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The Weekly Authority: ✋ Pixel 7a hands-on, CES surprises

Plus the OnePlus 11 launch, leaked press renders of Galaxy S23 series colors, this month's video game releases, and more.

Published onJanuary 7, 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 226th edition here, with everything from CES 2023, a hands-on look at the Pixel 7a, the OnePlus 11 launch, some of the biggest video game releases this month, and more.

🤯 It’s the first Weekly Authority of 2023, and I started the year by watching Noah Baumbach’s latest movie, White Noise. If anybody can explain to me what on earth it is about, I’d be most grateful…

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Weekly Wonder

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With CES 2023 drawing to a close this weekend, we’ve gathered together a few of the top reveals and launches from the world’s largest tech show, including all the Android announcements from Google







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Tech Calendar

  • January 5-8, 2023: CES 2023 (Las Vegas)
  • January 24: Forspoken releases on PS5, PC
  • January 26: Razer Edge released
  • February (date TBC): Samsung Unpacked (Galaxy S23?)
  • February 7: OnePlus 11 global launch
  • February 22: PSVR 2 launch date

Tech Tweet of the Week

The adventures of one woman’s AirTag-ged lost luggage (h/t Mashable):

I’d just like everyone to know that @united has lost track of my bag and is lying about it. My apple AirTag shows that it has been sitting in a residential apartment complex for over a day. Out back by the dumpsters, I have found other emptied United Airlines bags.
— valerie szybala. (@vszyb) January 1, 2023

Something extra: We hope you got some nerdy books for Christmas, but never fear if not, as Shift Happens, the history of keyboards, is launching via a Kickstarter next month, and it’s a beaut!

Have a great week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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