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The Weekly Authority: 📱 Pixel designs peek

As well as lots of Pixel news we've got a look at Dynamic Island on Android, that GTA 6 leak, and more top tech news.
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September 24, 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 213th edition here, with loads of Google news, including a peek at the Pixel 7 Pro design, Dynamic Island on Android, GTA 6 leaks, and Nicolas Cage’s CatCon.

📺 I’m off on a road trip to visit family and can’t wait to see Don’t Worry Darling on the big screen this weekend. So far, I’ve managed to avoid any trailers or spoilers…

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Weekly Wonder

We’re always hearing about the most popular apps, but which apps out there do users complain about the most? A recent report by Decluttr reveals all.

  • The report looks at which of the most downloaded apps in the Apple App Store had the highest percentage of one-star reviews.
  • Facebook tops the list, with 61% of its 1.25 million reviews rating the app one star. It currently holds an overall 2.2-star rating in the Apple App Store, not faring much better on Google Play either, with a 3.1-star rating.

Which other apps irritate users?

  • Taking second place is HBO Max, with 38% of the app’s reviews rating it one star. The HBO Max app is known for its frequent crashes and unstable performance, and it gets an overall 2.8-star rating in the Apple App Store (3.6 on Google Play).
  • In third place is Snapchat, with 24% of all reviews rating the app one star. Most negative comments were from parents concerned about children’s safety and privacy, and comments about poor image quality, with images appearing grainy and pixelated.
  • Coming up fourth is Netflix, with 22% of all the app’s reviews giving it a one-star rating, mostly due to poor recommendations, auto-playing trailers by default, and issues during playback.
  • Other apps that made the top ten included Tinder, Facebook Messenger, and Yelp.

Which apps distract us most?

The study also revealed which apps distract us the most:

  • The average person gets between 65 to 80 notifications a day.
  • YouTube and Facebook were the top two most distracting apps.
  • WhatsApp and Instagram followed close behind.
  • TikTok also made the top five, with users spending over 11 hours a week using the app.

Interesting stuff!

Tech Calendar

  • September 29: OnePlus 10T on sale
  • October 6 @ 10 AM ET: Pixel 7 launch and preorders open
  • October 11 @ 1PM ET: Meta Connect Conference (new VR headset?)
  • October 12 @ 10 AM PT: Samsung Developer Conference
  • October 12 @ 10 AM ET: Microsoft Surface event (Surface Pro 9, Laptop 5?)
  • October 13: Pixel 7 on sale? (TBC)
  • October 18: Logitech G Cloud Gaming Handheld launch
  • 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
  • November 15-17: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit
  • November 18: The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC

Tech Tweet of the Week

Nicolas Cage and his beloved cat Merlin are set to be the subject of #CatCon2022‘s art exhibition, Cat Art Show. https://t.co/Cmp4ZQezGh
— Collider (@Collider) September 21, 2022

Something extra: Could Ferris Bueller’s Day Off really be done? The Washington Post finds out. 

Until next week, have a great one!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.