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The Weekly Authority: 📱 Samsung's self-repair, Nothing's April Fools'

The week's top tech news, with Samsung's repair program, Vivo's new foldable, and Sony's new PlayStation Plus service.
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April 2, 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 188th edition here, with Samsung’s self-repair scheme, Nothing’s April Fools’ prank, and more.

🎮 I started the week with joystick drift on my PS5’s DualSense, which has now gone to PlayStation hospital for a repair. I’ve got a spare, but hope it’s back home soon!

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Popular news this week

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Samsung:

OnePlus:

Google:

  • Google Docs is getting more markdown support, using its autocorrect feature to convert Markdown format.
  • And almost 14 years after its initial release, Chrome version 100 arrives with refreshed logo too.

Motorola:

Nothing:

Xiaomi:

  • Xiaomi’s commented on claims that its devices throttle games but not benchmark apps, essentially confirming it slows down performance, but explaining it still offers various performance modes.

Apple:

Vivo:

  • Vivo announced it’s unveiling a new foldable as specs and renders leaked: The Vivo X Fold is coming April 11, though China-only launch for now, and no plans set for a global release.
  • Specs look decent though: Rumored as an 8-inch LTPO QHD+ OLED screen with ultra-thin glass (UTG), ultrasonic fingerprint scanning, 66W charging, and 50W wireless charging, powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.

Space:

Elsewhere:

Movies/TV:

Gaming:

Reviews

OnePlus 10 Pro rear camera view
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

Features

Weekly Wonder

Friday, April 1 was April Fools’ Day, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite weird and wonderful tech pranks from the past decade:

Waymo Pet

Most of us know Waymo as the provider of fully autonomous taxi rides in major cities worldwide. But in 2019, the company pranked us for April Fools’ Day by announcing pet-exclusive taxis. “If pets could travel in self-driving cars, where would they go?” Good question!

Google Nose

Ever wondered what the inside of an Egyptian tomb smells like? Google Nose. In 2013, Google Nose Beta promised to offer a “scentsational” new search experience by allowing you to search for almost any scent. The “Google Arombase” had over 15 million “scentibytes” from around the world, inhaled and indexed by its Street Sense vehicles. We actually wish this one was real…

OnePlus Warp Car

In 2019, One Plus announced its Warp Car, a modular electric supercar created using SLS 3D and ABS 3D printing that you could build on at home. The car had no steering wheel, instead relying on swipe movements on your (OnePlus) phone to steer, and using the phone’s flashlight for headlights. You could apparently drive up to 270 miles on a 20-minute charge, but needed 20 Warp Chargers to top up the battery. You also had to be between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches to use it.

Samsung’s Internet of Trousers

In 2016, Samsung issued a press release for its “Internet of Trousers” smart pants. These included features such as heart rate monitoring, a reminder to stand up more, and “Wi-Fly” which notified you if your pants were unzipped for more than three minutes. The pants were also able to detect if the waistband felt tight, at which point they would automatically alert your refrigerator to lock, only allowing it to be opened by an authorized person.

This year: Some favorites we spotted included Razer’s HyperSense haptic suit, the Dyson Zone headphones — oh wait, those weren’t an April Fools’ prank — and the Oppo Gotcha, a tiny device with a 1,422Hz refresh rate and “very clicky button.”

Tech Calendar

  • April 5: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga lands on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S
  • April 11: Vivo X Fold unveiling (China only)
  • April 20: Meta Quest Gaming Showcase @ 10 AM PT
  • May 9-11: Qualcomm 5G Summit (San Diego)
  • May 11-12: Google I/O 2022

Tech Tweet of the Week

No one cared who I was until I put on the vacuum cleaner https://t.co/jiTIrUdp42
— Stephen Warwick (@StephenWarwick9) March 30, 2022

Something extra: The first floor of Paris’ Eiffel Tower was completed on this day in 1888, and you can dive deep into the details of the construction here.

Until next week,

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.