The Weekly Authority: The speed of things, next Snapdragon next week, and more

The Weekly Authority: The speed of things, next Snapdragon next week, and more

Welcome again to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority sequence that recaps the highest Android and tech information from the week and what all of it means, plus one deeper dive every week into what’s occurring and what issues. Tristan Rayner on the wheel, and I’m speaking all about velocity afterward. But first…


The Deals part jumps to the highest of this weekly as a result of, properly, everyone knows what season we’re in proper now!

I’ve scrubbed up a shortlist of a few of the finest offers that I feel you shouldn’t miss. Just about each deal on a helpful gadget is on this Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal hub, too.

  • Google Pixel 5 for $650 ($50 off) is nice as a result of it’s by way of Amazon the place you’ll get higher buyer assist than the Google Store (sorry not sorry).
  • OnePlus eight for $599 ($100 off). OnePlus eight vs Pixel 5 is a reasonably shut struggle. Nice to have choices which are each nice offers.
  • 25% off sitewide from OtterBox, which is nice for instances but additionally display screen protectors, energy banks, and extra (OtterBox).
  • Dell XPS 13 Laptop for $649.99 ($200 off).
  • Sony WH-1000XM4 for $278 ($72 off).
  • 55-inch LG 4K OLED TV OLED55CXPUA for $1,400 ($300 off).
  • Anker 7-in-1 USB-C Hub Adapter is now $30, $10 off (Amazon).
  • Hulu Black Friday deal: Get 65% off a one-year subscription. It’s the ad-supported plan solely however it’s nonetheless solely two bucks a month for a yr. Runs to November 30 (
  • Secretlab’s Omega gaming chair is on sale for $349 throughout Black Friday ($70 off). A strong chair however provided that you’re beneath six ft tall (Amazon).
  • Nab a Google Nest Hub for simply $50, making it a terrific reward thought (Best Buy).
  • And a useful resource: Udacity has programs for 75% off.

Oh, and in case you had been curious, The Wirecutter famous that this Black Friday we’re seeing larger reductions than ordinary on higher-end TVs, together with the main vary of LG OLED TVs. Good probability to improve if you happen to’re contemplating a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S!

Popular information

A quieter week for tech information as many people took some well-deserved time without work to calm down, eat, and seize some bargains. Let’s begin with the weirdest occurring:

  • Microsoft may carry Android apps to Windows 10 in 2021 (Android Authority) with leaked data pointing at a brand new system known as “Project Latte,” which can enable devs to port their Android apps to the Microsoft Store immediately with little-to-no code updates. Most Android apps would nonetheless require some connection again to Google Play Services to make this actually one thing, so the software program spine of this may must be tight. This would enhance app assist on Windows enormously and largely lower out the necessity to emulate video games.
  • A significant Amazon AWS server outage struck the US and that meant individuals couldn’t use their Roombas or their doorbells (Gizmodo AU). Cory Doctorow’s guide, Radicalized, had a bit novella made out of it on precisely this matter known as Unauthorized Bread (Ars Technica with the guide excerpt). Worth a learn for a chuckle/deep despair!
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 had been introduced on Thanksgiving as Xiaomi’s funds 5G choices grew a bit larger and with a brand new spherical window-type digital camera housing on the again. They’re fairly strong funds choices however Xiaomi advised us it has “nothing to share” concerning international availability proper now. (Android Authority)
  • Why is the PS5 outperforming the “world’s strongest console”? Early sport comparisons present the PS5 outperforming the Xbox Series X — it is perhaps all the way down to early optimization entry and management for third-party builders (The Verge).
  • And lastly, a man made a script to assist battle the Google Photos limitless storage ending: “I made a Python script that helps you export all images into one large chronological folder,” which is able to save oodles of time if you should change. Mind you, all images and video already uploaded are grandfathered in, so that is provided that you’re burning the bridge. Discussion and extra on r/android.
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Leaks dropped round new Surface {hardware}, too:

  • Microsoft’s Surface Pro eight and Surface Laptop four seem in leaked photographs after passing what was reported because the Korean certification course of. Looks like no main design adjustments, however anticipate 11th-gen Intel CPUs, AMD choices. Part of me feels these have stagnated a bit, one other a part of me thinks that they’re nonetheless actually strong choices which are perfecting minor particulars (The Verge).


A slower week for critiques right here at Android Authority, so atone for some non-smartphone critiques because the season slows.

  • Xbox Series S overview: Good issues are available in small packages, however no optical drive and lack of 120FPS — by Ryan-Thomas Shaw.
  • ViewSonic TD1655 overview: These moveable touchscreens/shows look higher than ever for productiveness on the go – By Eric Zeman.
  • Atomi Smart Coffee Maker overview: Hard cross — by Jimmy Westenberg.
  • Raspberry Pi 400 overview: The excellent starter pc for younger tech learners for something from languages to {hardware} gizmos like circuits, stepper motors, and so forth — by Gary Sims.

Features and opinion

Judging by the Slack messages, the group was flat out maintaining a tally of offers for our readers, however there was not less than one good learn:

  • Is Xiaomi the brand new Huawei – Where Huawei’s downward slide is leaving a spot, Xiaomi seems to be selecting up gross sales and prospects — By Hadlee Simons.

Instant Authority: Why the whole lot is quicker

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Bill Gates continues to be one of many richest individuals on the earth, however Elon Musk rocketed previous him (pun supposed) this week to develop into the second wealthiest particular person on earth.

How did that occur? Well, 2020 is all about unprecedented velocity in our world. And Gates himself didn’t precisely crystal-ball these situations, however he did give us a memorable quote again in 1996 about how issues change in a dual-speed method:

“We all the time overestimate the change that can happen within the subsequent two years and underestimate the change that can happen within the subsequent ten. Don’t let your self be lulled into inaction.” — From Gates’ guide, “The Road Ahead.”

With that in thoughts, let’s check out how disruption in expertise is feeding itself in these unprecedented instances.

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Elon Musk’s rise to develop into the second richest particular person on the earth is totally outstanding: Musk added $100 billion to his wealth over the previous 11 months! That’s an informal $250 million per day. Since I wrote about Musk reaching $128 billion in wealth on Tuesday this week, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index signifies he’s added one other $14 billion to hit $142 billion general. Musk is now beginning to shut in on Jeff Bezos’ monumental wealth at $187 billion (his ex-wife is at ~$60 billion, by the best way), because the world’s richest particular person.

Billionaires simply aren’t made this quick this many instances over, and the $100 billion-plus determine was first reached by Bill Gates forward of the dot com crash.

Here’s the place it will get a bit wild, in 2020.

  • After the 2008 Great Recession, the wealthiest individuals on the Forbes 400 listing took three years to get better their losses.
  • In the COVID-19 recession of 2020, most billionaires simply acquired richer after the preliminary weeks of COVID-related inventory market panic eased.
  • Since March, American billionaires added $1 trillion to their wealth (NY Times).
  • Again, that’s even with the 2020 inventory market crash creating the quickest fall within the international inventory market in historical past.

It might not be a shock to know that tech causes disruption to present fashions, and successes could be sooner than ever.

It might not be fairly as properly understood that after the established mannequin is damaged, the successes hold coming. Let’s take a look at streaming.


Disney Plus flew previous 60 million subscribers again in August, reaching Disney’s five-year streaming objective inside eight months of launch.

  • Netflix reached 60 million subscribers in 2015, eight years after it transitioned right into a streaming service in 2007.
  • Netflix itself shifted from DVD leases after witnessing the speedy rise of YouTube.
  • All three are large successes, however Disney Plus hit hyperspeed, hitching a experience off the again of its rivals.
  • Still although, it’s all the way down to execution: Apple TV Plus hasn’t had the identical success, regardless of Apple’s beneficiant free promotions with its merchandise. Let’s say nothing of the catastrophe of Quibi.

So, some excellent news: the names we see constructing the platforms that look entrenched and too-big-to-challenge could be disrupted when it’s the perfect execution thus far.

  • TikTook has proven that regardless of the huge shadows of the likes of Instagram and Snapchat, creating a fantastic app with best-in-class advice engine for user-generated content material can result in large reputation.
  • Mind you, typically it’s simply the appropriate thought. Among Us burst from the bounds of a low-key in style sport launched in 2018 to 2020’s success of 60 million customers taking part in the sport every day. It’s on no account the right sport, however it cooked up the correct mix of options and enjoyable for Twitch streaming to assist it blast off.

Medical miracles:

As we see three viable vaccines for COVID-19 emerge on the finish of 2020, the race to a end line has occurred sooner than most imagined. The New York Times confirmed again in April, in a well-sourced but barely pessimistic information, {that a} practical timeline would take years. Instead, we have now three vaccine candidates with excessive efficacy by the top of 2020.

  • It’s an indication that when humanity has the assets to beat challenges, these adjustments can come sooner than ever.
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And right here’s one final little present of velocity in 2020, within the bodily world the place development is normally slower. It’s a teaser forward of the discharge of Speed Test G for PC/Mac, versus Android and iPhone, from our personal Gary Sims. Gary’s accomplished some preliminary testing of Macs together with the model new M1 MacGuide Air.

Because this information is forward of Gary’s official launch of knowledge, I’m simply going to present one glimpse.

  • The benchmark reveals the present MacGuide Air M1 is not less than 10% sooner than a totally spec’d 16-inch MacGuide Pro purchased final yr, which run an Intel i9 (i9-9980HK).
  • Or, one other option to put it: round $1,000 buy outlay versus $3,000.

Not that that is the complete story of the M1 Mac vs Intel MacGuide Pro by any means. But the leap in each efficiency and energy effectivity is without doubt one of the largest in years. It could also be slower than what we’re seeing within the digital-first wold, however large leaps are nonetheless doable even in {hardware}. Maybe Wirth’s Law gained’t play out within the Arm-based world?

What does all of it imply?

Tech’s disruption to our lives has an extended option to run but. Everything is quicker as a result of mobility and {hardware} are ok to attain a lot of what we would like and want.

  • The world’s three billion-plus smartphone customers largely use two main tech platforms, data is limitless, and jetfuel for concepts with development is extra out there than ever.
  • When it really works, it doesn’t take lengthy to go from zero to billions.

Tech calendar

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020: Expect the subsequent Snapdragon flagship to be introduced this week! Hearing some phrase that the anticipated 8xx chip gained’t comply with the earlier naming regime however we’ll discover out subsequent week for certain.

Tech tweets of the week

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This month, we’re freely giving three prize packs! Enter the November giveaway in your (final!) probability to win. I don’t even have an AA hoodie. And I work right here!

  • First prize: OnePlus 8T and an AA hoodie
  • Second prize: Garmin Venu and an AA hoodie
  • Third prize: Sony WH-1000XM4 and an AA t-shirt

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