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March 28, 2021

⚡ Welcome back to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that casts an eye back across the top Android and tech news from the week.

🚢 Tristan Rayner on deck here, and once again, glad I wasn't on deck here.

Popular news this week
OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 bright cameras
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

What a week! Launches galore, reviews as well, and a host of new phones, ideas, and comparison points, plus a new Qualcomm processor that looks like a healthy upgrade to the mid-range. 

Launches:

Crashes:

  • One of the biggest things to happen this week was a huge Android apps crashing debacle, at the hands of a bad Google update to its Android System WebView developer component. That broke a huge number of Android devices and many people just thought their devices were broken — my colleagues here had to visit their families in some cases to help. What a disaster.

And other than launches — more news:

Reviews
Realme 8 vs Redmi Note 10 from side
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

Obviously the biggest two reviews this week were the OnePlus 9 Pro review and the OnePlus 9 review, both super interesting phones for different reasons.

  • The Pro came out swinging with its Hasselblad-stamped camera chops and upgraded performance, but at $969 faces the biggest name in the land, in Samsung, and its very good Galaxy S21 for only $30 more.
  • And the OnePlus 9 is $240 less. It does take a backseat on camera specs and loses telephoto, drops fast wireless charging, and mmWave 5G, and is slightly smaller ….but does any of that really matter? Display and performance are the same, the 5G rollout continues to falter, and if you go with T-Mobile, you get an IP68 rated OnePlus 9. I don’t know.
  • But it feels like a genuine question, and I think that’s a good thing! Too often I only would consider the top-spec device because the gap to the vanilla model is such that it’s more-or-less wrecked.

A couple of others:

Features

Tech Calendar
  • March 29: Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11 Ultra launch — with new battery tech?
  • April 6: Intel’s “How Wonderful Gets Done 2021” launch
  • April 12: Nvidia GTC conference

Tech Tweet of the Week

Here’s what happened to the Ever Given:

AIS tracking of Ever Given running aground @steffanwatkins pic.twitter.com/o10KAKrvI6
— Eric Moreno (@KingNeptune767) March 27, 2021

All the best from your recently vaccinated tech enthusiast

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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