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⚡ Welcome again to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 172nd edition brings you the Moto Edge X30, Oppo's upcoming foldable, a roundup of The Game Awards, and more.


☕ The tree's up, the Christmas shopping is almost done, but I still haven't had my first gingerbread latte of the season. That's a must for this weekend.

December 11, 2021
Popular news this week

Motorola:

  • Moto Edge X30 launched in China on Thursday, the first phone packing the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, with a 60MP selfie camera, and 144Hz refresh rate — it’ll likely have a different name when it goes global.

Samsung:

Google:

Apple:

Qualcomm:

Oppo:

  • Oppo Find N foldable leaked in full, showing a much smaller Galaxy Z Fold 3 rival with a roughly 4:3 display and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner — we’ll know more on day two of Oppo Inno Day on December 15.

Xiaomi:

  • The Xiaomi 12 Pro was spotted passing through TENAA on December 7, dropping confirmation of its charging specs. According to the listing, it’ll support 120W charging and will be the brand’s first phone featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
  • And your next Xiaomi phone might pack more battery life for the same size, as Xiaomi announces new battery tech that’ll allow for 10% bigger capacity for the same battery volume, coming sometime in the second half of 2022.

Amazon:

Space:

Elsewhere:

Movies/TV:

Gaming:

Reviews
The back of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

Features

Weekly Wonder

Ever wondered what happens in an internet minute?

Visual Capitalist has this rather interesting Data Never Sleeps infographic about how much data is generated online every minute.

Some key facts

Every minute:

  • TikTok users watch 167 million videos
  • Six million people shop online
  • Google conducts 5.7 million searches
  • Amazon customers spend $283k
  • Instagram users share 65,000 photos

So what’s the point of this data? Well, it reflects the increasingly huge role Big Tech companies play in our lives.

Visual Capitalist shares a new version of this infographic every year, and some areas have clearly experienced impressive growth:

  • Netflix users streamed 404k hours per minute in 2020, compared to 452k hours in 2021.
  • Twitter saw 452k Tweets per minute in 2017, up to 575k in 2021.
  • And in 2016, Snapchat users shared 527k photos every minute, compared to 2 million in 2021.

Which services do we use most?

Every iteration of the infographic over the years has featured different services, but Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram are the only three services to feature every year. The infographic below shows the services that have appeared in the Data Never Sleeps wheel over time:

How much of the world has internet connectivity?

The internet’s rapid rate of adoption is also something worth thinking about here, as this graph demonstrates:

  • Around 40% of the world population has an internet connection today.
  • Compare this to 1995, when it was less than 1%.
  • The total number of internet users worldwide grew by 500 million in 2021, a roughly 11% jump from 4.5 billion users in 2020.
  • That’s 950 new users every minute…
  • There are still plenty of countries with largely disconnected populations, like India where 50% of the population don’t have internet access, and Ethiopia, where a huge 81% of people can’t access the internet.

On a similar note, it’s interesting to see what data Big Tech is collecting, and who they’re sharing it with. Security.org has an interesting piece on this, with Google way out ahead in terms of the data they store on you, from your location to your browsing history and your activity on third-party sites.

The pandemic has definitely changed the way we engage with the digital world and it’ll be interesting to see how things have changed when the Data Never Sleeps wheel lands next year.

Tech Calendar
  • December 12 (TBC): Xiaomi 12 series launch
  • December 14: Aliens: Fireteam Elite comes to Xbox Game Pass
  • December 14-15: Oppo Inno Day
  • December 17: The Witcher Season 2
  • December 22: The Matrix 4 release date
  • January 5-8: CES 2022

Tech Tweet of the Week

More pizza, anyone?

The Pizza Paradox
One 18-inch pizza has more “pizza” than two 12-inch pizzas (still trying to process this fact). pic.twitter.com/SVcUd9Ueys
— Trung Phan 🇨🇦 (@TrungTPhan) December 10, 2021

Bonus: “The thing that killed” Twitter meme is doing the rounds, and it’s a good one…

Feeling festive,

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor

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