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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 247th edition here with some news about the Pixel 8’s wireless charging, the launch of the Motorola Razr and Razr Plus, a confirmed launch location for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5, the Meta Quest 3 launch, and more…

🚀 This week, I finally made it to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and it was every bit as good as I’d hoped. I might even go so far as to say it was my favorite of the trilogy?!

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Weekly Wonder

Ever wanted a robot butler to do your household chores? Let’s face it, since seeing The Jetsons as kids, we’ve all dreamed of it — or maybe I’m showing my age here.

The good news is, the dream might be closer than you think, as London startup Prosper Robotics, founded by Shariq Hashme, a former OpenAI employee, is working on a “robot butler.”

Though the household robot isn’t ready yet, the company hopes to start alpha testing with the first models in around eight months, with the robot on the market in around two years time.

Hashme says it can do all the mundane household tasks we hate, from laundry to folding clothes, loading and emptying the dishwasher, cleaning floors and surfaces, and even preparing simple meals, like salad.

The robot runs on wheels, with two arms it can raise and lower to do jobs. Its “hands” can straighten bedding, fold clothes, or put away dishes.

It will come with a tool kit of up to 100 tools like a specialized mop or suction cups to help it perform tricky tasks (like removing Tupperware lids).

Because the robot can hold knives, there are some safety concerns, but the company sees the home helpers as being operated remotely initially, while their owners are out at work.

Hygiene was also a concern, but the robot will wear different sets of “gloves,” preventing any cross-contamination, and it can put these in the dishwasher for cleaning between tasks.

It’s not as high-tech as it sounds quite yet, though. We’re still some way away from full automation as there’s not much data available out there to train a household robot on. These robots learn from doing the same tasks over and over, so right now, some more complex tasks (like making a salad) will need to rely on human operators.

The company will charge a subscription fee to cover the robot’s insurance and maintenance, and to pay humans to teleoperate the robot using a VR interface. If you’re thinking this could be a privacy issue, Hashme says the interface blurs out text and human faces, but ultimately still allows a human operator to see inside your home.

The real challenge here is creating a household robot at a realistic price. Prosper’s butler will cost somewhere between $5-10k plus the subscription costs. So while it’s out of reach for many of us, we can expect to see it in the homes of those who can afford it in the next couple of years!

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The Weekly Authority: 👋 Farewell, Fan Edition?

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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 199th edition here, with a possible farewell to Samsung’s Fan Edition, Pixel 6a unboxing, more Nothing Phone 1 news, and… a sentient AI?!

I finished The Quarry already, but still have to go back for all the different endings, plus some couch co-op. And yes, I confess, I did let Emma die…🤭

Popular news this week

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OnePlus:

OnePlus 10/10T renders and specs leak: Closer to the Pro model, with similar design, powerful chip, faster charging?

Nothing:

Later in the week, we saw a first-look clip of the Phone 1. It glows.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi 12 Ultra specs leak: Sounds like it won’t be a huge upgrade.

Motorola:

The price of the Motorola Razr 3 just leaked, and it’s good news.

But first, what’s all this about websites having a carbon footprint?

The internet uses lots of electricity, a whopping 16.2TWh per year, more than the whole of the United Kingdom.

Gizmodo published an interesting piece about the internet being unsustainable, too.

And a 2023 report from The Shift Project revealed that digital technologies are responsible for 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, with their energy consumption increasing by 9% a year.

According to Website Carbon, “The average web page tested produces approximately 0.5 grams CO2 per page view. For a website with 10,000 monthly page views, that’s 60kg CO2 per year.”

There are plenty of ways to make websites more sustainable, from SEO optimization to reducing video and keeping images as minimal as possible, or switching to a green web host.

Simply: The more complex a website is, the more energy it takes to load, and the bigger its carbon footprint.

44.52kg of CO2 equivalent: That’s the same weight as 0.3 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 6,033 cups of tea.

48 billion bubbles.

Three trees: Our site emits the amount of carbon that three trees absorb in a year.

103kWh of energy: Enough electricity to drive an electric car 662km.

You’ll find much more information on sustainable skateboards, e-bikes, scooters, solar panels, and more over at Green Authority.

What about some other big sites?

PC Mag took a deep dive into the worst websites for CO2 emissions annually, shown above, and it’s hardly surprising that video-heavy YouTube is the top offender.

Wired UK had a great piece last year about the impact websites are having on the planet.

“According to figures from the HTTP Archive, websites have only become less efficient over the years: today, the average web page weighs in at around 2MB, compared with less than 500KB back in 2010.

“A simple, stripped-back website like Low Tech Magazine produces just 0.24g of CO2 per page view; in contrast, a site with video autoplay features, such as 11 Coffee & Co, generates a hefty 10.08g of CO2 per page view. (The website for Elon and Kimbal Musk’s foundation — comprised of seven lines of text on a white background — is among the cleanest on the web, producing only 0.39kg of CO2 per year.)”

Facebook is cleaner than 90% of sites tested, producing just 0.10g of CO2 for every visit and 11.86kg of CO2 equivalent (over a year with 10,000 monthly page views).

Perhaps shockingly (though we’re sure all those shiny images of vehicles has something to do with it) Tesla’s site was dirtier than 84% of web pages tested, producing 2.71g of CO2 for every visit and, over a year with 10,000 monthly page views, producing 324.75

kg of CO2 equivalent — t

he same weight as 

2.17

 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 

44,004

cups of tea. I love tea, but that’s a lot.

Samsung and Apple both disappointed, Samsung came in as dirtier than 54% of web pages tested, producing 0.52g of CO2 per visit (62.81

kg of CO2 equivalent per year),

 and Apple as dirtier than 50% of web pages tested, producing 0.47g of CO2 per visit or 56.76

kg of CO2 equivalent per year

(and neither use green hosting).

Tech Calendar

June 13-20: Steam Next Fest

June 20-23: Collision (Toronto)

June 23: POCO F4 launch @ 8 AM ET

June 26-July 3: Summer Games Done Quick

June 28: HTCLog In To The Future launch event (Metaverse phone?)

July 5: ASUS ROG Phone 6 launch @ 8 AM ET

July 12: Nothing Phone 1 launch @ 4 PM BST (11 AM ET)

July 13: Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro launch

July 19: Stray lands on PS5, PS4, PC

July 28: Pixel 6a launch

August 10 (TBC): Samsung Unpacked? (new Galaxy foldables, Galaxy Watch 5 series?)

Tech Tweet of the Week

The Weekly Authority: Monster March For Mobile, And More

Redmi Note 10 Pro review: Revved up specs for a great price in that super competitive $300 or so range.

Xiaomi Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker review: Boom for your buck, looks like a winner.

Features

Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

Samsung Galaxy S10 redux:  The S10 launched two years ago. How does it hold up in 2023 against modern smartphones? At the price, pretty, pretty well.

HMD interview: Juho Sarvikas on what’s next for Nokia brand in 2023. This one isn’t unmissable, but a quickfire 14 minute video interview, or the written summary, tells you more about what’s coming.

Interview with Luminar CEO Austin Russell (The Verge), the youngest “self-made billionare” in the US at least. Luminar claims to have a “functioning LIDAR that works at 250 meters, which is a breakthrough,” and supplies Volvo, Audi, Toyota, and others. The questions here are super great, Russell’s answers are a bit long, but there is meat there. 

“We’re living on a planet of ants“: New book offers a fun sounding overview of ant life cycles, communication, and colony formation (Ars Technica).

Two thoughts: Huge month, and 🍪

1. Monster March

March is looking like an exciting month for the tech world.

Confirmed: Within a week we’ll see OnePlus announce its launch date and presumably its Hasselblad partnership, the Asus ROG Phone 5, along with the Oppo Find X3 series.

Rumored: There’s rumors suggesting we’ll aslo see the launch of the Samsung Galaxy A52, plus more limited availability devices including the supposed Xiaomi 10S and iQoo Neo 5

Launched: And that’s after we’ve already seen the Redmi Note 10 series, Realme GT, the Nubia Red Magic 6 with its 165Hz display and just earlier the Xiaomi Mi 11 series too.

What matters:

It looks like both the value hunters and those demanding premium flagships will each get something to play for here.

At the top end, the OnePlus 9 Pro (please let the Hasselblad partnership be more than just branding) and the Oppo Find X3 Pro with a rumored “microscope”, plus the ROG Phone 5 should be beefier than ever if non-stop gaming is your thing. All will be Snapdragon 888 beasts.

In the lower tiers will be the interesting sounding OnePlus 9R, the Galaxy A52, and something like a Find X3 Neo and/or Find X3 Lite from Oppo, offering Snapdragon 765G-type SoCs.

In any case, busy month. Which will come out on top?

2. Google, cookies, and why it matters

What might’ve once been slightly interesting — getting a dog food ad when you visit a dog food site — has become creepy. It makes you feel watched, and preyed on. Your personal interests become monetized.

This should not be normal. You have a right to privacy!

And you have a right to open the door to those you would like to hear from, too. 

But the default shouldn’t be an open door.

So, is what Google is doing good? Well…..

The important quote:

“…[W]e continue to get questions about whether Google will join others in the ad tech industry who plan to replace third-party cookies with alternative user-level identifiers. Today, we’re making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.”

So, what now?

Here’s a clue from the WSJ:

Google still wins:

Like Apple, Google’s first-party data remains in-tact for its properties and apps.

So, via Android, and Google properties like YouTube, Gmail, Maps, and so on, Google has plenty of first-party data on you. Just like Apple does (Input).

Tech Calendar

March 8: OnePlus announcement — also this month: OnePlus 9 series launch?

March 8: Google Fit’s camera-based heart and breathing rate trackers arrive on Pixel devices.

March 10: Asus ROG Phone 5 launch.

March 11: Oppo Find X3 series launch.

Also in March: Rumored launch of the Samsung Galaxy A52 and Xiaomi 10S.

Tech Tweets of the Week

The legendary chúng tôi is back, with the involvement of original founder, Billy Chasen:

Thank you all so much! The love and support is amazing. It’s good to be back!

— turntable (@turntablefm) March 4, 2023

Buuut you need a password to get in. But don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

PW: Speakeasy.

Engadget’s Cherylnn Low breaks down the news: chúng tôi is back and chúng tôi is also coming back.

A big week, and what a super week we have in store — thanks for reading, and catch you in the next one.

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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Google Pixel 7A Vs Pixel 5A: Should You Upgrade To The Latest Pixel?

Want to make a quick purchase decision? Here’s a quick rundown of the key differences between the Pixel 7a and Pixel 5a.

The Pixel 7a sports a slightly smaller 6.1-inch display vs the Pixel 5a’s 6.34 inches.

The older Pixel 5a weighs considerably lesser than the Pixel 7a, even though it sports a larger build.

Unlike prior Pixel A-series phones, the Pixel 7a’s display features a smoother 90Hz refresh rate.

The Pixel 7a’s Tensor G2 chip is significantly faster than the 5a’s Snapdragon 765G. The newer phone also packs an additional 2GB of RAM, taking the total up to 8GB.

The new design of the Pixel 7a leaves no place for a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The sensor is now placed under the display instead.

With its new 64MP primary sensor and upgraded ultrawide lens, the Pixel 7a’s cameras are far superior to the ones on the Pixel 5a.

Google has added wireless charging to the Pixel 7a, a first for Google’s A-series Pixel smartphones.

The Pixel 7a lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, which was included on the Pixel 5a.

Keep reading to know more about how the Pixel 7a differs from the Pixel 5a, including in more areas like connectivity and ergonomics.

Google Pixel 7a vs Pixel 5a: Specs

The Pixel 5a will not get software updates beyond 2024. The Pixel 7a has five years of support ahead of it.

Finally, let’s talk about software. The Pixel 5a will turn two years old later this year. That puts it on track to get just one more year’s worth of updates, including security patches. This is because the Pixel 5a was the last Google phone in history to receive just three years of updates.

Modern Pixel devices now enjoy five years of support, with three major software updates and an additional two years of security patches. So if you pick up a Pixel 7a, you won’t have to worry about your phone’s security until 2028. That’s a long support commitment and makes the Pixel 7a look extremely future-proof when compared to the Pixel 5a.

Google Pixel 7a vs Pixel 5a: Size comparison

You also get a host of new software features that make the Pixel 7a’s camera significantly better from a less obvious perspective. Features like Real Tone and faster Night Sight make the imaging experience far more consistent from shot to shot. The older phone missed out on most of these Pixel-exclusive features as Google’s semi-custom Tensor G2 chip does a lot of heavy lifting. The same applies to the selfie camera, which also got a resolution bump from 8MP to 13MP.

Google Pixel 7a vs Pixel 5a: Battery and charging

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Battery life hasn’t ever been a strong point of the Pixel series. However, the Pixel 5a’s efficient Snapdragon 765G chip paired with a decently-sized battery translated to some of the best endurance we ever saw on a Google phone. During our review period, we found that the phone could make it through a full day with over half of its charge still intact. That’s phenomenal runtime from any smartphone, Pixel or otherwise.

Unfortunately, Google’s winning streak in the battery life area was rather short-lived. The Pixel 7a has returned to the series’ average, providing just enough battery life to satisfy casual users. You can thank the flagship-grade Tensor G2 chip here as it’s far more power-hungry than the Pixel 5a’s Snapdragon 765G. Likewise, the new 90Hz display is a welcome usability improvement, but it comes at a power and battery cost.

Google Pixel 7a vs Pixel 5a: Price

Pixel 5a: Starts at $449

Pixel 7a: Starts at $499

When the Pixel 5a launched in 2023, Google increased the starting price relative to its predecessor from $349 to $449. However, that generation brought a host of improvements like 5G support, a larger battery, and IP67 protection. In many ways, the Pixel 5a was the spiritual successor to the Pixel 4a 5G rather than the base Pixel 4a. With that context in mind, the Pixel 5a’s $449 price was actually lower than the Pixel 4a 5G’s $499 tag.

With the release of the Pixel 7a this year, Google has returned to that $499 price point. But with so many upgrades in tow, we believe that the 11% upcharge is justified. It’s still rather affordable in the context of other mid-range smartphones. But if you’re still not looking to spend that much, the last-gen Pixel 6a will stay on shelves for just $349.

Would you upgrade from the Pixel 5a to the Pixel 7a?

161 votes

Ultimately, you’ll have to decide whether the Pixel 7a’s new features justify the price of admission. From looking at the spec sheet alone, it looks like one of the biggest year-over-year upgrades the series has ever seen. But if you’re currently using the Pixel 5a and don’t feel the urge to get a new phone, you can always wait for the final software update and re-evaluate next year. Will you make the switch? Let us know in the poll above.

FAQs

No, the Pixel 7a has taken a step back in battery life compared to the Pixel 5a. However, it should last the average user most days of use.

If you’re upgrading from an older A-series Google smartphone like the Pixel 5a, the Pixel 7a is worth upgrading to. It offers a range of hardware improvements along with much longer software support.

The 8 Parts Of Speech

A part of speech (also called a word class) is a category that describes the role a word plays in a sentence. Understanding the different parts of speech can help you analyze how words function in a sentence and improve your writing.

Many words can function as different parts of speech depending on how they are used. For example, “laugh” can be a noun (e.g., “I like your laugh”) or a verb (e.g., “don’t laugh”).

Nouns

A noun is a word that refers to a person, concept, place, or thing. Nouns can act as the subject of a sentence (i.e., the person or thing performing the action) or as the object of a verb (i.e., the person or thing affected by the action).

There are numerous types of nouns, including common nouns (used to refer to nonspecific people, concepts, places, or things), proper nouns (used to refer to specific people, concepts, places, or things), and collective nouns (used to refer to a group of people or things).

Examples: Nouns in a sentenceI’ve never read that

book

.

Ella lives in France.

The band played only new songs.

Other types of nouns include countable and uncountable nouns, concrete nouns, abstract nouns, and gerunds.

NoteProper nouns (e.g., “New York”) are always capitalized. Common nouns (e.g., “city”) are only capitalized when they’re used at the start of a sentence.

Pronouns

A pronoun is a word used in place of a noun. Pronouns typically refer back to an antecedent (a previously mentioned noun) and must demonstrate correct pronoun-antecedent agreement. Like nouns, pronouns can refer to people, places, concepts, and things.

There are numerous types of pronouns, including personal pronouns (used in place of the proper name of a person), demonstrative pronouns (used to refer to specific things and indicate their relative position), and interrogative pronouns (used to introduce questions about things, people, and ownership).

Examples: Pronouns in a sentenceI don’t really know

her

.

That is a horrible painting!

Who owns the nice car?

Verbs

A verb is a word that describes an action (e.g., “jump”), occurrence (e.g., “become”), or state of being (e.g., “exist”). Verbs indicate what the subject of a sentence is doing. Every complete sentence must contain at least one verb.

Verbs can change form depending on subject (e.g., first person singular), tense (e.g., past simple), mood (e.g., interrogative), and voice (e.g., passive voice).

Regular verbs are verbs whose simple past and past participle are formed by adding“-ed” to the end of the word (or “-d” if the word already ends in “e”). Irregular verbs are verbs whose simple past and past participles are formed in some other way.

Examples: Regular and irregular verbs“Will you

check

if this book is in stock?”

“I’ve already checked twice.”

“I heard that you used to sing.”

“Yes! I sang in a choir for 10 years.”

Other types of verbs include auxiliary verbs, linking verbs, modal verbs, and phrasal verbs.

Adjectives

An adjective is a word that describes a noun or pronoun. Adjectives can be attributive, appearing before a noun (e.g., “a red hat”), or predicative, appearing after a noun with the use of a linking verb like “to be” (e.g., “the hat is red”).

Adjectives can also have a comparative function. Comparative adjectives compare two or more things. Superlative adjectives describe something as having the most or least of a specific characteristic.

Examples: Adjectives in a sentenceThe dog is

bigger

than the cat.

He is the laziest person I know

Other types of adjectives include coordinate adjectives, participial adjectives, and denominal adjectives.

Adverbs

Examples: Adverbs in a sentenceRay acted

rudely

.

Talia writes quite quickly.

Let’s go outside!

Prepositions

A preposition is a word (e.g., “at”) or phrase (e.g., “on top of”) used to show the relationship between the different parts of a sentence. Prepositions can be used to indicate aspects such as time, place, and direction.

Examples: Prepositions in a sentenceHasan is coming for dinner

at

6 p.m.

I left the cup on the kitchen counter.

Carey walked to the shop.

NoteA single preposition can often describe many different relationships, depending upon how it’s used. For example, “in” can indicate time (“in January”), location (“in the garage”), purpose (“in reply”), and so on.

Conjunctions

A conjunction is a word used to connect different parts of a sentence (e.g., words, phrases, or clauses).

The main types of conjunctions are coordinating conjunctions (used to connect items that are grammatically equal), subordinating conjunctions (used to introduce a dependent clause), and correlative conjunctions (used in pairs to join grammatically equal parts of a sentence).

Examples: Conjunctions in a sentenceDaria likes swimming

and

hiking.

You can choose what movie we watch because I chose the last time.

We can either go out for dinner or go to the theater.

Interjections

An interjection is a word or phrase used to express a feeling, give a command, or greet someone. Interjections are a grammatically independent part of speech, so they can often be excluded from a sentence without affecting the meaning.

Types of interjections include volitive interjections (used to make a demand or request), emotive interjections (used to express a feeling or reaction), cognitive interjections (used to indicate thoughts), and greetings and parting words (used at the beginning and end of a conversation).

Examples: Interjections in a sentence

Psst

. What time is it?

Ouch! I hurt my arm.

I’m, um, not sure.

Hey! How are you doing?

Other parts of speech

The traditional classification of English words into eight parts of speech is by no means the only one or the objective truth. Grammarians have often divided them into more or fewer classes. Other commonly mentioned parts of speech include determiners and articles.

Determiners

A determiner is a word that describes a noun by indicating quantity, possession, or relative position.

Common types of determiners include demonstrative determiners (used to indicate the relative position of a noun), possessive determiners (used to describe ownership), and quantifiers (used to indicate the quantity of a noun).

Examples: Determiners in a sentence

This

chair is more comfortable than

that

one.

My brother is selling his old car.

Many friends of mine have part-time jobs.

Other types of determiners include distributive determiners, determiners of difference, and numbers.

NoteIn the traditional eight parts of speech, these words are usually classed as adjectives, or in some cases as pronouns.

Articles

An article is a word that modifies a noun by indicating whether it is specific or general.

The definite article the is used to refer to a specific version of a noun. The can be used with all countable and uncountable nouns (e.g., “the door,” “the energy,” “the mountains”).

The indefinite articles a and an refer to general or unspecific nouns. The indefinite articles can only be used with singular countable nouns (e.g., “a poster,” “an engine”).

Examples: Definite and indefinite articles in a sentenceI live just outside of the town.

There’s a concert this weekend.

Karl made an offensive gesture.

NoteWhile articles are often considered their own part of speech, they are also frequently classed as a type of determiner (or, in some grammars, as a type of adjective).

Interesting language articles

If you want to know more about nouns, pronouns, verbs, and other parts of speech, make sure to check out some of our language articles with explanations and examples.

Frequently asked questions

Daily Authority: Why Samsung Wearables With Blood

Essentially, this is the level of sugar (in the form of glucose) available in your bloodstream at any one time. Steady rates are great, high or lows are bad and cause both short-term and long-term complications.

Monitoring these levels useful for people who are undiagnosed is being able to understand if you show a consistently higher-than-normal blood-glucose level, or for diabetics to track the body’s reaction to food, exercise, and so on.

Active monitoring can lead to discovering anything from the onset of Type 1 diabetes (directly related to the loss of insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas through an auto-immune response) or Type 2 diabetes (more related to problems with insulin sensitivity), or other forms like gestational diabetes.

In any case, tech and diabetics aren’t always friends. Over-promises from tech are to be expected. Healthcare is hard, understanding the endocrine system and hormones is not easy, and finger pricking for rapid, fairly low-cost blood testing is still the gold standard even if it can be painful and generally a PITA. Or PITF, as it were.

However! Smart devices do exist now: I wear a BG device with a teeny-tiny little flexible needle/wire sensor(Engadget). It that sticks to the skin and lasts two weeks at a time, tracking changes to interstitial fluid.

It’s by no means perfect, but its reports are easily good enough, and it connects to Android and iOS phone apps, although it has limitations. 

But, it’s FDA approved, and health insurances may contribute to the ongoing costs depending on what you pay for. It’s still expensive and tricky, even if it’s very good compared to occasional readings via finger pricks.

But as we talked about previously, companies are trying to go one step further: wearables that can sense blood-glucose levels.

In brief, we’ve seen:

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly wearing a prototype Apple Watch with BG-monitoring in years gone by, with reports the next Apple Watch (Series 7?) may offer it as a feature.

Fitbit, now owned by Alphabet, bought promising technology back in 2023 in BG-monitoring. 

Most significantly in recent times, CES 2023 saw a first prototype from Tokyo-based startup Quantum Operations of a non-invasive wearable glucose monitor that doesn’t require a needle to be inserted into the skin.

The tech here is spectroscopy, using mild lasers to track chemical composition changes, which present on the skin. 

Samsung talked about a form of this called Raman spectroscopy about a year ago.

The new news:

Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

What’s new is that there are signs Samsung is close to offering blood-glucose monitors via spectroscopy in its flagships wearables, not as a speciality device, but in its next Watch release: either the Galaxy Watch 4 or the Galaxy Watch Active 3, or possibly both. 

Korea’s ETNews had the scoop:

Quote: “…[Samsung] is now getting ready to include a blood glucose level measurement feature and cause the global healthcare market based on wearable devices to be in full swing [sic].”

And so, Samsung will “[…] introduce three new wearable devices that can be worn on wrist during Galaxy UNPACKED 2023 that will be held this second half [sic]. It is reported that the name of the smart watch with an ability to measure blood glucose level will be either “Galaxy Watch 4” or “Galaxy Watch Active 3”.

That detail goes further than reports I’ve seen of the Apple Watch Series 7, and may set up 2023 to be the year where blood-glucose levels are tracked both by Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, but the general population as well.

It’s unclear if these devices will be FDA approved or if they’ll be wellness devices that offer insight, without promising to deliver accuracy.

I started to write this sentence: “It’s unclear how this will be marketed,” but wait, I do know. Levels is a startup revolving around the promise that people dedicated to fitness and regular folks worried about their health can get answers.

That may eventually lead to discretion around sugar intake. 

Or, overcaution — a big bowl of pasta will raise your blood-glucose levels, but for healthy people that’s completely normal. How will that be communicated?

Roundup

💰 Huawei is reportedly in talks to sell its premium smartphone brands, P and Mate series, to a consortium, like the one that bought the Honor smartphone brand. Huawei denied it in the report, and Reuters still published it, indicating a level of confidence (Reuters).

🕹️ The Android Authority team’s favorite classic retro tech(Android Authority).

📏 New Sony Xperia Compact reportedly leaked, a 5.5-inch revival? (Android Authority).

🔜 A picture is starting to emerge of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro: new leak suggests the base model will get a 6.55-inch FHD+ 120Hz flat screen, the OnePlus 9 Pro a 6.78-inch QHD+ 120Hz curved panel, other sketchy details emerging too (Android Authority).

🔎 Google Search is being updated on mobile: new design and interface is rolling out(SearchEngineLand).

📺 Netflix delivers ‘studio-quality’ sound upgrade for Android viewers (Engadget).

📊 Nvidia hasn’t been able to do anything with its $40B Arm acquisition yet, as the big tech pushback and antitrust hits the plan (Nikkei Asia).

📨 Is this the big Facebook shift, finally? Internal memo from VP Andrew Bosworth features a new, stark message on privacy. “The way we operated for a long time,” he said, “is no longer the best way to serve those who use our products.” As the WhatsApp disaster continues (OneZero).

👋 Clubhouse, the (still invite-only) audio-based social media platform, received more VC funding and announced it in the app, rather than pre-briefing media. Now it has plans to pay creators, as it starts to emerge in more countries and locations outside of early Silicon Valley and US-only chatrooms. The platform has an Android app in the works (TechCrunch).

🔊 The story of how TSMC came to dominate the world (Bloomberg podcast).

🤖 Waymo CEO dismisses Tesla self-driving plan: “For us, Tesla is not a competitor at all … We manufacture a completely autonomous driving system. Tesla is an automaker that is developing a really good driver assistance system.” (Ars Technica).

🛒 Smart grocery carts are coming to change the way we shop (CNET).

🦎 New Godzilla vs. Kong trailer “is a rock ‘em, sock ’em monster mashup” (Ars Technica).

💟 Fake Famous, a HBO documentary about turning regular people into influencers, is out next week (YouTube).

📉 Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games including Fortnite (Engadget).

Meme Monday

The Bernie-Sanders-in-mittens memes aptly summarized in a meme:

r/me_irl

All the best to start your week,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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