👋 Good Monday morning! It was re-login today for me, as, I guess, all my cookies expired across all my logins. Remember when that happened at workplaces too, and you couldn’t use an old password again, leading to people putting sticky notes with their passwords on their monitors? Good times.
What is HTC up to? A straight-forward assessment would be "going backwards". But HTC has a new leader and new energy, who's talking about what's next. First, the admission that it has been too busy working on disrupting VR, such that it hasn’t had the time to work on new smartphone ideas, while Apple/Samsung/Huawei capture the market.
Slow 5G means slow HTC:
Maitres also implied (I think) that the rollout of 5G is a major bottleneck. It seems 5G presents HTC’s next big opportunity, and the slow rollout is apparently forcing HTC to wait:
👍 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: Why you should want the smaller non-Plus Note — and why you shouldn’t (Android Authority).
📸 Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs iPhone 11 Pro camera comparison: The good news is this is validation that both flagships do take great photos (Android Authority).
🎮 You no longer need a Sony Xperia phone for PS4 Remote Play (Android Authority). An early response to Google Stadia, or a reflection of Sony’s mobile troubles?
⛅ On that note, a longread: Inside Google Stadia (WIRED). Featuring Stadia execs saying things like: “Arguably, the least interesting thing about Stadia is the fact that it’s a streaming platform ... every successful technology disappears – it becomes ambient and you only think about the experience. That changes fundamentally the way that the game is designed and the market works.”
🎁 OnePlus starts teasing October 10 launch of new phone, OnePlus 7T Pro expected (Android Authority).
🥚 What’s taking eSIM so long to become mainstream? (Android Authority).
💸 Google Pixel 4 Canadian price leaks, is higher than Pixel 3 launch price (Android Authority).
🏂 The Motorola One Action brings a GoPro-like action camera to a budget smartphone. Does that make any sense? This says maybe, but at least it’s trying to be different (Android Authority).
📲 Surface Duo: Why Microsoft doesn't want you to call its phone a phone (CNET).
👂 “How Tim Cook won Donald Trump’s ear”: How Apple CEO Tim Cook advocates for his company’s interests and avoids tariffs while dodging backlash from employees, customers, and the president (WSJ).
💰 The inside story on why Ninja left Twitch for Mixer: growing his brand outside of gaming (Business Insider). Also, a rebuttal here from @TravisShreffler which explains why when people say it’s not about the money it’s totally about the money.
🛵 The Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler: A motorcycle car that people will want to ask you about, if you like that kinda thing (Ars Technica).
🚗 Polestar 2 price finalized: €59k/~$63k, which is “competitive with Tesla Model 3,” depending on exact purchase specifications (Electrek).
🥊 Why customers love Tesla despite its many mistakes (Ars Technica). A nice balanced piece showing both sides of the never-ending Tesla online discord.
🤔 “What did you want so badly to be good, but just wasn't?” (r/askreddit).
Today’s meme is… not a meme. But it is a super expensive French cookware brand is getting into the Star Warsification of everything, including its Roasters and Dutch Ovens, which will now, for example, feature Han Solo frozen in carbonite, for $450:
Have a good one while you patiently wait to roast Han,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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