☕ Good morning! I've had a stiff neck for a few days and last night did something that magically relieved the pain. (I'm always reminded of Elaine in that Seinfeld episode during times like this...)
Motorola still sells a lot of Moto devices - I see the $89 Moto E5 (from 2018!) is consistently in the top ten of Amazon’s Best Selling unlocked cell phones. The market is strong for cheap, basic, functional devices for many people.
But flagships are the big money, and along with the Moto Razr (which is less flagship and more interesting old-is-new-again form-factor) Motorola is back with a 5G flagship, and the next in the G-series, the Moto G8.
Why does it matter?
🔥 Deal:$40 Amazon’s Echo Buds, first major offer on the new earbuds (Android Authority).
👨🏫 You can now get official Android tech support on Twitter: tweet your issue using hashtag #AndroidHelp (Android Authority).
📉 The fall of Android’s biggest competitors over the last decade: Windows Mobile, Tizen, BlackBerry, and more (Android Authority).
📚 Lots of 10 years-since-the-iPad pieces yesterday. Just a few I thought were notable: Happy 10th, iPad: Steven Sinofsky reflects on Microsoft’s perspective (ExtremeTech), The iPad awkwardly turns 10 (“Software is where the iPad has gotten lost”) (Daring Fireball), and this historical run-through of the iPad’s career thus far: A look back at the iPad’s first decade (Wired).
🤦♂️ Ring app shares personal data with Facebook, other unlisted trackers, says EFF (Gizmodo).
📶 “The 'Race To 5G' is a giant pile of lobbyist nonsense” - a good point about a race that should never be, but a touch too ranty (TechDirt).
🛴 Bird confirms acquisition of Berlin scooter rival Circ. In Berlin that leaves Lime, Tier, Voi, Jump, and Bird of course, which explains why the money ran out (TechCrunch).
🍎 Also, Apple braces for disruption as the new novel coronavirus affects its supply chain (Bloomberg).
🕹 The story of how Nintendo’s iconic logo escaped an “age-up” remake (Ars Technica).
🦠 “What methods are used to trace the origin of a new virus?” (r/askscience).
Here’s a little look at how Wikipedia works as trends come and go.
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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