⚡ Welcome back to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority series that recaps the top Android and tech news from the week. We're back from holidays fresh and ready to go, just as CES 2021 starts to heat up again.
🏃♂️ Tristan Rayner back on deck, working off the Christmas excess by ...typing!
The team put on some thinking caps and channeled our annual requests and wishlists for some of the biggest smartphone makers in the world:
Five things we want to see from these makers in 2021:
And as a bonus: 6 things we want to see from the Nintendo Switch in 2021 — A Nintendo Switch Pro, streaming apps, more games, and how about new Joycons?
Here’s a look back at our 10 best ideas, best features, and popular posts — as decided by you, our audience, and your reading habits.
Executive Editor Kris Carlon passed on this list for Weekly Authority readers to get a look at the top posts written in 2020 by Android Authority’s talented crew.
And, you might be a little surprised by what topped the list. What would you have guessed?
Something important to remember is that the biggest tech news in our Android-focused world rarely emerges as a single moment that has everyone reading the same news.
Loads of news in this space comes out in pieces as the OnePlus Nord overplayed last year. Also, factor in the leak game being so strong that it’s rare for a new device from a big player to drop out of nowhere. The final aspect is the event cycle: tracking launch date rumors, official invitation, the event itself, confirmed information and specs, hands-on articles, and finally a full review. Chances are you that spectacle doesn’t keep you gripped across what could be months of dripped out news.
That makes our biggest pieces a little more encompassing or intriguing in different ways.
With all that in mind, here are the top 10 pieces:
What a great list! Funnily enough, the top post won by a huge margin after it went viral all across the globe. It was the perfect headline to inspire intrigue (“There’s a better Spotify that everyone knows about except me??”), and the punchline that it’s YouTube still makes sense and makes you wonder.
Other notables here: just exactly what Google is doing with the Pixel line had some big wins: camera comparisons, why Google went with the Snapdragon 765G, and the USB-C transfer problems with the phone are all important considerations.
As a bonus, here’s a couple of others that just missed the top ten but are still awesome reads:
I get it. These are three pretty much instant reads. Not just because they’re from my colleagues (like technical wunderkind Rob Triggs, or ridiculous instant-recall-on-all-things-Android-dating-back-as-far-as-you-like, Hadlee Simons) but because they satisfy big Android questions we want to know.
my 11 year ban from yahoo chess expires today pic.twitter.com/ISQkAiJYze
— rev. dylan (@DylanRoss) January 1, 2021
Coming up this week:
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