Nothing Phone 1 officially launched on Tuesday: A mid-range affair with 6.55-inch 120Hz Full HD+ OLED screen, 4,500mAh battery, dual 50MP cameras, and 8/12GB RAM, powered by the Snapdragon 778G Plus, plus 15W Qi wireless charging. The “Glyph” LEDs on the back can flash when you receive calls, pulse when you get a notification, and other functions, which is pretty cool. Pricing starts at £399 (8GB/128GB) but the phone’s not coming to the US (more in our full review, below). Google Pixel 7 Pro prototype leaks in implausible story, with one Twitter user allegedly getting their hands on a prototype through Facebook Marketplace — almost certainly not true, but still cool to see.
Here are the top tech stories of the week: the launch of the Nothing Phone 1, rumours about a foldable Samsung device, the PS Plus lineup for July, and more. ⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, a weekly email from the Android Authority that summarises the most important tech and Android news. The introduction of the Nothing Phone 1, rumours about the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold 5, the July PS Plus lineup, World Emoji Day, and more are all included in this 203rd issue. This year’s Prime Day included the wackiest deal I’ve ever seen: a $500 ice machine (after the discount). Really, who needs ice that much? Naturally, I didn’t put anything in the basket!
Next time you see Android 13, it’ll be in stable form — but meanwhile, here’s what the latest beta brings. Google announced its Chrome OS Flex has exited beta testing and is available to all, so you can turn your old laptop into a Chromebook — plus here’s how to install it. And Friday marked the 10th anniversary of Psy’s Gangnam Style music video being posted on YouTube, the first video to reach a billion views. Has it really been that long? Plus: You can now use your Play Points for discounts at the Google Store. Samsung officially launched One UI Watch 4.5, based on Wear OS 3.5, likely launching on the Galaxy Watch 5 series, plus coming to the Galaxy Watch 4 series.
Meanwhile, “Uber Files” reveal shady business: Over 124k emails, messages, and texts leaked by ex-Uber exec Mark MacGann reveal questionable behavior among execs. Now everyone can unmention themselves from 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 released its draft designs for 2022’s new emojis, ranked by Gizmodo (more on that in the Weekly Wonder). Something I loved this week: The website Literature Clock finds a quote from literature mentioning the exact time it is. It’s not exactly useful? But interesting and strange nonetheless.
And it looks like Apple’s iPhone 14 Max is facing supply chain issues, according to Gizmodo and supply chain analyst Ross Young: There’ll be a Max and Max Pro variant and it’s the former causing woes as it uses a different display than its Pro counterpart. Also this week: US App Store revenue from non-game apps just topped games for the first time. SpaceX’s Super Heavy Booster 7 exploded during a ground test at the company’s Texas base on Monday. According to Teslarati: “A cloud of well-mixed methane and oxygen gas was accidentally ignited,” and it “functioned like a small fuel-air bomb,” resulting in the explosion and shockwave.