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The Weekly Authority: 📱 Pixels get Android 14 beta

Plus the ROG Phone 7 launch, over 20 minutes of FFXVI gameplay, and a giant Donkey Kong arcade game you can actually play...
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Published onApril 15, 2023

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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 240th edition here with the first Android 14 beta for Pixel owners, Pixel 8 display news, the ROG Phone 7 launch, over 20 minutes of FFXVI gameplay, and more.

🌞 This week I’ve been trying to plan a trip somewhere sunny, as the spring weather seems to have deserted Scotland. So far I’ve got Italy or Spain on the list, but I’m open to suggestions in Europe!

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Weekly Wonder

This week we finally saw a launch trailer for Horizon Forbidden West’s Burning Shores expansion.

  • The expansion will be priced at $20 and lands April 19, so not long to wait!
  • Though Horizon Forbidden West is out on PS4, the DLC will only be available on PS5, and picks up right where the base game left off.
  • You’ll need to have completed the main quest in HFW before playing the DLC, though.
  • Expect a challenging new location in dangerous, untamed wilds, new characters, and plenty of new machines.
  • This time around, Aloy will be exploring the ruins of LA, destroyed by “millennia of volcanic eruptions and violent seismic activity.”

There’s still time to pre-order the DLC and grab the two digital bonuses on offer, the Blacktide Sharpshot Bow and Blacktide Dye Outfit.

You’ll need to be quick though, as Burning Shores lands on Wednesday.

If you’re not an Aloy fan, you might be excited at news from Thursday’s PlayStation State of Play.

  • We saw 25 minutes of Final Fantasy XVI gameplay which answered the question about whether Clive will be the only controllable character.
  • We also got a glimpse of the menus, including the map screen and ability upgrade screen.
  • And some side characters like Karen and Mid were introduced, along with the game’s main theme song, written and performed by Japanese musician Kenshi Yonezu.
  • The game lands June 22.

Meantime, why not check out these PS5 tips and tricks, or get stuck into some of the best PS5 indie games while you wait?

Tech Calendar

  • April 18: Xiaomi 13 Ultra launch (plus Mi Band 8)
  • May 5: Hogwarts Legacy lands on PS4 and Xbox
  • May 9: HUAWEI Mate X3 and P60 series Europe launch
  • May 10: Google I/O 2023
  • June 5: Apple WWDC (Reality One or Reality Pro mixed-reality headset?)
  • June 8: Summer Game Fest
  • June 11: Xbox Games Showcase
  • June 12: Ubisoft event

Tech Tweet of the Week

me: *trying to focus on work*
the outdoors on the first nice week of spring: pic.twitter.com/B6CavEbKrg
— The Hustle (@TheHustle) April 11, 2023

Something extra: A museum in New York unveiled a giant Donkey Kong arcade cabinet that’s almost 20 feet tall — and once it’s installed on June 30, you can play it!

Have a great week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.