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The Weekly Authority: 💲 Pixel Tablet price leaks

Plus a possible Pixel Fold launch date, Vivo's latest foldables, the end of Netflix's DVD business, and more top tech news.
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April 22, 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 241st edition here with Pixel Tablet price leaks, a possible Pixel Fold launch date, new launches from Xiaomi and vivo, Android’s smart solution for crashing apps — oh, and the end of Netflix’s DVD business…

🎭 I’m beyond excited as I’m off to the theater tomorrow to see a stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Geeking. Out. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Before we dive into this week’s top tech news, we’d like to thank the sponsor of this week’s newsletter, Embrace.

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Over 50 and love gaming? You’re part of a growing trend. A new study by AARP has revealed more Americans aged 50 and over play games than ever before (h/t Axios Gaming).

  • The study showed 52.4 million Americans aged 50 or older play games at least once a month, up from 50.6 million in 2019 (and 40.2 million in 2016).
  • Older gamers are also spending more time playing than they used to: The study showed an average of 12 hours of gaming a month in 2022, compared to 8.5 hours per month in 2019.
  • Almost 50% of older Americans who game spend some time doing so daily.
  • Does this mean there are loads of older gamers playing Call of Duty? Not necessarily. The study showed 73% of gamers over 50 play puzzle and logic games, with many also enjoying card and word games on their phones.
  • Only 12% of those surveyed said they preferred shooters.
  • Of those surveyed, 86% said they played to have fun, with 79% playing for relaxation, 78% saying they gamed to stay mentally sharp, and 71% playing games to reduce stress.
  • It also seems like older gamers feel neglected by the games industry.
  • AARP’s director of community and gaming, Maura White, told Axios, “Our research shows, however, that almost 70% do not feel like the games are made with them in mind. They would like the video gaming industry to create games and features designed to onboard easily, play consistently, and stay challenged.”
  • In fact, 69% of older gamers surveyed felt games were too complicated, and said they didn’t see themselves reflected in game marketing, while 64% of gamers over 50 said they didn’t see themselves reflected in the games they play.
  • Are you a gamer over 50? Then you’ll want to check out our pick of the best upcoming Android games, as well as the 15 best Android games available right now. Prefer to game on console? Why not check out the best PS5 games you can buy or dive into the best Xbox Series X/S games.

Tech Calendar

  • 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 1 (TBC): Motorola’s two Razr foldables launch?
  • 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

— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) April 19, 2023

Something extra: The Space Elevator shows you what you’ll find at different altitudes as you scroll towards space (h/t: TLDR).

Have an out-of-this-world week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.