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Reuters has the scoop today that Xiaomi might be about to announce it is making EVs.
Xiaomi’s incredible range of products has included the automotive world before, with some involvement with the Redmi Bestune T77, an SUV that was more Bestune than Xiaomi and a collaboration with Lamborghini for a supercar-inspired kart called Ninebot GoKart Pro.
Apple, Huawei, Baidu, and now Xiaomi:
👋 Meet this year’s mainstream processor: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G, the next-gen up from the popular Snapdragon 765/765G. Coming to a 2021 Pixel or a OnePlus Nord near you? (Android Authority).
👉 Xiaomi hints at a new custom processor coming next week — most likely an additional chip, rather than custom SoC, but we don’t know much about this yet (Android Authority)
🤔 Motorola’s G100 is the first Moto G phone with a Snapdragon 800-series chip, 90Hz and 5,000 mAh batteries, but not coming to the US for some reason (Android Authority).
📸 Vivo X60 Pro Plus review: A flagship for camera enthusiasts (Android Authority).
⌚ Amazfit T-Rex Pro review: Rugged and respectable (Android Authority).
🧱 Fairphone suggests Qualcomm is the biggest barrier to long-term Android support, something I’ve heard from Fairphone themselves as well. Qualcomm doesn’t support its chipsets long-term (Ars Technica).
⚖ Reports from the congressional hearing: Congress questioned Big Tech CEOs for 5 hours without getting any good answers(Engadget), and: Social media CEOs can’t defend their business model (Wired).
🟨 Erm: Amazon clumsily denies stories of workers peeing in bottles, receives a flood of evidence in return (The Verge).
🚚 Waymo provides look inside self-driving truck testing — not a lot of juice here but still good info (Transport Topics).
🏎 Formula One returns to the track today, hype! (formula1.com).
🌓 “If you are 6x lighter on the Moon than on Earth, does that mean you can fall from a distance 6x farther than on Earth without sustaining injury?” (r/askreddit).
So the titans of social media were grilled by Congress yesterday. and the biggest thing out of the whole event is… a weird clock on Jack Dorsey’s kitchen counter:
Now, make no mistake, the background and setting of these events isn’t by accident, and the inclusion of the counter/clock was intentional.
Gizmodo helpfully describes it as an “insufferable device”. Ha.
Have a great weekend,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.