😎 Good morning! The warmest day of the year so far here! Meanwhile, my parents have flown to an island with no cell phone network data, which some people seek out for the relative silence. Still Wi-Fi at the airport, my Dad reports!
Google is officially rolling out (blog.google) a few new Android features in an update for spring 2021. It’s good, though there’s no reason to jump for joy, and it’s worth lingering on Google really pushing the new Password Checkup tool, though Google Maps in dark mode is probably going to be most useful.
To the features!
While we’re here, Firefox dropped a nice set of updates too!
The really interesting ones are:
🥽 Sony formally announces PlayStation 5 VR kit with DualSense-inspired controls, but won’t be out in 2021 (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).
I don’t like when big companies crowdfund things.
This is a weird middle ground, and yes, I know Amazon announced it last week but I’ve been biding my time!
In fairness, while I do get some heebie-jeebies, there’s at least one decent thing here:
I’m still not a fan.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor