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May 23, 2021

⚡ Welcome back to another edition of The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that keeps an eye out for the top Android and tech news from the week.

🏀 Tristan Rayner excited because among many other things, the NBA Playoffs have started. Who ya got?

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One of the busiest weeks in a while! Here’s what you need to know.

Google I/O:

  • The Google I/O keynote delivered two hours of updates, new features, ideas, and more.
  • It wasn’t the most thrilling Google I/O presentation ever. But, those who’ve been wanting more out of Android and Wear OS should be happy.
  • Here our wrap of everything we did see at Google I/O. And here’s our wrap of everything we didn’t see. The latter list includes Google Stadia, Chrome, Chrome OS, and of course, the lack of Pixel 5a and the Pixel Buds A. No sign of custom silicon, either.
  • Android 12 emerged with a raft of changes, especially on the design front. As an owner of a Pixel with the latest Android 12 beta, I have to say you’re not missing much yet. The big Material You design change and new privacy features are still to come!
  • The Wear OS x Tizen collaboration between Google and Samsung represents new hope for wearables for Android users. Can we trust Google to do more if Samsung is pushing it along?
  • Do check out Project Starline if you missed it, too.
  • Also: Google’s first-ever permanent retail store will open this summer in NYC.

Pixel 6 series:

  • Even though Google didn’t announce a new Pixel, fresh leaks gave us plenty of detail to mull over.
  • Last week, Jon Prosser delivered some surprising new renders. This week, OnLeaks delivered a second round that confirmed much of what we saw on the outside.
  • The Pixel 6 Pro renders showed off a 6.67-inch curved OLED display with a two-tone back panel. In terms of specs, not much about the internals is known, but we can see a triple-camera and under-display fingerprint sensor, along with wireless charging.
  • Pixel 6 renders showed a smaller base model: a 6.4-inch flat panel, and dual cameras.
  • There’s plenty more to dig into. My colleague C. Scott Brown called it when he said the spec jump in the Pro makes it seem like “the Pixel 6 Pro could be a love letter to Pixel fans.”





Tech Calendar

Alert: you can strike IFA 2021 from your calendars. The late August/early September event set in Berlin, Germany, was called off this week. Will CES 2022 take place? How many will turn up for MWC 2021?

  • June 7-11: WWDC 2021
  • June 28- July 1: MWC 2021 

Tech Tweet of the Week

This is quite something:

Depix recovers passwords from pixelized screenshots
— Geeknik’s🌱🌶🔥Farm (@geeknik) May 19, 2021

All the best,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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