Polygon recommends the badge, Eurogamer gave him a Essential Eurogamer Badgeand Gamer on PC gave him a 90/100.
  • Sony unveiled its upcoming PSVR 2 hardware in a blog post this week. No pricing or release dates yet, but the design itself is a welcome upgrade.
  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen landed on Tuesday, although its preload was delayed on PlayStation 4 due to “unforeseen issues”, PS4 users were unable to download the game’s content files (approximately 72GB) before it went live.
  • Nintendo has announced that it retro gaming “virtual console” stores closing for pre-Switch hardware including the Wii U and 3DS.
  • Last week’s Capcom countdown ended with a Street Fighter 6 Confirmation and Traileras well as a new compilation of fighting games arriving on June 24, including titles like Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition and Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors.
  • And Steam Next Fest started on Mondayuntil February 28, with demos and live streams of upcoming games.
  • After last week’s next-gen patch, Cyberpunk 2077 was totally broken for ps4 disc ownerswith problems on PC too.
  • Do you play Horizon Forbidden West? Kotaku shared the 10 best skills to acquire as soon as possible.
  • Android game modding is now possible thanks to BlueStacks through its new Creator Studio and Creator Hub. And even better, everything is available completely free of charge.
  • EA may drop FIFA branding for future games. Apparently, World Cup years aside, Andrew Wilson doesn’t think the FIFA brand brings enough to the table to justify the cost.

Comments

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Some major reviews published this week, including two flagships.

Characteristics

  • 5 shady battery tricks smartphone brands have been caught: “Whether it’s misleading users about charging times or lying about power, smartphone makers are guilty of sketchy practices ” (Android Authority).
  • A joint Google account is the best advice I can give to couples: one account for all your bills, reservations, purchases and documents (Android Authority).
  • Tired of Wordle? Try these challenging alternatives: more languages, more letters, more puzzles and more than words (Android Authority).
  • 5 cool features I love about Kindle e-readers: Tablets and smartphones are great, but there’s something interesting about dedicated e-readers (Android Authority).
  • Why NASA is exploring the deepest oceans on the planet: Could our understanding of the deep ocean help unravel the mysteries of space? (bbc.com).
  • Driving while cooked? Inside the high-tech quest to discover: Cognivue’s computer-based test could be the future (Wired).
  • The professor who beat the roulette wheel: How a renowned researcher defied the odds, baffled casino owners around the world and walked away with a fortune (The bustle).

Weekly Wonder

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Next week will take place the 2022 edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. After a canceled event in 2020 and a much smaller affair in 2021, this year will be the first large(ish) scale MWC in years. Stay tuned to the Daily Authority newsletter for the latest news (Tristan is ready and waiting in Barcelona), but here’s a quick list of what to expect in the coming week:

Samsung Galaxy unboxed (part 2)

  • The event technically starts on February 28, but Samsung’s second Galaxy Unpacked event for 2022 is scheduled for the 27th.
  • Samsung has already announced its flagship phones for the year, so this event will likely focus on laptops.
  • That means a new Galaxy Book and potentially new Chromebooks to look forward to.

Global release of the OnePlus 10 Pro?

  • 2022 has been a strange year for OnePlus, with the company already announcing the OnePlus 10 Pro in China, but withholding any information about a global release.
  • That could change at MWC. OnePlus isn’t traditionally laden with MWC announcements, but since we already know what the device is, extra fanfare might not be necessary.
  • A controversial element of a global release would be the software. The Chinese version comes with Color OS 12 instead of Oxygen OS 12 due to Oppo and OnePlus’ “OnePlus 2.0” merger strategy.
  • And even Oxygen OS 12 is more similar to Color OS than most fans would like.
  • We haven’t seen the vanilla OnePlus 10 either, so this might be our first look.

New phones from Xiaomi, Honor and Realme

  • Like OnePlus, Xiaomi has already announced several devices in its native China, but MWC may be the first time they’ve been introduced to an international audience.
  • This includes the flagship Xiaomi 12 range and new devices under the more affordable Poco brand.
  • Again, we’ve seen the Poco X4 Pro before thanks to Amazon France, as mentioned above.
  • Honor is set to announce the Honor Magic 4 and a host of other devices. We might even see a global release of the foldable Magic V, which until now has been limited to China.
  • Realme will launch the GT 2 series on Monday, and the company has hinted at a new charging technology.
  • The company is also aggressively expanding outside of China, so it will likely launch a wide variety of tablets, wearables, and other devices.

Other expectations

  • Huawei will be there, and although its smartphones have all but disappeared from global markets, its laptops are still going strong. I’m excited to see updated devices in the Matebook range, especially the Matebook X Pro (which I’m typing this on).
  • Lenovo is also present, but only virtually. Expect new laptops and more.
  • HTC will make an announcement, but it’s probably not a phone. Maybe more VR gear?
  • Google will make an appearance, but no one knows what it will announce. New hardware is dodgy, so expect some software news.
  • Motorola already announced the Moto Edge 2022 earlier this week, but it might surprise us with a first look at the Razr 3. That’s unlikely, though, as it would steal the thunder from its just-announced flagships.
  • Nokia will be there, but the company has largely lost its grip on the smartphone market. Expect relatively unexciting budget devices at best.

Technical calendar

  • February 27 at 1 p.m. ET: Galaxy Unpacked (new generation Galaxy Book)
  • February 28-March 3: Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022 in Barcelona
  • March 4: Gran Turismo 7 is coming to PS4/PS5
  • March 8 (to be confirmed): Apple Spring Event
  • March 9: Redmi Note 11 Pro / Pro Plus launched

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