Android Authority – Weekly Authority: Issue No. 158

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Samsung: A fresh leak suggests the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE could launch October 28, with pre-orders from October 20. This week Samsung also launched the industry’s first 200MP camera sensor alongside a new, faster-focusing 50MP sensor, and confirmed the One UI 4.0 beta launch date will be sometime in September. Meanwhile, the refreshed Galaxy A52 5G landed in India for under $500 while the double-folding Galaxy Fold prototype made waves.

Microsoft: The release date is officially announced for Windows 11: October 5, 2021, but Android app support won’t be included. Microsoft could also finally reveal the Surface Duo 2 at a September 22 press event, with leaks suggesting we’ll also see the Surface Go 3 and possibly a new Surface laptop and new Surface Pro.

Apple: A new, huge leak gives away a ton of Apple Watch Series 7 secrets, while new details also landed about Apple’s AR headset and its SoC. South Korea has just ruled that Google and Apple will be required to allow for alternate payment systems in the Play Store and App Store in the country. And Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported the iPhone 13 will have LEO satellite communication connectivity, just for emergencies.
Google: Fresh leaks suggest the Pixel 6 might be released October 28, with pre-orders starting October 19 — and it’s likely to be easier to buy than the 5a, as Google ramps up production capacity by 50%. Also in news, Google’s investigating reports the Pixel 5a apparently runs too hot, while a Google Clock bug has reportedly caused alarms to not go off as scheduled.

Movies/TV: Superhost “brings your Airbnb nightmares to life” on Shudder this month. Meanwhile, the third season of Doom Patrol hits HBO Max on September 23, while all 180 episodes of Seinfeld land on Netflix on October 1. In other news, last week’s CinemaCon previewed a number of upcoming movies including a sneak peek of Uncharted, a fresh look at The Batman, and footage from Jurassic World: Dominion, out next year.

Elsewhere: Also this week, we saw new render leaks of the Xiaomi 11T series, which could launch at Xiaomi’s event on September 15. And from Monday, General Motors halts production at all but four of its North American factories due to ongoing chip shortages.
Gaming: China cuts gaming time to three hours a week for under-18s, while September 1 marked #ADayOffTwitch where streamers boycotted the platform to protest hate raids. Meanwhile, Sony’s first major showcase of games since the PS5 launched is scheduled for September 9 at 4 PM ET. The first hardware revision of the PS5 appeared this week, too, with a smaller heatsink. Game Boy and Game Boy Color games could hit Nintendo Switch online later this month.

With the news this week that Chinese authorities are cracking down on gaming time for under 18s, gaming addiction is the topic of our weekly wonder. We take a look at some gaming stats from Southeast Asia, find out what the most addictive video game is, and ask “Has gaming become more intentionally addictive?”

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