The Weekly Authority: 📱 Much Ado About Nothing

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⚡ Welcome to the weekly authoritythe android authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news of the week. Issue 203 here, featuring the Nothing Phone 1 launch, Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold 5 rumours, July’s PS Plus lineup, World Emoji Day and more…

🧊 The craziest deal I saw during Prime Day this year was a $500 ice machine (after discount). Does anyone really need that much ice? Needless to say, it was not added to cart!

Hot news this week


  • Nothing Phone 1 was officially launched on Tuesday: a mid-range model with a 6.55-inch Full HD+ 120Hz OLED display, 4,500mAh battery, dual 50MP cameras and 8/12GB RAM, powered by Snapdragon 778G Plus, plus 15W Qi wireless charging. The “Glyph” LEDs on the back can flash when you get calls, pulse when you get a notification, and other functions, which is pretty cool. Pricing starts at £399 (8GB/128GB), but the phone won’t be coming to the US (learn more in our full review, below).







  • Who needs a Nothing phone when you can turn your current phone into one?
  • It’s official: the Asus Zenfone 9 will arrive on July 28.
  • Qualcomm says its next Snapdragon chip for Wear OS smartwatches is “coming soon.”
  • Montblanc Summit 3 has arrived: see what Wear OS 3 looks like on a non-Samsung watch.
  • And some of us still don’t have Windows 11, but this is where Windows 12 could land, as Microsoft could return to the release schedules seen in years past.
  • This practice with the LG rollable phone was doomed before it started.
  • You can store and charge your wireless headset inside Nokia’s latest phone, which is a pretty good idea.
  • According to Bloomberg, 5% of new car sales in the US over the last six months have been all-electric vehicles. Could this be the tipping point where mainstream demand outstrips early adoption?
  • Beware of this unfixed and untraceable hack that can remotely unlock and start your Honda.
  • Meanwhile, the “Uber files” reveal shady dealings: More than 124,000 emails, messages and texts leaked by former Uber executive Mark MacGann reveal questionable behavior among executives.
  • Now everyone can stop mentioning themselves in Twitter threads, great if you find yourself in the middle of an unwanted conversation.
  • It’s World Emoji Day on July 17, and the official Emojipedia has released its preview designs for the new emojis of 2022, ranked by gizmodo (more on that in Weekly Wonder).
  • Something I loved this week: the Literature Clock website finds a quote from literature that mentions the exact time. Not exactly useful? But interesting and strange nonetheless.
  • Plus: A robot chef cooks every dish at this Tokyo restaurant.
  • Finally: The hidden artwork revealed by X-Ray appears to be a Van Gogh self-portrait, experts say.


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  • The Last of Us TV series finally has a release window: It appears to be early 2023.
  • And some exciting news for Black Mirror fans: We haven’t had a new episode since 2019, but season 6 is on the way, with Aaron Paul, Kate Mara, and Josh Hartnett all on board, among other famous names, hopefully next. . year.
  • Severance, Squid Game, Stranger Things, and Yellowjackets earn Emmy nominations, with Squid Game making history as the first Emmy nominee in a non-English language: gizmodo has a great summary of all the nominations.
  • The reviews for Thor: Love and Thunder are here, and they’re not particularly good. Masable says, “Chris Hemsworth is back, but that’s where the good news ends,” while the NYT is more positive overall, calling it “The comic twilight of a god”.
  • Meanwhile, Chromecast with Google TV gets a new update after 7 months, but it’s not what we were expecting.
  • And YouTube TV leads the live streaming market with more than 5 million subscribers; it is now the largest internet television company in the US.
  • Another trailer for the dark comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies has dropped, and the killer Millennial Weekend looks like a lot of fun, in select theaters August 5, everywhere August 12.
  • And we saw the first full-length trailer for Rob Zombie’s new film adaptation of the creepy ’60s TV sitcom The Munsters.
  • The first trailer for horror prequel Orphan: First Kill has also landed and it looks pretty creepy, in theaters August 19 and also streaming on Paramount Plus in the US.
  • The Resident Evil live-action series has landed on Netflix, and our AA colleague Fred Blichert has some ideas.
  • Plus: With the sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders, here are 9 crime shows to watch on Netflix.


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  • Sony revealed its inaugural catalog of games for the new PlayStation Plus, available to Extra and Premium subscribers starting July 19, including Stray, which makes its debut on launch day, FF VII Remake Intergrade, Marvel’s Avengers, two Saints titles. Row and five Assassin’s Creed games.
  • And Sony announces the PlayStation Stars loyalty program for PS5 and PS4 fans, with rewards including funds and games from the PS Store wallet, launching later this year.
  • And a new The Walking Dead project debuts on Facebook: The Walking Dead: Last Mile has a months-long story that’s shaped by player decisions and actions, so everyone influences what happens next — and time. progresses with each day of real life.
  • Aliens, meanwhile, is getting a single-player action-horror game: developer Survios is teaming up with 20th Century Fox for the title, currently known as “Aliens,” though we don’t know much else other than that it’s being done in . Unreal Engine 5 for PC, unnamed consoles, and VR.
  • The GoldenEye 007 remaster is still in limbo due to the Ukraine war: some rumors from reputable sources claim that the game is complete and ready for formal announcement and release, while Microsoft has yet to confirm its existence.
  • And the twilight of Rockstar’s Red Dead Online: Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer component will no longer receive major content updates as developers focus on Grand Theft Auto 6.
  • Speaking of Red Dead Online, players gathered online for the game’s funeral on Wednesday, a day-long event attended by actor Roger Clark, the voice of Arthur Morgan from RDR 2.
  • Meanwhile, the highly anticipated and exclusive Bayonetta 3 finally arrives on Switch on October 28.
  • And Skate 4 is officially called skate, it will be free-to-play with cross-play and cross-progression, but it doesn’t have a release date yet.
  • Looking for Switch games to play with friends? Here are the best multiplayer Switch games.
  • Plus: As temperatures rise, Nintendo issues a Switch heat wave warning: Don’t use your Switch above 35 degrees Celsius (isn’t it summer for a lot of us?)


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World Emoji Day 2022 hero image

This week marks World Emoji Day (July 17) and we’ve already seen Emojipedia’s preview designs for the new emojis of 2022, which didn’t surprise us all that much, to be honest (not sure when I’d use a goose emoji? ?). So it seemed like a good time to dive into all things emoji, because it turns out those little icons we know and love haven’t been around that long.

It is no coincidence that July 17 is the date of World Emoji Day. Not only is it the date shown in the calendar emoji, but it’s also the date iCal for Mac was announced at MacWorld Expo in 2002.

  • The word emoji is actually a combination of two Japanese words: e (絵, “image”) + moji (文字, “character”).
  • We can trace the roots of today’s emoji to the chat rooms of the 1990s.
  • Back then, emojis were a bit more primitive, so you probably would have used 🙂 to smile at someone or 😉 to respond in a flirtatious or sarcastic way.
  • Japanese designer Shigetaka Kurita is seen as the founding father of emojis today.
  • In 1999, NTT DOCOMO, a Japanese cellular company, released the first emoji library: 176 emojis designed for pagers and cell phones.
  • Kurita used a combination of illustrations, pictograms, Japanese graphic novels, and the Zapf Dingbats typeface to create the emoji library.
  • You can see it on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The evolution of emoji

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Did you know that more than 3,600 emojis are used today?

  • More than 900 million are used on Facebook Messenger every day.
  • One in five Tweets contains an Emoji.
  • And 50% of Instagram comments contain emojis.
  • Face With Tears Of Joy (😂) was the world’s most popular emoji from the time Emojipedia records began (2011) until March 2021, when Face With Tears (😭) ranked first for 10 months, quite understandable given everything that was happening in the world. Today, the face with tears of joy is back on top.
  • Did you know that you can still use Android’s cute yellow drop emoji?
  • Nowadays, we use emojis on all our devices; you can even get them on your Chromebook.

Global emoji usage reached new heights in July 2022, ahead of World Emoji Day:

  • More than 22% of all tweets sent in July (before World Emoji Day) included at least one emoji.
  • From June to July 2022, we saw record emoji usage, with the highest instances of emoji per tweet since Emojipedia records began in 2011.

As part of World Emoji Day, you can watch Emojipedia’s “Emojis Across The World” video series on the official Emojipedia YouTube channel, packed with contributions from global emoji experts and emoji lovers around the world.

technology Calendar

  • July 19: Stray lands on PS5, PS4, PC
  • 28 of July: Pixel 6a launch
  • 28 of July: Asus Zenfone 9 Launch
  • End of July/beginning of August: Possible launch of OnePlus 10T?
  • August 10 (to be confirmed): Unboxed Samsung? (new Galaxy foldables, Galaxy Watch 5 series?)
  • September 2-6: IFA Berlin
  • September 10 at 21:00 CEST: Ubisoft Forward Exhibition
  • November 8th: 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

Although today he has my sympathies, I know that this community will never die. #outlawsoflife

Paula Beaton, copy editor.

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