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The Weekly Authority: 🌋 The great Reddit meltdown continues

Plus, plenty of Samsung foldable news, Google's latest AI battles, and a game about McDonald's Grimace you'll want to play.
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Published onJune 17, 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 249th edition here with a breakdown of the tumultuous week for Reddit, more exclusive details on the Google Pixel 8, big updates for existing Pixel phones and the Pixel Watch, and a church service created and conducted entirely by ChatGPT…

🗺️ This week, I’ve been living vicariously through my newfound content obsession — adventure YouTubers. I stumbled upon a group currently traveling through Namibia and Botswana in some hefty off-road vehicles, and the vistas they traverse are truly incredible. Although my hometown is among the most beautiful on Earth, there’s something magical about being isolated in the arid interior. Maybe one day…

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Weekly Wonder

Game studio Krool Toys has launched a new Game Boy Color title in honor of McDonald’s plump purple mascot Grimace (h/t Ars Technica).

  • The Brooklyn-based studio is usually behind some of the quirkier brand-promotion titles on the platform, and Grimace’s Birthday is the latest addition.
  • Although the title doesn’t hint at it, Grimace’s Birthday is a 2D skater simulator that sees the now +50-year-old Grom land gnarly tricks, collect milkshakes floating in the air, and meet up with the other McDonald’s mascots who planned a surprise party. It’s surprisingly wholesome.
  • The game’s pretty short, but it has a surprisingly high amount of polish. I wasn’t expecting much, but I spent a good hour of my week playing (ahem, researching) it.
  • It’s the falling animation that had me in stitches.
  • In honor of Grimace’s birthday, McDonald’s also released a Grimace Birthday Meal and Shake. Some taste testers described the latter as “chemically purple.” Delicious.
  • If you want to play Grimace’s Birthday, download a working Game Boy Color ROM and play it on your home-baked emulator system. Or, you can give it a go on your browser.
  • Alternatively, grab your phone and let these great Android games occupy your afternoon instead.

Tech Calendar

  • June 20: Pixel Tablet goes on sale in stores
  • June 29: ASUS Zenfone 10 launch @ 9 AM ET
  • June 29: Anapurna Interactive showcase @ 3 PM ET
  • July 1: Reddit’s API changes take effect
  • July 6: HONOR 90 global launch
  • July 11: Nothing Phone 2 launch @ 11 AM ET
  • July 26 (TBC): Samsung Galaxy Unpacked (Galaxy Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5)
  • October 24-26: Snapdragon Summit 2023 (Snapdragon 8 Gen 3?)

Tech Tweet of the Week

Oh, to be a spider on that wall…

Something extra: With the Reddit debacle showing no signs of abating, I’ve been reducing my Reddit usage and considering how I use the web in my free time. Remember StumbleUpon? I miss it in times like this. Thankfully, The Useless Web has filled that void somewhat this week. Honestly, the site’s name says it all!

It’s been great standing in for Paula. Please give her a warm welcome when she returns next week! Until next time.

Andy Walker, Senior Writer.