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The Weekly Authority: 📱 Foldable fun times

Samsung Unpacked, more foldables, CoD news, some thoughts on horror streaming, and more in this week's top tech news.
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August 13, 2022
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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 207th edition here, with everything you missed from Samsung’s Unpacked event, even more foldables, Germany’s phone sales ban, and some good news for PlayStation Call of Duty fans…

🥵 Unbelievably, the Scottish heatwave continues, and most people have now either melted or burnt to a crisp. We Scots are just not cut out for this weather! If I’m still saying this next month, please send help.

Popular news this week

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Samsung:

  • Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Z Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5 series, and the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro at Unpacked on Wednesday. If you missed the event and watch to catch up, you can do that here.
  • The Galaxy Z Flip 4 looks pretty similar to last year’s Z Flip 3, which might leave you wondering whether it’s worth the upgrade: Notable changes include the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, 12% larger battery, 512GB storage option, and faster charging — there are also some new colors in the mix this time around.
  • Onto the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and again, a pretty similar-looking phone to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, with some notable upgrades: Slightly larger external and folding screens, thinner bezels, faster wireless charging speeds — and of course, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, up to 1TB of storage, and a new 50MP main sensor, but the same 4,400mAh battery. Check out our thoughts on whether to upgrade before you make your decision.
  • With the Galaxy Watch 5 series we saw the new Watch 5 and brand new Watch 5 Pro model (no Classic this time around). In a nutshell, both look pretty similar to the Watch 4 series, boasting most of the same health and fitness tracking features but adding a new infrared temperature sensor, sleep coaching feature, and Garmin-inspired training features. The Watch 5 comes in 40mm or 44mm sizes, while the Watch 5 Pro comes in a single 45mm option. The latter packs a bigger battery, larger dial, D-buckle strap, and titanium body. Both watches have Sapphire Crystal lenses, but neither has a physical rotating bezel — the Watch 4 Classic remains the go-to for users that want this feature.
  • We’ve got thoughts on the Buds 2 Pro vs the original Galaxy Buds Pro coming up in our Reviews section, below…
  • Pre-orders are open now through September 26, with general retail sales opening August 26 and you can nab some great pre-order goodies.
  • Meanwhile, Samsung says its foldables will overtake the Galaxy S series, becoming its most popular phones by 2025.
  • But for those still on the fence about foldables, Samsung just made screen repair so cheap it could change your mind.

Google:

OnePlus:

Motorola:

Xiaomi:

Nothing

Apple:

Space:

Elsewhere:

Movies/TV:

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Gaming:

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SNK

Reviews

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Features

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Weekly Wonder

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Netflix

Horror films have been on my agenda lately, with UK horror-fest FrightFest right around the corner (though sadly, I’m not going this year). The team over at The Hustle also got me thinking about horror movies and TV shows, and it seems like horror is good business for streaming services:

  • Many of Netflix’s big hits are horror titles, or horror-adjacent shows, like Stranger Things, Archive 81 (why did they cancel it?!), Midnight Mass (and Flanagan’s other outings, like The Haunting of Hill House, Squid Game, and Fear Street).
  • Prey, the Predator prequel, became Hulu’s most viewed premiere last weekend. It’s on my viewing list for this weekend.
  • And horror’s also cheap to produce: The two most profitable films (comparing box-office to budget films) are found-footage The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity.
  • The Blair Witch Project’s initial outlay was $35,000, but the real budget was somewhere between $200,000 and $500,000. It earned $249 million globally.
  • Paranormal Activity cost $15,000 to make (and an additional outlay for sound plus reshooting the ending, taking the total to $215,000). The movie raked in $193 million at the box office.

Back to Netflix: The streamer’s most popular movie is apparently Red Notice, with horror flick Bird Box ranking third.

  • Bird Box had a budget of just $19.8m (compared to Red Notice’s $200m). People talked about Bird Box for days, and it got 77% of the viewers for less than 10% of the cost.
  • Horror movies are also great for sequels, reboots, merchandise…
  • The latest Scream movie grossed $140m, but Scream’s not the biggest horror movie franchise out there.
  • According to Movie Web, The Conjuring is the highest-grossing horror movie franchise of all time, taking $2.12B, closely followed by Alien at $1.72B (and think how many movies, series, and games the Alien franchise has spawned).
  • It’s hard to say how many subscribers horror streaming service Shudder has, but AMC Networks, which owns Shudder, AMC+, and Acorn TV, had 9 million subscribers as of February 2022.

Yet Netflix is still canceling horror shows:

Want more horror? Here are the best Netflix horror series to binge-watch this weekend.

Tech Calendar

  • August 25: Last day for Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5 Series, Galaxy Buds 2 Pro pre-orders
  • August 26: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5 Series, Galaxy Buds 2 Pro on sale
  • September 1: OnePlus 10T pre-orders open (US)
  • September 2-6: IFA Berlin
  • September 10 @ 9 PM CEST: Ubisoft Forward showcase
  • September 29: OnePlus 10T on sale
  • October 6: Pixel 7 launch? (TBC)
  • October 13: Pixel 7 on sale? (TBC)
  • November 8: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PS5, PC, Stadia, and Luna
  • November 9: God of War: Ragnarok launches on PS4, PS5

Tech Tweet of the Week

French scientist Etienne Klein tweeted an image the James Webb Telescope had supposedly taken of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the sun.

It looks amazing, but look closer… Yup, it’s actually just a photo of a slice of Chorizo. It was a joke, apparently, but Klein said he’d also posted it to educate people about fake news.

Photo de Proxima du Centaure, l’étoile la plus proche du Soleil, située à 4,2 année-lumière de nous.
Elle a été prise par le JWST.
Ce niveau de détails… Un nouveau monde se dévoile jour après jour. pic.twitter.com/88UBbHDQ7Z
— Etienne KLEIN (@EtienneKlein) July 31, 2022

Something extra: 10 years ago this week (August 9), a Jet Blue flight attendant quit their job in dramatic style, sliding down the plane’s emergency-escape chute with a couple of beers in hand. He forgot his luggage so had to go back, but even so, we sort of applaud his audacity.

Have a drama-free week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.