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Sony announced the flagship Xperia 1 III, Xperia 5 III, and mid-range minded Xperia 10 III this morning, emphasizing the Japanese firm’s commitment to its favorite elements of smartphones including photography and entertainment, with a few key improvements over the previous Mark II editions of these smartphones.
Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III:
Xperia 10 III:
Pricing for all three to come.
As leaked by Siri, Apple confirmed its next event for April 20th with a spring angle, and by the way, ruthlessly ignoring the unofficial 4/20 blaze it holiday:
Also, Samsung announced its next Unpacked event, setting it down for Wednesday, April 28:
💻 Microsoft has new a Surface Laptop 4 and new Surface accessories, with the Surface Laptop 4 packing faster 11th-gen Intel CPUs, and a “Microsoft Surface Edition” version of AMD’s older Ryzen 5 CPU. Still the same 13.5 and 15-inch design without slim bezels, same bad 720p webcam, no built-in LTE modem and no Thunderbolt ports, but with more battery life — up to 19 hours claimed. Starts at $999 (Android Authority).
🍎 Fresh 2022 iPhone predictions: Apple’s 2022 iPhone series to bring 8K recording but no iPhone Mini (Android Authority).
👉 Huawei reveals a way for developers to easily turn GMS apps into HMS apps, via a BlueSource tool (Android Authority).
📺 Roku news: A new $40 Express 4K Plus adds 4K HDR with boosted performance, and is the first Roku player with OS 10 (Android Authority). Also. Apple gets its own button on Roku’s latest remotes, which means more money for Roku (The Verge).
⛔ Discord blocks iOS users from NSFW servers, blames Apple (Mashable).
🔊 Spotify’s Car Thing debuts as a limited release for selected US users. It’s almost free, and really called Car Thing (The Verge).
🎮 New PS5 update allows you to store PS5 games on USB drive, cross-gen Share Play (Android Authority).
📈 Major US crypto exchange Coinbase will list today, in a direct listing on the Nasdaq, at $250 per share. It’s likely to start trading much higher though, based on previous direct listings (Cointelegraph).
🔐 FBI launched a court-authorized operation to remove backdoors from hacked Microsoft Exchange servers (TechCrunch).
🚱 Las Vegas is seeking to ban thirsty “ornamental” grass that no one walks on (AP).
💓 “Heart monitors measure heartrate, is there a heart strength as well? Is there an advantage to faster weaker beats or slower stronger beats? ” (r/askreddit).
Honestly the weird thing this week is how roundly the OnePlus Watch was shredded. And one weird angle is that the US versions seem to be worse than in other regions.
I mentioned the bad reviews yesterday after speaking with our reviewer Dhruv Bhutani, although he didn’t suffer quite as many issues as we’ve seen crop up.
It all led to Gizmodo’s review, titled This Is the Worst Smartwatch I’ve Ever Used, featuring paragraphs like: “Every little thing went wrong when I tested this watch. It tracked every activity inaccurately. It said I was sleeping when I was awake. My step counts were off by more than 10,000 steps.”
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor